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Knee Surgery My younger lab had to have knee surgery last February because she had torn the ligament in her knee which is equivalent to a human ACL. We noticed that she would limp after she would run for a while chasing her ball. Then it got to be that she wouldn't even put weight on that leg when she would first get up. So we took her in for x-rays and they did surgery that afternoon. A thousand dollars later and she still would run on it all day long if we let her. She is much better than she was before but she doesn't know when to stop running. Anybody else fork out big bucks for the love of their 4 legged friend?
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|"My 4 year old Rotttie needs TPLO surgery"|
My 4 year old Rottie Vito has been limping for weeks now after we took him camping at the beach and he found a baby rottie to ply with while walking the beach, He had the time of his life running, playing it was nice to see since he was 145lbs months before and his activity level was low, He had lost some weight now down to 120lbs much more energy!it was nice to see till the moment he and his friend he was playing with both jumped in the air with joyful play my dog came to the sand with his right leg lame! thought we could excercise it better, but it just got him limping more1 2weeks went by could not bare to see him in pain, now we knew it was something serious, Took him to the vet to find out he tore his knee's just the right one was way worse and needs surgery (TPLO)We are getting the surgery just somewhere else my vet wants to charge us $4000.00 dollers she said thats a rough estimate which means more money in her office!!!My husband flipped at the outrageous price especially since eventually Vito will need the left leg sooner or later needles to say my husband found a vet to do the surgery for a rough $1500 which is more fair we love our dog and its only money but we need a place to live to keep our dog a roof over his head and ours, he is family we love him but dont like being price gouged.Thank goodness for some honest Vet Dr.s I know not all are like that just like with human doctors explore your options and get 2nd opinions just like you would if it were you or a family member ill write back after his surgey to leet you guys know if this was the right decision
|"My 4 year old Rotttie needs TPLO surgery"|
My 4 year old Rottie Vito has been limping for weeks now after we took him camping at the beach and he found a baby rottie to play with while walking the beach, He had the time of his life running, playing it was nice to see since he was 145lbs months before and his activity level was low, He had lost some weight, now down to 120lbs he has much more energy!it was nice to see till the moment he and his friend he was playing with both jumped in the air with joyful play my dog came to the sand with his right leg lame! thought we could excercise it better, but it just got him limping more, 2weeks went by could not bare to see him in pain, now we knew it was something serious, Took him to the vet to find out he tore his knee's just the right one was way worse and needs surgery (TPLO)We are getting the surgery just somewhere else my vet wants to charge us $4000.00 dollars she said thats a rough estimate which means more money in her office!!!My husband flipped at the outrageous price especially since eventually Vito will need the left leg sooner or later needless to say my husband found a vet to do the surgery for a rough $1500 which is more fair we love our dog and its only money but we need a place to live to keep our dog a roof over his head and ours, he is family we love him but dont like being price gouged.Thank goodness for some honest Vet Dr.s I know not all are like that just like with human doctors explore your options and get 2nd opinions just like you would if it were you or a family member ill write back after his surgey to leet you guys know if this was the right decision
My 9 month old puppy was just diagnosed with luxating patella in both knees. His left knee is a grade 3 of 4 and the right is a 2 of 4. I was thinking of having both done at the same time thinking it might be cheaper. I'm going for 2nd opinion and hoping the costs include the follow-ups...Does anyone have any suggestions?
My dog Foxie has both acls torn and she can just barley get around.
The vet will only do surgery on knee cause the other knee has arthritis.
I order the Muttknee Brace a double and have high hopes. It should be here tomorrow. I'll let you know.
