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Lost a leg, gained my life!



April 30th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Diagnosis (x-rays, exams, meds, etc) = $1682

Total cost of amputation surgery = $3664

Approximate cost of chemotherapy (6 doses of Carboplatin) = $3644

Prescription Medicine to date = $237

Follow up office visits/chest x-rays = $729

Seeing Bruiser’s beautiful face every day = PRICELESS


The above numbers are the actual totals that we have spent on Bruiser thus far! As of today, we have spent approximately $9,956 on Bruiser’s Osteosarcoma diagnosis and subsequent care.

This number does not include the premium dog food we feed him, the supplements we include in his diet, the adaptations we have made to our house (mainly rugs), the cost of his harness and booties, treats, etc. The numbers do include treatment at a state-of-the-art facility, 6 doses of chemo (as opposed to 4 doses), and the cost of the metronomic therapy.

I do not share this information as a way complain, rather to offer a snapshot of cost for the person with a newly diagnosed dog. There is no denying that treatment is expensive. My husband and I work very low paying jobs (social worker and teacher), but we feel Bruiser is worth every penny. If we could go back in time, we would make the same decisions. After all, what is money if you cannot spend it on those who are important in your life?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • etgayle

    priceless indeed!!! we couldn’t agree more, knowing the bravery and love our tripawds possess, the cost is ‘way down the list’. hugs to bruiser!!

    charon & gayle

  • jerry

    It makes us hoppy to see you guys doing so well, Bruiser is amazing!

    If you don’t mind, I’m posting these numbers in our forums under ‘Tips and Resources/Cost of Amputation” topic. Feel free to stop by and comment if you’d like.

    Hugs coming atcha 🙂

  • jerry

    Oh wait, I take that back, would you mind posting there? It’s got some questions in in that I can’t answer. Here’s the link


  • admin

    Priceless indeed! Bruiser is very fortunate to have you. These details are certain to help others going through the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

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