Dog needs TPLO for $$$. Am I SOL?
October 10, 2006 12:31 PM Subscribe
Dog needs TPLO surgery, but I can't afford it! What do I do?!
posted by evil holiday magic to pets & animals (6 answers total)
Our 4-5 year-old pitbull has been walking on three legs of late. He ripped a cranial cruciate ligament according to a trusted vet who performed tests for lateral movement in the knee under sedation and also x-rayed the joint. She recommended a TPLO (tibial plateau leveling) procedure to save the dog from arthritis and lots of pain in the future. She can't do the procedure, and she referred us to ASEC in West L.A., which she estimated could do it for $2.5K. I called them, and it's actually $4.5K!
I'm calling around for less premium surgeons, but I have no idea whether they're any good. I'd much rather go to a place that somebody can vouch for.
Is there any hope of getting this doggie his surgery at a price I can afford?