View Full Version : It has been a rough night...

12th November 2008, 03:52 AM
I came home this evening from work and my littlest one was hopping around on three legs. He has been having trouble with a luxxating hip that I have talked about here before. I tried to get his hip in place on my own with no luck so I ran up to the vet. Two vets tried to get it in place, but were unable to and recommended that I get up early and be at the surgery center when they open.

We have been consulting with a surgeon up there, but he was hoping that we could avoid surgery and correct the problem with physical therapy since surgery equalled total hip replacement. Poor thing is being a real trooper, I have him on some painkillers until we can get to the surgeon tomorrow. I'll be up early and waiting at the door at the surgery center. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

12th November 2008, 05:30 AM
:xfngr: Hoping for a good outcome tomorrow :flwr:

12th November 2008, 05:45 AM
Oh I am so sorry. Will keep prayers and good thoughts going for your baby. Please keep us posted. :xfngr:

12th November 2008, 09:25 AM
So sorry to hear this hope everything goes well today.

12th November 2008, 10:56 AM
Oh poor little love. :xfngr: everything goes well for you both today. Please let us know how you get on. Thinking of you.

12th November 2008, 11:11 AM
Hope everything goes well today :xfngr: Will be thinking of you both :flwr:

12th November 2008, 11:22 AM
Hope things go ok today. :xfngr:


Cleo's Person
12th November 2008, 11:24 AM
I really hope it all goes well today.

Cathy Moon
12th November 2008, 11:55 AM
Thinking of you and your pup. :flwr: I hope it goes well for you today. :xfngr::xfngr::paw::paw::paw:

12th November 2008, 12:03 PM
Poor thing,will be thinking of you and:xfngr:that everything goes well:flwr:

12th November 2008, 12:07 PM
Hope everything goes well today :flwr:

12th November 2008, 12:12 PM
Poor baby. I hope that the surgeon can fix him up today. Sorry it sounds like there will be no easy fix. :flwr:

12th November 2008, 04:21 PM
Just got off the phone with the vet surgeon and we have some not good news. The hip is permently out of the socket so they are going to need to do surgery because it is putting pressure on the pelvis. They will be removing the ball that keeps the hip in place so it no longer applies pressure to the pelvis, the scar tissue that forms will be what now holds the hip in place. He'll be in the hospital for a few days and then once he is out we will begin agressive physical therapy to get him back in shape.

The doctor said the surgery is very successful and with him being so young (2.5 years) he will be a good candidate for a full recovery. Thank you all for your thoughts and I will keep you posted, the vet is going to call after the surgery is performed this afternoon.

12th November 2008, 04:40 PM
Poor little love. Hope the surgery all goes OK and here's sending him lots of get well wishes :flwr::flwr:

12th November 2008, 05:03 PM
Oh goodness, that has been a very hard day for you. Are they going to do the surgery right away then? It must be uncomfortable for him with the hip out of the socket. Poor little guy! I've never heard of a surgery like that before -- that's really interesting that the scar tissue becomes the support for the joint!

12th November 2008, 05:07 PM
Sending good thoughts your way, I am sure your little guy will be running around pain free in no time :luv:

12th November 2008, 05:12 PM
Yes, they are going to do the surgery right away since he is so uncomfortable. They hope he will be ready to come home on Friday. After that we will do extensive physical therapy at home and also bring him in for hydro-therapy a few times a week.

The vet chose this surgery because the other which involved putting the hip back in place does not have a good success rate and most of the time, they end up having to go back in-clearly not a good thing. He said their office does not do total hip replacements on dogs his size and I would probably have to go to a veterinary teaching hospital if we needed to go that route, but he is confident this will work and he will be back in action in no time.

12th November 2008, 09:54 PM
:( You've had a very worrying time. Hydro will help him a lot. Heres hoping the little lad will soon be feeling a whole lot better once he comes home. Oh, and a nice bunch of flowers for you.:flwr::flwr:

Kate H
12th November 2008, 10:16 PM
A friend of mine had this surgery done on her toy poodle, who was several years older than your lad. It was very successful, so I hope it works as well for him.

