My 1 y.o. mutt (82 pounds, looks like a ridgeback without the ridge) went lame in his hind left leg a couple weeks ago. Vet (first visit since vaccinations/neutering at shelter) diagnosed torn ACL. Tried a cycle of anti-inflammatories, didn't help. Now recommending surgury. Got a referral for a surgical consultation, they agree. Options are TPLO which both seem to prefer due to his size and being an active dog, and - excuse the layman's terms - a cross-stich of fake ACL across the knee.
Both make it seem that TPLO is fairly standard surgury with good results. Agree?
Any other options beyond the above two I should be made aware of?
Price for TPLO - $4400-4600. About $1000 less for the cross stich. Reasonable or should I shop around? Long Island, NY prices.
Someone please shoot me for not buying $300/year health insurance offered to me at adoption?