Just when I had pretty much committed to going ahead with the THR my ortho surgeon suggested, I emailed a set of questions to him one last time and now I am unsure again.
Am I totally crazy to think of doing a THR on a puppy that is showing no current signs of pain and lameness just because I want the highest success rate?
Has anyone done a similar surgery like the TPO on a young dog that actually showed no lameness or pain yet? Do you regret it?
I know a lot of people will recommend a wait and see approach but I would kick myself if he hurt himself bad or he heals slower because I waited. It is not just the XRays otherwise I would just wait. But his hip is absolutely popping/ sliding audibly when he sits and walks. I asked the surgeon why he recommended a THR for my puppy and this was his response:
"I recommended due to the laxity noted and signs likely to get worse, however if he is doing well and no lameness is noted, we may be able to do conservative therapy (good exercise, glucosamine) and be able to prevent surgery. Surgery is just much easier when they are young but if no pain or lameness is noted it may be a difficult choice to do surgery."
Not the confident answer I was hoping for even though he is absolutely right. Everything for the surgery is in my favor right now. I have up to 2 weeks vacation to take with no current plans. Summer will be ending right around when I would want to have it done. My job is stable, accommodating and pretty consistent (as well as dog friendly, I can actually bring him in some times) I rent a 3 bedroom house all by myself and am close to family who can help out. No other current obligations besides my dog and work.
If I can afford it (I can) I don't want to just "manage" any upcoming difficulties he may have. I feel like just doing what is best and it's done and we can move on no stress. But I wish I knew 100% how bad his hip will get. What if it's perfectly fine? He is a very active dog. Young but I am not sure he will slow down too much. My plans were hiking, paddle-boarding (skijoring...lol maybe. Winter so long here) and I wanted to do agility which I scratched due to HD. He is a pet and I just want to have a fun active buddy.
This is so hard. I wish I could ask him what he wants to do