Kate and Oliver

12th November 2008, 11:00 PM
Just heard from the vet, surgery went well and he is recovering. He hopes to get him home tomorrow, says they always heal faster in their own bed. I'm going to check in in the morning and we will go from there. Thanks again for all of your support, he's my "little guy" so I always worry about him.

Cathy Moon
13th November 2008, 01:03 AM
I'm so glad to hear he's doing well. Sending lots of love and positive thoughts to your little boy! :lotsaluv::hug:
I'm not sure, but you may be the first member of CavTalk to go through this experience. I know it is nerve-wracking, but your vet sounds very reassuring, thank goodness!

13th November 2008, 04:01 PM
Glad to hear your precious little boy is doing well. :xfngr: for a speedy recovery. I'm sure he will do just fine. It seems like you have a good surgeon there

13th November 2008, 05:32 PM
Just got off the phone with the surgeon, he is doing well and will be ready to go home this afternoon. I am leaving work early to go get him and meet with the physical therapist to go over his at home rehab. He'll need to go there a few times a week for managed physical therapy and then he'll get his stitches out in 10 days. I'll limit his activity at home, which lucky for him translates to more snuggle time with me!

His brothers and sister miss him terribly, everytime I come home they look behind me and all around trying to find him. I am thrilled this all worked out and hopefully we are on the road to recovery!

13th November 2008, 08:20 PM
So glad to hear it all went well and he is coming home.

14th November 2008, 12:30 AM
glad to hear he is ready to go home!! sorry only seen post there now, i hope that he has a speedy recovery!

14th November 2008, 04:42 PM
Well he is all settled in at home and doing very well. He is putting a little weight on the surgery side which they said is a good start. They definitely don't want him to avoid using it because that will hinder the development of scar tissue that will hold everything together. He is getting pampered in my bed and loving every minute of it-the other dogs are very upset they cannot run around and play with him but we are following doctors orders! He does have to wear an e-collar but he seems to be fine with it, or that could just be the painkillers talking...We go back in 10-14 days to have his stitches removed and for his first physical therapy appointment. I am so glad he is doing well, I did miss him terribly while he was at the doctors.

14th November 2008, 05:39 PM
Ah, glad the worst is over and he is on the way to recovery!!!

Cathy Moon
14th November 2008, 10:57 PM
Thinking of you and your boy. :flwr: Hope he has a smooth recovery. :flwr:

15th November 2008, 12:59 PM
Thinking of you both..hope things continue to go well for him.

17th November 2008, 01:22 AM
My little guy continues to improve. He is now putting weight on the bad side all of the time and his gait is starting to straighten out. I have weaned him of the pain pills and he is doing great. We just had a friend come over with her two cavaliers and he enjoyed the company (his brothers and sister did too!). I have hired a pet sitter who is going to come three days a week and do some slow short walks with him to keep him mobile and help with the healing process. Fingers crossed that things continue to go well. Thanks for all of your kind words and thoughts!

Cathy Moon
17th November 2008, 12:10 PM
That's wonderful he's doing so well. :D Please keep us updated on how he's doing!

1st December 2008, 11:29 PM
Well, good news-we have seen the physical therapist and he now has 100% range of motion back. The only time he shows pain is when we try and fully extend his leg, but that should improve with time. We see the physical therapist twice a week through the rest of the year and he gets to do all kinds of fun stuff. He had his first go around on the underwater treadmill-a little nervous at first-but then went 12 minutes on it and loved it! My fingers are crossed that he keeps improving and we keep getting good reports.

4th December 2008, 12:01 AM
Wonderful news...... So happy for you both.:rolleyes:

Cathy Moon
4th December 2008, 01:47 AM
:xfngr::xfngr::paw::paw::paw: Fingers and paws crossed, hoping all goes well!

4th December 2008, 02:11 AM
that is excellent news!

4th December 2008, 12:29 PM
Great news, keep us posted:):)

4th December 2008, 12:39 PM
That's wonderful news :p