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    Default Hip replacement surgery

    My 3.5 years old border collie has diagnose that he has hip dysplasia (both sides) and may need to do hip replacement, does anyone know how much does it cost?

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    Hi Katie

    Depends which vet you get to do it and whether you have pet insurance that covers it how much it costs...

    I think (guessing) the cost can be upwards of $3000 per hip with a specialist vet in Australia.

    If you can say where you are - we might be able to provide a better guess based on the experience of people near you.

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    Thanks, indeed my dog is now in HK with me, and I will be relocating to Brisbane in coming Aug/Sep, i am now thinking I should do it in HK or in Brisbane, so I wanted to know the cost first.

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    Hopefully someone in Brisbane can give you a clue.

    I'm not sure what Hong Kong is like price wise. Usually everything in an Asian country is cheaper because cheaper costs - don't have to pay sick leave, or superannuation etc. But Hong Kong and Singapore can be exceptions to that.

    You will have to allow some quarantine time for your dog when you get here too - and that might affect rehab - it might be a good thing or a bad thing but you have less control.

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    Thank you, I would prefer to do it in Brisbane if it's not a big difference in cost, as I guess vet in Australia will have more experience in doing the hip replacement surgery.

    Let's see if anyone in Brisbane can give me a rough idea on how much a hip cost.

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    You can ask your vet to send the medical records down to a specialist here and ask for surgical quotes. I would say do it in HK because at least the dog can relax in a familiar environment and will be healed up by the time you move. I would say it's also a bit cheaper then over here.
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    Got the quote in HK, it's about HK$50000 per side. Given that both of his sides are bad, if he do the left hip in HK, I guess eventually he needs to do the right hip in Brisbane, cuz u can't operate both sides together. Do u think the insurance in Brisbane can cover his right hip given that his left hip has do the surgery in HK (will buy insurance for him right after we arrive brisbane)?

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    Too late for insurance, if you join up now for the first time and changing companies will also not work....pre-existing problem. The only way not to have to argue with the insurance companies is to have your insurance from puppy..or buy it immediatly when you get your rescue and not claim for a while for certain things and have the dog checked. Especially hips and the BIG stuff like TPLO's and such, they go over you with a small toothed comb.......When Katy had her $4500 TPLO they checked everything all her records, what stopped them dead was that she had been with them since 10 weeks, Same for my Yussie who had ortho surgery too for about $5000..........she also was from 10 weeks

    Even if you got a Rescue and insured it today and say it had a hip problem, If the x-rays showed it was a long term problem, even if you claimed at say 12 months after starting the dogs insurance. They can say it was pre-exisiting. That happened to a friend of mine. Unless you spent a great deal of money and had the dog checked pre-joining, say had a Penn hip score done, elbow x-rays and checked for cruciates.....Just went through that with my 18 month old newfie rescue. they know how to not pay for pre-existing problems .......Sorry to put a damper on your plan

    Insurance works well as long as you have joined up from day one.......or had a pre-check, just speaking from my own and friends experiences
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    Thanks for your answer,very helpful but also depressing...should I still buy insurance? But I guess it may cover if any accident happen or when they sick? Which insurance company is better? In terms of coverage, customer service, turn around time..etc

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    All I can say is i have had mine with medibank private......and their actual pone staff are local. And even though I did have issues, they were amazing and it was all sorted.......very quick and thorough and i di get it all sorted. Just be very particular with what your vet writes in reports and thorough...i kept detailed diary and receipts and it saved my butt for one dog. Also I had videos of pre and post.........i had a problem, becuase the procedure my dog had was only the eight or nineth in Australia and the others had been on Guidedogs that were just paid for ...........But they did pay in the end and were really good helping me through the problems, they rang vets and asked for new repeort and reviewed. All good in.the end. I think it paid off to stay pleasant withtem the whole way
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