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    help required for a friend

    Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy

    simple terms TPLO.

    guys help required, mate has a Japanese akita dog just diagnosed with the above.
    he has been told it will cost 2500 to fix and put right.
    Does anyone here know a vet with mates rates etc.
    He has asked the PDSA to help but no is the short answer...

    any help appreciated as the likely outcome may be putting the dog down.

    thanks in advance frank

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    That is an operation to correct a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. It is the gold standard of treatment for this injury in a heavy built dog. It requires a lot of prep work-x-rays etc and specialist kit to do but the results are very good although the dog will need months of careful management. There are other cheaper but now out of date methods of achieving joint stability ie "over the top" grafts but they went out of use when TPLO invented. As it is a complicated job, really for a specialist in orthopedics , I doubt any chance of mates rates. Shop around if you wish but John Ferguson used to be the man for this job. No wonder PDSA not forthcoming. If someone can afford an Akita they perhaps dont qualify for charity help. David

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    Frank

    Whilst not wishing to appear harsh. Having an unsound animal put to sleep is often the best policy. Just because you can surgically correct the damage doesn't always mean that you should. I agree 100% with the PDSA's decision.

    The success rate of this procedure is dependent upon many factors, age, bred, post operative care, intended post op activity rates, etc. Its not a job for your local vets ether so not a chance of a mates rate op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    That is an operation to correct a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. It is the gold standard of treatment for this injury in a heavy built dog. It requires a lot of prep work-x-rays etc and specialist kit to do but the results are very good although the dog will need months of careful management. There are other cheaper but now out of date methods of achieving joint stability ie "over the top" grafts but they went out of use when TPLO invented. As it is a complicated job, really for a specialist in orthopedics , I doubt any chance of mates rates. Shop around if you wish but John Ferguson used to be the man for this job. No wonder PDSA not forthcoming. If someone can afford an Akita they perhaps dont qualify for charity help. David
    sound advice mate will pass on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    Frank

    Whilst not wishing to appear harsh. Having an unsound animal put to sleep is often the best policy. Just because you can surgically correct the damage doesn't always mean that you should. I agree 100% with the PDSA's decision.

    The success rate of this procedure is dependent upon many factors, age, bred, post operative care, intended post op activity rates, etc. Its not a job for your local vets ether so not a chance of a mates rate op.
    as before mate sound advice, all i can do is pass it on. he loves the dog but just aint got that kinda cash... shame and thanks for the honest reply

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    Frank, I've not got anything constructive to add accept to send your friend best wishes at what is no doubt a difficult time. JC

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    Would it be worth an enquiry with one of the veterinary universities, such as Liverpool, as maybe a teaching op? bit of a shot in the dark I know, but if you don't ask , you certainly won't get.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by centralbeltstalker View Post
    as before mate sound advice, all i can do is pass it on. he loves the dog but just aint got that kinda cash... shame and thanks for the honest reply
    Frank

    Many a vet has been made extremely wealthy, thanks to those pet owners who just can't face the financial and emotional realities of the situations they find themselves having to deal with when their animals requires care and attention.

    Very often the cost of replacement is far lower than the cost of treatment/surgery, post op care and rehabilitation. Whilst not advocating the adoption of throw away pet ownership. The old RSPCA "A dog is for life not just for Christmas" campaign slogan has a lot to answer for in regards the mind set of your average cuddly and cute pet owner.

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    Frank, If it comes down to euthanasia or op and a TPLO is out of reach costwise i am pretty sure you will be able to find a vet who still does the old graft type repairs. Not all vets have been able to invest in the kit or pay for the training to do TPLOs .

    Ravi most vets every day have to juggle owner expectation, affordability, clinical expectation, quality of life and all the rest when making judgements. Very few in my experience take into account what they will make out of it as an influence in their decisions. Farm vets always have to take the commercial worth of their patient into account but thankfully most pet owners have more attachment to their animals. David

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    My springer bitch had a similar op done at 6 mths having just come in from the garden limping one day. We still don't know how an otherwise very heathy pup did this. However, she made a very full recovery and is now a very happy 6 year old.

    Thankfully, we were insured and the premium won't lapse ever again. Total cost of treatment was around the 3500 mark at the time.

    Interestingly, there was a programme on the TV about a week ago showing this being done (to a police Springer i think).

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