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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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11 March 2013 - 2:35 pm
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I don’t think I’ve filled this out yet…

Amputation Costs
  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Dallas, TX, USA, November 2012
  • Total cost of surgery? $2700
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Referred to emergency animal surgical center by Veterinary Specialists of North Texas. Dr Roof is the oncologist. I think Dr Reaugh at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center did the surgery. Private practice.

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 41 lbs pre surgery, 35 lbs post surgery
  • Type of chemo given? Palladia
  • # of sessions? 3x a week for 6 months
  • Total cost of treatments? About $300-$400 a month
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? VSNT private practice in Dallas

Our total treatment cost is going to be around $9000 to $10000 when you count all the ultrasounds, lab tests, vet visits, emergency care when the tumor ruptured, etc etc.

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We paid 800 for amputation and another 400 for prep and meds. Louie is doing great. We pay about $150 a month for a herbal regiment and have not done chemo.

 

We live in SoCal and had the amputation done at a local vets office who have 2 ortho specialists there.

 

The City of Angels in LA wanted $5k for amputation and we couldn’t even begin to afford that. 

Northside Veterinary Clinic in San Bernardino did a wonderful job and we had no infections and no problems.

 

California Veterinary Specialists took care of Louie during aftercare and that cost about $300

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Wow. What a range of prices!

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Portland, ME, USA – April 2013
  • Total cost of surgery? $3,000 (plus $1,000 at regular vet to remove samples of 2 masses for biopsy before amputation)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private specialty practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 48 pounds after surgery
  • Type of chemo given? Doxorubicin
  • # of sessions? 6 treatments, 3-4 weeks apart
  • Total cost of treatments? Approx. $350 per treatment (plus approx. $150 per month for holistic care)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private specialty practice for chemo, holistic vet for acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal remedies
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Thanks for taking the time to share this Cathleen, it’s so helpful for folks to know what others are paying.

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Sadly we only have one cancer specialty animal hospital in my city and they are notoriously expensive (but have an excellent reputation, and I am extremely pleased with their care & service)

Amputation Costs

What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Ottawa ON Canada

Total cost of surgery? $3,922.14 after taxes (includes all medications, post-amp biopsy & boarding 2 nights – does not include original consultation & x-rays)

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

What size is your dog? 31.5kg pre-amp, 30.0kg post-amp (65-70 lbs)

Type of chemo given? Carboplatin

# of sessions? 6

Total cost of treatments? 6474.17 estimated before taxes (only completed 1 so far)

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

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We’re in the Balkans. We went to Macedonia for surgery. I’d never had a pet let alone having to deal with such an ordeal. I have no idea as to the anesthesia used. The final cost was $103.00. I took out the stitches myself.

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We’re in the Balkans. We went to Macedonia for surgery. I’d never had a pet let alone having to deal with such an ordeal. I have no idea as to the anesthesia used. The final cost was $103.00. I took out the stitches myself.

Bless you for helping your pup, it couldn’t have been easy in a place where things like this don’t happen very often. You are a brave and loving pawrent.

 

 

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Fort Wayne, IN January 31, 2013
  • Total cost of surgery? $861.00 included 1 night stay
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private practice 

Chemotherapy Costs

No decision made yet.

What clinic did you use?  Are you happy with the care given?  Considering amputating my dog’s front leg to extend his life.  He is an eleven year old golden.  He has cancer on top of his paw and we were told in February that all of the cancer could not be removed with laser surgery.  Had we decided to try that she was going to refer us to someone in Fort Wayne.  Rusty has just started limping and we just aren’t ready to let him go. 

I did happen to read your posts when you were trying to make the decision.  Meeting with our vet tomorrow to see if a cortisone shot will help short term and to see where she will refer us to.

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Considering amputating my dog’s front leg…

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Hi clg,

Yes, we were satisfied with the care at East State Vet Clinic.  We were apprehensive when we found out there was no overnight supervision during Libby’s stay.  However, the surgeon reassured us all would be fine and she wanted to keep her to manage her pain and make sure she stayed hydrated.  Looking back I’m really glad she spent the first night at the vets.

Libby didn’t give us any indication she was ready to let go, therefore we weren’t going to let go either.  She did great and is still doing super.  She turned 10 in April.

If you’d like to get a consult from East State I would encourage that.  A second opinion never hurts.  Do as Jerry suggests and register as a member.  This site is an enormous help when facing this decision.  

I just happened to open this thread and see you directed questions to me.  When you register, please send me a private message if I can be of any more help.  Good luck to you!

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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Amputation Costs

What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Fort Wayne, IN, May 6, 2013

Total cost of surgery? $2905.30 which includes $455.80 for first consult with surgeon

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

What size is your dog?  78 lbs.

Type of chemo given? Internist wants to do doxorubicin every two weeks and cisplatin every three weeks

# of sessions? Five of doxorubicin and two of cisplatin

Total cost of treatments? Between $543.00 and $702.00 each treatment, depending on testing done

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

 

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Thanks for taking the time to share this information Jelly!

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Amputation Costs
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Suffolk, VA
Total cost of surgery? $1,400 (not including xrays & biopsy)
Private practice or teaching hospital? private

Chemotherapy Costs
What size is your dog? 105 pounds pre surgery, 85 pounds post surgery (with diet)
Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
# of sessions? Will be a total of 6, once every 3 weeks
Total cost of treatments? $344 each visit (Dolasetron injection and 300 mg Carboplatin) +$44 CBC 1 week after each treatment
Private practice or teaching hospital? private

04/09/13- OSA Diagnosis ~ 04/23/13- Left Forelimb Amputation ~ Carboplatin Chemo (6 total)

 

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What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Lititz, PA
Total cost of surgery? $1249 for amputation and 1 night’s stay
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Barret was diagnosed with Hemangiopericytoma May 16, 2013. Front left leg/scapula/pectoral muscle was amputated on June 11, 2013 and we've never looked back. Follow our story on http://barret.t.....pawds.com/ and read my column on That Pet Blog

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Amputation Costs

What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Athens, GA. April 26, 2013
Total cost of surgery? $2200 including 3 nights in ICU after surgery
Private practice or teaching hospital? University of Georgia Teaching Hospital

Chemotherapy Costs.
What size is your dog? 155# pre amp, 127# post op
Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
# of sessions? 4
Total cost of treatments? $450 each totally $1800
Private practice or teaching hospital? Teaching hospital – UGA

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