Sunday , 20 August 2017

Ask A Vet: the cost of ACL surgery

Q: My sister’s 2 year old pit/lab female dog, hurt her back leg a few days ago. The vet examined her and said she had torn 2 ligaments. He did not take an x-ray. Bill was over $300..(included meds) He said she needed surgery, they were not equipped to perform surgery there.  My sister called DMV Hospital in Lachine and they quoted $3000.  My sister is on Government assistance and can no way afford this fee. Would you know of any other animal hospital in the vicinity of south west Montreal that can perform surgery. Is it really necessary to have the surgery, would it heal on its own?   Thank you Dr.Seto!

A: Hi Dina,

The injury that your sister’s dog sustained is probably a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  It is a fairly common injury of a dog’s knee. Diagnosis of the injury can be made on sometimes be made on simple examination of the knee.  However, an exam under sedation and x-rays may be necessary.  The only treatment option for a torn ACL is surgery.  Leaving the knee untreated is not an option because arthritis will develop fairly quickly and the knee will be a chronic source of pain for the dog. There are several surgical options for repairing this injury. Unfortunately none of them are cheap. However, if your sister is on a limited budget then she could try to find a general practitioner who performs the FLO technique. This is an older but still excellent method. It is also less expensive and can be done well by non-specialists who do a lot of them.  Good luck to your sister’s dog.

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5 comments

  1. There is one in Brossard it’s a hospital not a veterinary that’s why the price is cheaper. Please try to call and ask them how much it would cost…My vet wanted 300.00 and more to get my bicon frisee nutered and when i called them they told me it would cost 120.00 plus taxes…Please just try to call them it won’t hurt to just ask for information…450-465-6511

    Best of luck to your sister & especially to the dog… 🙂

  2. Please keep us posted, Dina!

  3. Dr. Plasse from the Lasalle Animal Hospital does orthopedic surgeries and his fees are very low compared to other places. His phone number is 365-6880.

  4. Una consulta… cuanto podra costar una cirugia de extraccion de 1 riñon a un perro de 6 años? llegare a Montreal con mis perros en mayo y uno de ellos esta mal de un riñon y el doctor aqui en Peru me indica que por la fecha tan cercana del viaje ya es tarde para operarla aqui y no alcanzaria a estar 100% recuperada, por tal razon me recomienda operarla por alla…
    gracias en caso no tengan el dato podrian darme la pagina web de alguna veterinaria? gracias

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