|Barked: Mon Nov 24, '08 4:44pm PST |
|Almost two years ago Bella became a part of our family, for a small fee of $175, we thought we were lucking out to have such a wonderful pup for such a small amount while others spend thousands on a particular breed. Of course we still feel so lucky that she is in our lives but we would like to share a huge piece of advice, "GET DOGGY INSURANCE". Make sure that your doggy insurance covers everything including all leg injuries and hip displasia. Most cover cancer and common injuries but many fail to cover ACL, torn ligaments, and the patallar. We made the mistake of never looking into doggy insurance and we would hate to see anyone have to go throught the same struggles we have.
For those of you who do not know Bella's story, she was playing fetch with Austin in November of 2007. Later that evening we noticed she was limping,crying, and licking her leg. We then took her to the emergency room and were told it was her ACL (bill), the next day we took her into out regular vet (bill). The told us that we could try to rest her and see if it would heal on its own, and continue to bring her in every few weeks to check on it. (bill) (x-rays) (bill) (x-rays) (bill) (bill). Unfortunatly as soon as it started to get better it, it just got worse again. Our Vet told us it was time for a patellar luxation surgery, which we had never heard of. Our Vet then cleary explained that it was not her ACL but it was her patellar, her knee bone was popping in and out of the socket. We decided it was time to go for the surgery. (BILL) Twenty six hundred dollars later Bellas begins to heal and is doing great, until a minor run on the leash caused the pins in her knee to become loose. Her knee began to swell up so we brought her back into the Vet, they quoted us $600 to have just one of the pins removed. After the pin was removed Bella showed no signs of progress. After another visit to the vet we were told that her ACL was now torn and that she would need another surgery.
After a second opinion from another vet (bill) we were taken back by the news that this Vet was less expensive. After putting alot of trust into Bella's and building a strong relationship with her we were disgusted to find out that the other vet would have charged alot less for the same surgery. We decided to switch vets and have the surgery done there. After the surgereon finished the surgery he called us to inform us that there were many surprises when he went in for the surgery. He found that the medial collateral ligment was completely torn, the menscus needed to be removed, there was only 10% of her crusciate left and of course her ACL was completly torn. This is were we leave off... Bella is recovered from her Patalla Lux. surgery with an infection.
Now, she just went in again because she still wasn't putting enough pressure on it, the Vet went in and tightened the musle, which is not ozzing fluid everywhere, we have to bring her back on wednesday to see if it is an infection and then we would be back to "square one" says the vet. Please help us, we are running out of funds and hope for our poor baby.
Please say some prayers that this is the end and we can start to pay off the $10,000 in vet bills, we want Bella to be able to her family again.
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