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Old 05-21-2010, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr.Tyson View Post
Hi everyone, i have a english bulldog 21 months of age and i know for sure that he needs a surgery in his knee he has that knee cap problem but i'm been looking for a Vet. that can do the surgery but take payments i know the price of this surgery it's from 1,500 and up , but most of this vet. don't want to work with payments, and my dog is doing really bad sometimes he's actually walking in 3 legs, specially in the mornings when is to cold - i asked at desert in animal hospital, las vegas animal hospital ( trop. n easter ) i still looking for animal hospitals that may help my dog, all i need is a place that can work with payments...... Thanks for reading .....
My wife is a vet and the bottom line is that unless you have an established relationship with a vet (like you've been taking your dogs regularly for years to the same vet and always paid) then you won't find anyone who will accept payments for that type of service. Most vet offices take care credit, but you'll need good credit to qualify.

You basically have three options for treatment:

1) Go to to referral center. The surgery will be done by a board certified veterinary surgery specialist at the referral center in top quality facilities with other specialists readily available. This will be by far the most expensive option.

2) Go to an independent hospital but have them call in the same board certified veterinary surgery specialist. Often times this is cheaper since the referral center's facilities are very expensive to use. This will be the mid grade expensive option.

3) You might be able to find an independent hospital with a doctor who is not a specialist but is able to do the surgery. Sometimes these can be sketchy. This will be the cheapest option.

Sounds like your dog may have a luxating patella. If so, from what I've heard that is a pretty involved surgery. My wife used to work for an independent hospital that did some of these types of surgeries, but I don't think they did knees due to the complexity. Torn cruciate ligament were pretty common and I know they did those.

I don't think you'd have any luck getting pet insurance to cover this, they are VERY good at finding reasons not to pay. If there is any past record that they can dig up that you had a consult for this problem then they won't pay.

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