We just found out our 22 mo old GSD is in need of TPLO surgery for torn ACL, one knee is gone, the other most likely will need it in the future. My vet has been very helpful with all the answers, but I keep coming up with more questions. So thought I'd ask owners that had been through it - 1st - having 1 knee done, did having to use just the other leg for a while cause the other knee to fail? 2. With the 1 knee taped up or casted - no weight on it, how did you take them to potty? 3. Does anyone know of a water rehab pool in or around Tulsa?
|"Not sure if it's worth it..."|
My four year old black lab Sage blew out his ACL last year. I decided to pay the $2, 000 for the TPLO surgery and then made sure to do everything the vet told me after the surgery. Trying to control a three year old lab who isn't allowed to exercise isn't easy but we did a pretty good job. Unfortunately he never seemed to take to the leg. He wouldn't put weight on it, even when his other leg was held in the air (This was seven to eight months after the surgery).
I was told that there was a good chance that his other knee would go out and after watching his recovery, I can see why. We are barely a year out and he is finally using his leg that was repaired in surgery, unfortunately it's because he has blown out (haven't went to the vet yet, but you can tell) the other knee.
Now I don't know what to do. It put me in a bad spot to get the first surgery done and I'm in a worse spot now. Plus I wasn't happy with his recovery the first time around. He has been on restrictions for the last year and has only recently started being able to chase his ball and go on hikes. Now he can't do that. Will he be able to after his next surgery? I just don't know if it's fair to do to him....
|"Luxating Patella Surgery"|
I have a 1yr old 65 pd dog who has been a challenge getting his knee cap required. It started with a torn ACL and then we found out its both knees (as it usually is luxating patella). We've had 3 surgeries in 8 wks. 1st time dog ate stiches & filament, 2nd time the filament didn't take and the knee cap popped out, 3rd and we pray final (for this knee anyway) they took part of his tibia bone and used it with pins. Its been about 4 weeks and he's slowly starting to put it down, but this surgery came with some issues too. He caught a virus after they had to drain the knee and now we think he will need a pin taken out. Think it is irrating him. I have read all sorts of sites about this surgery and it can either go really good or really bad. Depends on a lot of factors and no matter how hard you try sometimes it doesn't work out. I would recommend finding a 2nd opinion before you spend $$$$ as we did. I think our vet is a good vet, but its been very emotional for all us including the vet. We've been back to his office at least once a wk for 2 mo and that adds up.
Get your 2nd opinion and then remember if you have surgery its going to be a long recovery road esp with your 4 legged friend. There can be light at the end of the tunnel though.
Here in UK for surgery for TPLO is £4000 which is about the same yes???? we have animal hospitals here but they wont do this operation as they say it needs to be done by specialists. I think the price is way to expensive if they say animal hospitals ect are there for low income people who give dogs a home ect then there should be reduced rate for anything like this also. Im going through the same thing at moment with my Rotty but my vet said he would not recogmend TPLO but the surgery he does for £500 but he changed his mind and said he dont need it yet so not sure why that is like
I have a chocolate lab who is 82 pounda.She is 9 years old She blew out her right knee and we opted for the TTA surgery. She is now into it 4 weeks. She now blew out her left knee. She is barely walking on the right one. I got a 2nd opinion from a board certified Dr. I did not go back to the one who did her 1ast surgery. All he cared about was getting another $3, 500.00 He did not even take into consideration that she can barely walk on her right leg. The 2nd Dr. is having us wait as long as we can so her right leg gets stronger. It is painful to watch her not be able to move again without our help with a harness. We now have to come up with another $3.500. Is it worth her going through more pain again with surgery? Will her spirits stay up? Her vital signs are healthy. Do we put her down? Any advice would be appreciated.
|"For the Love of Dogs"|
My golden retriever just had knee surgery 5 days ago. I can't believe the progress he's made in so little time. All said and done it was about $2400 with xrays and office visits. I was at this forum because his knee is making a little clicking sound. I will ask my vet about it when he gets the stitches out.
