View Full Version : Poor Holly...

27th July 2009, 05:53 PM
We discovered a while ago that Holly had a luxating patella on her left hind, the vet decided it didn't need surgery and I was advised to keep an eye on it.

Last week I brought Bailey and Holly to the beach 4 days in a row. On the fourth day Holly was running and she yelped fell to the ground and had to be carried back to the car. I brought her back to the vet the next day and it turned out that it was actually her right hip that was causing the pain.

So today she was x-rayed and its not good news:( She has severe hip dysplasia, I saw the x-rays and i was shocked, her whole socket is worn away.

Her x-rays are being sent to a specialist in Cork to see if he thinks that she is a candidate for hip replacement. In the meantime she is not allowed to join us for walks and is on glucosimine injections once a week for four weeks.

She's been so brave:lotsaluv:

27th July 2009, 06:10 PM
What a shock for you. Poor Holly!

Be brave Holly and hope you're feeling better soon. xx

My Bob is in for xrays tomorrow because of limping... So scary when there's something wrong.

Brian M
27th July 2009, 08:10 PM

Poor Holly I hope whatever path you and your vet choose will be the best and brightest for her in the future ,best wishes and thoughts to you both.

27th July 2009, 09:08 PM
Poor Holly - give her a big (gentle) hug from me! :hug:
She is very brave considering the severity of her case.. Fingers crossed the specialist in Cork will be able to do something for her :xfngr:

27th July 2009, 11:23 PM
Sending lots of :hug::hug::hug: to you and Holly.
Have they given her pain medicine?

27th July 2009, 11:26 PM
So sorry to hear this. Poor little girl :hug: I hope the injections help her.

28th July 2009, 02:16 PM
Have they given her pain medicine?

Yeah shes on Metacam.

Thanks everyone, she has been on my lap since she came home yesterday. She's in good form though, Bailey is looking after her:luv:

28th July 2009, 04:26 PM
So sorry to hear she has hip dysplasia. :( Let us know what your vet says. I know she will be treated well in the interim!

28th July 2009, 06:20 PM
Don't suppose anyone would have a lend of a dog stroller or know where I could rent one?

28th July 2009, 06:26 PM
Leah the PAH ones are about 30, whilst not the sturdiest it'd probably do for getting you thro.Tho i hope somone can lend you one:) Sorry to hear Holly has this & hope you get something positive from the specialist, take care

28th July 2009, 08:05 PM
hi, sorry to hear about holly, harley has hip dysplasia, its horrid to see the xrays, harley hip isnt in the socket its grown outside, although he doesnt seem to be in a lot of pain, we are managing with pain killers, if the sockets worn away is it hip dysplasia, surely its only if is dysplased, harleys is obviously hereditary and has been like that since he was born. di

Poppy Ruby
29th July 2009, 01:26 PM
Poor Holly, good luck with the vet in cork

4th August 2009, 12:34 PM
Just a quick update on how Holly has been getting on: I'm taking her back to the vet today for a glucosimine injection so hopefuly she will have some news for me from the guy in Cork.

We bought Holly a stroller, she has been out in it a couple of times she wasn't too impressed but I'm sure she'l get used to it. She seems to have a very high pain threshold, I can only imagine the drama if it was Bailey that was in her situation!

I will post later to let you all know how we get on at the vet.

Thanks again for all of your messages!:flwr:

23rd August 2009, 12:09 AM
I just collected the dogs form Tara's today as I was away for a week. Holly seems much the same, still limping and sitting a lot..:(

Since I last posted she has been to a veterinary physiotherpist twice. The physiotherapist thinks that hydrotherapy will really help strengthen the remaining muscle. Needless to say Holly wasn't too impressed by the pool but she did really well.

I will be bringing her for another session on Monday or Tuesday of next week and I'll bring my camera and post some photo's on here. It's a great place and it's only 1/2 an hour away from us:)

Sorry for the delay in the update I've had a busy few weeks..

23rd August 2009, 10:02 AM

We had a similar problem with Molly in addition to her sm she has
hip dysplasia and the knee problem. She has never been able to walk too far. She has had a course of Cartrophen Injections, hydrotherapy and she is on Glucosamine. I managed to get a converted pushchair on ebay, because the back is open, she can hop in and out as she wants. She walks for about 10 minutes and pops onto her trike as we call it for about 5 minutes. It means now Dougall can go for longer walks as well.

