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    ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Hello fellow fanatics,

    Our 5 year old Golden Doodle hurt her knee about 3 weeks ago and hasn't put weight on it yet. Our vet recommended TPLO surgery as she feels clicking in the knee and thinks there may be meniscus damage as well as ACL tear. She told me we have to use a "board certified surgeon" and that Iowa State would be best. I called Iowa State and found out it would cost between $2600 and $3600 for the procedure...

    Does anybody know any other vets in the state that could do it for less? That's a lot of money to spend... My wife and I want to do what's best but aren't sure if there are other options.

    Thanks in advance for the advice.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    If you're going to do it, spend the money and have it done right by someone who's an expert. Don't try to save $500 and then end up having to do it again or it is ineffective. I have a good buddy whose dog needed both rear legs and the price you are quoted was about what he paid at Eastern Iowa Vet Hospital.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    There are several vets in central Iowa who have a surgical component to their practice that goes beyond the normal spay/neuter/declaw/dewclaw type stuff. You can search for vet-surgical and probably locate a few.

    ISUSMVH IS expensive, but the facilities and skills are second to none. They refashioned a hip for my pets twice - once for a Brittany Spaniel and once for a cat. Both went on to live long, comfortable lives with normal range of motion.

    Best of luck - pets are fambly too!



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by LutherBlue View Post
    If you're going to do it, spend the money and have it done right by someone who's an expert. Don't try to save $500 and then end up having to do it again or it is ineffective. I have a good buddy whose dog needed both rear legs and the price you are quoted was about what he paid at Eastern Iowa Vet Hospital.
    Spot on, IMO.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    If you're looking to save money.....






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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    That is a lot of money to spend on dog.


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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    That is a lot of money to spend on dog.
    Yeah, I mean I loved my dog when she was with us, but if it came down to spending $3,500 I don't think I could do it.




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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by Topshelf View Post
    Hello fellow fanatics,

    Our 5 year old Golden Doodle hurt her knee about 3 weeks ago and hasn't put weight on it yet. Our vet recommended TPLO surgery as she feels clicking in the knee and thinks there may be meniscus damage as well as ACL tear. She told me we have to use a "board certified surgeon" and that Iowa State would be best. I called Iowa State and found out it would cost between $2600 and $3600 for the procedure...

    Does anybody know any other vets in the state that could do it for less? That's a lot of money to spend... My wife and I want to do what's best but aren't sure if there are other options.

    Thanks in advance for the advice.
    I just went through this with my golden lab last yest. My surgeon previous taught at ISU last name was Merckle. I would give you more info but I threw away his card a few weeks ago (Nice timing). He did a TPLO surgery and my dog is doing great now. I don't notice anything wrong except that she holds her leg up when going down steps but all other indications are great. X-Rays were great as well. It cost $2400 for me + cost of meds to have him do it at Petsmart here in Omaha and I took her home 8 hours later. I priced checked ISU and KSU and this was the cheapest option for this procedure that I could find.
    It's a crappy deal so best of luck to you and your pup.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Yeah, I mean I loved my dog when she was with us, but if it came down to spending $3,500 I don't think I could do it.
    That is the thing, for a big dog, it's a surgery that has to be done for them to do anything really. Unless you put them down for a leg injury, you will stare at your dog every day that is in pain. That would be on you. Many people would have a hard time with that. My solution is, this is the only dog I will own. I can't afford to do this and don't have the heart not to do it. It's also something many people are not aware of when getting your "foster dog" for $50. ACL tears are 20 times more common than hip displaysa for large dogs and most people don't even know that.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    wow just wow



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Yeah, I mean I loved my dog when she was with us, but if it came down to spending $3,500 I don't think I could do it.
    I would gladly spend that on mine



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Animal Clinic-The Vet, in Marshalltown has a vet that is excellent. He has done many ACL's. People have come from all over the state and maybe out of state for their dog's ACL surgery.
    My guess is that would cost much much much less.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    I would gladly spend that on mine
    That's cool.




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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    That is a lot of money to spend on dog.
    It is a lot of money to spend on anything. To some people, their dog is worth it to others it is not. I think it is an individual's decision to make on what they want to spend their money on. Some people think what a lot of us spend for ISU tickets and merchandise is a lot. It is all up to the individual person how much they are willing to spend on something and if it is worth it or not.



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    Re: ACL surgery for a dog - recommendations...

    This is just another reason why I don't own any pets. I wouldn't want to spend that sort of money but I wouldn't want to put them down for something like that. Easier not to have to ever make that decision.


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