Awhile ago I was contacted by Mark who’s dog Raven was in the EXACT same predicament as Klaus. Looking at her x-rays even gave me the chills because I really thought I was looking at Klaus’ x-rays- except it was her left leg and his right! Tomorrow will be Raven’s 12 week mark with her new hip and boy has it been a journey!
The surgery was in its own right a success but the surgeons were met with some complications concerning the implant seating correctly. It was explained to Mark that her muscles had atrophied (something I am definitely scared with Klaus) and they had to be stretched to make everything fit. However this ended up being a good scenario for preventing dislocation following the surgery. The other night I was looking at Klaus’ hip and it is so misshapen and smaller so I wonder if this will pose a problem?
Mark touched on just about everything I have concerns for. Raven is a high energy dog (like Klaus) but after the surgery, and realistically so, she just didn’t want to move around so much. For 6 weeks the dog has to be confined except to be taken out for bathroom breaks. It’s recommended the dog is fed within the confinement.
He had some scares with her after incorporating range of motion exercises and some lameness she was exhibiting and she was rushed off to his vet for x-rays but thankfully nothing had dislocated.
Raven had cement less implants and after the 6 week mark, x-rays showed some bone growth around them. At 8 weeks walks could be incorporated- short ones. Again with the lameness and again x-rays were clear. This is what I have concern for. By nature I am a worry wart. I feel as if we will be back at our vets on a weekly basis with such and such concern. I AM SCARED TO DEATH OF DISLOCATION. Even now it is a constant concern for me.
Mark was comforting in the fact if he had to do it all over again he would. Since the surgery, her right hip has not had a single problem, which was a concern as it was not perfect either. Our surgeon mentioned that Klaus could very easily not need his left hip fixed once the right one was! Fingers crossed he is part of the 80% category of dog with just one THR!
Mark has also allowed me to share some pics of Raven and her “jail”. His most helpful advice has been to start thinking about Klaus’ “confinement” now and get it all situated and set up. Six weeks is a very long time for a dog to be confined. We want to make this as comfortable and void of stress- for Klaus and everyone involved.
Look at her! Do you think a vet would write me a RX for some vallium? Not for Klaus, for me! This is going to be so rough. He started out with a smaller enclosure but extended the pen out for some more room. I need to get a pen and some carpets. We have hardwood floors. Definitely need a runner from the crate to the door outside. We will be rearranging our living room very soon to put his jail cell closer to the door and away from windows- he gets really stressed with noises outside. Radio will probably be on at all times- or something to distract him. Can I just say though- Jesse and I were joking the other night that we created a whiny little emo dog because anytime we’d leave we’d turn the iPod to Elliot Smith 🙂
The lattice on top is to prevent Raven from jumping out. Something I have concerns for with Klaus. I began looking at 4′ tall pens but Mark made a point that might encourage jumping. This is going to be an interesting time for everyone. I am considering perhaps getting only one pen and hooking it up to his crate. His crate is giant sized- like Great Dane sized. And he does love it. There might be some trial and error involved with creating the best set up possible!
I’m looking forward to hearing from Mark about what the doctor has to say in the next few weeks for Raven’s recovery. He is the closest thing to my own situation and it has been so helpful and encouraging to hear from him!
Good luck Raven!