Ask RiotACT: Cheaper option for dogs torn ACL?

owenob1 5 September 2016 6
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,

I have been quoted $6000-$8000 to get both my dogs ACL’s fixed.

I find it extremely difficult to believe that is the best price I’m going to get around Canberra so am wondering if anyone could share better options?

I am not after the gold standard in surgeries if it’s going to cost so much.


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6 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Cheaper option for dogs torn ACL?
JesintaBale JesintaBale 3:37 pm 22 Sep 16

Sydney will be your best. It is quite expensive in Canberra unfortunately 🙁

Genie Genie 12:58 pm 12 Sep 16

Have you tried Sonza Vet out near HQJOC ?

They’re just over the border and I when I got my female BC desexed they were half the price of anywhere else quoted.

BellaK BellaK 9:07 am 09 Sep 16

You could try Weston Woden Animal Hospital. They are always very competitively priced and Ivan is a super caring veterinarian.

rommeldog56 rommeldog56 7:48 am 09 Sep 16

Like almost everything else in Canberra, the cost is what the market will bare. Unfortunately, it seems that Canberra consumers can bare these sorts of costs.

Had a similar experience with my dog – much cheaper for surgery in Sydney but I could not avail myself of that because regular follow ups were necessary which would have entailed trips back to Sydney.

54-11 54-11 8:26 pm 08 Sep 16

When my mutt did his ACL, the vet gave me 3 options. The first was what you’ve been quoted; the second choice was an el-cheapo reconstruction with some fishing line; and the third was to just leave it. I took the third option, and he happily saw out his days with a limp and no trauma or cost of surgery. Are you sure it must be done?

ashasmashya ashasmashya 3:02 pm 08 Sep 16

We were told Sydney was much cheaper for ACL fix in dogs. Could be an option for you.

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