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Someone has asked me about hip dysplasia in a cavalier king charles which I would have said is practically unheard of.

The vet has offered them NO help whatsoever in the manner of operations but to manage with only painkillers - apparently both hips are out of the socket entirely. painkillers imo are only a short term solution.

Please can someone help me by giving me a link that would explain TPO or other procedures.

The lady who owns the dog is quite desperate as the dog isnt eating and is going downhill, the dog is only 4yrs.

THANKS in advance for any help, I have suggested she seeks a second opinion......

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Heidi, she really needs to see a specialist who will tell her the correct treatment.

I know a TPO can only be done in a young dog ie under 1 year old (well that's the case with labs anyway).

Has she always had hip problems? 4yrs is quite old to be diagnosed with severe HD I would have thought.

Charlie's specialist has done hip replacements in small dogs so she really needs to be referred for correst diagnosis and treatment.
 

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Heidi, she really needs to see a specialist who will tell her the correct treatment.

I know a TPO can only be done in a young dog ie under 1 year old (well that's the case with labs anyway).

Has she always had hip problems? 4yrs is quite old to be diagnosed with severe HD I would have thought.

Charlie's specialist has done hip replacements in small dogs so she really needs to be referred for correst diagnosis and treatment.
thank you Wendy.

I have asked about the history but as yet I am waiting for the answer so I dont know how long this has gone on for.

I have been asked for help from a friend of a friend via the internet she does sound very desperate for help for her dog, I will now amend my advice of getting a second opinion to asking for an opinion from a specialist.

I appreciate your reply.

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Thanks Wendy for your help. She has found a specialist.

The owner of the dog is worried about recovery time and aftercare.

Her insurance covers up to £7k. she is worried the op may be more than that.

If anyone has any valuable tips or experience they could share regarding their hip ops in their dogs, I would be grateful if either you could post a reply or point me in the direction of a post you have made already!

Thanks so much

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£7k should be enough - it was for Charlie's ops anyway.

As for aftercare I can only tell you what our specialist told us to do with Charlie.

For the first 3-4 weeks his legs were in a hobble (tied together so he can only do small steps with his back legs). this is to stop him from slipping and dislocating the new hip. I know not all specialists do this but I must admit it did give me peace of mind.

He needed total rest for the first month - crate rest is best. After a month he was allowed 3 x 5 min walks a day - on lead, building up by 2 mins a day. When you get to 3 x 35 mins walks, you stay at that until after the 3 month xray, then if all is good you can start some off lead walks on the flat in quiet areas - no balls or frisbees. After 6 months he can do whatever he likes :lol: :lol:

If your friend wants a chat, let me know and I'll pm you my phone number

Here's Charlie's story (it's old now) if she wants to see some pics

http://www.lab-health.co.uk./charlie.html
 

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thank you so much for this, I have forwarded on the webpage (have had a look at it but need to look in more detail!!)

You have been through so much with your boy, bless him. thank god there is surgery available for him.
 
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