hi i have a 10 months old ckcs(Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) puppy and i take him to the vets today and they checked him over and he go a promle with his righ hind leg his knee pops out and then gose back in wrong and the olny way to fix it is a op which cost 200 pound .its not that i dont have the money just shock and should he have it done he in one pain and runs and plays just very one and then his leg gose out to the side and then he walk and it be ok so should he was it done or not?
If I understand correctly, your dog has joint issues and is in pain and you are wondering if you should get the surgery to fix it or not? If it were my animal, absolutely. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess the "breeder" you purchased this pup from didn't do the proper testing before breeding and selling you this pup?
It sounds like a luxating patella, do you know what grade it is? My advice to you is to ask the vet what grade it is, seek a second opinion,and have the surgery if it's a grade 2 or worse, otherwise some dogs patellas loosen with teething and growing, and it never really affects them. By the way, 200 pounds is nothing compared to what it costs in Canada. Most specialists here charge $1300 a patella. What country do you live in?
***Edited By: pen2 on 3/18/2008 11:49:21 AM*** Reason: addition
My puppy went through patella surgery last year (he was one year old at the time of the surgery) and it sure was worth it! I would get a second opinion and if both vets are recommending the surgery I would do it.
Pacino was in a lot of pain prior to the operation and now is having the time of his life and enjoys long walks and playing with other doggies.
What kind of health guarantee did the breeder offer when you bought the puppy? Be sure to check your contract, it may cover part of the cost of the surgery for luxating patella.
Also, do the breeder a favor and let them know that the puppy does have a problem with his joints. They need to know that, because it may very well be a genetic problem. Those 2 parents shouldn't be bred together, probably at all, if they are passing along this defect.