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New Tripawds Amputation Survey Questions Wanted

Since we first launched the 2010 Tripawds Amputation and Cancer Care Survey, we have regularly monitored submissions to see what useful information can be gleaned from them.

As of today we have 152 responses.

We think it’s time to update the survey. So today we ask you:

  • What kind of information do you want to know that isn’t covered here?
  • What kinds of questions would you ask in a survey like this?

Please download the survey and take a look, the submit your comments below. We’ll take your responses and eventually come up with new survey questions for future members to help them feel like they’re not alone.

Meanwhile, read on for the last of our survey analyses about:

  • Average Time Spent in Hospital
  • Average Cost of Amputation
  • Tripawds with Cancer by Age and Breed

Remember that some people didn’t answer every question, which is why the totals may not always add up.

Average Nights Spent in the Hospital for All Tripawds

Most dogs spend just one night in the hospital. Humans find it hard to believe that they can go home so soon, but usually that’s all the time an average-sized dog needs in the hospital. Large dogs often stay longer but not alaways.

As we suspected, a very tiny percentage of Tripawds go home the same day of surgery, often because their vet lacked 24-hour care. While we don’t recommend going this route, it’s far better to go home the same day then to be left alone all night at the vet’s office.

Home same day: 6
1 night: 70
2 nights: 39
3 nights: 13
4 nights: 10

Amputation Costs for All Tripawds

Amputation costs vary by location and whether or not the amputation was done by a board certified veterinary surgeon, but here is a rundown on what people paid for surgery alone.

Keep in mind that for the few whose costs exceeded the average of $1,000 – $3,000, this was often because the dog experienced multiple complications after surgery.

Less than $1,000: 24
$1,000 – $2,000: 33
$2,000 – $3,000: 30
$3,000 – $4,000: 21
$4,000 – $5,000: 15
$5,000 and over: 19

Tripawds with Cancer by Age and Breed

Out of 152 responses to our survey, 114 of these Tripawds lost their leg because of bone cancer.

  • Average age at diagnosis: 8 years
  • Youngest dog with bone cancer: 1 year old
  • Oldest dog with bone cancer: 13 years

While just about every size of dog is represented here, you’ll see that the three most common breeds affected by both bone cancer and amputation are:

  1. Labrador / Labrador Mixes (19)
  2. German Shepherd / German Shepherd Mixes (15)
  3. Golden Retriever (11)
  4. Rotties (9)

Nearly 39 of the 114 dogs with cancer were mixed breed dogs.

Tripawds with Cancer by Breed

Akita Mix 1
Alaskan Malamute Mix 2
All American 9
American Bulldog 2
Australian Kelpie Mix 2
Belgian Sheepdog 1
Border Collie 1
Boxer Mix 4
Cane Corso 1
Deerhound 1
Doberman 1
Doberman Mix 3
English Mastiff 1
English Setter 1
English Shepherd 1
Flat Coated Retriever 2
German Shepherd 5
German Shepherd Mix 9
German Shorthaired Pointer 1
Golden Retriever 11
Golden Retriever Mix 1
Great Dane 4
Great Pryenees 1
Great Pyrenees Mix 1
Greyhound 3
Greyhound Mix 1
Jack Russell 1
Labrador 11
Labrador Mix 3
Leonberger 1
Mastiff 11
Newfoundland Mix 1
Pitt Bull 1
Pitt Bull Mix 4
Rottweiler 9
Rottweiler Mix 2
Saint Bernard 2
Schnauzer 1
Siberian Husky 4
Siberian Husky Mix 1
Standard Poodle 1
Wheaten Terrier 1
Wolfdog 1

We hope this has given you some good background information on the Tripawd journey. Please remember to download the survey then post your feedback below about how you would make this survey even better. Thanks!

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5 thoughts on “New Tripawds Amputation Survey Questions Wanted”

  1. This survey is so complete, I didn’t think there was anything to add until I filled it out myself. So:
    1. Maybe ask what we’d have done differently prior to the amputation, as far as trying to get a diagnosis because it seems a lot of people have trouble getting a definitive diagnosis.
    2. Consider asking a question about ongoing low-dose chemo/NSAID treatment.

    Also, is there anyway for people to go back and answer questions as things progress?

  2. If there is a way to make a question response mandatory, the YES/NO question “did your dog undergo chemo” would be a huge benefit to the survey — which is already fabulous.

    If you’re concerned about forcing a reply, add a 3rd option:
    PREFER NOT TO STATE (or some such wording)

    We are currently making the amputate decision, therefore the chemo decision also. Having more info on the subject would be terrific.

    I have already spent hours looking at the survey, sorting the DATA by various columns to evaluate different important areas. Thank you for 1) making results available, 2) in Excel “sortable” format.

  3. Raven, you’re so welcome. I appreciate the feedback. We want to make this as useful as pawsible so if you think of anything else, please let us know OK?

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