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04-07-2014 09:03 PM
cmaccoll Thanks for the info. He will have THR tomorrow. I will try to keep I'm as calm as possible for 2 months following surgery. Any advice/recs are greatly appreciated!! btw, my mom lives in boise and loves it
04-05-2014 10:20 AM
Chip18
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There is nothing wrong with someone pointing out their professional bonafides when giving an opinion. Others should just clearly and honestly post theirs and not take it personally. I appreciate the fact that we have folks like Coliecvt and Wyominggrandma here sharing their professional opinions. I did not read any intent to undermine here.
Neither did I ??
04-05-2014 10:09 AM
Jax08
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My adorable 11 month old GSD puppy has severe left hip dysplasia and is going to get a left total hip replacement next week. I'm terrified of the recovery period as he needs to be kept quiet and calm for 2 months so not to injure new hip. Anyone with experience with this?

Not an THR but an ACL repair on one dog and a broken leg on the other that required extensive crating.

Calm and quiet means no running or jumping. Give them chew bones in the crate The vet should give you exercises to do. For the first couple weeks they are healing so they most likely won't want to be to active and will self limit.

Talk to your vet about what to do with him and how to keep him quiet.
04-05-2014 09:50 AM
Gwenhwyfair There is nothing wrong with someone pointing out their professional bonafides when giving an opinion. Others should just clearly and honestly post theirs and not take it personally. I appreciate the fact that we have folks like Coliecvt and Wyominggrandma here sharing their professional opinions. I did not read any intent to undermine here.
04-04-2014 07:38 PM
K9POPPY Cmaccoll, this is what's great about the forum. You ask a question about your pup, and you get suggestions from others. The problem is, often you are dealing with huge egos, and you can really get blown out of the water with an opinion. The answer to your question about hip replacement is: every GOOD surgeon will tell you that any operation is only as good as the follow-up recovery. And in the case of a THP, it will be extensive, but the desired results are always worth the effort. Not my IMHO, just the facts. Best of luck to you and your GSD, Bob
04-04-2014 05:50 PM
Colie CVT I know that I am not the only one. I figure if you want to share, you will share. It seems you have your mind made up about me though, so I am just going to bow out. I explained my belief that if done right before and after a THR can have success and it can last the life of the patient. The surgeon who sees the animal determines what they feel is best, and cost deals with time, the procedure and after care that goes with it. Some days that prohibits, some days it doesn't.

I wish the OP and his dog luck however. It is sad to see younger dogs with really severe HD already.
04-04-2014 04:38 PM
RebelGSD I paid $800 for the FHO some years ago, the THR would have been $3000+. The dog recovered within days from the FHO and had no problems putting weight on the leg. I was very happy. I have no experience with THR but the price scares me off. I remember a board member posting that they had a problem with the implant detaching.
04-04-2014 04:35 PM
RebelGSD When I was researching it, THR was three times the cost of the FHO. THR can be cost-prohibiting for many owners. I also personally saw a very fast recovery with few restriction with FHO as opposed to a slow recovery and significant restrictions in THR (this can be hard on an active young dog).
04-04-2014 04:15 PM
jocoyn When I was looking at options for a dog with severe HD, the THR was not recommend by an ortho specialist but we already had some arthritic changes. He said he would recommend for a dog with unilateral but not bilateral HD (her case) and she never needed neither. His own opinion was he could only do one hip at a time and the stress on the other bad hip would be too much.

His experience at the time (2006), and board certified orthopedic surgeon was he was typically only seeing a 6-7 year longevity of the implant. That was just my experience; I don't want to get in the middle of things.

I do know though that you want to do any orthopedic surgery with someone who has done a LOT of those procedures and has documented a good track record. Success is very vet dependent.
04-04-2014 03:31 PM
wyominggrandma As long as its said in a way to not undermind others opinions and or experience which your comments do.
And I think it is funny not one time did you ask if MY veterinarians were specialists, guess in your vast experience you must be the only one to work for one.
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