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    Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Anyone else had this happen? Good god, the quote to me was $3065. Teach me to get a dog, and she is only 3.5 years old...



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    I'd just buy a wagon and pull it around.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    This is probably no help to you now, but I do believe that they have insurance you can buy for pets that is fairly cheap. I would assume it covers stuff like this. Just a thought for future reference


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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    This is probably no help to you now, but I do believe that they have insurance you can buy for pets that is fairly cheap. I would assume it covers stuff like this. Just a thought for future reference
    Gonna go out on a limb and say he probably knows this already.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    A buddy just had to fork over the $$ to get this done on both of his dog's hind legs.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Pretty reasonable price, but I would get a second opinion from a non-related vet. I don't feel that they are necessary in most cases, especially if they only did a physical exam and did not do an MRI on your lab. My black lab girl had a ligament injury and was recommended surgery at about the same age as your golden. 2 years later, she shows no ill effects and seems to be just as if not more mobile than her chocolate litter mate brother. I'm not an expert, just had lots of dogs in my life.

    We kept her kenneled and walked her when she needed to go out(we are lucky my wife doesn't work and can do that). We restricted all of her movement that we could and kept her on prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs for 8 weeks. I figured that she could always get surgery, but once done, it could not be undone.

    At the end of the day, it is a personal decision, but we did not want to risk having surgery without it being the absolute last option.



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    I have significantly reduced her movement for close to 3 weeks and she treats it the same. The surgeon that looked at her knew what was wrong in the first 10 seconds looking at her. I hate to pull the trigger so easily as I do plan on shopping around a bit included KSU & ISU. No idea how she did it either :(



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    I'm not entirely sure it is the same thing, but my parents have a lab who was limping and when they took her to the vet, she was quoted surgery costing around $3000. There was no way they could pay $3000 for surgery and a few weeks later she was better. She seems fine now.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Rest in peace.


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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    Anyone else had this happen? Good god, the quote to me was $3065. Teach me to get a dog, and she is only 3.5 years old...
    is this a golden retriever lab mix or a yellow lab? With pure breds it is more frequent. With labs you really have to watch the genetics. My first yellow had this happen. If the hips are bad you need to inform the breeder so those two dogs are never bred again.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    PM me and I can give you a few more options that might help your decision.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    Anyone else had this happen? Good god, the quote to me was $3065. Teach me to get a dog, and she is only 3.5 years old...

    Had this happen with our 5 year old lab, pit, chow about a year ago. Our cost was 2500. The dog recovers very quickly and was walking in a few weeks. while it is expensive we can hardly tell that he ever had surgery. take plenty of time to do your physical therapy for the month after surgery



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustimac View Post
    is this a golden retriever lab mix or a yellow lab? With pure breds it is more frequent. With labs you really have to watch the genetics. My first yellow had this happen. If the hips are bad you need to inform the breeder so those two dogs are never bred again.
    It's a golden x lab mix



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I have significantly reduced her movement for close to 3 weeks and she treats it the same. The surgeon that looked at her knew what was wrong in the first 10 seconds looking at her. I hate to pull the trigger so easily as I do plan on shopping around a bit included KSU & ISU. No idea how she did it either :(
    I can't comment on this procedure but I will recommend seeing what isu says. We took one of our st Bernards to the emergency/surgery dog place in west des Moines and they wanted to do hip surgery (something like$5k) right away. Went to isu for a second opinion and they essentially said it was silly for a 2 year old dog and we could treat it ourselves.2 years later he is still doing good. The private places might recommend something cause they need to pay their bills.



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    Re: Our Golden Lab needs TPLO surgery

    I thought I would get some opinions. I was playing catch with my dog and n yard today and I noticed she wasn't sprinting as crazy as usual. Once we came inside, I noticed a limp in the opposite leg. As the day went on, the last mp got worse so I gave her a little ibprophen and put her in the kennel to restrict movement. Any chance this is a sprain or something less serious or am in for a world of hurt again? The first acl tear she had, she couldn't even put her leg down, this seems less serious. Thoughts?



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