Please, I need help with my little doggy. Her name is Chiqui and she is 10 1/2 years old. She has had the best quality life that any pet could have. She needs a knee surgery (because of her ligaments). I have taken her to 5 vets and they all charge $1,500 to $3,000. I do not have this kind of money. Please I need help. Now that she is old, she is suffering with this. I feel so sorry for her that she is going to be in pain during her last years.
I live in Kissimmee Florida, do you know any clinic or society that could help me with this? Thank you.
Have you called your Humane Society? Sometimes they have funds available for helping with various ailments, but in this economy, I don't know. Can you barter for services with a vet by getting an intern to perform and then you working off the rest of the funds? Good luck to you on this, and Bless you for taking good care of your dog! (06/18/2010)
How about a veterinarian medical college nearby? Maybe they will cut you a break if they can use the dog for teaching students about this medical problem. Check to see if there is a veterinarian college near you. (06/19/2010)
There's credit card company called Care Credit out of El Paso, TX. See if you can sign up for it over the internet, it's medical care for your pets, your dental, chiropractic, vision, hearing, cosmetic, and veterinary. Their number is 1-866-893-7864 and website is CareCredit.com. You can go up to $3,000, credit line and affordable payment plan.
As with most credit cards these days, the interest rate is high, but if you have no other alternative for your pet; you may want to apply for Care Credit. I signed up for it at my dentist's office, but haven't used it so far. I may in the future. Good luck. (06/19/2010)
Yamna, I have a little Silky Terrier and he twisted his knee jumping off the back steps while chasing the birds. I went to the vet and he said the same thing. But we tried him on a course of Cartrophen and he had this injection every week for 4 weeks. The consultation was around $125.00, and because it was on going treatment, I only had to pay that once. He had the injection and they were approx $20.00 a time.
The vet said this treatment is 99% effective on dogs. Even if your dog does need an operation, ask the vet to try a course of Cartrophen, with a pain killer, it's worth a try. I was like you, it saddened me to see my dog in pain, he is 9 years old and responded well. Hope this helps you. (06/22/2010)
Get some Glucosamine Chondroitin (I get mine at Trader Joe's for $9.99 + tax). It has helped with the pain that 2 of my Shih Tzus had. It will not solve the problem, but will give relief from much of the pain. Now they are active and more comfortable. (06/22/2010)
My 10 year old Cocker Spaniel has a torn cruciate in her left hind leg. The Vet said she needed surgery, but I did not want to put her through that at her age. Rest the dog, do not let the dog jump up on anything, and carry her up and down stairs, do this for about 4 weeks. During this time, begin glucosomine/chondroitin supplements, this has worked wonders for my dog. She never had the surgery and she runs around like a puppy! (06/25/2010)
Thank you to all of you for this feedback. All your responses have been a wonderful help for me and my little baby. On her name, thank you so much. God bless you all. (06/25/2010)
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