|10-05-2013 07:52 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||so glad she's feeling good!!|
|10-05-2013 07:46 PM|
Well this last week Emma has been doing great. No pain pills at all. Rowdy as all get out. We were doing some training in the yard - long down and long sit. I also worked on her ignoring distractions while down, such as rolling a ball by etc. Emma did pretty good. One morning however she grabbed the ball and spent a good 10 minutes running around the yard playing keep away. She would drop the ball, stand over it with her front pas wide, then grab, pivot, and run when I came forward. In some of the running she shifted out of her bunny hop too.
She was being very stubborn on ignoring me. Yes she did get corrected afterward with a time out, but she sure was happy.
Her walks seem better too - more energy. We try an do about a mile a day - that's about what my old bones will do without me suffering the rest of the day. Each day we go a bit further. I got her to build my strength and it has been great. She is doing much better at healing and not pulling. We use a long leash (15' with easy walk harness) She does come up and lightly nip at my hand from time to time in a playful manner. It this normal for others too.
Yesterday I had to run to my wifes horse vet for more meds for her Lillie - who is alregic to hay pollen - yep go figure. While there I got talking to Doc about his GSD. he has a 3 year old male that runs 5 miles twice a day with him. He asked about Emma and I mentioned her activity level. Doc said if she was doing the things she was she was not hurting, especially the zoomies (he had a big laugh as his dog does this). He did say to be careful on slippery surfaces, and especially the ice later on this winter. For winter he suggested leaving her toe nails long.
So the waiting and saving continues. One of these days Ill get a fresh picture of her.
|09-30-2013 07:54 AM|
I want to reiterate that an FHO is a good procedure, a viable procedure that works well for dogs, and can work on larger dogs for anyone who reads this thread. I just got a picture of the 108# dog who had the FHO done last week - she is doing well. Able to get up, move around, no real restrictions - the family is so happy.
As for the soothing, I would work on the root cause - her getting over threshold in the first place, and work on remedying that - so that she doesn't need to soothe herself by whatever method. If I were unable to read her well enough to do that, I would also add a replacement behavior that was positive and fun - touch, bow, whatever that would get her in a different mindset. While I want my dogs to know inhibition, I don't want them getting all handsy with me with their mouths after they are older.
|09-30-2013 12:42 AM|
On the plus side she likes the vanilla flavor, so if I don't get it right she chews it up. If I don't get the pain pill correct she spits it out, then the special secret is used
Folks you can save the expense of the pill pockets. Use a chunk of hot dog, or in Emma's case a dab a peanut butter helps the pill go down quickly - still use the fingers to the back of the mouth though.
Hope this helps.
As an update Emma is doing pretty good. I need to use a pain pill every two or three days depending on her activity level. She comes and sits for the glucosamine/condroiten pill each morning - followed by a treat and I watch for how she moves her hips later in the day. If she drags her butt off the floor I know it is time for her meds. I do not want to have her in pain, and don't want the complications of too much medication.
Hopefully I am managing her pain correctly as it is rare for her to wine and complain unless i am not reading her correctly.
|09-23-2013 11:34 PM|
I have no experience with THR or FHO but maybe some advise on getting Emma to take her pills. Have you tried "Pill Pockets"? Most pet stores have them or you can get them online. The aren't anymore expensive than good quality treats. I used them for my last two dogs who both had severe arthritis and took a lot of pills everyday. They have a very strong savory aroma that seems to trick the dog in to thinking its just a treat and they can't as easily smell the pills. It's also easier to get the pills into them than hot dogs or cheese.
I'm sorry your Emma is having such serious health issues. It's obvious you love her very much and will do all you can for her.
Best wishes to you and you girl.
|09-23-2013 09:34 PM|
|dogsnkiddos||Old Bitch had AWFUL hips. At 6 months she had a TPO on one side (they said the other was too bad for that) When she was 9 we did an FHO and planned a thr for the other side. With supplements and swimming we ended up never doing the thr. She died of bone cancer on her front ankle...but the hip issue never kept her down. She herded, she frolicked...she lived a full, active life.|
|09-23-2013 09:04 PM|
My first GSD had FHO surgery on both hips. She was under a year at the time, ended up about 75 lbs adult weight, I also kept her on the thinner side, and she did great, including search and rescue for 9 1/2 years.
We have done MANY FHO surgeries on huge dogs when they break the femoral head from jumping out of trucks, getting hit by cars, etc and they have all done excellent. From a 90 lb FAT lab, that lost weight after the surgery to a Great Pyrenees who was over 100 lb at 9 months when we did the surgery.
Seems to me the vet wants the expense from the hip replacement surgery instead of the less expensive FHO.
|09-23-2013 07:51 PM|
Most dogs do great with only doing a single THR. So I would start there.
GSD are generally not recommended for for a TPO ( triple pelvic osteotomy), due to their size. You have said TPLO, which is a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, used for cruciate rupture repair. Just wanted to clarify it for future readers. But I have known many that have had it and done well. Depends on the surgeons. One of my Dr had a THR done on her dog. He had the WORST hips I had ever seen. Full stop. She did one hip. Easy recovery, if you are diligent, and the dog is doing amazing!!!!
My advice to you is get your pup as skinny as is healthy, not thin, skinny. Do low impact hill walking to increase muscle mass, start underwater treadmill and laser therapy and get one hip fixed Care Credit is great 6-12 month no interest payment plans.
I wish you luck and am sorry this is happening to you and your pup.
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|09-23-2013 06:54 PM|
Recovery from a THR is not as bad as it sounds. Rudy walked out of the office and they lifted him into the car for me. After that, he never had to be lifted, as he could walk on his own--leashed.
The strict crate rest is only for a few weeks. After things start to heal, they gain more freedom. Week four we were cleared to leave Rudy in a baby gated carpeted room. We waited until week six.
Sounds like a lot of post surgery X-rays. We only had them done twice.
Best of luck!!
|09-23-2013 06:38 PM|
|llombardo||If your saving the money anyway, care credit is not bad. Depending on the amount, they offer so much time interest free.|
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