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Well, we took Deuce to the specialist this weekend. He is going to need surgery really soon. The vet said it was b/c one bone in his leg stopped growing before the other one. Something wrong with the growth plate. It has caused the bone to twist and arc. He said he could make him 80-90%. The bill is going to be $1900.00 - $2400.00. We don't know what we are going to do. We don't have the money, but we will figure something out. I feel bad every day he is like this is one day too many. I guess another credit card is in order. No other way.
 

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I'm sorry... I so wish we could set up a donation fund for all our forum doggies who need surgeries and stuff, but I realize not everyone is able to help. Good luck, I wish there was more we could do. :(
 

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What were his signs/symptoms that made you take him to the vet??Sorry if I have missed something.

I know growth plates can damage easily(fairly) and Im worried about Daizys, as they are bowing/curving from how rough she has been on them trying to walk.

Is he in pain?
 

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Well his front leg started facing out instead of straight. Now it is almost backwards. It hurts him from what I can tell when he walks too much or goes up stairs. If I try to touch that leg he will bite my hand. Not hard, just enough to let me know he isn't happy. Our vet suggested taking him to a specialist and we did this weekend 2 hours away. Now we have to travel back for the surgery.
 

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Sorry to hear the news but it is great that it can be fixed.Check out the care credit.You can apply at your vet and be approved in minutes and they will let you know there how much you are approved for and it starts right away.I have one in case of any emergencies although first check with the specialist to see that they will take the care credit and you may even be able to apply there.It works just like a credit card :wink: Good luck adn keep us updated on that baby of yours :)
 

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That is crazy, never heard of such a thing!?! Orson had surgery on his back leg 6 months ago to fix his kneecap that was slipping in and out of place. The worst thing about that (except for price) was we had to keep him "quiet" for 6-8 weeks. That meant no walks, no chasing or fetching toys, no up and down stairs so basically no fun. That is VERY tough to keep an 8 month old puppy from not being a puppy!! I bought him TONS of chew bones and bully sticks and things and kept him in his crate whenever we couldn't watch him. So I feel for you! But now except for a clicking sound, he's running and jumping and normal (until his other knee goes, which is possible) :sad1:
GOOD LUCK!!!
 

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Can't wait to be able to exercise him. He needs to get some muscle and get that baby fat off of him. All he can do is lay around. He would run if we let him, but we try to keep it to a minimum so he isn't sore.
 

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Poor Deuce :cry: Well you are good parents to help him. Did you notify the breeder about this to see if they will help out? I hope you can find the monet soon for Deuce's sake. I know how you feel... you want it done now but you first have to find the funds. Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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Exactly. I don't plan on contacting the breeder. It was something that happened over time. The vet said the problem with the growth plate could have been caused by an injury from jumping or something else. It isn't genetic so I don't really think it is the breeders fault. We will be charging the expense, but we have to wait a few more weeks so we can take some time off work. That is actually what is holding us up. We can't afford to miss work right now. It will be soon though, I can't stand seeing him in pain and knowing there is something I can do. Thanks for everything guys. Wish us luck on the recovery. I will keep you updated.
 

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Well, surgery may have to wait a few weeks. I lost my job yesterday. Perfect freakin timing, huh. I was thinking about seeing if there was a college that taught veterinary medicine. Wouldn't they do it for cheap or free as a way to help teach hands on. What do you guys think of this. Do you think it would be ok, or not worth the risks?
 

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I'm so sorry about your job situation. You must be really stressed out. I just wanted to say that you can definitly apply for help either through the surgeon or with your vet. That was an option for us with Heidi. You don't even want to know what kind of bill was handed to me. #-o I feel so bad for the people that lose their dogs and still have to pay these horrible bills for it. The fact that we still have Heidi makes the blow much softer. Anyways, the vet was worried I wouldn't pay and he was telling me to apply for some aid with them. He said people try to abandon their pets at hospitals all the time. Most of these places are just so passionate about animal's that they are willing to works something out in order to get your dog healthy, you know. Keep us posted.

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deuce's mommy said:
Well, surgery may have to wait a few weeks. I lost my job yesterday. Perfect freakin timing, huh. I was thinking about seeing if there was a college that taught veterinary medicine. Wouldn't they do it for cheap or free as a way to help teach hands on. What do you guys think of this. Do you think it would be ok, or not worth the risks?
Wow, I am very sorry about your job, what bad timing.

about a college doing the surgery... if you can find a college that is willing to do it for cheaper... I would probably do it. They have the teachers watch over everything like that and these doctors are going to have to learn some time or another. I used to go get my eye brows waxed at a college and got my brow waxed off!! poor me lol, i know nothing like surgery by any means. but the teachers didn't watch over every single client. but teachers do with big things like that
 
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