$3500 to fix my dog's cruciate ligament...

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  1. 2utopian

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    They don't actually fix the ligament like they do with people.
    Rather they saw off the top of the lower leg's bone to make it a horizontal fit instead of an angled one.

    Golden Retriever, 7.5 years old, and my wife has never met a human being that is as good as any dog.
     
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    Bust it out brother.
     
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    It's expensive, but you're still going to do it, right?

    If not...
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    Dogs > People
     
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    Yep. Just spent that same amount last month on a Frenchie. The financial sting goes away.
     
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  5. 2utopian

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    Yes. There is no question.
    But I sure as hell am going to complain about it.
    Ah, did I mention the part about my wife?
     
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    Had to have similar surgery for my dog 2 years ago. $2100 and it was worth every penny.
     
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    Laughing Just wanted to make sure. There's too many people in this world that would choose the money over an animals life. But I'm glad to hear that you're not one of those people. I'd take a bullet for mine in a heartbeat.

    In regards to your complaining...
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    Just make them do it for free.
     
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    Good thing you aren't poor, otherwise you might get judged here.
     
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  10. 2utopian

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    I know.
    It just seems strange to me because in the 1970s & 80s, no one I knew would ever spend this amount on a dog.
    C'est la plus ca change...
     
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    I demand animal Medicare for all, even the wild ones
     
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    My dog and my folks' dog have each ruptured an ACL. That's about the same price they told us it would be. Neither of us had the surgery done, both dogs are fine. They both sit down a little more gingerly, but they can run and jump like puppies. There are custom braces that you can get that hold the knee in place while certain muscles strengthen enough for the joint to be more stable. It was about $1000, I can't remember the name of it, but ask your vet about it. I can see how a ruptured ACL can affect a golden retriever more than our Boxers though, they're heavier in the back end, and not as muscular.

    I hope your dog is ok. I grew up with goldens, they are wonderful animals. Our vet made the whole thing sound much worse than it is though. I love my dog, but I live with knee and back pain every day, he can handle a little pain too. It doesn't slow him down at all, I kind of wish it had. It probably will eventually, but we all hurt more when we get older.
     
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  14. 2utopian

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    Our dog Jenny plays a significant role in keeping the family closer.
     
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    I know the feeling. The only reason my wife agreed to marry me was because the dog was in my name.
     
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    You accidentally addressed one of my pet peeves.

    Veterinarians "claim" to care about animals, which is why they supposedly choose that line of work, and they continually preach about how people should take care of their pets, which I totally agree with... but then they make caring for their pets so expensive that many people cannot afford to properly take care of them.

    Our youngest kitten is another stray we rescued from the streets, and he is about six months old right now and we've already spent $800 on him for his shots, a trip for a skin infection he had when we got him which involved a shot and some meds, another trip we made because, according to the vet, he basically just had a virus that was making him puke. That trip alone was $360 and they said it was so high because of some "blood work" they had to do... lol.

    Okay... we paid the money and saved the little sucker, but there are many, many people who do not have $800 to spend on a pet so they go untreated and die from illness that is easily cured, but the vets charge far more than they can afford.

    Hell... I used to own five quarter horses and had to have the vet come to MY place a few times and was never charged more than $100 for a single visit... but now we take a small animal to THEIR place and it's almost $400 ?????

    Anyone else feel vet charges have gotten just a tad out of hand?
     
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    I spent more than that on chemo treatments for my pooch, and I would do it all over again. I got another year with her. Wife was a little concerned over the money. I told it was ok to be concerned now give me the check book. Some dogs are special once in a life time dogs. Yours might be that to your wife, and she's pretty close to being right about the humans. If we treated everyone like dogs treat us it would be a better world.
     
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    You owned how many fractions of a horse?

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    I have been lucky, in the last 40 years everyone of my dog's were once in lifetime dogs, though I appreciate your sentiment. I guess it seems whichever dog I have at the moment is perfect.
     
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    I just spent $1600 to have my dog's tail removed and a possible tumor today

    I've spent waay more on a lot less.

    And what he means to the family is worth it.
     
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    If it cost that much to fix one of my dogs then he would become an ex dog. Btw, you need to unchain your wife and let her out of the basement.
     
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    Damn! I wouldn’t pay $35. Good luck with all that. Just buy another animal. Or take one somebody else didn’t want for free.
     
