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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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FHO surgery just done! Any advice please..

Hello everyone!

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My story:
Samson is a black lab/german shepherd mix who is 8 months old. He was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia about 3 months ago. His hips were getting worse and worse (I started noticing more limping) and I just bit the bullet and scheduled his surgery for yesterday (08/13/2010). I haven't even been back to the vet to see him because they needed him to spend the night. I read a few things online about FHO and it seems as though people feel 50/50 about it. Samson is a big dog, already weighing 72 LBS but my vet said that is not a problem. He also said "If my dog was 140 LBS, I'd still do the surgery." So he made the impression that weight wasn't really an issue. I did read that the smaller the dog, the easier the recovery and it's also easier for his hip to support his weight if he is smaller. Well, I know there is nothing I can do anyway at this point, because he already had the surgery, but I just wanted any kind of advice or physical therapy ideas/tips.

I pick Samson up from the vet tonight and I am sooooo excited! He is the love of my life and my days are incomplete without him.

Anyone? Someone? Please? I am 24 and dealing with this puppy and his ailments all by myself, so any advice would be awesome!

Oh, in case your wondering, the surgery came to $820. More spendy than the original quote, but he's 200% worth it (that total also included pre-surgery bloodwork, IV fluids, and nuetering)!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2010, 10:14 PM
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My female foster had the FHO, the femoral head was crushed from arthritis in addition to HD. Two days after surgery she barely had a limp. She sailed through the recovery process. She was smaller than yor boy. We had an excellent experience and nos special aftercare was needed.

Wishing a speedy recovery to your pup. Please keep us posted.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2010, 10:16 PM
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Where do you live thats a great price!!! I don't know much about the surgery at all but I wish Sampson a fast pain free recovery
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 01:26 AM
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I wrote a diary for my terrier's FHO surgery and recovery. There may be some info in here that is helpful to you, and if you have any other questions about it let me know!

Here's the link:
Pooch's Hip Dysplasia/FHO Page

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 10:06 AM
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One of my fosters just had his first FHO on 8/11. He came home Friday and he's doing good. He's almost 5 years old and weighs 76 pounds, very tall boy. He's a bit lame, sore but that's all to be expected. He seems to be feeling better every day, walking a bit less lame. He has to be leash walked for the next two weeks- potty only then back inside. After that we will start walking him more to increase muscle mass and mobility. If all goes well, he'll be having his second FHO in late October. (Very severe hip dysplasia in both hips, medication/exercise alone weren't doing enough for him).

Yes where are you located? That's a very good deal. His was just under 1,200.

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My GSD had a bilateral FHO done years ago. She was probably in the 70's back then, big female. She recovered just fine and the surgery was the best thing I ever did for her. We were not supposed to start any exercise of any type until after 10 days after surgery. For the first week or so I supported her with a sling every time she needed to go out to potty.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 03:38 PM
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Question Fho vs fhr

I have a 2 year old GSD 95lbs that was just diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplashia with arthritis. I've had one specialist do a second set of xrays and exam which took a total sedation of my boy. He is very hyper and does NOT like his hips being touched. I was quoted 6-7k for one hip...I was curious if anyone out there has done the FHO on their GSD and what the results were? I've done some investigation and find it's results are all over the score board. Anyone?
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 05:27 PM
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had my girls FHO done at 12 months old,about 3 months apart. She did great, did search and rescue for almost 9 years after surgeries. I will say, I am amazed how the vets now want them kept quiet. Both my GSD and two shelties were up and moving the next day as much as they wanted to. My vets recommended exercise and range of motion exercises immediately after surgeries. I swam them as soon as stitches were out.
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