There's a lot of loving pet owners in this forum. You all deserve a pat on the back and a big wet kiss from your doggies.
|"My dog is going in this week Aug 12, 2010"|
It is a little disconcerting to read all of the either it's great or it didn't work posts. I just got back from the vet this morning. Our four year old lab has blown his ACLS too. $500 today for xrays and 3500 -3800 for the operation. This does not count the 500 I paid to my regular vet for the diagnois xrays. they do not do this surgery so this is a referral. I am interested in what physical therapy people have had success with. Our lab is one of those crazy energy, always running labs, so containing him will be very tough. The vet did caution that once a dog has this on one knee the probability of happening on the other knee is quite high. After reading some of the posts, I believe it. He goes in for surgery on Thursday so wish him luck. thanks, di
Has anyone had any experience with pet insurance? Do they cover surgery costs?
Paying for ACL surgery is a costly venture but is typically be worth the cost. I live in NJ and my husky tore her ACL 8 months ago. She is 5, was 4 at the time. I went to 4 vets in NJ and received an average estimate of surgery of $1, 500-$2, 000. My parents live in Houston and found a vet that would perform the surgery for $800. While visiting them over Christmas we brought my husky and got her ACL repaired. If anybody thinks this surgery will 100% bring their dog back to their pre-tear form, they are mistaken. The dog will always slightly nurse the affected leg and will apply most their weight to the non-affected rear leg. After decent physical activity their leg will become sore and they may limp for a couple hours/the rest of the day. This limp typically goes away by the next day, but the dog will never fully recover a tear. While these are the truths of the surgery, it is far better than the alternative of not undergoing the repair. As a dog lover who has 3 dogs, I would have paid the $2, 000 if it was my only option. My only fear is that her other rear leg will tear in the future as she does place more strain on that leg. A second tear is moderately common for dogs who have had an ACL tear. This is due to overusing the leg while over-compensating for their weaker leg. Hope this was helpful for anybody considering surgery...my advise is to do it...don't take on the responsibility of having a dog if you are not willing to do what is needed when the unexpected happens.
|"TTA vs. TPLO surgery"|
My 180lb rot/mastif mix was diagnosed with a torn ACL recently. Our original vet recommended the TPLO surgery saying because of his size it is the only option we have. He also said it would cost 2500 to 3000 plus aftercare. Because this surgery was so invasive we decided to get a 2nd opinion. We visited a highly recommended vet in our area who told us that although the TPLO surgery is better the TTA surgery works about the same. The chances of re-injury/failures is between 3-5% for the TPLO and 5-7%for the TTA. The TTA is going to cost us 1000total and that included aftercare. He was supposed to have it done today but when we took him to the vet he had a sore we showed the vet. Apparently he has a staff infection so the surgery had to be postponed until next week. I highly recommend looking into the TTA surgery and asking the vet about it. Get a second opinion. After all we owe it to our dogs to do the best we can for them. They bring us way more happiness than 3 or 4 thousand dollars is worth. I will let you all know how the surgery goes.
|"Found a great organization to help with vet bill"|
I came across a site "affordable vet referral service". They were able to help me find a vet that performed the surgery my little Charlie needed (TPLO) for almost half of the cost that my vet was going to charge me! They were also very nice on the phone and understanding. The only draw back was that I had to drive about 35 minutes, but for saving $1800, it was totally worth it. The clinic I went to was clean, the staff was friendly and the Dr. was very patient and answered all my questions.
|"Looking for reasonable priced surgon "|
I have a rescued Mastiff Mix who has a torn ACL. I am looking for a good vet in the S. F. Bay area who is reasonable. I have quotes from a few but most don't do the TPLO which is what my vet recommended. The only one that does this quoted me between $4, 000 and $5, 500. I don't have a money tree. Does anyone know of a reasonably priced vet in the area that does the TPLO surgery? I have not heard of the TTA procedure. Can someone give me information on it and how it works? Thanks
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|"TPLO v TTA"|
You have to do your research. This site has a great explanation of TPLO v TTA. dogkneeinjury.com / tplo-vs-tta-for-cranial -cruciate- ligament-repair/
Small dogs can get away with no surgery, but the probability of arthritis and other things later are almost inevitable. My lab cross recently had TPLO surgery and I feel 100% right about the choice and I have to do it again for her other knee next yr. The 8 week post-op rehab period is crucial. You obviously won't stop rehabilitating at 8 wks and full recovery could possibly take a year. When a specialist surgeon is involved it will be pricey. Cdn$3, 000 avg. If you have a good rapport with your vet, maybe you can get a small decrease.
my 20 pound dog may need surgery for acl.how long does it take to recovr from surgery?
