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Old 04-28-2012, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wrote yesterday that Casey, 11 months old has gone lame...its a luxating patella. I took him to the Vet and the Orthopedic Surgeon says he needs surgery. His one knee is really bad. the other is almost as bad. He wont walk and just lays in his bed....he hardly eats. They gave him Rimadyl.

The estimate for the surgery is 1700 to 1900 dollars. I just about fell over.
I have had him three months....got him through a rescue...dont think they will help. I havae checked around and that is the going rate for Patella surgery in this part of the USA

This is the worst time. I am retired, on a small fixed income, my husband and I are divorcing ,I am trying not to loose my house and I am trying to find work...and now this. Do people really have this kind of money?

Im at a loss. I cant put him down and I cant give him back to the adoption agency because I love him. The Vet wont do a senior discount and I am out of ideas.

Has anyone had financial difficulties trying to get this done? Are there options I am not thinking of? I just want Casey to be out of pain and to be my sweet boy again.
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I am so sorry you are going through such a difficult time, with so many stressors, in your life.

My only suggestions are that perhaps the Rescue Agency where you adopted Casey could hold a fund raiser on his behalf.

Or Maybe the vet will take installment payments?

Or you could hold a garage sale, post signs that all funds raised will go to Casey's surgery?

Again I am so sorry you are in this sad predicament.
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I would look into Carecredit. First ask if your vet (or where he is having the surgery) takes care credit. They are a no interest payment plan company. You apply just like a credit card on their website, and you know right away if you are approved. They will allow you to break down the cost of the surgery into no interest monthly payments to them. Depending on how much you are approved for, you could break it down into 12 or more monthly payments (no interest). You dont pay the clinic, you pay directly to carecredit. They work with participating vets, dentists, and other human health places too. If the clinic wont work with you (which most dont, and that is ok, they are not a bank), then this is the best option. Im sorry about everything you are going through right now. I hope things get better. One last resort option would be to give him back to the rescue. They might have connections to do the surgery, but you wont get him back.
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Oh no I'm so sorry to hear that. :(
Not sure if you feel comfortable doing this or not, but I see people all the time asking for help to pay for surgeries on craigslist. Post a photo, explain how he is so young and you just adopted him and you don't have the money. Ask for donations to be mailed to your vet and provide the vet # as proof. You never know...you may get a little that way. Also around here there are some rescue groups that give out money for special occasions like this. You have to apply and be approved, and I know around here it is very limited but I knew someone who's dog needed a huge expensive surgery and she got approved and she was so thankful. She wold have had to give the dog up she didn't have any money.
Call groups like the ASPCA and see if they have any leads that way.
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I have no advice, since I don't know what aid or services are available in your country. I hope someone else will chime in with that information. One idea...if the vet won't do a discount, would he at least give you some sort of payment plan? Is there another vet you could consult who might help out? Have you tried contacting the rescue? They may have some ideas for you, even if they can't help pay for the surgery.

I'm so very sorry you're going through all this. It's bad enough having a sick or injured companion, but you've also got other emotional and financial difficulties in your life. And these are circumstances when you need your companion the most. Casey is so young; he would likely heal well after surgery. I hope there are some options and help available for you. Gentle hugs and healing wishes to Casey. Hope things turn out for you.
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I wrote yesterday that Casey, 11 months old has gone lame...its a luxating patella. I took him to the Vet and the Orthopedic Surgeon says he needs surgery. His one knee is really bad. the other is almost as bad. He wont walk and just lays in his bed....he hardly eats. They gave him Rimadyl.

The estimate for the surgery is 1700 to 1900 dollars. I just about fell over.
I have had him three months....got him through a rescue...dont think they will help. I havae checked around and that is the going rate for Patella surgery in this part of the USA

This is the worst time. I am retired, on a small fixed income, my husband and I are divorcing ,I am trying not to loose my house and I am trying to find work...and now this. Do people really have this kind of money?

Im at a loss. I cant put him down and I cant give him back to the adoption agency because I love him. The Vet wont do a senior discount and I am out of ideas.

Has anyone had financial difficulties trying to get this done? Are there options I am not thinking of? I just want Casey to be out of pain and to be my sweet boy again.
I am so sorry for you; the local vet who did both of Jake's surgeries (CCL's) is on the board of a local shelter and many times donates his surgical skills to shelters etc. I am wondering if that shelter has a similar relationship? It appears that many shelters work with vets for just these kinds of situations. I would contact local veterinarians to see if they do, or know of any vet organizations who donate their services for a situation such as yours. I would not give up.
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Carecredit is a great option if your vet takes it...we've used it a couple of times for expenses related to trips to the veterinary critical care hospital. Definately check into it.

Good Luck.
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In the UK I would suggest the PDSA - I don't know if there is anything similar in the US, but I did come across this organisation Finding Cures. Saving Pets. | Frankie's Friends I am sure there must be many others. Even if the grant only paid part of the care, it would help. Hope you find a way through.
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Perhaps if you can't get carecredit or your vet doesn't take it you can look for a different vet who can work with you on the price. Or have a fundraiser? Wish I could help. I'll keep thinking to see if I come up with something. We were in a similar situation with Daisy in the past. She has a bone cyst that ate nearly completely through her lower jaw. The vet refused to take payments from us even though my mom has been taking her dogs there for over 20 years. We came up with enough money, via borrowing from relatives and finding every penny in our house, but they really should have cut us a break and let us do payments.
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I'm so sorry you and Casey are going through this. Yes, contact Carecredit. Also I think you should contact the rescue from where you got Casey. They might have a vet that they work with. Also contact poodle rescues in your area. They might be willing to help too. There was a fundraiser organized by a poodle rescue not long ago for the surgery of Tiffany, a little poodle girl. So there's hope! Don't know if you have a Facebook account or not, you might want to post Casey's story on various poodle groups and see what everyone can do. Do NOT give up hope.
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