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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15747
03/07/10 07:22 PM
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Great news Diana - glad to hear that things are going well!


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Northern GSDs] #15941
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Here are some pics Siena wanted us to post...

This is Siena looking quite perky after coming home after surgery. Don't let her fool you, she's loopy in all the other pics and we want her to look her best. You can see the scar (about 6 inches) on her left hip. She has some adhesion marks on her hip from the bandage (removal). Like mom, she has sensitive skin.

A close up of the back end (nice and neat). When we first saw her, she came with the right side to us and we gasped when we saw the bare leg... kind of looks like a skinny ole chicken leg, with a sock smile

Here is her mini-condo ... her second bed (just outside the view on the left) is now inside the xpen so she can have an alternate place to lay. She'll be in this 95% of the time for the next who knows how long, few months, I suppose.

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Diana - owned by Siena Rose (Oct 29, 2006 - Mar 30, 2018)
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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15943
03/08/10 03:44 AM
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Awww, look at that poor baby with her naked leg! frown Hope she's feeling better soon, but not TOO good or it's going to be even more of a challenge to keep her from overdoing it.


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: Cassidy's Mom] #15971
03/08/10 04:10 AM
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Sending good thoughts your way and hoping Siena has a gentle recuperation. She looks like such a sweetheart. wub


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: SeanRescueMom] #15982
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I just set up our indoor security camera so at least I can monitor her movements if I am at work (which I will have to be at some point). My sister will come and help when she can once I return to the office (15th).

Yeah, she looks pretty pathetic and she is a sweetheart!

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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15999
03/08/10 04:56 AM
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How did I miss this????? thinking

I had been thinking it was almost time for Siena's surgery and I came looking for a post and found it - a few days late. imsorry

I am happy to hear it went well. Her recovery will go quickly and as soon as you can start light walking you will see her attitidue get better too.

The first few days are tough but you are about through that now and it will be steady improvement from here.

As the muscles heal you will see her use the leg better and the knuckling with her toes will go away.

I will have to check back tonight to see the pics, can't see them at work and I really want to compare her incision to Kayos'.

Keep this thread going with her recovery! We another THR sticky and we lost Kayos' on the other board.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16002
03/08/10 04:57 AM
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She looks pretty good for what she's been through!! That's a great set-up you have for her, I sure hope that the recovery goes quickly and smoothly!


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: MaxaLisa] #16077
03/08/10 04:36 PM
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Aww.... that sad face.... But she looks very comfortable and it's great that the surgery is over and she's on the mend. We hope she continues to improve and makes a full recovery from this. Dave sends special get well greetings to Siena as he had his hip replaced last September (and is doing great!) I couldn't help noticing that her scar is very similar to Dave's.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16109
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I ended up taking out the pillows last night as they seemed to be crowding her. I left only one so she can rest her head. She slept through most of the night, which is good. I consulted with the doc about the meds and weening her off and his response was

"practically about 1/2 of dogs need the higher level of pain relievers for 3d the other 1/2 seem to need them longer, on the order of 10d. That kind of puts the avg in at about 7d -- for the highest combinations. You already have a sense now when she is restless -- I would stay at the current doses/schemes until you are not seeing that, than we can talk about the decrease. I believe we dispensed enough metacam for a week -- that would be a good time to determine if she needs any more. sound like a plan? Don't need to worry too much about going too long with the meds -- too short, in my opinion is a bigger (less humane) error to make....."

So after reading that (and being on the conservative end of the medicine spectrum), we increased it by half a pill (both pain and sedative) and she seemed MUCH better.

The potty trips can be a bit of a hassle. She wants to move so fast and we've got a leash on her collar and a sling on the back end and she just goes... I can barely keep up. She started whining about midnight, so I took her out for a poop (yeah, first one of the day). Not a fabulous one, on the soft side, but with all the meds, I can accept that if they don't get worse!

You know how they get 'frantic' about finding that perfect spot to poop? well, it's hard for the human to keep up!


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16131
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I'm so happy that Siena got her new hip! You made such a wonderful set up for her, I'm sure she will be very comfortable. Her recovery will go quickly!

I remember the first night when we took Yana out to potty, it was raining hard with a wet snow, so my husband was holding her leash and sling and I was holding umbrella over her, and she was looking for her perfect spot smile

Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: GSD07] #16138
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Originally Posted By: GSD07
I'm so happy that Siena got her new hip! You made such a wonderful set up for her, I'm sure she will be very comfortable. Her recovery will go quickly!

I remember the first night when we took Yana out to potty, it was raining hard with a wet snow, so my husband was holding her leash and sling and I was holding umbrella over her, and she was looking for her perfect spot smile


We're set to get rain today and tomorrow, so that will be an added challenge for sure. I'm on my own during the day and don't think I could handle the umbrella, sling AND leash smile I might just have to throw on her rain coat at least to protect the surgery site. I don't worry about me getting wet (aside from slippery floors). She likes to 'run' outside and lay down. Decided that taking her to the back yard is too big of a trek, so have been taking her out front instead (half the distance).

She's out like a light now and appears to be 'chasing rabbits' in her sleep... so cute! At least she's sleeping well enough that she can dream (probably first time in a few days).

How long did you have to use the sling for? Kathy said one month for her. I suspect it will be much easier when it is just the leash control needed. I hope my low back survives!


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16176
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I'm wondering if you would have better control with a harness - if you had one hand up at her shoulders and one hand on the sling?

Maybe just use the front of this one with the sling? http://www.helpemup.com/flashmovie.html


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: LJsMom] #16183
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I've not seen this one before, Joanne. We have two no pull harnesses and I am considering putting one of those back on her. At least it's something I have in house. I started with one of them and loosened it up for comfort, but I loosened it too much and her elbow kept getting caught so I took it off and just haven't put it back on yet. I like it because it gives me something mid-back to grab on to and also has a metal o-ring that I can attach a leash, if I want to. I'll wait til she eats again and the cone is off and put one back on and see how much better it is to work with. Some of it is just figuring out the right 'tools' to use. Too many options smile


Diana - owned by Siena Rose (Oct 29, 2006 - Mar 30, 2018)
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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16198
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Glad to see Siena made it through and is recuperating at home. Hope for a quick and steady recovery. The setup looks great.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Kayla's Dad] #16220
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Diana, we used the sling for a month as well. The surgeon said that if she slips and falls than everything would be torn apart and she will need to have another surgery, so we were religious about using the sling and keeping her contained.

I love the harness from the link, I wish I had something like this! It was very hard for me and my friend to lift Yana into and out of my friend's SUV when taking her to the vet (we both are about 5'1" smile ).

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