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)?
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.