Cooper - Hip Dysplasia

Posted by: bianca

Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:29 AM

teary teary teary teary The vet just called me, he will email the pics through soon so I will post but he said Coopers hips are among the "top 5 worst he has ever seen". His right hip is not even sitting in the joint and his left is not much better.

I am sitting here in tears. What a bloody mess, he has only just turned 10 months old. His weight is fine and the vet said that is not an issue. He is going to email the Specialist Vet Center in Melbourne as they will be the ones who will probably do a Total Hip Replacement (probably both hips). But he said he will call me next week when he has heard from them

I can pick him up in an hour and he will have anti-inflammatory and antibiotics (his elbow).
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:32 AM

Oh the specialist is a 5/6 hour drive frown and he said last price he had heard was around $6000 per hip. I am totally devasted
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:40 AM

I am so so very very sorry bianca hugging hugging hugging

I remember when the vet showed me Indy's xray, she was not much older than Coop, and it made me so sick to my stomach that I felt faint and had to sit down to steady myself, and wipe away the tears. I know what a terrible feeling this is, and hers were not as bad as it sounds like Cooper's are hugging

I would get him on some joint supplements asap. I saw a difference with Indy within three days. She had a TPO operation (Cooper won't be eligible, I'm pretty sure, is there arthritis showing yet?), I don't know if they will do a total hip in such a young dog while they are still growing? Remember, that an FHO might be an option. Some things to think about and start getting questions ready.

Sure feels like someone just kicked you in the gut, doesn't it? I sure wish we could make things easier for you guys.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:45 AM

OMG, this is just unbelievable. I'm so sorry! hugging

My Massie also had the worst hips ever at about the same age. I did a salvage surgery on one hip at just under a year and then did conservative management with supplements for 4 years. Then I got her a total hip replacement on one side only when she was 5. That was it: I never replaced the other hip. I did keep her super fit all of her life and she was very active and happy and died of something completely unrelated. And she was like Cooper: she had every health problem known to gsds!

If I were to do it again today (or with what's available today) then I would seriously consider doing a FHO instead of a total hip. The specialist will be able to give you more info about that.

In the meantime you could start joint supplements and maybe Adequan injections?

Again, sorry for all of this...
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:56 AM

Thank you Lisa and Ruth hugging I can barely see through the tears at the moment. I feel like vomiting.

I don't even know what an FHO etc are. I think Iwill spend the night googlinf.

I will post when I know what anti-inflam is is on but it=f I list what he is on currently can you please help with joint support?

He gets Fish oil 1500mg
Vit E 500
Glucosamine 1000
Citrus Bioflavionoids = Ascorbic acid 100mg and citrus bilflavionoids 1400mg
Rose Hip Vital 500mg
True CMO 760mg

what else should I do pleasein the meantime?

The vet said he will discuss with me the options next week after the specialists have looked at the xrays.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 02:15 AM

How much of the True CMO is left, a little or a lot?

The bioflavanoids were to help with the possible allergic reaction in the elbow (eosinophils were found in the fluid, if I recall). With the joint issues, you probably want to increase the vitamin C if he tolerates it. It will also help with the allergies, so you can either stop, or add to the bioflavanoids if you increase the C. Some dogs don't tolerate a lot of vitamin C, mine never do, but Ester C is often used. I don't know about growing dogs, calcium, and Ester C, I have always used sodium ascorbate. Did I just make all of that too complicated?

You want a joint product that contains more than glucosamine. I prefer a product that mimics the ingredients of Cosequin, though the glycoflex products are nice. Ruth recently started a joint supplement thread - might be helpful here: http://germanshepherdhome.net/forum/ubbt...port#Post248411

I know that you order some things from here, the U.S., but are there things there that you can get that would be cheaper?

Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 03:20 AM

Thank you Lisa, I will have to re-read that a bit later when I can concentrate hugging

I think I have read before that pups should not be on Ester C?

From what I can work out most things here are double the price. So I think whatever is recommended I will order from over there.

I jut picked him up and looked at the x-ray. The right hip is not anywhere near the socket. The left leg wouldnot straighten and he thought if he pushed harder, the left hip may pop out of the socket. (The vet wasn't there, so this was via the nurse).

