Dog Surgery? please help

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    Mar 27, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    A couple of weeks ago my dog began to walk with a limp, standing only on one paw. I immidiatley took him to the vet and she gave him some antibiotics - they haven't done anything but make my dog depressed. He was the most hyper, fun-loving friend I've ever seen, and one day it just all changed. I haven't heard him bark once, or seen him play with his toys for a couple of weeks, even though I've been attempting to cheer him up.

    I took him to the vet tonight, and was given the call. A couple of his bones on his right leg are somehow rubbing together and will require surgery at a premium cost of over $3000. I broke into tears and cannot contain them as I write this. He's only 9 years old so I didn't excpect to see this kind of thing happening for a little while longer.

    There is no thought in my mind to have him put down - I refuse. I just cant imagine my life without him - he is my best friend. Basically my question is, has anyone else had a similar experience with their dog requiring surgery? How was the recovery time? How did your dog heal? Did they ever recover back to normal? Any inputs are appreciated.
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Your dog will be fine. It's just a little paw surgery. He not going anywhere.
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    My brother's dog had it left hip replaced about 5 years ago when he was 11 ..With some therapy the dog was walking on his 4 legs in less than a month and still does now at 16 . The surgery is expensive but if you love you don't count ..Your dog isn't depressed , the pain medecine given by the vet is making him groggy ...
    My best to you and you dear 4 legged friends
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    I'm glad hes going to have the surgery icon_smile.gif It is probably the medicine he's on thats making him a little drowsy, maybe it's pain too. One of my dog had Hip Replacement surgery a while ago and she fully recovered in about 2 months.

    I'm sure he will be fine, probably a month after his surgery he will be back to walking normal. You should get a definite answer from your vet.

    Please take care of him

    All the best to you and your doggie
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    My dog had surgery once, for something in his stomach, he was gone for about a week and he's fine now. It's a scary time when surgery is required but try your best not to be worried/afraid and just be there for your dog, visit him at the vet or wherever until he comes back home.

    Take care and I hope for the best!
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    Don't sweat it, Dan. One of my pups had a similar surgery when she was younger, and now she is doing fine and it's not noticable at all! Here's a picture of her about a month after her surgery!
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    That picture is 5 years old. She's now a bigger dog and had 5 puppies, but still as happy and energetic as ever! Her surgery hasn't affected her at all (except she can't take high impact falls, but Pomeranians have weak knees anyway)>
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    Mar 27, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses, guys. They've made me feel a little better.

    My dog is actually half Pomeranian - I didn't know they generally had weak knees. My dog is in a lot of pain, and squeals when I try to pick him up to take him off my bed or to go outside for some air.

    I'm definatley going to go through with the surgery I think. I'll have to take two summer jobs to pay this amount, though!
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    Mar 27, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    dan_x saidI'm definatley going to go through with the surgery I think. I'll have to take two summer jobs to pay this amount, though!

    I'm always amazed by how many dog owners don't get or even know about pet insurance. The tens of thousands I've saved on vet bills with it has more than offset the cost of grooming mine: http://www.akcpethealthcare.com/

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    Edit: I get the insurance as soon as I get pets while they're still insurable (i.e., before they need any veterinary care including routine shots, and so should every other dog and cat lover).
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Those little dogs can go a good 16 years so you'll be giving the little guy his best chance to double his life from here.

    My wolfpuppy blew out his knees at age 4. The big guys only go about 12 years but I tripled his life. Cost me the convertible I'd been saving up for. Totally worth it.

    TPLO was a new procedure at the time. Happens the vet I lucked into was one of the few doing it then. For the first operation (his other leg went after the first was fixed), he had surgeons from Japan observing so I knew he was getting the very best care.

    If anyone in south Florida ever needs a good vet I highly recommend the Drs Dees at http://www.hollywoodanimal.com/.

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    Wolfpuppy was good as new after his operations. No sign of ever having had trouble, though I was careful to not let him jump and we didn't wrestle too roughly. The only side effect was that because he was incapacitated somewhat for a few weeks after the operation, during storms he became fearful of the thunder. So for another 8 years he'd try to jump onto my lap when it rained. Oh well, not everything goes as planned.
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Isn't it too late for me to get pet insurance? I thought I'd have to purchase that prior to anything happening.

    Thanks for the info and comment, theantijock.

    When I brought him home from the vet, he had been sedated from having x-rays done and needing blood work taken - he was so tired and almost limp icon_sad.gif.

    I'll have to wait tomorrow to hear about his blood work to see if his quality of life is worth the surgery. This will possibly be the longest night of my life.
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    Mar 27, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    You'll be all right. What makes it especially tough is that they can't tell us where it hurts. Oh what we put ourselves through for our pets. If only everyone in the world treated each other so well.
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    Mar 27, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    I'm hoping for the best, and I'm confident everything will be fine but I can't help but wonder. We do so much for our pets because they do so much more for us. I can't imagine life without mine. I got a good cry out of this, almost to the point of not being able to breathe. Never felt that before.
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    Mar 27, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    dan_x saidI'm hoping for the best, and I'm confident everything will be fine but I can't help but wonder. We do so much for our pets because they do so much more for us. I can't imagine life without mine. I got a good cry out of this, almost to the point of not being able to breathe. Never felt that before.

    If you don't hear what you want from your vet, get a second opinion, especially from an orthopedic vet. In fact, it might be better for a specialist to do the surgery.

    My last dog developed a neurological disorder. I took him to a specialist who did extensive diagnostics. Cost a lot, but I never thought twice about paying. That dog and my current one are special. If I lost everything and went hungry, I'd sell my blood to pay for my dog to eat.