First, I would like to introduce Hunter to you all, she's a 7 year Golden.
Last Tuesday morning I let her go in the backyard to relieve herself and the temptation to go chase squirrels got the better of her and she ran after them. At the end of the yard, 20 yards later she stopped and immediately held her left leg close to her. I thought "oh oh" and called her in, she proceeded to hop on the 3 good legs and came back into the house. I checked her over and at first thought maybe it was one of her pads, her pads her fine. I monitored her for the day and the next morning took her in. The vet checked her over and could tell something was wrong as she noticed some fluid in her knee joint. The vet gave some options which one was to X-Ray and another was to wait a few days and send us away with some pain medication, we took the drugs. Fast forward 2 days, I brought her back so her "normal" vet could look at her. Since the meds helped with some of the swelling, the vet could tell Hunter tore "something" and diagnose that she will need to have TPLO Surgery. After asking some questions and getting a better understanding to the differences from a dogs knees and humans, the vet said there were really only 2 options. One option was the TPLO surgery and the other was about 6-8 injections of Vitamin B and Sugar, the latter is sort of new ... Of course I asked the normal question, "what would you do doc"? He said the surgery since that is more a proven method.
So, all of this prompted me to do more searching and reading other peoples experiences, heck, even watched a youtube video (which I'm not sure that helped). There are also a few negative things going for Hunter, she has some allergy issues and has been on Prednisone, only 5mg\day and the vet said before we could do anything is we need to get her off prednisone since she can't be on that for recovery. Weaning her off prednisone takes about 2 weeks.
I have gotten some estimates for the surgery and wanted you all's input.
Intravenous Catheter Placement and fluids
Surgical TPLO Fee
Surgery room fee
Radiographs - Additional Views
Medications to go home
Low - $4250 High - $4950
Do these figures look accurate?
Do you know anything about the Vitamin B injections?
I have started the process to wean her off the prednisone and she continues to take the pain meds although it's hard to know if she's in pain since she doesn't complain at all but it's keeping her calm and barricaded in the family room. I understand if we go the TPLO route it will be hard for a couple of months as my wife and I both work during the day but we might be able to telecommute.
I know I probably don't have to tell you all but she's part of the family, well behaved, a great dog. I just want to provide the best option for her well being.
Thanks for reading.