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Yeah, unfortunately that's about the going rate for high rent urban areas like SF. Ugh!
I know that Sage is top-notch, and on the higher end because they offer the latest, most modern care and safety protocols. But I know that the bill really hurts! Have you asked them what can possibly be cut from the estimate? Talk to their client care team. In our experience, some people will bring their pet home the same day of surgery to save on costs. It's not an ideal scenario for something like amputation but not impossible to handle if you know what to expect. I would ask them about that.
Also I would check out AAHA-accredited clinics nearby and in the Central Valley to see if there are any that can come in lower. Just please please please be sure you're comparing apples to apples and getting the same exact level of care as Sage. We see a some bad experiences when people automatically go for the cheaper estimate without knowing what exactly made it cheaper. Usually, pain management is the first thing to go and that's really bad for the patient (and the parent who has to deal with the result).
Keep us posted on what you find.
I didn't have the emotional bandwidth to do the comparison shopping, so we accepted money from family and bit the bullet. Pup is in surgery this morning.
We did knock about $600 off the estimate by forgoing the tissue biopsies. Since it's a soft tissue sarcoma and lung x-rays were clear, we didn't think biopsy would add much to the conversation.
Oh gosh I hope surgery went well! Thank you for letting us know and good for you to get that $600 knocked off. Makes total sense.
Feel free to update us in the other Forums OK? We're sending lots of healing love your way.