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    Hi,

    Our italian greyhound pup broke his leg 6 weeks ago. It was operated on at a very expensive but capable emergency clinic, as it was after hours.

    It's healed well, and he is walking & running on it again. It was a plate & screw type fix, nothing needs to be removed or anything.

    I called to book his follow up x-ray today & was advised that it would cost $495 - probably so expensive in part due to possibly needing to sedate him. He is a good pup though so I doubt that will even be necessary.

    I find that crazy expensive - we've already spent $4000 at this vet. So I said no, don't worry about it.

    Should I take him elsewhere? Is a follow up x-ray even necessary?

    Thanks
    Narelle
    Last edited by narelle; 06-03-2014 at 01:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narelle View Post
    Hi,

    Our italian greyhound pup broke his leg 6 weeks ago. It was operated on at a very expensive but capable emergency clinic, as it was after hours.

    It's healed well, and he is walking & running on it again. It was a plate & screw type fix, nothing needs to be removed or anything.

    I called to book his follow up x-ray today & was advised that it would cost $495 - probably so expensive in part due to possibly needing to sedate him. He is a good pup though so I doubt that will even be necessary.

    I find that crazy expensive - we've already spent $4000 at this vet. So I said no, don't worry about it.

    Should I take him elsewhere? Is a follow up x-ray even necessary?

    Thanks
    Narelle
    Hi Narelle,

    I think that if the vet has deemed it necessary, than I would assume it to be so. You have already spent $4000 so why not follow up and get the all-ok from the vet?.

    Just my 2 bobs

    Good luck

    Adrian

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    I guess you need to find out what the X-ray will achieve. The vets follow protocols and this would be part of it. They can't say all is sorted without seeing it and you couldn't expect them too, any other vet would have to say the same.
    What will happen if there is a problem? The x ray will not fix anything just highlight potential problems if there are any. Will you pay for another operation? It is a very personal decision I think. If I thought they were fine I would continue to be careful as the dog rehabilitates.
    I know when my husband broke his arm we got fed up with the ridiculous number of X-rays like they were magic images that actually fix anything and he just stopped going and having them in the end. Arm healed. But that is humans and he could articulate how it felt and make his own decision.
    It is a very personal decision I think.

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    I had cruciate surgery on my dog where the bone is cut and realigned with plate and scews. The protocol is to often x-ray the dog just to see if the bone has healed. My dog rehabbed really well and when I asked about the follow up x-ray my friend who is a vet told me not to to bother. There were no obvious problems, the leg was fine and the dog was happy. Why anethatise her again - so I didnt.

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    You can't ask a dog to sit still for xrays like you do for humans... so it's usual to put them under general anaesthetic.

    Not sure about the follow up xray. I didn't get one for my knee post op.

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    Thank you for all the replies. We found another vet who will become our local & will check with them if it's necessary

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