I am new to this forum stuff but I am going to try this and see if I can get some ansers that I need. My Yorkie is almost 6 years old. He was diagnosed with Luxating Patella's when he was a puppy. Stage 4 or she said it was at a 4. Okay so he is really having a hard time now and I am not sure if I want or well know I can't afford surgery. He is the best dog ever and he is like one of my children. I just don't know if I should take him and have the surgery some how pay for it or if I should put him on meds. He doesn't seem to be in pain but he limps and I know that he is going to get worse as time goes on. What should I do any suggestions? Input please!
I would say it is definitely worth it as my dog has no problems after her surgery, but the cost was expensive - one knee $1000. Your vet may offer a payment plan and you should ask. Or you might call one of your local shelters and ask if they know of any vets that off discounts (you would be surprised at the number of vets who have specific days in which they offer reduced rates, or who offer discounts to owners in need) or if they know of any organizations that offer help to owners in need (breed specific ones often will help cover medical expenses if they can).
There is also a card Carecredit (I think) which you can use for veterinarian expenses. I have never used it but saw it advertised at the emergency vet when I had to take one of my dogs. Apparently if you pay off the card in 6 months, there is no interest. Again I have NEVER used it but it might be a consideration.