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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: GSD07] #16226
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Originally Posted By: GSD07
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. We are following exactly the docs directions as I don't want her to have to go through this ever again!

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 ).


I'll look into getting one of these. In end of January she went lame on her front elbow (short term), but the vet indicated we need to be careful when exiting the car, so we bought a ramp and have trained her to go up and down. There is NO WAY I could get her in the vehicle if she can't jump in herself and we have one vehicle (van) that is very tall and she can't get in it anyhow. Will get to officially try it when I take her to get the sutures out later next week. She did get in ok (too fast for my liking) when we picked her up after surgery, just have to be sure to stabilize her for it.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Kayos] #16398
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Originally Posted By: Kayos
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.


Please don't apologize. I know you are counting the days for something else smile So happy for you getting to go home (probably about the same time she gets her sutures out and can ditch the cone of shame).

To me, the hip looks pretty much the same as the pics you shared of Kayos, all the way down to the sling. Except different hip. I found your information so helpful I hope I can do the same for others in the future.

She is barking right now cuz I think it is hailing outside (hmmm, that will be interesting when potty time comes back around).

I'm hoping tomorrow I can start on doing something that can uplift her spirits, even if it is bring her favorite tug/ball in so she can chew on it. I know she will be out of it and may not show interest. Plus, I want to have some people that she likes/knows over. My sister visited and it was the first time her tail wagged (even didn't when she saw us... can't imagine why whistling


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16633
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Siena seems to have perked up a bit this evening (after sleeping most of the day). Daddy got home and decided to get on the laptop to do his Drivers School class (he was a baaaaad boy) and Siena decided she wanted to help him learn.

I had to go to Petco for a bigger lampshade... realized she can still reach her stitches (barely, but she can) with the XL size, so I had to get the largest one they had. It's only for another week or so, but don't want any issues with the sutures. I also picked up a small ball for her to chew (she likes it).





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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16637
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Thanks for the pictures and the updates. She's looking great! wub Somewhere I have a picture of Massie with that big scar and Cleo sleeping with her. Luckily she was a very calm dog so I didn't have to keep her contained at all. I think you're taking great care of Siena! hugging


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: BowWowMeow] #16656
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In general Siena is pretty mellow. She has gotten restless again (of course when it is time for me to go to bed). It is odd. She almost seems to be irritated and goes back and forth and in circles then lays down gets up right away and repeats. I can calm her if I sit with her or sit and stroke her. Just did that now for about 10 min and she is calm again.

Anyone know why she might react this way??


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16724
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Kayos did this too. I wonder if they have been laying around so much they just have some energy they need to get rid of. Kind of like us sitting in one spot too long and needing to get up to stretch our legs.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Kayos] #16776
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Also remember that GSD's like their routines. You brake the normal routine and they seem to get a little restless.

She looks pretty happy in the picture.

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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #16878
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Thanks Kathy and Val. I'm still trying to figure her out. She goes to one bed, scratches/digging, spins around in circles 4 or 5 times, digs some more, then plops down. Two minutes later, she goes to the other bed, does the same (almost looks like she's frustrated) and goes back and forth. It kind of stresses me out (probably because I want to help, but can't).

She also does this when she goes potty. If I take more than a second to put the sling on, she plops down and refuses to get back up. Once outside, pacing pacing, circle circle (ok, I am dizzy now) and then lays down.

It's almost the same reaction to when she has a sticker or some kind of burr in her backend hair that is caught. There's a sense of urgency in everything she does. Guess I'm just not used to it.

I am very tired today. She woke me up about 3 times last night with her restlessness. I think a nap is in order on my lunch break smile

Thanks again for the support. It is nice to talk to others who have done this too (so I know what is normal or not).


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #16963
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4 Full days post surgery. Things are starting to heal, all along the incision the skin is knitting back together, so she is probably getting little twitchings going on and she doesn't know what to do. Also was she more prone to lay on the side that had surgery. All of my dogs are more partial to laying one way than another.

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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #16966
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I can't say if I recall her sleeping on one side or the other while laying down. Right now, she is primarily laying on the right side (surgery side up) and occasionally on the surgery side down, but not for long. She just looks so stressed out when she acts like this. Your explanation makes sense to me...


