Dog Cruciate Surgery

Not All Cruciate Surgeries are the Same

Canine Cruciate Ligament Repairs Can be Performed in a Number of Different ways

There are many people who think that there is just one approach to repairing a damaged or torn cruciate ligament. But this is not the case at all.

The fact is, there are a number of different approaches to Canine Cruciate Ligament repair and they’re based on:

  1. The nature and extent of the damage
  2. Your dog’s size and weight
  3. Your budget

Each of these factors play an important role in determining which surgical technique will produce the best outcome. If your dog has been diagnosed with a cruciate ligament injury, your vet should be able to go through all the different surgical options with you and make a specific recommendation based on the criteria listed above.

Be aware that not all vets may be able to offer the full spectrum of techniques so you may be referred to a surgical specialist to have your choice of procedure performed.

Now while it’s not the aim of this blog post to go into lengthy details of the different repair methods (that’s far too long to cover) – we do want people to be aware that there’s more to cruciate surgery than just a single approach.

If you’re going to do some shopping around for prices, make sure you compare the same procedure and be specific about which technique you’re asking about.

In addition, when comparing costs, always ask what level of post operative care and follow up is included in the total fee. It’s quite common for some post operative follow care to be included in the overall price package of a surgical procedure but once again, this can vary between providers.

Should your choice be based on price?

The answer – that’s up to you. After all, all the different techniques come with their own individual price tag and post operative care commitments.

Dog Cruciate Surgery

In making your choice however, bear in mind that the cheapest approach at this time may not provide the best long term solution for your dog.

Different techniques are more than just fancy names. They are all individually appropriate under specific conditions and the price will vary according to the complexity of the surgery as well as surgical skills and equipment involved.

Your final choice should be made after a complete discussion with your vet about all the techniques available and which is best suited to your dog’s condition – regardless of whether they can perform this procedure or not.

Once you’re made aware of the pro’s and cons of each technique, it’s easier to weigh them up against price.

Different Names for Different Methods

The different techniques are classified into 2 main groups:

  1. Geometric Modification and
  2. Non Geometric – extra capsular repair

Geometric Modification Group Guide

With these methods the angles of different structures are modfied to compensate for the damaged ligament.

Recommended for dogs over 20kg

  • TPLO – (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) Performed by specific veterinary specialists who are licenced to perform the procedure
  • TPLWO – (Tibial Plateau Levelling Wedge Osteotomy) Variation of above method – Can be performed by an experienced general veterinary surgeon
  • TTA – (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) – Can be perfomed by general practice vets who have been trained in the procedure.
  • TTO – (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) – Can be performed by general practice vets who have been trained in this procedure

Non geometric Modification – Extra Capsular Techniques

Generally limited to small dogs

  • X-GEN CCR System – (using PROS and BOSS implants)
  • Extra Capsular Repair – ( De Angelis method) – Can be performed by most general practice vets.

For Techniques available through our practice – please contact us.

Good Dog Treats

How Much is too Much for Not so Good Pet Treats

Are Pet Treats Really Worth the Money?

There’s no doubt we love our pets and want to spoil them with the occasional special treats, just like we do for ourselves from time to time. But although we might spend 30 plus dollars per kg on a superior cut of meat or other gourmet delicacy for ourselves, we’d probably never consider forking out that amount for our pets.

Or would we!

Well that’s the interesting thing. Finding myself in the pet aisle of one of the big supermarkets while actually looking for an unrelated product; I couldn’t help but be attracted to the dedicated “Pet Treats” section showcasing what seemed to be an infinite selection of irresistibly packaged delicacies covered with cute pictures of cats and dogs.

Other shoppers in the aisle must have also had the same thought as they started picking some of the goodies off the hooks and adding them to their trolley as they wandered through. Clearly lots of people love to spoil their pets!

While each of these may seem cheap (prices ranging from $3.50 – $7.00) per packet the real prices and value may surprise you.

One item costing $3.51 for a 96g pack of popular treats translates to a whopping $36.56/kg for a combination of Meat and meat by products, vegetable protein, sugar, salt, preservatives, non artificial colours and flavours and antioxidants. It’s labelled “Australian Made” – not product of Australia so the ingredients could come from anywhere!Good Dog Treats

Product 2 priced at $6.49 for a 150g pack of treats translates to a staggering $43.26/kg and for that you get a combination of whole wheat flour, chicken liver puree, canola oil, honey mixed tocopherols and Calcium proprionate. It’s also labelled Australian Made – so the origins of the ingredients remain unknown.

Compare these with human grade rump steak which you can get from the same place for around $18.00/kg!

Then there’s the rawhide chew ( a very cheap by product of the tanning industry) where you’ll pay $3.99 for 80g. That’s $49.88/kg for something which could be laced with all kinds of dangerous preservatives. For around $50 per kg you get a combination of very “cheap quality” ingredients namely: rawhide, grounded rawhide, starch, rice, Potassium Sorbate, colours and flavours!

Scary Hey?

Admittedly there are some which come in at a lower price: for example some “Mini Treats” where you pay $1.95 for 200g pack but that’s still $9.75/kg.

Then there’s the “Cookies” which contain no meat products (just a combination of wheat flour, margarine, sugar, vitamins, minerals, carob, rolled oats, milk solids, wholegrain flaxseed, egg, glycerine, wheat starch, sodium bicarbonate, natural flavour) – priced at $3.29 for 400g pack i.e. $8.22/kg.

Want to pay more?

Then go for an upmarket brand, with relatively wholesome ingredients (kangaroo meat and by product meal, rye flour, flaxseed meal, emulsifiers, binders, soya flour, sucrose, natural preservatives, chia seeds, DHA/EPA vitamins and minerals, salt, MSM, natural flavour, colour, zinc sulphate, biotin) wher you’ll pay $7.15 for 140g – (on special mind you) which means $51.07/kg – far pricier than any premium eye fillet:yet you’d never dream of buying that for your dog.

Tip: – read the ingredients and compare value with fresh homemade alternatives. In many cases the packaging is worth more than what’s inside: yet you’re paying a premium price.

At least with drying or freezing human grade meats you avoid any nasty preservatives and your dog will love them even more. Best of all you save money in the process.

We’ve heard of many people investing in a dehydrator and making their own meat jerky. With so many cheap but quality meats available why wouldn’t you. You can also freeze small morsels of fresh meat or cook them on a tray – The possibilities are endless.

Just Google home made treats for pets and you’ll soon discover lots of healthy economical alternatives to packaged treats.

Or – choose appropriate raw meaty bones to provide both nutrition and enjoyment for your dog.