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Q. My 9.5 yr dog has ruptured his rear leg knee ligament. His rear hip joints appear weak. Is there any alternative to an expensive operation ($3,500)?

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. Unfortunately there is no alternative to this surgery, the leg might slightly adapt to the injury but lameness will never disappear and there is a high chance that the other leg will be affected too - especially if the surgery is not done.

The price is expensive, don't hesitate to do a price compare in your area or even further, make some calls and try to find out where it can be done the cheapest. Bear in mind that if it's not a specialist that is doing the surgery - it will be cheaper but the results are likely to not be as good.


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