23rd August 2009, 10:50 AM
Only just seeing this now...poor Holly:(

26th August 2009, 02:26 AM
Hello, I'm new to the forum. I live in Alaska. I have a neutered male cavalier, Lou. He is one year and eight months old this month. He was diagnosed with severe bilateral hip dysplasia when he was a little over a year old. Our vet suggested bilateral femoral head and neck excision. This is a salvage procedure and we went to an orthopedic specialist who offered other options. Since lou did not appear to be in constant pain and has had this condition since birth we opted for pain control and joint supplements. Lou has been on 25mg of Rimadyl a day for a few months now, although we started off with a larger dose of 50mg we we able to decrease that. He is also taking Dasuquin (similar to Cosequin developed by nutramax) and Welactin also by nutramax. The changes were slow but he is now able to do things he didn't before. He is a lot more active and is actually able to jump up on the couch, the dining room chair and the bed all by himself. He was unable to do any of these prior to the pain meds and supplements. I often chat with dog owners on our local newspaper's dog blog. www.adn.com (http://www.adn.com) and there is a dog owner with a westie who just recently had a hip replacement by Dr. Liska in Houston, Texas. The hip was designed by biomedtrix and the westie is actually on their website at www.biomedtrix.com (http://www.biomedtrix.com) Good luck with your pup, let us know how all goes

Lady C
27th August 2009, 07:21 PM
Lilly my 3 year old Tri has had to have 3 surgeries for luxating patellas (ok I know she only has 2 hind legs but the pin broke on her first one so a second op was needed!) It's well worth the surgery, her quality of life is so much better now. I can recommend CORTAFLEX for additional help for Holly in addition to the glucosamine. Some anti-inflammatories for pain relief would be good for her too.
Hope she feels better soon

Lady c

27th August 2009, 08:26 PM
Just reading this now - poor holly:hug:
A friend at dog training has a miniature schnauzer with severe hip dysplasia, and was advised to take him to hydrotherapy to build his muscles back up before his operation (femoral head excision), this has worked so well that he has stopped limping, has a lot more muscle and hasn't neede to have the operation yet. He will need it, but at least when he does his post-op rehabilitation should be a lot more straightforward.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that hydrotherapy should hopefully help Holly as well. Fingers crossed.

14th October 2009, 12:45 PM

I am pleased to say that little Holly will be given a new lease of life for christmas:D..

After many tests, x-rays and much speculation it has been decided that Holly will be getting a total hip replacement sometime in Decmeber.

The reason why it took so loing to come to this decision is beacuse one of the specialists that reviewed Holly's x-rays had concerns about her right stifle and was not comfortable giving her a new hip until further tests were done on the stifle. A joint tap and further x-rays were performed and our vetrerinary hospital and a small amount on inflamation was detected around the stifle.

On Monday Holly came to college with me :drivecar:.. She was given two full orthopedic examinations, one by a final year vet student and the other by a fully qualified vet. The poor little thing was then x-rayed again.

Anyway the good news is that the ball is now rolling and she should have an appointment for sometime in December or early Jan. The vet in UCD commented on how brave and strong she was and said she was a pleasure to treatcl*p

Oh and btw she will be treated at the Marie Louse Veterinary Hospital in Baldoyle anybody have any experience with this place?

14th October 2009, 12:54 PM
Oh that is good news. It always amazes me how fast humans recover after a hip replacement, I'm sure with Holly's positive spirit, she will make a quick recovery. :hug: :hug: to you both.

14th October 2009, 01:20 PM
Thats great news leah. Hopefully she will make a quick recovery :)

Karen and Ruby
14th October 2009, 02:08 PM
Only just viewing this thread today. What alot for poor Holly to contend with but pleased that you are a candidate for hip replacement.
My only advice would be to keep her going to the hydrotherepy so the other good leg can build up some extra strength and is better equiped to deal with the extra strain when the bad leg is out of action for a little while!!
Good luck xx

Karen, Ruby and Charliex

6th November 2009, 01:29 PM
I have posted privately to leah and removed the most recent posts with references to a replacement surgeon. please do NOT go to this man.

I will not even allow him to be mentioned on this board.

I will speak privately to Leah on this but can get you a better recommendation through Tara.

Closing thread as I don't even want this man referred to or discussed further.