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|"My Evil Kneevil"|
I have a 10 yr old Cocker that apparently left his wings at home when he decided to jump off a wall at the dog park this past Saturday. Needless to say he tore his ligament. The specialist told me that sometimes they can repair themselves with a limp and arthritis of course, otherwise surgery at $3500 (cause we all have that in our pockets right) He has an advantage because he is a smaller dog, but has anyone ever had experience with this to where they opted to not do the surgery and what was the outcome? The money is not the only issue, the fact that he is 10 is also a big concern to me
I have a 2yr old St Bernard, extremely active, he has torn ligament and needs knee surgery. Anyone have a Bernard with same problem? We also have a 3yr old Bernard, I am hoping that if I put him on Glucosamine that will help him not have the same problem!
MY GERMAN SHEPHERD IS 10 YEARS YOUNG, WE JUST GOT NEWS FROM THE VET THAT MY OLD FRIEND WILL REQUIRE SURGERY ON PERHAPS BOTH KNEES. HE SEEMS NOT TO SHOW ANY SINGS OF TROUBLE WHEN WALKING OR RUNNING, ONLY WHEN HE STARTS TO CLIMB STAIRS. MY QUESTION IS, IS THERE A MEDICATION OR HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY THAT I CAN USE BEFORE MAKING A DECISION TO HAVE AN OPERATION? IF ANYONE HAS A SOLUTION THAT MIGHT HELP FOR NOW, I WOULD APPRECIATE SOMEONES KNOWLEDGE.
My 7 year old yellow lab had ACL surgery $1500 1 year ago. She can't seem to run or play without limping for days. We were told that if we did the surgery she would never reinjure that leg again. So here we are 1 year later with a dog that still limps on the same leg. Has anyone had a similar experience or know what could be happening with her?
|"dog knee surgery"|
My dog had TTA surgery yesterday 2/22/10 , his incision area is very red and warm to the touch but he has quite a bit of energy considering what he went through.$3600 and still 2 sets of xrays to come at $250 a pop.But I love my bordercollie and germanshepard mix dog so I hope I can keep him calm for 10 weeks, and then he can go rollerblading with me again!The surgeon said he's sure the other knee which is partially torn will go too some day, but I'm not going to w0rry about that right now.
|"Mutt knee brace"|
I have a 7 yr old healer who had a medial luxation of the left patella. Basically his knee went out of socket. The surgery was over $2000, so i started doing some research on the internet and found a great company who makes customized knee braces for dogs. I just followed the directions to measure him, and it was relatively simple. I did have one question and called the number, and the owner was so sweet! Shes sews them herself right in her house! So I sent in my payment (It was only $229). I got the brace in the mail a few days later, and it works wonderfully! Milenko hasn't walked this good in years! The website says that it helps with ACL injuries too- and it's had great success with dogs to prevent surgery! Just wanted to pass this on....if anyone is interested the website is muttkneebrace.com
|"knee surgery - dog"|
My 6 year old Miniature poole (kiki) lifts her right leg, sometimes when we were walking. I asked her vet when she went in for her yearly exam and they told me that her knee needs patell surgery. We have been walking this week and she does not lift her leg at all - so I am wondering if I should get this surgery for her. They gave me a cost of $394. - does that seem high or right on for that problem. Also, wondering if I get her leg done, would her other leg acted up later on?
Would like some info from others who went through this with a smaller dog?
We are considering having knee surgery on our 3 year old Rotweiler (she's a wonderful Rot that we got from the Humane Society). Of course the vet said it does work and she is only 3 years old. Any thing I should know before we spend the money.
|"Ashly in Colorado "|
I have a seven year old golden retreiver. We hike alot, and he started limping after our hikes. I figured it was just from running through cactus, he doesnt seem to mind, but the limp got to the point he wouldnt put it down. Took him and and he needed knee surgery. Its been a month today and he is still not putting the foot down at all. I am massaging it, and stretching it out- per doctor order. Im worried that he hasnt attempted to using it yet. How long was the recovery process for you guys? When did your dogs start putting the foot down and applying weight? Worried in Colorado. Thanks.
It costing me 3700 for my dogs surgery and they have to put a plate 4 yr old pitbull
|"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.
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