ACL surgery for dog...costs?

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My advise is to look at alternatives, my buddy did his own pool therapy with 135 lb dog, you'd never know the dog had an ACL issue.
 
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Banaford in Petco is quoting $1800 for my 10lb Malti Poo. Our friends 40lb fat Beagle was the same at a private vet like 5 years ago.
 

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I dont know the details but I have heard Tufts Veterinary sometimes takes injured animals in as part of their schooling at minimal costs
 

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Friend of mine had his GSD mix's knee done about a year or two ago, was around $4000.

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I have had 3 dogs undergo ccl surgery in the last 20 years, most recently paying 5k in 2012 to a surgeon in Boston. At the time I could afford to be more concerned with the quality of the surgery than locating the least expensive provider. Good luck to you and Gryffin.
 
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Did 2 back to back on my Bullmastif. 6K each.. I was told it is very common for the second one to go from pulling the weight of the injured one.
 

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About two years back, our 8 year old had both of her CCL’s (ACL in humans) 10 months apart at around $4K each. Rehab was around 8 weeks the first time, but her second leg seemed to go a lot smoother.

It really wasn’t a choice. The first one just completely tore and she was in a lot of pain and we were lucky to get her into surgery the next day. Around 50% of dogs wind up having the surgery on the second knee at some point. We took some pictures of the second one and saw that it was degenerating and she probably needed surgery sometime in the next year or two. We opted to be proactive about it before she got much older. Recovery on the second one was so much better than the first.

Her knees are better than mine now and she runs like the wind.


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One of the best choices we ever made for her. If you can swing it, I recommend it.
 
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My late black lab had both rear legs done, a year apart. Cost us 6 grand a side.

I didn't even blink... best 12 grand I ever spent
We agree with that reasoning. We're pretty fond of our pups.

Friend of mine had his GSD mix's knee done about a year or two ago, was around $4000.

-Mike
Yeah, That's the number. $4500, and some take home meds, etc. We will re-use the cone of shame.

I have had 3 dogs undergo ccl surgery in the last 20 years, most recently paying 5k in 2012 to a surgeon in Boston. At the time I could afford to be more concerned with the quality of the surgery than locating the least expensive provider. Good luck to you and Gryffin.
Thank you. We are not concerned about the quality of the surgery, because this is going to be the 6th knee (3rd dog) with this vet and the rest of the repaired knees have lasted the rest of the dogs' life spans. The difference was the price has doubled and then some from the first to the latest

Did 2 back to back on my Bullmastif. 6K each.. I was told it is very common for the second one to go from pulling the weight of the injured one.
That's what we'd hoped to avoid when we did his first one a handful of days about 9 months ago after he tore it

$4k is about right. Budget for the other side within a year.
Unfortunately, this IS the other side

This *is* his second knee surgery, and shame on us for making too much food available as we ministered to the other dog in the house as she fought cancer. We've spent enough on dog knees over the past 20 years to buy a nice car.
 

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What are your dogs doing that blows out their knees? Is it only happening to old dogs?
 
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Yeah. These things are a lifesaver in this situation, especially with a big dog.
It was really nice to be able to deadlift him straight up. Less discomfort for him, less chance of me hurting myself. If I threw my back out while his knee was out we'd both be in big trouble. All it takes is for them to twist while you're holding them and BAM on the couch for a week.
 

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Some dogs are genetically predisposed to knee problems. Being overweight can help, too.
My cousin had a brown lab that blew out her knee while chasing rocks down an embankment behind his house. She had acl surgery too but i forget what that cost him at the time...
 

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Amputation is much cheaper, and the dog will be just as well off in the end.
Dude, I hope you’re joking.

Anybody here has a dog and are even close to amputating his leg versus rehab or surgery on her knee, PM me. I’ll fix them up and find them a good home.
 
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Dude, I hope you’re joking.

Anybody here has a dog and are even close to amputating his leg versus rehab or surgery on her knee, PM me. I’ll fix them up and find them a good home.
I have a dachsund that a month ago was paralyzed from about halfway down. Had bulging disks which is very common in dachsunds and my 2nd one this has happened to. Had the surgery to try and restore function, only one back leg works the other one just hangs there. I am absolutely going to get that non functioning leg amputated. It impedes her motion and the potential for that dangling leg to cause more harm to her far exceeds any benefit of leaving it. Sometimes you gotta choppy choppy.
As for the OP, I highly suggest calling tufts vets in Walpole. I was quoted over 10k for the back surgery by my local vet, tufts did it for 6k. Damn animals get better healthcare than me. Best of luck with the pooch
 

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I dont know the details but I have heard Tufts Veterinary sometimes takes injured animals in as part of their schooling at minimal costs
If you are concerned about cost, tufts is not the way to go. I have used them several times for emergencies and their costs are at least 50% more than a typical vet.
 
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