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    You are lucky. We had a couple of Basset Hounds when our kids were little and they were good dogs, but I guess they didn't get 100 percent of our time. My daughter absolutely adored the big girl and the other would sit by my sons bed waiting for him to wake up so she could be petted. They were more their dogs. I did have an English Setter growing up that was almost right up there with Maggie, but there were other people around that loved on him.
     
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    And why is it ok for the dog to get attention from everyone but wander over to the neighbors for 30 minutes and you get...

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    You want perfect strangers to wander up to you and sniff your balls?
     
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    They have a thing called "pet insurance" might wanna look into it and some of you others in here too. Its well worth it because of stories like these.


    Animal hospitals make so much money its insane. They can basically charge you as much as they want because you have to pay it because you love your pet. Its not like they hand you a bill for 1,100 and you say "you know what, on 2nd thought that's too much just kill him".


    You are gonna pay whatever even if you have to take out a loan somewhere.


    I go to my vet once a month to get the flea/heartworm pill and sometimes its sad in there. As soon as you walk in there is a candle on the counter, if the candle is lit that means a dog is being put down in the back and if you can keep the noise level down because the family is back there saying their last goodbye.

    I hate walking in there and seeing that candle lit.
     
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    This is actually a pretty difficult surgery, so the cost doesn't seem that excessive. They actually cut the bone in sort of a semi circle pattern, and rotate it upward to where the top of the bone it becomes horizontal, then pin it back together. My problem was that we were quoted $4500 for each knee, they suggested to do both because they said that the other one would eventually go too (it hasn't yet). Obviously, a veterinary surgeon needs to perform surgeries to make money, so of course he's gonna suggest that we do the surgery. I spoke with other vets who told me the knee would never be the same anyway, and most dogs who don't have the surgery done don't have issues any worse than any other arthritic dog, it just comes sooner. I also asked why my folks' dog seemed fine a year after. They told me that it was probably because of a build up of scar tissue that helped support the knee in the same way that flattening out the bone would. 9k or even 4.5k doesn't seem worth saving my dog a small increase in pain when he gets old. Pain killers are cheap, and I don't care if my dog gets addicted to them. He's gonna die at 12 years old anyway. Hell, Boxers usually die from cancer around 10.

    I was ready to cough it up (for one knee at least), but one of the girls in the vet's office sort of took me aside where the surgeon couldn't hear and told me how great her dog was doing after being fitted with this custom brace that it wore for about six months. I spent $2500 on a knee surgery for a different dog, but that was a different kind of surgery for a more crippling issue.
     
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    Depends on what she looks like.
     
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    Since last November, we spent around $3K on our sick cat and still had to put her to sleep.
     
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    I'd be accommodating if they were decent looking.
     
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    Hell ya.

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    Well played
     
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    Friday Night Lights wasn’t the same after Lila went to Vandy.
     
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    Have never seen a Vet Clinic like that.
     
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    Mine are great up into the point of going to the vet. The go from angles to aresho*es in a blink of an eye.
     
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    It has. It is a shaming thing. I had a dog who lost the ability to walk 15 years ago. Took him to the vet and got an x-ray and a cortisone shot in the back. Not even $100 bucks. Put him in the basement where it was either get better or he would be put down. Went down there the next morning and he was waiting by the door good as gold. I am sure now that they would have airlifted him to the nearest cainine orthopedist.
     
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    How much just to amputate the leg? Plenty of 3 legged dogs around...
     
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    How much money does the dog earn annually? If the answer is zero, bye bye dog.
     
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    The leg is fine. They just can't put as much weight on it or run quite as hard. 15% less use of a leg is better than 100% less use of a leg. When it's bothering them, they just limp around for a day or two.
     
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    Had to get Teddy’s knee repaired when he was less than a year old. Born with a luxating petella (basically, his knee socket wasn’t the proper depth and his knee cap with dislocate when he ran).

    Doc said it wasn’t life threatening but would just be painful for him all his life if not fixed. We spent the $1200 on the relatively simple procedure, plus the $1000 on the rehab, without hesitation. And every day that guy goes and leaps up in the air to catch frisbees and balls, I am reminded of how much the surgery was worth it.

    You’re doing the right thing @2utopian.

    Oh and Aubie folks, mad props to your vet school. We have a bunch of good Auburn grads in Tally and the one who did Teddy’s surgery was outstanding. We’ve been to other vets who couldn’t even tell he had knee surgery until they looked at the X-ray. He literally runs and jumps like his knee was perfect from birth.
     
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