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    Marksman

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    Dog torn ACL

    So just got back from the vet and my 2 1/2 year old lab torn his ACL. The vet wants ~$4500 for the surgery which from what I understand almost always leads to the other knee needing surgery.

    Has anyone experienced this in a dog before and have any non surgical suggestions?

    Or, have you gotten the surgery done and had good results?

    Any kind of suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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    Ouch that is pricey. How close you to Purdue campus? The Vet school there may be able to save you quite a bit of money on the surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwhyte2 View Post
    Ouch that is pricey. How close you to Purdue campus? The Vet school there may be able to save you quite a bit of money on the surgery.
    They are only about an hour away, i may have to reach out and give them a call. Thatís a great idea, thank you!


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    Same thread on here several times. Search "dog needs surgery" to get the threads.
    Here's a link to one that has several testimonials as to the effectiveness of the surgery. Good luck, I hope he recovers, whatever you decide.
    https://www.ingunowners.com/forums/b...e-her-acl.html

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    Definitely check around. I had my vet do mine both times because I felt obligated to use him. You may find a specialist is cheaper. Also do some reading at the link below. They have free rehab guides for the various types of surgeries.

    https://www.topdoghealth.com/

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    My 10 year old lab (small male, 55lb fully grown) got TPLO surgery on his left CCL last year, it ended up being pretty close to OP's quote by the time we were out the door.

    Doc did say in the wild, a dog would adapt and the injury would eventually heal in some fashion...or the injured dog would be eaten. Since being eaten probably isn't a possibility for a pet, he said it was more a matter of pain management, mobility, and our desire to pay for an expensive procedure but that surgery was NOT "required".

    A lot of money yes, but he isn't just "a dog" but rather a family member.

    He now rips and runs through the woods as much as any nearly 11 year old lab can, and so far hasn't damaged the other leg.

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    A co worker took his Rotty in for an ACL last year. It's just like two legged surgery with the PT afterwards with no complications and full recovery afterwards. Yes it's "just a dog" but having recently spent almost as much on a 12 year old lab I understand that yes they ARE family.
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    Unfortunately, I am in the same boat with my 9 year old Bulldog. I think we are going to try the water PT first. I have heard the surgery is not that bad but the post op stuff(keeping the dog quiet for 2 months) is a pain for you and the dog.

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    Grandmaster

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    Do they sell K-9 health insurance to offset the expensive surgeries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwframe View Post
    Do they sell K-9 health insurance to offset the expensive surgeries?
    They do indeed.

    https://www.progressive.com/pet-insurance/

    https://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/

    https://www.consumersadvocate.org/pet-insurance


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