Hi, I have a 3 year old Pit Bull, who's been limping for a couple months after exercise. She runs really fast and hard, so I figured she'd just pulled a muscle but I took her to the vet today and turns out she has a luxating patella in her left hind leg. This requires surgery, which is going to cost around $3,000. This, I cannot afford. Does anyone know of either a pet funding charity or a reasonably priced surgeon in the San Francisco bay area?
I can't help you there, as I live on the other side of the states lol. I would consider a second opinion though. I know my dog is much smaller, but I adopted a mini poodle years ago. She had/has that same problem. One vet said surgery, another said glucosimine and watch it. I did the latter, and she is now 9yrs no surgery needed. It has gotten a bit worse over the years, but everytime it pops out, it pops back in with out me having to do it.
I know the surgery is so expensive, so talk to another vet. You never know what he might say. good luck
Did the vet tell you what grade the luxation is? Did he x-ray the other leg as well to make sure you wont be surprised with another LP later?
A second opinion is always a good thing. It never hurts and it will make you feel more confident in having it done. There is a 'Care Credit' that is available to pet owners you could look into. It is not free, it is more like a loan that needs repaid over time.
While you work on your next step, my suggestion is...NO more running! Keep the dogs activity low. Leash only when outdoors so he cant run or jump. No jumping at all. Confine him as best you can to avoid over use of the leg. Also purchase him some Glucosamine/Chondroiton/MSM pills and give as directed for your pups weight.
Most any dog supply company will carry it. It will take about 30 days after starting the med to see any difference, but if it is a low grade, this will often help them without surgery.
Hi, I have a one yr old Pit Bull that I just had at the vet a week ago for the same thing. She only limps after extreme play or after laying down for extended period of time. Her surgery is scheduled on Feb. 11th. I needed time to get the money together, its hard being a single mom and only one income but she is my baby and i'll do what it takes to keep her out of pain. I'm not in the same area as you so cant help with a vet. I'm in the DC area but I would check around for diffrent prices that is extremely high. My vet is charging me 1100.00 to do it and she said that the high side it could be less all depends on the dog and supplies needed. Good luck and hope it all works out for you and your pup.