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Old 05-10-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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Anyone know of a reasonable place to get this done for my dog... this is a very high dollar surgery.... If anyone has had this done before on their dog, please share the good and/or bad experiences.

My vet (who is excellent imo), is thinking around 2500 for the surgery
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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You may or may not have pet insurance...but either way, they'll probably be some serious outlay of cash. When I had my dental implant last year, my dentist's office offered CareCredit for the portion that my insurance didn't cover. They offered 12 months interest free for any procedure more than $300. So I took it, and just divided the payments by 12...it worked out nice.

Why do I bring this up? When I got the actual card and literature in the mail, I found out it was backed by GE Money (financial division of General Electric) and they offered this not only for dental, but any medical procedure, including veterinary procedures for pets. Check if your vet accepts payment from CareCredit and you can divide that hefty bill by 12 without paying a cent of interest on it.

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Old 05-10-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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I have the care credit card too plus pet insurance and of course, there is an exclusion for, you guessed it... Cruciate ligament. I really like our vet but I feel he has begun to "sell" a lot of services. This is another thing I believe is higher priced here in Vegas..pet care. At least today I chopped my car insurance almost in half. Under $675 for 3 cars full coverage on 2 (granted only 100k liability .. But what will they do? Sue for my underwater house?) for 6 months.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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airics, if its not a large breed quite often these can heal up on their own but the dog pretty much needs to be crated for at least 6 weeks...doesn't work in all cases but you could always have the surgery done later if it doesn't work. You should be able to find info about this online. Yes, the dog could develop arthritis in the joint at some point but that also happens with the surgery. The only difficult thing is the dog cannot exercise during the healing process...leash walk and only to potty than back in the crate. If your dog is a large breed or wild this probably isn't realistic for you to consider but I thought I would throw it out there anyway. I did this with my heeler and he healed fine it just took some time. It's generally how vets handle a torn ACL in less affluent communities or areas with no specialist...I really think its somewhat dishonest that many big city vets don't include this as a viable option for people to consider.

Regardless...good luck with your dog.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:48 AM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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Go on line and reasearch this. I did and my dog recovered ok with out surgery he had a small limp but that will be true if surgery is done. I used baby aspirin to manage his pain. The surgery is not a 100% cure and the dog may mess it up with one jump while recovering. You will have to be 24/7 watching him. Please read up on this.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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For $2,500, that is a fair price but for a boarded orthopedic specialist doing the surgery.

If you have a med/large breed dog (lab or bigger) then you really should have the specialist do the surgery with metal plates and whatnot.

Smaller breed dogs can sometimes get away without using metal plates, they'll use a fishing line type material to do the repair and often times a traditional vet (not a specialist) can do this surgery, but this should cost closer to $1,500.

There are only a couple boarded specialists in town, so if you want them to do the surgery, the price is going to be fairly fixed. Either it will be done at the veterinary referral hospital (which costs more) or your vet will contract out the surgery and it will be done at your local vet, which costs a little less since they are using their facilities.

My wife is a vet and the outcome is usually very good for this type of surgery if it's done right.

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Anyone know of a reasonable place to get this done for my dog... this is a very high dollar surgery.... If anyone has had this done before on their dog, please share the good and/or bad experiences.

My vet (who is excellent imo), is thinking around 2500 for the surgery
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