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I just made a Dr appt to start Chico's journey for his surgery (luxating Patella)... I will update this post when I learn anything new about his 'journey' so others may learn from it......
 

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Thanks Jan,Dottie has L/P as well but not too bad,but will be nice to read your experience ,i hope all goes well for little chico
 

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I have two chi's. One has had both knees done. The other has one grade 2, and it doesn't bother her too much. Just once and a while, she'll hop along with that leg in the air. Vet says it can wait. Surgery is not a horrible one, but a long time in not letting them jump around. I got doggy steps to my bed, chair and sofa! That helps. Jumping down is the hardest to stop. They use the steps to go up, but jump off!! Sue and the chi's
 

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one of my chis also had both knees done at the same time. The physical therapy afterwards was immensely helpful, and the PT provided literature on how to do some of the exercises at home.

Rather than going through a local vet, I actually had UC Davis (vet school) do the surgeries. The Davis facility is state of the art and the cost for the surgeries was less than half of what some of the local clincs wanted to charge.

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I have 2 options on the surgery.... 30miles away or over 60 miles away........... so I have a Dr appt on July 1st for the 30 miles away one.... I will check him out first and see if we see 'eye to eye'....

I already told my boss I will be off work for 2 weeks in Aug or Sept.... just haven't told him its because my doggie is having surgery....lol... its Annual leave so I dont have to tell him...
 

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Oakley recovered pretty quickly from having her knee done -- hers was b'c of an injury where she crushed the groove and fractured the patella bone, about 4 weeks and she was back to her normal kangaroo self. They made her a new groove and mended the soft tissue damage. The recovery sucked, but having lots of chews, treats, toys, etc really helped.
 

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hers was b'c of an injury where she crushed the groove and fractured the patella bone,
thanks for the info.... Chico also was an injury.... he was doing his 'normal' Zoomies thru the house and I guess when he turned to come back toward me... he Zigged.... when he should have Zagged....... and yelped .... he limped for a couple of minutes but then acted OK.... he hasn't been holding the leg up or anything but when he walks.... or runs u can tell something isn't right.... this happened while he was a puppy and not done growing so I think its affected his hips.... he also is 'pigeon-toed'.... both back feet/toes are turned inward....
 

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I'm so sorry you and Chico are going through this :(
In our little journey so far, Tabitha has had the Specialist appointment.
I had hoped to check out the Drs. in Kansas City but, due to the flooding
around here, travel North and South is really difficult. Please keep us posted
about Chico...
 

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getting alittle apprehensive about tomorrow Dr appt.... gonna give Chico a bath tonight and all 'spruced up' for tomorrow... maybe put alittle "Hai Karate" on him for good luck......
 

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OMG Jan I LOVE your siggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D I will be thinking about you and chico tomorrow! Everything will be fine. Keep us posted :)

thank you Cheryl... As you know, I LOVE making the siggys... I have one in mind I want to make but it would be for a girl....... Chico says he ain't no girrly, pink-loving chi and he don't want it.......lol

I am going to be worried sick tomorrow... but I know I gotta do what I gotta do....
 

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getting alittle apprehensive about tomorrow Dr appt.... gonna give Chico a bath tonight and all 'spruced up' for tomorrow... maybe put alittle "Hai Karate" on him for good luck......
Hai Karate! LOL :D
I'll be thinking of you and Chico tomorrow... I put your Chico quilt in the mail today :)
 

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Well, the Hai Karate didn't help ... :( the Dr. said he needed surgery...

Dr. said Chico is between Grade 3 and Grade 4.... so surgery is most definitely needed

July 12th is the surgery date...... blood work was done this morning....

Xrays will be completed the day of surgery to make sure that only one knee needs to be worked on.

rehab will consist of:
2 weeks - couch Potato - Chico is not to do anything....basically will carry him everywhere(LOTS of snuggle time)
2 weeks - Leash Walk, short leash, level ground - no running, jumping, no chasing squirrels/birds/rabbits...
2 weeks - Leash Walk, Longer leash, level ground, - no running, jumping, no chasing squirrels/birds/rabbits...

if one leg is operated on - $1700 - $1900
if xrays show both legs need the operation - $2400 - $2500


I have PetPlan Pet Insurance for Chico so it will eventually help with the costs but I have to pay the DR. up front and then get reimbursed. They seem to be understanding and very helpful when I mentioned the Pet Insurance.
 

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I will also be making posts to show the Actual Costs incurred for this procedure from start to finish...

7/1/2011
CONSULTATION - $95.00
LABORATORY: Pre Surgical Screen to Antech - $80.00

Total for first Dr. visit - $175.00
 
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