Clarise Candelaria (my dogs name Peanut)
|"Work Community Service off for my Dogs Cataract Surgery"|
Hello my name is Clarise Candelaria,
I have been trying to find a place that can or will help my dog out with cataract surgery for over 6 months. He is going blind, he is starting to bump into my furniture and stuff at my house. We discovered he has cataract in April 2010, I am willing to do comunnity service or nearly just about anything to have my dogs surgery done. If possible I would deeply like to at least to have one eye done, my dog Peanut and I are in need now. I know I didnt really say much, but I did just get straight to the point, but we would greatly appreciate it if we could recieve some kind of help. If you guys dont do it, if you know of a place you can recommend to myself I would greatly appreciate that also.
Thank you very much,
Dogs are like children, you just take care of them, they look to you for that since they can't themselves. Five years ago my husband and I had a 50 pound lab mix that tore his ACL in one knee, then one year to the month the other. We spent $2000, and he died two years later. We would not have done anything different, he was a great friend. We now have an English Mastiff that is about 140 pounds, just recovered from his first ACL in Dec with a cost of $3300 due to some complications. Just yesterday he has torn the other and we are looking at another $2400. This is not the only financial issue we have had come our way in the last couple months, but we are getting him fixed. We do however not use our normal vet. We use KState Vet School, it is a little cheaper, they offer high interest payment plans, but are very good to work with. If your child needed knee surgery you wouldn't put them down, so a pet should not be looked at any differently. If you can't afford things that may come up, you shouldn't have a pet. It is just like anything else. If you can't afford children you don't have them.
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|"KNEE SURGERY VERY SOON"|
I just got back from my vet today and our sweet dog Hannah needs knee surgery so we are waiting for the call on that. I have read allot of posts on this surgery and the prices vary. Our cost will be $4000.00
I am so scared of doing something wrong when she gets home. We went today and bought wood and things to build her an on deck bathroom so she doesn't have to go up and down the back stairs. We also have a cat and I moved his litter pan upstairs so we could block the inside stairs too. Our cat Bailey is a little ticked over it but he;ll survive. I see allot of dogs have had this kind of surgery and I have also checked sites with pictures of actual knee surgery and it looks so painful. Hannah is a 90 lb german shepherd so she a big girl and she has tons of energy. My vet had me give her sedatives and pain meds to keep her calm until the big day. Even with all that, she still wanted to go out for a walk. I feel so bad for her and she really doesn't understand why we won't go for a nice long walk in the park, her favorite place. Oh well, soon it'll be all over and she;ll be healed, then we'll go for a nice short leash walk. Good luck to all who have already had surgery and those who are waiting.
|"ECf versus Tplo"|
My 73 lb German Shepherd tore her rear right knee ligament and now walks on three legs. She is 10. I am leaning towards the Ecf surgery reason being she is only active for about one hour a day and she is 10? And the price is 2300 dollars versus 4000. Also my vet only performs the Ecf surgery and farms out the Tplo . Any comments or advice? She also has severe arthritis in her front legs for sure, have not xrayed her back ones yet.
|"Wound wear a-trac brace worked!"|
We have used the wound wear a-trac brace and it worked really well!
Our dog was up and running after a few months. He had a full cruciate tear. I suggest you do your research and also call and speak to woundwear. Good pricing and good reviews online
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