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Old 01-03-2019, 04:00 PM
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8 yr old dog needs TPLO surgery - need advice

Hi everyone.

My husband & I have a big decision to make about our 8 year old Golden Retriever, Maya. If you're on this forum, I'm guessing you love dogs as much as I do, and I'd value your input.

Maya ruptured the CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) in her hind leg 3 weeks ago. We finally got into see the surgeon today, who recommended TPLO surgery (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) -- at an estimated cost of $4850 - $5450, not including post-surgical rehab or the roughly $500 we've spent already. The recovery will be tough, requiring 12 weeks at least before she's back to normal activity. Because of her health problems (awful allergies requiring almost daily Apoquel & a history of infections), she's at a higher risk for post surgical infections.

The surgeon said that rehab is an option but that surgery will give her the best outcome. Maya is a pretty mellow, lazy dog - the kind who will ignore other dogs at a dog park and instead walk from person to person looking for love. She does love to swim, but mellow trail "sniffing" walks around our neighborhood are about as active as she gets.

We are really struggling with what to do. Has anyone else on this forum been in this situation?

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Call around and see what other places charge for this surgery. Try asking a local rescue group if they know of a place where you can get the surgery for a better price. They deal with all kinds of health issues and will be familiar with vets that may offer a better price.

My dog had surgery in November and it cost about $8,000. Online it says that that same surgery ranges from 3,000 to 5,000. If I had checked around for lower prices I probably would have had a lot smaller bill.

I've heard of people that even drive out of state for better prices. It can be cheaper even with the added travel expenses.

I have heard CCL surgery is quite successful and since the vet recommends it, it probably is your best option. Always worth getting another opinion though.

Wishing Maya good luck.
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Don't know where you are located, but if there is a Vet school/college, that you can get to, that would be a good place to check with.
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Hi everyone.

My husband & I have a big decision to make about our 8 year old Golden Retriever, Maya. If you're on this forum, I'm guessing you love dogs as much as I do, and I'd value your input.

Maya ruptured the CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) in her hind leg 3 weeks ago. We finally got into see the surgeon today, who recommended TPLO surgery (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) -- at an estimated cost of $4850 - $5450, not including post-surgical rehab or the roughly $500 we've spent already. The recovery will be tough, requiring 12 weeks at least before she's back to normal activity. Because of her health problems (awful allergies requiring almost daily Apoquel & a history of infections), she's at a higher risk for post surgical infections.

The surgeon said that rehab is an option but that surgery will give her the best outcome. Maya is a pretty mellow, lazy dog - the kind who will ignore other dogs at a dog park and instead walk from person to person looking for love. She does love to swim, but mellow trail "sniffing" walks around our neighborhood are about as active as she gets.

We are really struggling with what to do. Has anyone else on this forum been in this situation?



My sisters lab had this and it was only around $2,000 total. They also allowed her to do a payment plan and care credit. Also, in my town the local humane society offers programs for expensive surgeries for larger dogs to help keep them in the home. I would check your local human society or to do a google search for emergency vet assistance.
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