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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Voorhees, New Jersey
  • Total cost of surgery?    $1,800 (high estimate, includes immediate pre/post-op costs).
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?    Private veterinary practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?      66 pounds
  • Type of chemo given?       Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? Daily dose,    5 doses
  • Total cost of treatments?    Approx $1,500
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

 

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Sun Valley, Idaho, November 2012

Total cost of surgery?  Murphy has had eight surgical procedures, including the amputation and a total hip replacement. He also spent a month as an in-patient at the hospital. To date (including his two months of physical therapy), we are at just about $17,000. 

Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private veterinary practice (Sun Valley Animal Center – Dr. Randy Acker…one of the country’s best canine orthopedic surgeons)

 

Fortunately for Murphy, he did not have cancer, so we don’t have chemo costs.  Was it worth it?  YES!!!  Every time he sits on my foot, puts his head in my lap and looks into my eyes, I can’t imagine having done this any other way.

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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I know I have the best vet ever, and I wish you all lived close to me. I live in Phillipsburg N,J, I use Alpha veterinary care, my total cost of tumor removal, shoulder,and limb removal, and meds, and catheter drain, IV, bandages, and meds to go home with was $285.00, they do not do ovn, but that was fine with me, and looking at the prices, I’m so lucky, and my dog also. I also know any visit to do with this will cost near to nothing, if not nothing, as they have done surgery on my animals before.

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I’m looking for recommendations for a vet around the Northern Virginia Area.  We have adopted a puppy from a rescue and have discovered that she has a totally destroyed front elbow.  

The vet we went to recommended limb removal but the cost has set us back on our decision.  We have been quoted nearly $3000.  Can anyone provide references around the Northern Virginia area?  Even in PA, WV, NC?

Thanks so much.

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mitch117 said
I’m looking for recommendations for a vet around the Northern Virginia Area.

Be sure to check or post in this forum:

/forums/veterinary-specialist-referrals/

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Mitch if you are in N. Va take a look at Helping Hands in Richmond.  I wish I’d have known about them when we were going through this. I have heard wonderful things about them! 

I am just seeing this thread so let me throw our numbers in here:

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Richmond Va
  • Total cost of surgery? $2425 surgery, $1576 for pre-op CT scan, $750 ultrasound – $4751 total
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private, specialty vet center

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 51 before surgery, 45 after
  • Type of chemo given? Metronomics: Cytoxan & Piroxicam
  • # of sessions? 7 months
  • Total cost of treatments?  approx $250/month for a total of $1750 (+$134 per blood panel at each recheck,        approx $50 pain meds)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private, specialty vet center 

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mitch117 said
I’m looking for recommendations for a vet around the Northern Virginia Area.  We have adopted a puppy from a rescue and have discovered that she has a totally destroyed front elbow.  

The vet we went to recommended limb removal but the cost has set us back on our decision.  We have been quoted nearly $3000.  Can anyone provide references around the Northern Virginia area?  Even in PA, WV, NC?

Thanks so much.

Hi Mitch,

I live in Raleigh, NC and I would highly recommend the surgeon who removed Sasha’s limb. He has done 3 other surgeries for us, and actually, Tommy is currently at the vet after having TPLO surgery. I have to check the records for cost, but for limb removal I think it was less than $1800. I can check and update you.

His page is: http://www.cvssweb.com/ but he performs surgery based on referral. Our vet office is Brentwoon Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC 919-872-6060.

Best wishes!

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Well, through the information from Tripawds, we are currently sitting at the McDonalds awaiting our new Tripawd from Helping Hands (helping hands affordable veterinary surgery and dental care) here in Richmond VA.  

We can’t say enough how the referral to Helping hands from Tripawds has helped save this puppy that we adopted from an unfortunate circumstance. 

I’ll post an additional reply but so far with helping hands, they have been wonderful in their handling of our puppy.