I have just got home and no email so called and she will ask him to resend in the morning.

This is copied from the notes he wrote:

Problem 2 :Also owner has noticed reluctant to come into house. Has noticed dog 'bunny hopping' when running. Advise xrays.

Pain on flexion of elbow. Admit for xrays. Muscle atrophy over gluteals.

Xray show no obvious bone problem with elbow or shoulder.

Xrays of hips shows extreme hip dysplasia. Right hip not sitting in acetabulum. Left hip severe changes.

So he has Previcox 227mg for 60 days. ($201 for the tablets).
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 03:22 AM

Oh sorry, only a little left of the CMO.
Posted by: Alter-Ego

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 05:26 AM

Im sorry to hear, that sucks for you and your Pup. I was wondering how do you know when to have them checked for hip problems? Is it obvious? Im just not sure what to watch for. Probably a stupid question but this scared me a little.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 06:27 AM

I'm sorry I am probably not the best person to ask. I should have insisted on xrays earlier as I had asked m previous vet in April (when Coop was 6 months)and now I feel guilty. I'm noticing how loose in the rear he is - he was eating his dinner just before and I'm sure I'm not imagining it.

Photo of the xray - note the left leg which he could not straighten out.

Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 06:39 AM

Bianca, Don and I are so sad to hear this news. Rosa was right around that age when we found out too.

For now, don't try to think too far ahead until the specialist can see the x-rays. She/He is the one who can really lay out the options for you.

Do you think you will do a surgery? I can't believe how expensive they quoted the THR at. That is about double I think, I'd have to look up what we spent on Rosa. frown

Alter-Ego, to answer your question, we took Rosa in to have her hips checked by x-ray because we saw her having symptoms of pain and limited range of motion in her hips. She was not quite a year old and had been having problems for a couple months. With Niko, we waited until he was a year old and was getting his neuter, and while he was under anesthesia from that, we had then x-ray his hips too (they were fine). If you have a dog with no symptoms, I would wait until she is two years old and fully grown.

Bianca, just... hugging I know you are upset, I feel so bad for you and Brad. hugging
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 06:41 AM

Oh holy heck, those are bad hips. teary
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 06:45 AM

Bianca, hugging I am so sad to hear this. You and Cooper have gone through so much and this added punch is so unfair.

I cannot even think what to say for comfort. Just that I am thinking of you.

teary
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 06:53 AM

Don wanted me to tell you that they'd never do both hips at the same time, if they even did both hips (a big if, Rosa will only have her one done unless something happens in the future) they would be spaced out over a year I would think.

Also he wanted me to tell you that it was the best $4000 we ever spent. hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 07:01 AM

Oh, Bianca! hugging hugging hugging hugging hugging I'm so very, very sorry to read this! Those are indeed frightening hip pics. Perhaps the specialist can offer options that might not seem insurmountable. This news is beyond horrible, and after you've been through so much with Cooper. My hope is that perhaps if one hip gets surgery, that the other can be managed with excersise and supplements, and especially supplements geared to shore up a joint as much as possible and reduce inflammation. I, too, know people with very dysplastic dogs who have gone the sonservative route with them, and the dogs lived fully, happy, busy lives. It's about both function and pain level, and ultimately, some dogs may need both hips done, but others thrive on supplemental support and gentle, regular excersise.

So many here have been down the same road, that there will surely be good guidance and support here. I am sending you good thoughts today, and wishing you some measure of comfort and strength. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 07:31 AM

Thank you so much Leah and Don and Bonnie and Patti hugging hugging

My boy has had his dinner and is sleeping now wub

I am just in total shock, I was thinking perhaps he may have something wrong with an elbow or shoulder...not this.

Leah and Don, I think that is sage advice, I do tend to think the worst! So I have been googling (of course) and now kind of understand what FHO, TPO, and THR is.

I will have to wait and see what the specialist thinks. Come-on next week already!

But yes, if they recommend surgery as the very best option, then that is what we will do. It just makes it even harder as I will have to get my parents to stay and look after Brad and the animals if I have to take him down south.

