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Postby innocence621 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:30 am

FHO sounds like the best bet for him.

Pet insurance won't help since it is a pre-existing condition, but it can come in handy in the future with any other unrelated health problems.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:31 am

I don't believe that pet insurance will cover pre-existing conditions. It is an excellent investment if you have an accident-prone pup however. I personally prefer VPI. Its very easy to use, has good coverage for the cost, and doesn't work the way human insurance does by bargaining and nitpicking about what it will pay to your vet. It takes the information your vet gives them (date and diagnosis) and repays the dividends to you, not the vet. It might not help with up-front costs, but it certainly helps long-term, and it has some great wellness plans too.

I guess I would continue the glucosamine too, the glucosamine won't help the damaged joint, but it will help the other joints that are bearing additional weight.

I've seen several dogs get FHO's for several different reasons, and the results are remarkable. Its one of those surgeries where the dogs actually feel better after the surgery because you've taken away so much pain that the pain from surgery doesn't matter.

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Postby TheDieseltruck » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:45 am

Yeah, I figured it wouldn't cover pre-existing (like this), just like human insurance, but I've always been kind of curious. I got a quote for all critters on one plan and it was only 52 a month, like...500 or so a year maybe. Not bad at all, we actually don't have to go to the vet very often though, but with Diesel as our new addition, looks like we might have to start. lol So far, he's been just a mess.

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Postby Kingsgurl » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:11 am

Well, as far as the orthopedic specialist goes, I don't have that kind of money


I feel you on that one! Can you get a credit card? That seriously is bone on bone and has to be excruciating for him, old injury or not. He's only 2?? Poor baby.

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Postby TheDieseltruck » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:13 am

Kingsgurl wrote:
Well, as far as the orthopedic specialist goes, I don't have that kind of money


I feel you on that one! Can you get a credit card? That seriously is bone on bone and has to be excruciating for him, old injury or not. He's only 2?? Poor baby.


I was actually thinking about getting a credit card. I have one credit card through my bank that I have just about maxed out (used it for our move to Tulsa) at 2,000, so that's makes me wary of getting another card, for my credit's sake. Since I'm only 19, I don't know if I could get approved anyway. Although Mike and I will probably have a talk about getting a credit card strictly for emergencies such as this. And I know, it's sad. It makes me hate the people who owned him before. How can you let your dog walk around with a fractured hip, and do nothing? :sad:

To MissKiwi: I've been reading up a little on FHOs and it says that the success rate in larger dogs is not so great. He's 80 lbs. so he's way over the weight range of non-complicated success.
Your thoughts?

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:33 am

TheDieseltruck wrote:
To MissKiwi: I've been reading up a little on FHOs and it says that the success rate in larger dogs is not so great. He's 80 lbs. so he's way over the weight range of non-complicated success.
Your thoughts?


I've seen FHO's done successfully on a German Shephard and a Chesapeake bay retriever. Both did very well, but neither were overweight. When I was in vet school they were re-thinking the "size matters" part of surgery. I've seen FHO's on large dogs, and I've even seen TPLO's on dogs under 20 lbs... there are exceptions to every rule.

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Postby lauren99 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:32 pm

My dog Rex also has very bad hips and we the swimming thing once a week. It has made HUGE difference for him.

Hopefully you can figure something out for your boy

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Postby TheDieseltruck » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:50 pm

I'm so happy I started this thread. I feel much better about all this. I went back and talked to Doc and I told her my concerns and we decided were going to try the FHO. He has a a surgery scheduled for January 19th. I figure, even if it doesn't work, at least we tried something.

:) Thanks everyone, for your help and advice. You all are the best. :thumbsup:

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Postby Kirstan » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:11 pm

Good luck with this! I'm hopeful your dog gets some resolution (and you get to make payments). I have a dog adopted out to some wonderful folks who had 2 FHO's (yikes!) and he's doing pretty well!

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:26 am

TheDieseltruck wrote:I'm so happy I started this thread. I feel much better about all this. I went back and talked to Doc and I told her my concerns and we decided were going to try the FHO. He has a a surgery scheduled for January 19th. I figure, even if it doesn't work, at least we tried something.

:) Thanks everyone, for your help and advice. You all are the best. :thumbsup:


HOORAY!!!!! I really hope your pup gets some much needed relief. Once the surgery has healed, THEN you can really start the physical therapy and your boy will be so much better for it.

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Postby Marley44 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:00 am

Not sure where you live, but there is something called "Care Credit". If (i think you do) work at a hospital you should have information on it.

It's basically a credit card for people in your situation where you can actually charge it and pay it off interest free. Good luck with everything, that's a painful thing for your dog, and even if he is managing, i am sure he'll be happier when it's fixed :)

GOOD LUCK!


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