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Awwwwww. That’s pawesome. Well give Dr. Pasternak a big “WOOF!” from us, we’re glad things worked out. Keep us posted in “Beyond Cancer” topic OK? Of course you can always start your own Tripawds blog too! Good luck.

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We thought that the cost for the whole surgery, was very reasonable…(here on PEI)……An awesome animal practice, with very experienced vets,  that handles large (farm) animals as well as pets.. One of the senior vets, did the surgery on Serge. She amputated the left rear, “fixed” him, and repaired a small “belly button” hernia. They have looked after our other GSD for the last 4 years, but she has been very healthy over the last 12 to 18 months, and hasn’t been back for a while..(touching wood)

Including the take home meds, the attended overnight stay, the surgery and the hydromorphone, etc. the total cost including tax was $830..Cdn

The itemized cost on the invoice, just for the amputation itself was …..$340 Cdn

Not a typical amputation invoice, as he had a couple of other procedures at the same time..

For what it is worth, at the Atlantic Vet College which is part of the University of Prince Edward Island, a friend of ours had orthopaedic surgery done on the front leg of her black Lab, I think was some form of ligament repair, but I am not positive..The cost was in the region of $2000 Cdn,  by the time the dog was released..

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Wow that’s a great price if you have to get this done. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow that’s a great price if you have to get this done. Thanks for sharing.

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We’re still in recovery phase, so this may be a little lower than the final total, but it won’t be far off.

His surgery was done in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada at a private practice – Sherbrook Heights Animal Hospital.  His regular vet, Dr. Kristy Hiltz, is absolutely fantastic with him and for his regular and recovery visits.  She had an orthopedic specialty surgeon who travels come in for the surgery itself.

The total cost for us, including take home meds after the amputation, was $2200 Canadian.  He is 105 lbs (we’re keeping him lean to reduce the stress on his remaining joints – he’s a Great Dane/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix)

She doesn’t charge us for our recovery check-ups either, which is wonderful :)

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I have refused to add up how much Nixon has cost me over the years.  He has always been accident prone and was in the vet’s office getting stitches before he had been living in our house 24 hours.

I believe I was quoted over $4500 from NC State for Nixon’s amputation.  It wound up being about $3300 instead because they did not keep him for as many days as they had planned.  Nixon was so unhappy there and determined to make everyone else miserable (which he did) that they sent him home a day after amputation.  I can only imagine what my little diva did but it involved a lot of howling, urine, and feces to express his displeasure with his living environment.

His chemotherapy was donated by Ohio State’s Greyhound Wellness program which has now been replaced with the 4 Legs 4 Hounds program.  http://vet.osu……u/vmc/ghwp  Male retired racing greyhounds are over represented when it comes to OSA diagnoses so greyhounds can get 4 rounds of Carboplatin. 

I still had to do bloodwork and pay for the IV equipment used.  Ohio State donated 4 rounds of Carboplatin that we had to break up into 5 doses since Nixon did not tolerate it well.  I think it was about $160 for his chemo supplies and blood work.

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[Waving hi to Nixon and Nixon’s mom — and I’m smiling because Lexie also has cost me an arm and a leg over the years] I still need to add up all of Lexie’s vet bills and submit the claims to the (not in the Top 5 list) insurance company, which was pretty much the only option at the time I insured Lexie and pays comparatively little…but better than nothing, of course. I’ve been able to put it off because I got a Care Credit account and deferred the payments/interest but some of the charges are starting to kick in. 

I definitely would have gone to Helping Hands in Richmond VA if I could have done it all over again. 

Btw, @Jerry/Rene, OT but related — would it be okay to start a similar thread to have people who do have insurance share not only what it cost them, but what their insurance co. actually paid?

Deb and Angel Lexie* Diagnosed at age 13. Tried radiation first; wish we had amputated upon diagnosis (even with lung mets). Joined Club Tripawd April 2014 & Lexie loved life on 3 legs! Advice: Start physical therapy as soon as your vet clears it, especially hydrotherapy if available :-) See Lexie pics here.  

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