Hey dog lovers i am new to this but wanted to say a little something. I am 20, with job, with car payment house payment ETC... who doesnt have these things i know! :) Well.. My problem is my pitbull nyah is 2 years old and she was diagnosed with luxating patella in both knees. I DEFINITELY cannot afford the surgery. Does anyone know where they may do an experimental surgery or something cheaper that is done right? She is a big dog and this problem is very very rare in big dogs. Im just hoping and praying for the best for her. To see how playful she was when she was young but cannot play with her other brother or sister breaks my heart, we lay in her cage sometimes and cry together i think :) I know anyone who has this problem with their dog is so saddening to see their pup not walk most of the time or constantly lay down because its painful to stand. For little ny ny to be hurting like this breaks my heart and in a year i would say i will have to get care credit once i pay my car off.i just hope its not to late by then. Any any advice would be SO VERY helpful about maybe a cheap vet i dont care how far i have to drive, gas is not an issue. But i have tried the chondroiten/glucosamine supplements, the purina JM joint mobility food, and all other food that has this mixed in with it, i work at a vet and put her in the Hydro therapy tank. NOthing is working and i have no option but surgery. If there is ssome secret, i would LOVE to know about it. If not please let me know if you know about any veterinarians who do this for experiment only or very cheap, i will drive. Please leave me the name and number. Thanks so much!
Try checking into the vetrinarian universities. Some do these surgeries in order to train their up and coming vets. Make sure to ask if there would be any cost involved on your part as some do charge fees for meds, gas ect. But most do not charge for actual vetrinarian costs.
My mini schnauzer, Bailey, has just been diagnosed with a luxating patella. Poor little Bailey is only 10 months old. I couldn't believe what the charge is for the surgery to repair this problem. I'm a single working gal and believe me $2,000 is a LOT of money to me, but I can't stand having to pop Bailey's kneecap back into place every few minutes and seeing him in pain at times. I love Bailey very much, but am in a delemma over whether to go into debt or not. I feel like I'm being a bad "MOM".
I agree with NDY (although that's not the case now because she has a dog now ) but seriously, OP, you work at a vet and you can't help your dog?
You need to reconsider the mentality of "cheap vet" because in my experience "cheap" is not always the best and the best is not always "cheap". I have used the same vet for 15 years and he does give me a much better price than other people. You can check with a local university or college and ask if they offer those surgeries or services. Not all schools have a vet program.
Best of luck!
***Edited By: oxfordbostons on 10/22/2009 4:51:11 PM*** Reason: *
"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need advice." -Bill Cosby
The University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine has a low cost program that offers these types of services to the general public in order to train students. A student will perform the surgery under supervision of the professor. The professor is a PhD, DVM.
I don't know how far you are from Gainesville, FL., but you did say that you are willing to drive. If you want a contact name and phone number, PM me.
P.S. There are many that apply for the low cost services that the school offers. They may already have more than they could use with any given procedure. Just so that you know.
P.S.S For those of you that can pay, you will get cutting edge technology and care for your pet. This is where my stud dog Lobo was taken for a necropsy that revealed death due to complications from Coral Snake bite. $1288.00
It saddens me more that you are willing to allow your dog to be in such pain until you find help. Try the schools, and such. Remember these surgeries are being performed by students, and they are not reponsible if the surgery doesn't go right or the dog dies. I understand the situation you are put in, but the reality is they dog should not have to be in that much pain becuase you can't afford it. Find someone who can pay for that would want her. Something love is hard, and the right thing to do is even harder. If you allow that dog to be in that much pain, and hardly able to walk, that is animal cruelty, and you should find her another home. If animal control sees her, you could be charged and all your dogs taken away.
Sometimes the kindest, least selfish thing to do is to surrender the animal to rescue if you cannot afford vet care. Another family will better be able to provide this dog the quality life it deserves.
No animals until you can afford emergency vet care. It can be costly.
