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Aspen Meadows/CSU? Colorado
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13 August 2016 - 4:34 pm
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Been researching my oncology/surgery options here on the front range in Colorado. I’m north of Denver. I cannot get into CSU (Fort Collins) for a few weeks. I’ve already been to in to see the oncologist at Aspen Meadows in Longmont. I’m leaning towards amputation/chemo (carboplatin is what they). Just thought I’d send out some feelers regarding going w another oncologist w CSU so close. The difference for driving is 10min (I live in Longmont) to an hour or so up to CSU. I’m ready for a surgical consult, so if anyone has used Aspen Meadows, I’d love to hear about your experience. CSU is close but I hear it’s very costly. I have some means but not infinite. Thank for listening!!

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Hi Leia! Thanks for joining, your future posts won't require moderation so post away.

Well, I'll be honest, we are partial to CSU because they are such an awesome facility, research institution and at the forefront of veterinary medicine. They also have clinical trials that can dramatically cut the cost of getting chemo. My best advice is to get an estimate from both facilities then compare, but make absolutely sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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Aspen Meadows has been AMAZING so far with my Ruby. She had her front leg amputated on July 28 at Aspen Meadows. I, like you, live in Colorado (Boulder) so I went through the same process of selection. I chose AM because it is closer and now (3 weeks post-amp) I am glad I chose them because not only has the staff been incredible, but we have had to make several trips back and forth these past few weeks (one being semi-urgent) so I was glad we were closer than CSU. 

We we went through the ringer with Ruby after the amputation due to some complications with her incision being infected, ect (you can read all the details in the forums under my username and my moms 'rubysgram'. The complications we were dealing with only happen in 1-2% of major surgeries so don't panic! Ruby is doing great now! The staff and doctors have been so wonderful with me, and with her. They bend over backwards to work us into their jam packed schedules (today the surgeon met with us during her lunch break!) During one of the post-amp visits we had to bring her in because she was having bad issues with diarreah and needed a change of meds and I was a mess and exhausted from being in the middle of week one and the staff made me feel SO much better. I asked them if they wouldn't mind cleaning her bottom up a bit and maybe shaving her so she wouldn't be so stinky (I was totally embarrassed to ask this of them) and they said "oh my goodness of course we can" and when they brought her back in she was wagging her tail and all cleaned and smelling good. It meant so much to me just that one gesture. The oncologist we see is hands down the best vet I have ever met. She is so down to earth and makes you feel like she's known you forever. I've gotten many a hug from her during our visits. It's sort of like therapy for me to meet with her! 

Im so sorry to hear you are at the beginning of this long and devastating process. But just remember that you're making the right decision. Ruby is doing great and yours will be too after some TLC! 

We start our first round of chemo on the 30th! So if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me!! 


Kacy & Ruby

Ruby is my (almost) 8 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. She had her left forelimb amputated due to cancer on July 28, 2016 and we are on the road to recovery!

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