Anywhere from $1,300 all the way up to $3,300 per knee.
Patella luxation is a hereditary condition that affects the position of the knee. It is generally found in smaller breeds such as Spaniels, Pugs, Chihuahuas, and Poodles and is often bilateral (occurs in both knees.) It can also occur from trauma to the knee such as jumping off the couch or going down the stairs too fast.
The variations in cost come mainly from the type of procedure performed but the location also has some part in the price with the most expensive being on the east or west coasts (no surprise if you live there!)
Here's a sample invoice for a Chihuahua in Plantation, Florida for a $1,569 bill.
|Baytril Tablets||Oral||22.7 mg||20||$32.00|
|Rimadyl Chewables||Oral||25 mg||2.5||$10.00|
|Tramadol Tablets||Oral||50 mg||7||$14.00|
|Complete Blood Count w/ Differential||1||$40.00|
|General Health Profile in House||1||$75.00|
|Fluid Intravenous per day||1||$35.00|
|Infusion Pump Daily||1||$5.00|
|Anesthesia 1/2 Hour||1||$47.00|
|Anesthesia Electronic Monitoring||1||$25.00|
|Hospitalization per night||Inj.||1||$38.00|
|Daily Dr. Exam||1||$20.00|
|Infectious Control Fee||1||$5.00|
Every veterinarian is different in how she/he charges but this invoice gives you an idea of the range of procedures, drugs, and services needed for a surgery such as this. And of course, there will likely be at least one follow up visit to check the surgery went well.
If your dog (or cat - cat's can have this too) has had this surgery, do share - how did it happen, how much did cost, and where are you located? We'd love to hear your experience.
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