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Los Angeles (South Bay) Canine Surgeon?
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3 July 2019 - 3:38 pm
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Hello,

I have a senior husky who needs to have a front leg amputation because of a spindle-cell tumor mid-leg. I just got the itemized estimate from my vet in Manhattan Beach and the low end estimate they gave was $4,200 and the high about $4,700 (this includes a chest x-ray). It was definitely a bit of a shock and from what I've seen from searching around there seems to be a large variable in how expensive the surgery is. If there is anyone in the Los Angeles area who can share some recommendations or experience, I'd appreciate it. 

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3 July 2019 - 5:09 pm
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Oh gosh I'm sorry for the diagnosis. Sticker shock along with it is a double whammy for sure. 

Have you looked into City of Angels Specialty Center?

Yes, there is a huge variation in surgery costs based on geographic location. Unfortunately in Southern California, the cost you've been quoted is about the going rate for a high quality specialty center. Sure, you can get a lower price at a general practice clinic, but you really want to be sure they are offering the same level of care that a specialty center does. Here's an article we wrote a while back about price shopping for amputation surgery. I hope it helps. Let us know what you decide and keep us posted on your boy, he's quite a looker!

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jerry said
Oh gosh I'm sorry for the diagnosis. Sticker shock along with it is a double whammy for sure. 

Have you looked into City of Angels Specialty Center?

Yes, there is a huge variation in surgery costs based on geographic location. Unfortunately in Southern California, the cost you've been quoted is about the going rate for a high quality specialty center. Sure, you can get a lower price at a general practice clinic, but you really want to be sure they are offering the same level of care that a specialty center does. Here's an article we wrote a while back about price shopping for amputation surgery. I hope it helps. Let us know what you decide and keep us posted on your boy, he's quite a looker!

  

Thanks Jerry!  I'll look into the center you mentioned. The estimate I got was actually from a general practice clinic. I'll keep you posted. 

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4 July 2019 - 4:07 pm
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Yes do look into them, they are great! We've had many members give them rave reviews and one of their oncologists, Dr. Turner, is a good friend of our community. Let us know what you find.

Here's one more thing to consider: finding an AAHA clinic. If you're unfamiliar with why they rock, here's an article for you:

https://tripawd.....d-clinics/

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Did you end up finding someone to go with and could I ask what it cost? I live near Manhattan Beach and my 65 lbs American Staffordshire Terrier needs a rear leg Amputation. I can't afford the 5k I've been seeing around for the area. 😭

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