Finding out that your dog has torn or ruptured its CCL (comparable to the ACL in humans) is some of the worst news that a dog owner can hear, and while the first thought that crosses our minds as dog owners is what do we need to do to make it better? The questions that comes right after that is usually, What is it going to cost to repair the torn ACL/CCL? The truth of the matter is that we’d all do anything to make sure that our dogs are safe and healthy, however, the fact of the matter is that most surgical procedures to treat a torn or ruptured CCL will typically range from $1,500 on the very low end, all the way up to as much as $5,000 on the high end of the spectrum.
The cost for the surgical procedure to repair the CCL will depend on a number of factors, including, but probably not limited to:
- The type of surgery – there are 4 different types of CCL surgery.
- The size of the dog – Depending on the size of the dog, some procedures may not be an option.
- The location that you live in – For example, surgery in Idaho will probably be less than it would be in Southern California.
- The severity of the injury – Depending on how much damage was actually done to the stifle joint.
- The hidden cost – The follow-up visits. We usually don’t take these into consideration when evaluating the initial cost of surgery, but the follow-up visits definitely add up, and is something you should be clear on before committing to the surgery, especially if you have a limited budget.
All in all, when all is said and done, the average surgery cost will probably end up being somewhere around $2,500. I’ve gathered this figure through my personal experience, through talking with people (in person and via email) and through reading stories from other people online.