05-17-2012 3:26 AM
05-17-2012 6:59 AM
Thanks SKP and appreciate it Spd.
I'll find out more about Charlie at his appt this afternoon and hopefully the diagnosis isn't going to be as bad as I think it is. But as we all know a torn ACL can be fixed with surgery just like they do for many people.
05-17-2012 9:55 AM
Good luck with Charlie.
Your dental story scares me. I'm a big time wimp when it comes to the Dentist. I would rather get a 3 hour MRI than a 45 minute cleaning. Here in Indy, most Dentists seem to use the examination as a way to get extra work / charges. Many give away cleanings, x-rays and exams, knowing that they might be able to come up with some fairly expensive procedures.
IIRC, docbombay is a Dentist, right?
05-17-2012 11:22 AM
Yeah, I think he is a dentist.
Love our dentist and he is old school, x-rays every 2 yrs. unless there's pain. Nothing is free, but he's very reasonable if no insurance. He has a partner which I don't like, and he even did some cat rescue at the clinic a couple of times and called to borrow my live trap/get advice.
When I needed a root canal several years ago, he sent me to a specialist next door--turns out the tooth couldn't be saved and had to be removed. I got a bone graft in case I decided upon a tooth implant one day; my dentist checked the other guy's work and said since the tooth is the back-most molar and not seen, he wouldn't bother! He told me the price for an implant and I agreed.
What we'll do when he retires, I don't know. He's right in the subdivision, too. We have TONS of those dental places popping up, and that worries me; but guess they're like used car lots in how they do business. Our dental hygienist said those places will just polish the plaque and not remove it, among other unscrupulous practices.
05-17-2012 12:15 PM
I would really like to see a TV News expose, where they send a "patient" in with verified no known dental problems and see what some of these places say needs to be done - sort of like expose's on car repair businesses.
05-17-2012 3:43 PM
Another power outage at 5:30, REALLY TIRED OF THIS! Bright sun and no rain, but just saw the power co. truck go down our street. Maybe I should follow and find out WHY this really keeps happening?
Hope the DVR doesn't go crazy again after this.
05-17-2012 4:16 PM
I need to go get my teeth cleaned. The last time the assistant cleaned them she was so gentile i was not sure she had done a very good job which surprised me because she is very very professional at anything she does. The Dr came in and used the staining tablet and there was only one very hard to reach spot that was slightly missed. I have very hard and tough teeth also try to take good care of them with the toothbrush.
05-17-2012 11:19 PM
Hey, thanks Dave on wishes on Charlie. I'm not real keen on dentists either but want to keep my teeth.
Charlie had his vet appt and he definitely has more front-to-back, side-to-side, movement in his left rear knee than the other one. Indication of ACL problems but have no idea how bad. Vet could have taken 2 x-rays for $85 but they won't show the ligaments, muscle or soft tissue. She said I should invest the money in anti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl 100mg chewables, non-steroid) instead, bring him back in 2 weeks, and see how he's doing then. Also gave me a script for pain meds for him (60 - Tramadol tabs, 50mg, non-narcotic). Kind of concerned about giving him 4 of these at once but since he weighs 122 lbs that's within the recommended dosage.
Vet knows a really good surgeon who did her dogs ACL surgery but said a dog Charlie's size would be $3K. Kind of figured that huge figure was coming and researched it earlier.
So if he doesn't get much better, or still limping in 2 weeks, we'll schedule surgery. Run the risk of arthritis with bone-on-bone wearing if the ACL isn't working correctly. Plus it can put lots of stress on his other leg if he favors one. He's only 5 which is way to early for arthritis to set in.
Just like with people the pharmaceutical companies are king when it comes to high costs. The vet appt was $253, with only $33 for exam, $20 for stool check, and $200 for meds. What a crock!
One thing which kind of surprised me the vet said is the front legs of a dog are a whole lot more important than the rear ones. The front legs support all their weight and a dog with a missing rear leg is a whole lot more mobile than a dog missing a front leg. Shouldn't even be talking about dogs missing a leg and won't be coming down to that.