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14 March 2014
If your dog (or other pet) needs an amputation and you live within a couple hundred miles of Richmond VA – and if money is an issue – call Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care.
The founding vet, Dr. Lori Pasternak, saw too many cases of euthanasia for economic reasons, so she decided to do something about it and open her own specialty surgery practice. She offers incredibly reasonable rates – about $700 for leg amputation plus a bit more if you need pathology/post-op labs, etc (list of procedures and prices here).
If you need amputation due to cancer let them know; the diagnosis can help you get priority for scheduling. It’s a good idea to have a scanned copy of your vet’s cancer diagnosis and referral for the amputation handy so you can fax or email it to Helping Hands, but you can make an appointment by phone and follow with the paperwork.
I can’t say enough about how wonderful the staff was when I called to ask about amputation. Turns out that due to lung mets already being present we didn’t move forward on the surgery, but if we could have we would have gone with Helping Hands in a heartbeat.
All they do is surgery, so you'll need to take your pet home in the afternoon (they’ll be sleepy and drugged up anyway), and then follow up with your own local vet for post-op care.
If you look at their Yelp reviews, you’ll see that lots of people from adjacent states feel that the drive to Richmond is worth it. I wish there were more vets like Dr. Pasternak!
Tags for search purposes: Affordable vet amputation, affordable veterinary surgery, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, affordable amputation for dogs, affordable amputation for cats.
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.
Thank you so much for the rave review! We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Pasternak once, she is awesome! Here's a story about her practice, there needs to be many more like it.
26 January 2014
I don't have any personal experience with Helping Hands, but I have a friend who drove to Richmond from D.C. for an operation her kitty needed and she has nothing but great things to say about Dr. Pasternak. She said that while she had to do the "nursing care" herself afterwards, that the staff really made sure to explain everything to her and help her make sure she had it under control.
Deb thanks for sharing this! This really is an amazing practice she has going.
Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”
27 August 2014
I didn't see this post before Jack's amputation, but wanted to second everyone in saying that Dr. Pasternak is wonderful. We had a great experience with Helping Hands and would highly, highly recommend them for surgery. I mentioned over the phone that Jack is nervous around other dogs and is suspicious of veterinary offices, and they had a private room waiting and a sedative in hand the moment we got there. Dr. Pasternak also used only dissolving stitches and skin adhesive to seal the incision so I didn't have to take her back to a vet's office to have staples removed. We had Jack's teeth cleaned at the same time, which was very convenient.