I have a sick sense of humor so when I told Brad, I was balling and snotting (like Coopie) and reminded him that he calls my Molly a lemon laugh Oh well, Coop fits in well here.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 07:55 AM

I have just been gasping at the screen reading about your beautiful Coop. I'm so sad for you but I am sure to my bones that Cooper will get whatever he needs to be fine. There are such awful periods between hearing and then deciding and then seeing the result.

Coop is so gorgeous and so funny and he and Molly pulse pure charm through cyberspace. You will all find a way through this.

I'm just so sorry,

Mary Jane
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 08:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Good_Karma
Oh holy heck, those are bad hips. teary


Yes they are. Worse than Kayos's and she has really bad hips! I pretty much followed a similar path that Ruth took. We knew Kayos had HD at about 14 months, managed weight and did supplements and she had a THR on the right hip when she was 4.5. We have not and will not do the left hip. We just did HA injections into the left hip and finished that series of 3 injections last Friday. It has definitely helped. We went this route because she is sensitve to NSAIDs.

Her THR was $5000 US dollars in 2008. Kayos is now 9 years and 8 months and doing very well.

I am so sorry....... I understand the sick feeling in your gut. I sat in the car and cried when we saw Kayos's rads. They were awful. You were so hopeful of a great healthy pup and Cooper has been anything but. On the positive side, Kayos's temperament is fabulous, she is the best dog in the world to me. She is a real trooper despite the hips. Cooper seems very tolerant, very amenable and another dog with wonderful outlook on life. This will be okay eventually but it is going to be expensive for all of his life. hugging
Posted by: DianaB

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 08:21 AM

So sorry about Coop. Siena was diagnosed at about three and had surgery on one hip (THR) at 3.5. She never limped til then and we learned the ball joint had broken clean thru and healed (incorrectly). Given the young age, the specialist recommended a Zion hip which is better for a) young dogs (cement less and held in place with screws) and b) great for GSD because of the bone structure. We need both done but so far only done one. About $6k USD.

We have managed the other with low impact exercise (walk, swim, with little jumping and use ramps to get in/out of the car). She also does regular chiropractic and occasional acu, along with supplements above.

Like your dog, has a full spectrum of GSD health issues, with digestive issues being the main culprit of joint issues. I did write extensively on our experience on this board (back in march 2009? Just as this board was started. Overall we were pleased with the outcome, even though it was tough (emotionally, physically and financially).

Does your breeder guarantee hips? Maybe that can help?

So sorry, again. Here to support if we can. Oh, do you have access to Care Credit? We were able to finance for one year interest free. $500 a month is much easier than $6k in one punch.
Posted by: Charlotte

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 08:37 AM

I am so sorry hugging

I have no advice, but reading through this thread there is a lot of very very good inforamtion in here.

hugging
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 08:51 AM

I am so sorry Bianca - what a blow from left field!!

hugging and hugging
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 09:22 AM

Bianca, I am so sorry to hear this about Cooper.

FHO - they cut off the femoral head and let scar tissue form to make an artifical hip. JeanB has some experience with this surgery and one of FurKids dogs had it done to both of his hips in the past year or so (one at a time).

TPO - triple pelvic osteotomy - They cut the bone and rotate the hip into place then secure with plates at a minimum while it heals. Here's some information.

My old GSDx Max had this done to both of his hips when he was a puppy. And Cooper is about the same as Max was when he had his first hip done, so this may very well be an option and is probably cheaper than a total hip replacement. At least it was for me, but it was well over 20 years ago when Max had it done. For him, it was a very successful surgery. He was an on the go dog pretty much the rest of his life, lived until he was almost 15 years old and died of something unrelated. If it were me and the specialist said it was a viable option, then it's what I would do.

Max at about 14 years old:
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 09:41 AM

Those aren't even hips. frown Wow, that one...looks like a swimmer puppy I met. I am not saying that is what he was - just to say that she is doing really well after FHOs and is a happy little girl. Of course, she too had multiple ear things - she is the GSD with the "crimped" ears in the banner on the forum. That is just incredible.

BUT - it could be worse, he could have something that is not fixable or something that would shorten his life, which the hips should not.

I am shocked so can only imagine how you must feel.

