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Exclamation 6 month old with HD, can't afford surgery... In michigan.

I don't know what to do. I just got his x-rays done today and they are pretty bad. My vet says surgery is only needed on his left because of how he was born. The bone isn't being cupped like the other, the bone isn't shaped like a "c", so it can't cradle the hip bone as it should. Instead, it is now almost dislocated due to a play accident he had a couple days ago. His right hip however, should be fine with medication. The surgery is $1600 per hip. I can't afford that and he doesn't see an alternative other than surgery. Like I said, his right is fine with just vitamins and medications but his left is absolutely terrible. He has been limping since his accident despite the pain/joint meds we just got him on and the orthopedic bed I bought him. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the X-rays to post yet. Is there anyone who knows of any ways I could pay for this? I can't really take out a loan and I was turned down when I applied for carecredit.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 06:50 PM
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sorry your going thru this

Can you apply for a small loan? Ask the vet if he would take payments?? apply for a credit card??

I was going to suggest care credit, but I see you already tried that route.

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call up to MI state, to the veterinary school, explain them your situation, they may be able to help you, your pup would be operated on by a student, but the professor would be there overseeing everything,

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Or try Purdue, I know it is further to drive, but I've heard GREAT things about their vet school. Check out your options.
I know of a friend that had to have both hips done(FHO's) on her boy and she lucked out with a vet that did it inexpensively compared to others. I hope your pup isn't in too much pain.
My vet misdiagnosed Onyx when she was 6 months(very bad positioning!) and suggested that she had severe HD. She really had a bout of Panosteitis.

After I got the x-rays and posted them here, I found out the vet was so wrong and it made me wonder how many other dogs he misdiagnosed in his 40 yr career.

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Or try Purdue, I know it is further to drive, but I've heard GREAT things about their vet school. Check out your options.
I know of a friend that had to have both hips done(FHO's) on her boy and she lucked out with a vet that did it inexpensively compared to others. I hope your pup isn't in too much pain.
My vet misdiagnosed Onyx when she was 6 months(very bad positioning!) and suggested that she had severe HD. She really had a bout of Panosteitis.

After I got the x-rays and posted them here, I found out the vet was so wrong and it made me wonder how many other dogs he misdiagnosed in his 40 yr career.
That's crazy! Did you take new results back to the vet and show him he was wrong? What did he say?
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So sorry to hear about your pup. Here is a little info to read. I hope you are able to find something.
Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care? : The Humane Society of the United States

http://www.thepetfund.com/links.htm

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That's crazy! Did you take new results back to the vet and show him he was wrong? What did he say?
His staff was very protective of him, and wouldn't involve themselves when I suggested he was wrong. He owned the practice, his daughter was one of the other vets. Very sad, considering this place is very, very busy and the head vet can't even diagnose Pano(which we all know is prevalent in the breed). His license should have been reviewed!

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does the dog have some sort of breeder's guarantee , that could offset your expenses?

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when Max was 4 months, he was walking in front of me, I put my hands on his hips, and i could feel the bones grinding and popping, freaked me out, I took him to the vet`s, she did that stretching and twisting thing they do, and said yes, he had pain, said she could xray, but warned my that she has seen xrays of hips so bad, that you would think the dog couldn't walk, but they go on to live a normal life, with supplements and most important exercise, walking is the best, keeping the muscle built up in the rear legs, the more muscle there, the less stress on the joint, something to consider, I do the operation as a last resort

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Thank you so much for the ideas! Poor guy has barely left his bed. I can't help but think this may have been partially my fault knowing I saw the signs when he was younger and didn't take him in then. I suppose I figured(hoped) it was just his way of growing or something.

I never even thought of calling schools! Seeing that I am doing my pre-classes to get into the vet program myself I am definitely going to look into this. Knowing that within the next couple years that student could be me, grateful someone would trust me with their pet...

I'll keep you guys updated, I did apply for a grant so far. I only got the results this morning, so. I sincerely appreciate all the concern, it means a lot. I'm hoping between small amount donations from family and friends who are dying to help and maybe a small loan I can do this ASAP.
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