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6 December 2013
Diagnosed osteosarcoma from right leg of lab/pitt dog; 70lbs, 9yrs old
Primary vet and surgeon both recommending amputation followed by chemo.
Looking for referral and ball park figures of what it could cost at other hospitals. (surgery alone).
Initial estimate is $5000, NY City prices. Willing to travel to NJ, CT, PA.
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3 December 2012
Where in NYC were you quoted? I live in NYC and, disclaimer, my tripawd is a kitty, so the price is probably lower because shes smaller, My Jill had her amputation done (also for osteosarcoma)at Lincoln Square Vets by Dr. Jane Kosovsky who was AMAZING. Her amputation cost around 1900, but that was with three nights hospital stay (long story, your pup wouldn’t need three nights, probably only 2).
She received Chemo at Animal Medical Center under the care of Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, also amazing….it cost between 200-300 a session depending on what chemo drug she got (she alternated between two types of chemo).
I have also heard great things about Animal Specialty Center, Dr. Sue Ettinger (and I’ve met her in person) she is wonderful, she’s in Yonkers, I don’t know how much it costs to be treated there though, I believe it’s around NYC prices as well.
Red Bank Hospital in Jersey is also supposed to be great.
Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo
3 February 2013
My dog Lexi,who is a pit bull, had her leg amputated on Jan. 29 in Oneonta N.Y. for $900. She is 13 years old and doing great. I did not do chemo. I am using neoplasene. Also CAS options, salmon oil, Budwig diet, Dasaquin and I cook all her meals She hikes with me everyday no matter what the weather. My vet is great and the surgery went well with no complications. She came home the next night and has been running ever since.
My vet is great and the surgery went well…
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27 December 2012
Hi, we had a weird surgery setup and ended up having it done in NH. Turns out, that saved us about $1k compared to CT prices. So I guess that means that if we had the amp done in CT, by a contracted ortho specialist (he is known around here for all the ACL surgeries he does!) it’d be around $2500. BTW – we go to Guilford Vet Hospital (in Guilford, CT) and Jackson’s oncologist is the Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT.
~ Katy & Jackson
ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12. Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ! No side effects. We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments. He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors! Our love. Our funny little guy!