We will be looking in to Care Credit today. We were trying to hold off as we will have to use the interest option. We owe just over $8,000 for Drew's fusion, so what's a few grand more....
Brandy's appointment with her vet is at 9:30 this morning. We'll see how it goes. She's not putting any weight on it yet and had a rough night. I don't think she likes the Tramadol they put her on at the ER clinic. She cried all night unless one of us was holding her and soothing her. Once that wore off though this morning, she snuggled in and wants to sleep.
Keep in mind, this isn't scientific at all, strictly anecdotal, but I am not a fan of Tramadol for pain management in Dobermans, at this point, and here's why:
Whisper had a huge, awful reaction to it, even after taking it successfully for a period of time. She went total panic, space-cadet mode, had a freak-out of mega-proportions. Thankfully, the vet witnessed most of it--it was like she could not even see or process what she was seeing. When the meds wore off, totally back to normal.
I've also known of other Dobermans who exhibited anxiety and/or aggression, while on Tramadol, and only while on Tramadol. I know of a GSD with spinal spondylosis who also had sudden aggression while on this med, so it may not even be just Dobermans--but some dogs definitely do not feel well while on this drug.
Perhaps you can discuss other pain management options, while you're arranging your ortho stuff.