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  • Orlando, FL - CCL tear

    Happy New Year to everyone! I was hoping y'all could help me locate a vet that is affordable that can deal with CCL tears in the Central Florida area. I have a 5yr old 70lb Dane/Shep mix that appears to have a CCL tear in both back knees. I work at a shelter so was able to get my xrays done at a discount, but they unfortunately aren't able to do anymore than that along with prescribing some medication. So I'm on the lookout for a vet that isn't too expensive who does this type of work?

    One of my friends with a smaller breed dog recommended Animal Clinic of Wekiva and from my googling I was also going to check out SurgeryVet. Would love to hear if you know of how they are if you have experience or someone else? And any idea on what kind of price range I may be looking at?

    Thank you for any advice you can give!
    Last edited by Ellusionz; 01-01-2017, 02:28 PM.

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    Sorry to hear about your dog's situation.

    I'm not sure anyone on this forum is going to be able to give you any advice. We don't know whether the tears are full or partial, you didn't mention whether your dog is mobile or not, etc. Only a vet is going to be able to advise the best way to move forward.

    As for cost - in my experience, you get what you pay for when it comes to veterinary services. Shopping around for the cheapest vet who will perform surgery on your dog might turn out okay, but I think that especially with a touchy and non-routine surgery like a double CCL tear, you really need to find a specialist to consult with. Which probably won't be cheap.

    In my area, full CCL tears are around $3,000 (per leg) to fix. However, you really need to get to the underlying cause of why BOTH tears occurred before deciding that it's a treatable condition, which is where a specialist's advice will come in to play.

    I wish you luck and I hope you find a vet who can help your dog.
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      Thanks! I didn't actually get a chance to talk to my vet so only know second hand what she told my friend, did a walk in during my shift. But I made an appointment for tomorrow at the place my friend went to with her dog (the doc used to work at our shelter). Transferring the records and xrays. They said rough estimate for CCL's was about 1-1.5k per leg.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ellusionz View Post
        Thanks! I didn't actually get a chance to talk to my vet so only know second hand what she told my friend, did a walk in during my shift. But I made an appointment for tomorrow at the place my friend went to with her dog (the doc used to work at our shelter). Transferring the records and xrays. They said rough estimate for CCL's was about 1-1.5k per leg.
        Vet care seems to be expensive in my area, so I'm not surprised the surgery is less elsewhere.

        One thing I can add is that they should also x-ray his/her hips. My dad had a young dog who ended up tearing one CCL, and while we were trying to rehab her she tore the other so surgery was the only option. However, upon x-raying her hips, we realized that she had deformed femoral heads (moderate on one side, severe on the other) and that her hip issues directly contributed to her CCL tears.

        That's what I mean by finding out the cause of why both CCLs are suddenly torn before proceeding with surgery that may or may not be successful unless the underlying cause of the tears is discovered. It may just be because your dog's structure is not ideal because he/she is a mixed breed dog, and CCL tears are more common in mixed breeds because of structure issues and because many of them are altered too young. But finding out for sure that nothing else is going on in the knee/hip area would be my advice.
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        • #5
          It might be a bit of a drive, but you might try the Vet school in Gainesville?? Everyone I know that has taken their animals there have been very pleased with the outcomes.

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