Hi everyone, my min pin/chi mix Charlie, 2 and a half years old, has MPL in his left hind leg. On feb 20 he was reluctent to use his leg. I thought it was nothing too big but later on that night he began screaming. I took him to the emergency room and they diagnosed it as his hip. After a month, he continued to limp and I brought him to another vet. He said that it's MPL, grade 3. Though after doing my research grade 3 is frequent limping, I would call his limping pattern maybe a 50%. Anywho, the vet gave me anti inflammatory medication, metacam i believe, and told me to give it to him for 2 weeks.
so the first 3 days charlie was on he did not limp once. on his 4th morning he started to limp and is now limping as if he did before. Somedays it's a little more than others. Our 2 weeks is up this friday (april 2) and the vet said if he is still limping we may want to do surgery.
surgery is a big deal with for me because I know there can be complications and I'm scared to put him through that. There is no pain when he limps, he doesn't seem to be in any pain since the time he screamed which was a little over a month ago.
I'm looking for advice on 1. to get the surgery or 2. if there is an alternative, maybe a supplement that works or something. Of course, this surgey goes for about $2000 dollars on a leg and that is very expensive. I don't have that money but if it comes down to needing surgery I will of course do it for the little guy.
What do you guys think I should do?
P.S. he does take a vitamin that I bought at PetSmart but it does not have a lot of Chondroitin in it only Glucosamine.
I am only going to comment on the surgery, if you decide to have it done. Take him to a teaching veterinary school. They receive the finest care and surgery is generally half the price or less. We drove from SLC, Utah to Fort Collins Colorado for a pup last fall. We were quoted $3500-4000 for the surgery and CSU Veterinary hospital was less than $1900. UC Davis also does the same, as well as a school in Oklahoma. Just a thought.