That Previcox is a NSAID, right? He had bloodwork before starting? And the vet talked about all the NSAID warnings? I am betting he's been on a NSAID before. If it's more for pain than for inflammation, there may be some other drugs that have less side effects that would help until whatever supplements you choose kick in.

Does he seem painful?

I have read not to use Ester C for puppies/growing dogs (so for a while) because of the added calcium. At this point I would do whatever not to make things worse.

This is some good info: http://www.caberfeidh.com/HHC.htm at the bottom.

Swimming and exercise will be good for him once you talk to the surgeon/doctor.

I am a huge fan of the FHO - neither my dogs or I have the temperament for the restrictions necessary after a THR. Surgeons of course (most) favor the THR because it's best in their criteria. It is also much more costly. Ilsa has had 1 FHO and dogs in the rescue have had them as well and all have done well. There are a few big threads about FHOs - I think the leaner the dog is, the better they do with any of these surgeries. Rosa looks amazing as well with her very cool (I liked the pictures of it) THR.

I would never know any dog I have seen that has had any of these surgeries successfully had a problem to begin with - so there is much, much, much hope for Mr. Cooper's hips! hugging

Alter - some of the things you might see with the hips are bunny hopping when they run, favoring one side, pain on impact in play that is above their normal reaction (either impact of their own movement or another dog slamming into them), biting the hip because it might hurt, and just a general hitch in their giddyup that doesn't look like other dogs. I have started doing hip x-rays on my own dogs when they are getting spayed/neutered (last 2 dogs) and am 2/2 with one mild hip on both prior to surgery.

Other dogs don't show a thing until it really gets bad - my Ilsa was like that. My Ava also has mild and she became overweight and started limping. Got lean and no limps! One thing I wished I had done with everyone that is on the bigger side, or German Shepherdy is to have their backs x-rayed at the same time.

ETA Woodreb - adorable dog!
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 09:44 AM

Oh no, I am so sorry to read this! I mean really, you deserve a break, not a life long continuation! I am so bummed for you all! Is there anything your breeder can/will do in this situation? This just stinks BIG time. . .
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 10:14 AM

Shit Bianca, I can't believe this bad luck, I am so sorry. hugging There are a number of surgeons around and I'll get you some names if you like so don't hesitate to get quotes from more than one, prices can vary greatly. You could consider human grade supplements rather than vet products but that is up to you. I hope there is something I can do to help with this.

Not fair, not fair at all! grouphug
Posted by: Schnickle Fritz

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 10:53 AM

i am sorry to read this. both for you and cooper ;(
Posted by: Castlemaid

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 12:02 PM

Bianca, I am so sorry to hear this! It seems so unfair! I cringed when I saw those X-rays. frown

I have no experience with hip issues, but I see many dogs on the forum that have had hip replacement surgery and are doing just fine, so that gives me hope for Cooper.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 12:22 PM

Yikes, those hips do look bad, especially the one that's not even in the socket. frown

Do look into the different options for surgeries and consider just doing one hip for now and using supplements and Adequan or HA injections to help him. There wasn't anyone near me who looked good so I drove 8 hours each way for Massie's surgery and it was totally worth it.
Posted by: LauraHolder

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 12:27 PM

hugging

I'm so sorry to hear this, Bianca.

Sending healing energy your way and wish that whatever path you choose for Cooper's treatment will provide some relief.

hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:24 PM

We drove 4 hours one for Kayos's surgery at a vet teaching hospital. I think it is pretty difficult to find a close ortho vet whether your down under or in the states.

Do the worst hip first and wait and see. The ortho vet that did Kay's said 70 to 80% of dogs that have one THR do not need the other one done. Of course we probably fell into the 20 to 30% thta did need the other one done but decided on alternative things instead.

I think when you have a chance to meet with the specialist you will have better options and more info. In the meantime get as educated as you can.
Posted by: GatorDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 01:31 PM

So sorry to read this frown
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 03:17 PM

Oh my goodness, that xray frown hugging

The CMO, if there is a little left, go ahead and give it. I wonder if the hip problem is one reason why the elbows are under such stress and susceptible.

