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    I am curious what the average cost of an MRI is? I've got a senior level dog that I am sure has tore his ACL.. I talked to the vet and they said that I was right in thinking he had torn his ACL.. They still recommend the xray, and if needed the mri.. The problem is there is no vets with an mri machine within a hundred miles of where I am located. Just curious how much the MRI is? Ive looked it up, and the only thing I can find for cost is about a thousand dollars.. I'm hoping this is wrong...
    Also not wanting to sound like the cheap guy, but the 3k for a ACL reconstruction is not possible for me right now.. Has anyone just rehomed a dog with a bad acl? Does it need to be fixed if they are just a house dog? I know ideally it should be fixed, but realistically? he doesnt act like he is in pain..
    Hope I dont get hounded to hard...
    Thanks in advance..
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    Quote Originally Posted by simcoe mtn View Post
    I am curious what the average cost of an MRI is? I've got a senior level dog that I am sure has tore his ACL.. I talked to the vet and they said that I was right in thinking he had torn his ACL.. They still recommend the xray, and if needed the mri.. The problem is there is no vets with an mri machine within a hundred miles of where I am located. Just curious how much the MRI is? Ive looked it up, and the only thing I can find for cost is about a thousand dollars.. I'm hoping this is wrong...
    Also not wanting to sound like the cheap guy, but the 3k for a ACL reconstruction is not possible for me right now.. Has anyone just rehomed a dog with a bad acl? Does it need to be fixed if they are just a house dog? I know ideally it should be fixed, but realistically? he doesnt act like he is in pain..
    Hope I dont get hounded to hard...
    Thanks in advance..
    One hundred miles is not a far distance to drive for an MRI

    Depending on the number of images needed, an MRI usually runs $1000 to $1500 for one view.

    Since it sounds like you do not have insurance for your dog, another option you might consider is "Care Credit" which will loan you the money for your dog's care. http://www.carecredit.com/

    It is my understanding that a dog with an unrepaired cruciate injury will have painful degenerative joint disease that will worsen with time.
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    Not sure where you're located, but here in MI the cost was close to $1,500, so I went to Ontario and paid closer to $750. The images were higher quality since the machine is located in a hospital for people. They allow multiple use, as long as dogs are brought in the backdoor and up the freight elevator. I believe it was a medical center located in Guelph. If interested, PM me and I'll dig up the name and phone number.
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    Go to a good orthopedic surgeon who has done a bunch of acl surgeries who can probably make the diagnosis without the MRI, and spend that money on the acl surgery. This is why I recommend all puppy buyers take out an insurance policy. Care Credit is a good option.
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    Thanks for the information...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErinsEdge View Post
    Go to a good orthopedic surgeon who has done a bunch of acl surgeries who can probably make the diagnosis without the MRI, and spend that money on the acl surgery.
    Good advice.
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    Simcoe Mountain? Do you live near Goldendale, WA?
    I suggest you find people here on RTF or who belong to Oregon or Washington retriever clubs who can recommend a good ortho surgeon in Portland.
    Worth the effort to find a doc who has done thousands of TPLO's. If your doc is recommending an MRI they probably have limited experience. Could be something else going on with your dog like miniscus tear but they can address that when they operate.
    Your biggest problem will be taking care of the post op rehab by yourself. I would educate myself about that aspect right away.
    Good luck to you.
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    It was around $1400 at UGA two years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breck View Post
    Simcoe Mountain? Do you live near Goldendale, WA?
    I suggest you find people here on RTF or who belong to Oregon or Washington retriever clubs who can recommend a good ortho surgeon in Portland.
    Worth the effort to find a doc who has done thousands of TPLO's. If your doc is recommending an MRI they probably have limited experience. Could be something else going on with your dog like miniscus tear but they can address that when they operate.
    Your biggest problem will be taking care of the post op rehab by yourself. I would educate myself about that aspect right away.
    Good luck to you.
    Breck, Yes I live in Goldendale.. Thanks for opening my eyes about the post op rehab.. I will start looking for info on that.. And finding out who in my area does the most tplo's..
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    There are certainly some very good vet surgeons here in Seattle if you have any trouble finding the right doc in Portland. When my dog blew out her CCL in training the surgeon had no trouble diagnosing it with physical exam alone. Her TPLO results have been great.

    Some pet insurance has long exclusion periods for the TPLO repair. they often won't pay for the first year of coverage!

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