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Old 07-24-2014, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to meet with a surgeon to explore possible options for my dog who has HD and is in quite a bit of pain. He is only three so I want to give him the best life he can have, and as pain free as possible.

I am wondering if anybody can share their experiences with their dogs that either got an FHO or a THR? It is greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a dog who had an FHO and I am extremely pleased in all ways with the results from surgery (infection control/concerns), recovery (much less to worry about), and function (she does what she wants).
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My first GSD had FHO done on both legs. NO issues with anything and she did search and rescue until she was 9 years old. both FHO were done at about a year old, 4 weeks apart.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My 10 year old had FHO on her rear right leg when she was 8 years old, which we followed up with physical therapy for two months afterwards. The therapist came out to our home once a week. We were very pleased with the results. About a year after the procedure she was running and jumping around with no issues (link attached with pictures showing progress). She's not as active as she was last year but I attribute that to her age. She's still going on her daily 45 minute walks and would push me to walk even longer than that but I don't want to push it in this heat.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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FHO on both hips, about 2 months apart on an 6 year old, almost 20 years ago now. Great decision for our dog. Recovery a little tough on the first hip, as she was still in a lot of pain on the other side. Recovery on the second hip was less than half the time, she recognized the pattern of rehab and did great. She was playing, chasing, catching and rolling our 2 year old female about 6 months after the second surgery. Was still going strong when she passed at 9 1/2 from bloat...

Good luck with your surgical consult. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion if you feel you need more information.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My dog is unfortunately in obvious physical pain so I think surgery may be his only option :/

On an Xray both hips are dysplastic, but the left side is really what is causing him pain. At this point I was advised that surgery on one hip may be enough for him.

We are meeting with somebody at the state's veterinary college as that was who I was referred to. After talking to people and vets in the area I am confident that they will do the best job for him.

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My dog had a THR. The surgeon said less than 25% require surgery on the other side, as the THR will bear the load. He never needed his other side, but I did keep him on supplements.
Glycoflex III, fish oil, and Zeel. Boswellia and tumeric is also helpful.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My first dog had a THR done on her left hip and it gave her so much more quality of life that I would easily do it again in a heartbeat.

The recovery and therapy afterward went really well, the hip was so solid that even falling between the seats of my cars one week out it was still right where it needed to be. It gave her the ability to move more easily. She honestly dropped 20 lbs from just being able to run more freely than she ever had before in her life. Before the surgery she weighed normally around 105-110 lbs. Afterward once she had recovered she was 85 lbs for the bulk of the years after that, and nothing slowed her down.

We generally do THRs on larger dogs where I work rather than an FHO. The surgeon should be able to answer any questions that you have on the procedures and help you decide what is the best option for your pet. Kenai never needed her second hip done. Just that first one. If you are in WA, and are going to WSU to have it done, they're actually going to be splitting their surgical residency for vets up with the clinic that I work at! It is a really well respected program up there, and it was where I had hoped to go for vet's school before I ended up going for the certified tech route lol.

Good luck to you and your dog!
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I am going to WSU

The dog that is needing the surgery is my Border Collie/Golden mix who is about 50 lbs, so he is right between the sizes of THR and FHO.

Honestly the cost of the THR is a bit prohibitive to me. I am a disabled college student so it all just kind of sucks. He is my Service Dog so it has made it hard. He finished the two years of training then we found out he had HD :/
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Not a GSD but my adopted cocker had an FHO about 2 months ago and honestly you'd never know the difference. We still do some physical therapy (which I would imagine would be even more important on a large breed) but I think all in all we made the right decision to go with the FHO rather then the THR. Our specialist has tons of great results with FHOs even on larger dogs.... 90+ lbs.
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