Please don't kick yourself for not doing xrays earlier. Even now, you didn't expect this, so months earlier, I understand why your vet probably said it wasn't necessary. When Jazz had her surgery and I asked him to xray her hips while she was under, he looked at me a bit stunned. You have had Coop on stuff to help the joints, but this is something structural.

Oh, next time you order supplements from the states, you might want to pick up some liver support to have on hand: http://www.vitacost.com/country-life-liver-support-factors-100-tablets It's useful when giving things like NSAIDs, after surgery, etc.
Posted by: Lauri & the Gang

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 04:52 PM

Ok, how about so potentially good news ... your dog might not NEED to have the right hip done.

Since the socket isn't even in the joint there's no bone rubbing on bone - which is what causes the pain. Here's an xray of what a hip looks like after an FHO surgery:



Your dog essentially already has that going on in his right hip.

My girl Neke had FHO surgery when she was 9 yrs old. Needed it due to a bad reset job on a dislocated hip. She was up and walking with 48 hours and then running again within a couple weeks. The only thing I noticed was that she had trouble jumping up on the couch as she got older - she couldn't seem to get both legs to give the same amount of thrust. But by then she was 11-12 and even being able to CLIMB on the couch was a big thing. smile
Posted by: Sage's mom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 05:06 PM

hugginghugginghugging I'm so sorry. Poor guy has been through so much already. Thinking of you guys hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 05:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Lauri & the Gang
Ok, how about so potentially good news ... your dog might not NEED to have the right hip done.

Since the socket isn't even in the joint there's no bone rubbing on bone - which is what causes the pain. Here's an xray of what a hip looks like after an FHO surgery:



Your dog essentially already has that going on in his right hip.


I was wondering about all this too!

Furkids is the first dog I've seen with such a difficult time with an FHO, the others seem to report what Lauri said. I think it's definitely worth a long hard think.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 05:10 PM

Thank you all so very much, this is such a wonderful place hugging I was so hoping that someone would look at the xray and say it's not that bad!

Forgive me if I forget to comment/answer some questions.

Wow Lauri, that is really interesting!

I have this for the cats, and I know its for kidneys but would it help?

https://www.dcnutrition.com/products/Detail.CFM?RecordNumber=405

Thank you for all the info, there is so much to try and process but I guess knowing there are these options will make it easier (?) when I hear back from the specialist. Bloody typical, before we moved the specialist centre was a 5 minute drive away. Please don't get me wrong, I have no problem going anywhere for treatment, it's just that with Brad it makes things a whole lot harder.

I am going to have to find out where there is after care therapy available. I can't imagine there is any hydro-therapy in this small town.

Alison, it has been suggested to me to try and get Monash Uni to have a look?

And also a lady who is involved with the rescue (Wonka) has had stem cell therapy on her dog. But I would think (unless Lauri is correct) that he would still need surgery on the right hip at least.

Thank you all again I really appreciate you all hugging
Posted by: shepnterrier

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 08:20 PM

I am so sorry to read this, Bianca. You and Brad aren't getting a break, it's not fair. Yes, you will bravely cope once more, and Cooper is lucky to have you.

I wonder about the rehab vet who is the Australian contact for Dogleggs, whether it might be worthwhile getting in touch?
http://www.dogsinmotion.com.au/

In general I find the younger a surgeon, the more eager to operate. Some conditions need surgery, certainly, and it's an absolute must if only surgery can relieve pain and restore mobility. But when it comes to the gray zone especially, I tend to listen to the most experienced and seasoned surgeon. And a good rehab vet gets to see the long term picture, having rehabbed many dogs with and without surgery, and with different kinds of surgery.

I think that Lisa's insight about the elbow problems possible being related to structural hip issues very worthwhile looking into. Another one for an experienced rehab vet with an eye for structure.

hugging
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/24/12 11:05 PM

As far as I am aware only Melbourne Uni offers a veterinary course, Monash offers vet bioscience at both the Clayton and Gippsland campus but it is not the same (not hands on medicine). Werribee used to be a teaching campus but that seems to only be for vet nurses now. I did find this where it seems they do perform ortho surgeries for student instruction - it may be worth an email to see if they can offer anything.

