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Old 02-20-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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I was just told my dog needs surgery and the cost will be approximately $3,000.
I would like to get a second opinion does anyone have a recommendation for a low cost vet?

Also are there any services or options that can help me with the cost. I do not want to put it on my credit card because the interest is over 11%.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I take mine to St. Francis of Assisi on Potranco and while they are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, they are fair and understanding. This is a tough issue and I have faced it before, but we determined the dog was worth it, even though it ended up not in our favor in the end. At least we knew we tried our best and hopefully I get to see her again one day. I still seriously miss her..
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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I was just told my dog needs surgery and the cost will be approximately $3,000.
I would like to get a second opinion does anyone have a recommendation for a low cost vet?

Also are there any services or options that can help me with the cost. I do not want to put it on my credit card because the interest is over 11%.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Been there and done that! I certainly commend you for at least moving in this direction. I wish I could give you names for low cost veterinarian services but can only provide suggestions. Try the following groups. They might be able to direct you to someone willing to work with you on the costs.
  • Cause For Paws of San Antonio causeforpaws
  • San Antonio Humane Society San Antonio Humane Society
  • Check with local or nearby campuses of veterinary colleges. Some provide services at reduced cost as a training opportunity for their students.
  • Depending on your pups condition if you search the term you might be surprised at how many others are already speaking of it. Some have come up with national organizations that help in certain causes.
Financing is always a huge concern for bills of that size. You and I know though that our small ones are well worth it! Many surgical centers work with credit organizations such as CreditCare CareCredit® Healthcare Finance - Payment Plans and Financing for Cosmetic Surgery, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Veterinary & Other Medical Procedures. They do offer promotional periods of no interest as long as it is paid off by the end of that period. If worse comes to worse you can always use them for the promotional period and then put the balance on your credit card. There are other credit organizations that your surgical center might be aware of.

If I might ask what your little friends medical issue is that requires surgery? At that price I have an idea but it could be something else.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Not sure exactly, while it is my dog it went to live with my grown child. I was told the doctor said the dog needs to see a specialist but the vet thought it would be around $3,000. The dog has been limping for a couple of weeks and we were finally able to take her in. So the message came to me third hand. I know of A&M having a vet program but is there someone here locally?
Thank you both for the information.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Not sure exactly, while it is my dog it went to live with my grown child. I was told the doctor said the dog needs to see a specialist but the vet thought it would be around $3,000. The dog has been limping for a couple of weeks and we were finally able to take her in. So the message came to me third hand. I know of A&M having a vet program but is there someone here locally?
Thank you both for the information.
When you gave the dollar amount I had a good idea it was TPLO type surgery. Your dog blew their knee out? That's what it sounds like.

The Texas A&M hospital is in Temple, TX (just below Waco) and they perform all of those type surgeries there. I wish I could tell you about any other veterinarian schools near you. If you Google search it you can best tell what is closest for you.

What is your pups weight? Are they full grown now? If they did blow their knee out, and they are not too big, there are lesser cost alternatives. I am very familiar with TPLO surgery and if that is what you are looking at feel free to PM me with questions.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:34 PM
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Palo Alto College has a vet tech program......maybe they would know of some resources??

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Schertz, TX
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Originally Posted by LovingSAT View Post
I was just told my dog needs surgery and the cost will be approximately $3,000.
I would like to get a second opinion does anyone have a recommendation for a low cost vet?

Also are there any services or options that can help me with the cost. I do not want to put it on my credit card because the interest is over 11%.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Each situation is different and only you can decide what is
ultimately the best for you.

Two important considerations are what qualify of life your pet
will have after the surgery and how this will affect your own life
in terms of your finances... sometimes very hard decisions are necessary.

I had a purebred RagDoll cat that I dearly loved that became
seriously ill with a heart issue. We were advised to expect to
come home one day to her laying dead on the floor.

After she had been seriously ill and in the animal hospital for a
week the vet released her home but advised us to make a 500
mile trip to an animal cardiologist for an opinion. I knew my cat
could not make that trip at that time... given she had just come
through an event and was not a good traveler.

We made the decision to keep her at home and monitor how
things went. She recovered and became much her old self.

A year later she did not seem quite herself all day but it did
not seem serious enough to take her to a vet. Around 2am
in the morning she let out a loud cry, started panting and
drooling from the mouth. She was also seeking what she
considered a safe place... I brought out her large cage with
a blanket... she headed straight for it. I jumped on the phone
to see what help I could get... before I could get anyone
on the phone she was gone. The whole event was quite
traumatic.

Pets do become part of your family... only you can decide
what is your best course of action given the situation.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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11% on a credit card is nothing... I'd spend 20% or more if it were my animal and credit was my only option. In my opinion, it's a lifelong responsibility and if you've got the open credit, you will eventually pay it off. Get the BEST care. Not just the cheapest.


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Old 02-20-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Two important considerations are what qualify of life your pet
will have after the surgery and how this will affect your own life
in terms of your finances... sometimes very hard decisions are necessary.
Good post, Paul56! I agree.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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Yep jbiggs sounds like TPLO. Our lab had the surgery done about 6 years ago at the cost of about $3,000 which included 12 weeks of physical therapy (he LOVED it because he got to swim in a little doggy pool). It was a tough decision as we had just moved here, had bought a house, I was looking for work, etc, etc. But we went with the surgery and don't regret it. He's got a plate and 8 screws in his leg and you'd never know that he had any problems. For us, it was well worth it--well except the fact that we had to keep him in his kennel for 4 weeks during the early recovery and keep him from jumping and running...very hard to do with a lab.

It was a tough decision at the time though because of the finances so I can understand the OP's position.
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