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Old 04.04.2021, 09:59
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Re: Luxating patella surgery - Tierspital or regular vet?

I'm sorry to hear about your pup.

I don't have experience with luxating patella but from what I understand as Mélusine adn Kri say this is a surgery best done by an orthopedic surgeon.

Talk to your vet, ask about his or her experience with the surgery, and with cases of similar levels of complication as your dog's. Ask what follow-up care will likely include - and make your decision from there.

If you'd feel better at the Tierspital I would guess your vet would be happy to facilitate that. Or perhaps your general vet will referr you to an orthopedic surgeon at another clinic.

My own vets are never offended when I decide to seek treatment at the Tierspital or anywhere else. In my experience, the vets around here partner quite well with one another.

Several times my dogs have been diagnosed by my local vet, gone to the Tierspital for part of treatment, then finished recovery back with the local clinic. Really it all boils down to what is best for the dog, in the individual case. Included in that 'best for the dog' are also important recovery issues like travel and ability of the owner to be with the dog during a hospital stay, btw.

If you decide on the Tierspital, you will likely need a referral from your own vet anyway, in order to get to see the appropriate surgeon/orthopedic specialist quickly - so this is a necessary conversation in any case.


One factor that has been an influence in my decisions of where to seek treatment in this past year has been COVID restrictions on the owner being present during treatment.

Safety measures that limit owner presence in some situations have been in place at the Tierspital this past year, as they should be, but if your dog is nervous in the large clinic setting then discuss how you will do the hand over when taking your dog into surgery.

Given how large the clinic is, my experience is that the staff do a great job of trying to be as flexible as possible, just give them a heads-up beforehand so that they can arrange special handling when necessary within COVID measures.


Hope all goes well with the surgery, and that your pup makes a full recovery.
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