"You know, I've given the matter some thought, and I think I'd be willing to be a house pet to a race of super-intelligent aliens."
Have you tried to get a loan out? Or to ask friends or family for help? I am 21 and also in school with only a part time job, but my Japanese Chin needed bilateral luxating patella surgery as well. I live in PA and took her to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. They are all board certified surgeons there, and I knew I was getting top-notch help for her. I would be very very concerned about her treatment if I took her to an experimental surgeon, or someone who doesn't have the credentials or experience that other surgeons have. These are her back legs, and she is a young dog. You don't want to end up causing her more problems by going through the surgery with the wrong vet. If you google board certified surgeons and find the ones closest to you, you can begin calling for price estimates. Go with the one who is cheapest (yet still board certified). You don't want to put off this type of surgery, as the longer it goes on - the more chance for irreversible damage to your pup's joints. PVSEC cost me about 2500 for both legs, which I found to be very reasonable compared to other specialists in the area, and I fortunately had some of that saved up - but I used two credit cards to pay off the rest of it. That way, I can slowly pay it back and won't have to deal with too much interest if I keep their minimum balances paid. Do you or a family member have credit cards you could use? You also mentioned CareCredit -- that's a good option if they will approve you (though you need good credit for that to happen). My baby just got her surgery Thursday, and now on Sunday she is already showing so much improvement - I know I did the right thing and the cost of it will be well worth the results. Do what you need to do, but if your baby needs help - you've got to find a way!
THanks to ALL of you for the advice... Till MK- ive definitely thought about the loan and care credit, after i can pay my car payment off im definitely going to get care credit .. that should be about a year, thanks for the board certified news and its so great to hear the pup is doing well, i cannot wait to see nyah afterwards and hope it goes so well she runs around like a maniac wwith no lameness and limping afterwards..... Pope- ny ny is like a piece of the family, she comes to every holiday dinner at family houses, work, my last two jobs at animal places, car rides, LOVES the lake. i am on my own and its quite hard to afford but if you knew her she couldnt live with out us, i rescued her from a trunk that she lived in for 5 months living in her own urine and feces and i could never let her go again. the night i took her she knew she was where she was meant to be and i knew too. but thanks for the info illusion- if you knew nyah youd know she wants mamas help not death, you cannot kill every dog just like you cannot rescue every dog or animal but i am definitely willing to do anything to give them better lives.. please people no negative comments, i am asking for advice about places and vets who may do pro bono or discounted prices on occassion im just doing everything i can think of.. but thanks for the advice deptdog- thanks for the advice about florida ill definitely check into them maybe find a website or a phone number, hopefully they are cheaper than the UGA ( university of ga vet school ) and GVS ( georgia veterinary school) :) wish me luck !! Baileysmomma- i know how painful it is, i used to pop nyahs legs back in all the time, now she has no knee :( so my vet tech says at my job. one thing i will tell you is i regret not pulling out a loan earlier and doing it then but when i got her i was 17 or 18 and knew nothing about loans or how to use care credit and on top of that my mom would not even think about letting me try to pay that back. but if you can find a way do the surgery asap before it may be too late, im praying it nots to late for nyah. The vet at my work says there are stages and i think 4 is the worst or something and i believe my pup is at 3. She said they could either put a pin in her leg or im hoping maybe a fake knee of some sort? but do it now before it gets worse and more expensive and just painful to see the little guy limping and sad after running for 3 minutes :( BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! Naomi- thanks for your advice too ive tried the two university vet practices and their prices are just EXPENSIVELY HIGH!! i just cant afford that yet. what i am trying to do is find somewhere who may be doing this pro bono or for very discounted before it gets too be too late. i can do care credit and start paying it off but it wont be for another year or so and i dont want it to be too late. For anyone who knows anything such thing as this i am SO GREATLY appreciative for any advice.. Love me,shay(gf), Nyah(my pit), Nella(her pit) & Nolan(our pit) .