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #17015
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It is amazing how I can overlook the obvious sometimes. I just talked to the vet tech that was in Siena's surgery (she was calling for an update). She explained that the 'fit' that Siena seems to be having now and again is likely both the incision healing but also the prosthetic (duh) moving around. How did I never think of that. She thinks Siena is getting strange sensations and doesn't know how to deal with it, so she just kind of freaks out and paws/digs at the bedding, walks (almost spins) in circles, just being erratic.

The 21 days of antibiotics (yuck) are so her body does not reject the prosthetic. Although the primary surgeon has done many many hip replacements, he had not done this specific type (Kyon) of hip. They collaberated with a specialist in this hip (http://www.svanimal.com/vets.php) and he flew in for Siena's surgery (and a couple other dogs too during the few days he was in town). Dr. Acker was teaching our vet how to do this. Does this make Siena a guinea pig now?


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #17037
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That makes sense, that she feels weird and different, but doesn't understand why.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: Cassidy's Mom] #17493
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I can't help but laugh at this video. I was talking to a coworker about Siena's loopiness and he sent me this link. I think if Siena could talk, this is what she would say :))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txqiwrbYGrs

Going to start backing down on the pain meds today. The vet thinks it could be causing some of her restlessness.

She has yet to get up and out to potty since last night at 8:30. Don't know if that should concern me or not. I know nothing.

Last night it hit me... I'm tired, her fits are stressful (afraid she will hurt herself), she removed the cone during the middle of the night and made another attempt (unsuccessful) of removing the stitches. I'm overloaded with work (office) and can't concentrate much. I've asked to take off Friday and Monday so I can have some 'me' time (even though I'll still be home). Told Richard i'll probably have cabin fever when the week is done and will need to escape on Saturday for some more 'me' time. I thought this would be hard, but in a different way than it actually is.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #19520
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Today is day 9 post surgery. I'm finally starting to see hints of Siena re-emerging. I left for a few hours today and came home to her snoozing in the crate, surrounded by 5 (yes five) of her favorite balls. Friday evening she had some interest in the ball, so we brought out one of the small vinyl balls and sat near her and just tossed it to her as she lay down. At one point the ball bounced off her nose and went behind her. She got up, walked over to it and brought it back. Richard and I just stopped and looked at each other thinking she's not done that since surgery. Saturday morning I decided to have a bit of a sleep in and Richard was getting ready to go for a bike ride with some friends. As I was in bed, I could hear Siena howling in the living room. After a minute or two, I got out of bed and came out. She was howling because she wanted to go be with Richard (who had opened the garage door to load the van). She was not content just being in the living room (normally she 'helps' him load). When Richard came back in, he told me that she willingly got up to go out to potty (a first as it has been pulling teeth so far). All of this is a step in the right direction.

Today is her first day without the pain meds, but is still getting the ace every 12 hours. She is very antsy without the ace so the doctor has encouraged us to continue using it. We tried to go down to a half, but wasn't enough. Our regular vet called on Thursday and indicated that the ace will probably cause her to not feel herself, which will be stressful and could lead to diarrhea. I am very torn about that. Surgeon says to use it, regular vet says not to. We decided we would rather deal with some diarrhea than have her mess up the surgery and I feel since the surgeon is the expert in this, I have to listen to him...even if I don't fully agree.

Well, the bad news is the poos have been getting softer and softer over the past few days and last night was full on diarrhea frown She didn't even want to eat her dinner. She still has 12 days of antibiotics left (they won't budge on that due to possible rejection of the prosthetic by the body). The metacam stopped on Saturday (and have restarted DGP which hopefully will help her tummy). Tramadol is stopped (this may be causing diarrhea) and the ace is still in play til who knows when.

I did decide to go put her on bland food (oats and beef and pumpkin) and cooked that up tonight. Hopefully that will help her get the tum back on track. With our luck it's the cephalexin (antibiotic).

Tomorrow we're going to start our new routine, replacing exercise with something (training, ball toss, etc.) and see how that goes. I go back to work on Tuesday.


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Re: Hip Replacement Surgery (pics included) [Re: DianaB] #19526
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For the tummy, probiotics and l-glutamine capsules or powder? Maybe slippery elm or marshmallow?

Ugh, I hate cephalexin, it tears up the digestive system in my dogs - Indy vomits within 10 minutes of it now.

I love that she is doing so well though, and playing with her balls, all 5 of them wub


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