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Moses, my 6-year-old golden, has been limping on his back left leg for a few weeks, now. I have been giving him Cosequin, which seems to help somewhat, but it's still there.

He has a vet appointment a week from now, and I'm wondering what could be the cause of the limp. I'm assuming my vet will do an x-ray to diagnose the issue. I'm worried it could be a torn CCL and that surgery will be recommended. Money is tight right now, and I feel like a horrible dog owner by foregoing the surgery if that's what is suggested.

Has anyone experienced this? What were your options? Did anything work? Is surgery always the best route?
 

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Definitely see your vet to ensure it isn't something serious. Is Moses an active dog? When Mattie was around 4 she was flying around the woods and made a sudden stop when she spied a rabbit. She began limping after this but it turned out to just be a strain. Still, we had the vet look at her just to make sure!
 

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Definitely see your vet to ensure it isn't something serious. Is Moses an active dog? When Mattie was around 4 she was flying around the woods and made a sudden stop when she spied a rabbit. She began limping after this but it turned out to just be a strain. Still, we had the vet look at her just to make sure!
He plays with my youngest dog, a lot, and I fear that one of their "rough-housing" sessions could've been the cause of the limp. He also is exercised regularly. He's not overly active, but he's not completely sedentary, either.
 

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Yes "rough-housing" can certainly be when that injury occurred. Again, see what the vet has to say but don't hit the panic button yet. It could only be a strain of some sort.
 

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If it happens to be a torn ACL, shop around for pricing because there can be a very wide range. And there are different types of ACL procedures, from which you would have to select the best for your dog and his lifestyle.
 

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If it happens to be a torn ACL, shop around for pricing because there can be a very wide range. And there are different types of ACL procedures, from which you would have to select the best for your dog and his lifestyle.
And if it is an ACL, you can do the post op therapy yourself.
 

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did you restrict his activity and stop him from playing with your other dog when he started limping? As its been a few weeks of persistent limping, best to head to a vet for a check in case it really is a torn ACL.
 

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If it happens to be a torn ACL, shop around for pricing because there can be a very wide range. And there are different types of ACL procedures, from which you would have to select the best for your dog and his lifestyle.
So, Monday was his appointment, and our vet put in a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. I would like to shop around, but how do I do that when a consultation is ~$150 at most places? It seems that shopping around really isn't a plausible option because of the price of the consultation.
 

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So, Monday was his appointment, and our vet put in a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. I would like to shop around, but how do I do that when a consultation is ~$150 at most places? It seems that shopping around really isn't a plausible option because of the price of the consultation.
I get it, but around here the cost ranges from $2500 to $6000 ... the difference makes a couple of $150 consultation fees seem like pocket change.
 

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I would definitely pay for a consult from an orthopedist because you need a definitive diagnosis. BUT, once you have a definitive diagnosis I wouldn't necessarily jump to surgery. Do a little Googling (even before going to the ortho vet) to see what alternatives there are. I know several dogs who have recovered without surgery (though the alternatives are usually things like strict crate rest and rehab).... It's worth discussing with the specialist (keeping in mind that, just as with human doctors, a surgeon is likely to advise surgery).
 
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