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Smudge, who will be 4 in May, has really severe hip dysplasia and after lots of discussion with our orthopaedic vet we are going ahead with a hip replacement on 18th March.

She came to us as a 2 year old and initially was limping a little which the vets found to be patella luxation on her left leg. As this was causing her lots of problems it was fixed last February with great success. However she has also always been very stiff in her back legs and the X-rays when she had her knee done caused our vet to label her an 'orthopaedic disaster'! She has severe hip dysplasia in both hips and some arthritic changes in her lower spine but no sign of nerve compression when examined. We have worked hard at keeping her weight down, she has hydrotherapy twice weekly plus as much swimming as she can get in at the lake and river and she is on rimadyl once daily with tramadol recently added in twice daily. Adding in the tramadol has made a real difference and she is much happier, now initiating play with Bodie our 11 month old and getting her sparkle back.

If she wasn't so young I think we would just keep her on the medication but the vet who was so good with her knee suggested that should we get a good result from the hip replacement she should be equal to or better than she is now without needing the medication which has sold it really!

I know we have a long 12 week recovery ahead with much crate rest and slow rehabilitation but I was hoping to hear any positive stories from dogs that have been through this operation to keep our optimism going through the more frustrating times!
 

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My Weimaraner had a total hip replacement just before his 3rd birthday. Never regretted having it done for a minute as it gave him his life back, free of pain, without any meds.

He was a totally different dog from the moment we picked him up from the specialist. It took 8weeks of being really careful, or trying to..... he was by no means a perfect patient and desperately wanted to play....but the end result was well worth it and his hips gave no more problems throughout his life.

Hope Smudge's op goes well and you have as good a result as we did.
 

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Thank you both for your replies. I know keeping her quiet initially will be difficult and all operations are a little different but hearing good things makes me much more positive.

She is quite laid back and I think will take to the rest and crating much more happily than Bodie would have done as long as she has kongs and things to keep her occupied as she is very food focussed. I'm a bit worried she'll get too fat though which won't help her recovery

Thanks again for the positive stories
 

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Charlie was only a year old when he had both hips replaced and it changed his life :)

It's a super operation and even though the 3 month rest seems a lifetime, it really is only a short time compared to the rest of their lives.

Please make sure you follow the specialist's advice about after care - rest really is the best way forward.

Which specialist are you seeing?

This is Charlie a year after his op (but before his elbow surgery so he does have a slight front limp - enjoy :)

Charlie at Rother Valley (best with sound on :wink: )
 

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That's a brilliant video and makes me feel much more positive about the times ahead!

We're with Torrington Orthopaedics in Brighouse near Halifax. We live in South Manchester but they are who our vet recommended and they did a brilliant job with her patella so I have a lot of trust in them.

According to their recommendations it's 6 weeks total crate rest apart from trips to the toilet with a sling underneath or coming out for cuddles and then after 6 weeks crate rest with gradual building up of short walks.

I think Bodie might be a bit jealous of the crate as he loved his but our house is a bit small to have one up forever! One big positive is that he will get lots of walking on his own to work on his loose lead walking which has been a bit neglected!

Did Charlie get sent home on many pain killers or do they keep them in some discomfort to stop them moving too much?
 

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He came home on tramadol, carprieve and anti-biotics and was gradually weaned off them.

Good luck with the op and keep us posted please. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :)
 
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