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Hip dysplasia

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Mishkas mum, Feb 9, 2018.


  1. Mishkas mum

    Mishkas mum PetForums Newbie

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    i have a malamute /German shepherd that has HD . Has anyone had experience of surgery for HD .westmidland referrals said that the best option would be total hip replacement or neurectomy a scraping away of the sensory nerve supply . Would love to hear from anyone who has had any experience of either , as not sure would be best .
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    @Zaros
    There is also diary of a hip replacement here somewhere...it used to be a a sticky.
     
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  3. Mishkas mum

    Mishkas mum PetForums Newbie

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    Hi thanks for your reply I am new so what is a sticky and how do you get it up
     
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    tabelmabel PetForums Senior

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    I'm afraid i am not clever at linking to other threads but if you put 'diary of a hip replacement pet forums' into google it turns it up straight away.

    I'm sure some bright spark will be along with the link soon though!
     
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    tabelmabel PetForums Senior

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    tabelmabel PetForums Senior

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    Omg! I am cleverer than I ever supposed!
     
  7. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, Holy Roller.

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    Our 'little' lad fully recovered from two complete hip replacement surgeries. Two because he's a giant, the first failing after he exceeded the specialist surgeon's growth calculations and expectations. Everyone elses, including ours too.
    The second surgery was performed in 2014 when he weighed 80+ kilos.
    The most difficult part of the procedure is post operative care. The first two weeks immediately after the surgery being the most critical.
    Helping the animal to its feet. Supporting it whilst toileting. Relieving the weight on his hips during short walks etc.
    Because this dog was so big, that post op care meant that I had to be on hand 24/7

    Second replacement. Day 2

    [​IMG]

    To ensure a long pain free life, I would always opt for complete replacement surgery over any other 'treatment' that might be offered you.:)
     
  8. Mishkas mum

    Mishkas mum PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your help have read the diary it was very insightful. I wish i could wave a magic wand to make everything right for him. I am torn between a total hip replacement and a neurectomy ( a scraping away of the sensory nerve supply to the joint capsule ) has anyone had any experience of this? Mishka is a rescue dog. We had him at 5months . He was in a bad state skinny and smelly . It took 3 baths to get him right. I don’t think he had ever been outside he was frightened of everything couldn’t get him outside for over a week, he is still terrified of traffic and he is now 4yrs . Found out he was very anaemic then found out he had a condition only 4 dogs in the world have had Ganglioneuromatosis . He had a mass up his bottom a thickening of his bowl walls . He a big opp at frizpatricks to remove the mass a valve from his bowls . He was put on a very high dose of steroids which he couldn’t take they knocked him for six . He has had to go back so many times for rescanning, so far so good . So I really hate having to put him through so much again . With his luck, things are likely to go wrong.
     
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    Murphymum PetForums Newbie

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    Our boy is a rescue, we got him when he was 6 months old. We discovered when he was 18 months old that he had bi-lateral HD and we went under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon, who took the conservative approach of supplements and weight management. This worked well for 3 years, but last summer, he really began to struggle, so we opted for a total hip replacement on his left hip. Nothing ever seems to be straight forward for poor Murphy and sadly the hip failed within a week and caused his femur to fracture. We still don't know why, as we followed the recovery protocol to the letter and the surgeon was baffled too. Anyway, he underwent further surgery to wire his femur and put a new cemented stem in. The recovery took a little longer, but by Christmas he was like a 5 year old puppy!
    His right hip now seems to be causing him some pain, so we're going to take him back to the surgeon and see whether he thinks a replacement would be the best way forward. Although I don't really want to put him through major surgery again, I can't bear to see him struggling after he's been running or swimming. As mentioned in an earlier post, the first 2 weeks post operatively are the hardest - I slept on the sofa for 6 weeks so I could keep an eye on Murphy 24/7 and he was either in a crate, a playpen or on a lead so we could be certain that he didn't try to jump on the furniture. It's all worth it though as the end result is amazing!
     
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