It might also be worth just dealing with pain management and explore all options before you lock in any surgery with any provider. Unlike UAP, I don't see Coopers age being of particular importance regarding any surgery of this type so that anything has to be done straight away - deep breaths and dry eyes help make clearer decisions - no ortho surgeon is relying on your money for their new wing smile. I know with Quynne (we went to Southpaws) it was here's the diagnosis and surgery was the next day - in hindsight it did not have to happen that fast and I wish I had researched more. I will ask around for you but that will take a little while to contact some people.

I was thinking, like Lisa, Coopers elbow hygromas may have been due to him putting stress on the elbows to protect the hips - hindsight is not too useful is it?
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 01:38 AM

Age, here they say 10 months is typically the youngest, but the surgeon will have more info: http://www.biomedtrix.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=86 So, as Alison says, this isn't something that needs to be done NOW, you can take a bit of time.

Good point Sarah, the younger ones do tend to be more eager to operate!
Posted by: arycrest

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 02:02 AM

hugging Bianca, Brad & Cooper hugging
imsorry Poor Little Cooper, I wish he could get a break every once and a while ... so sorry about his hips. Give him a big hug from me please!!!
Posted by: Alter-Ego

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 04:05 AM

The reason I ask and became concerned is, there have been a couple times we were playing/wresting and I heard her hip or something in that area pop (Like cracking your knuckle). She didnt give out, whine, or even react to it. When I went to the vet for a different reason, I told him about it. He did some feeling around, pushed down on her rear end while she was standing. He said she was fine it was probably just a normal everyday thing like when your knee pops or your back. Sounded legitimate to me but then I saw this and it worried me.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 04:24 AM

Alter-Ego, perhaps to ease your mind, you could have her x-rayed? I imagine it is cheaper where you are but excluding the two lots of medicine I got, I paid $570 for hips, right elbow and right shoulder under sedation. Just something to consider as I imagine at 1 1/2 years you could get a good indication.

Thank you all again for your thoughts, advice, suggestions and knowledge. I appreciate it more than I can say.

One site I read stated that one of the surgeries was really for those under 10 months, I think that was where they break the pelvis. It's all a blur at the moment.

Anyway I will make any decisions after hearing from the specialist but at least now I know I can ask about any other options. Brad is not overly involved so it will be my call.

I am feeling guilty as now I am really *looking* at his back end and noticing things. If it wasn't for the elbow issues I may have been more on top of it but put down muscle wastage etc to the limited exercise.

It is interesting to think his hips could have compounded the hygroma issue but then he got the first one at 11 weeks old? Surely his hips can't have been that bad at that age?
Posted by: Alter-Ego

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 04:43 AM

Although I don't know much about this particular issue, I do know you shouldn't feel guilty. There's nothing you could do to prevent it and now that you know, you will do everything in your power to fix it. That is what separates you and many of us apart from people who don't pay attention to their dogs and would never even pick up on something being wrong. It's very obvious you care about Cooper and I'm sure he's grateful for everything you do for him.
Posted by: DianaB

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 04:54 AM

Originally Posted By: DianaB
... Zion hip which is better for a) young dogs (cement less and held in place with screws) and b) great for GSD because of the bone structure.
...

Sorry, Kyon not Zion wink
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 06:52 AM

Thank you AE, you are very kind hugging

Thank you Diana, I read Siena's thread hugging

Well I have ordered both Glycoflex 3, and Jointagen (thanks Leah and Don and if he doesn't do well with them I will post them to you) but am wondering are these all I would need to give him? In other words once I start him on those will he still need fish oil, vit c etc?

Thank you all, I would be lost without Home.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 07:28 AM

Just checking in, to leave more hugging hugging hugging. You and Cooper will get through this, to a brighter future with no medical concerns, only shared adventures and joy together. butterfly angel bloomrose crossedfingers May the specialist's appointment go well, and give you a sense of optimism. I'll continue sending positive healing vibes for Cooper! peacesign
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 08:24 AM

I don't think you can blame yourself at all for not realizing something was wrong with Cooper, especially with his elbows clouding the issue. The only way we knew Rosa had a problem was as Niko started getting older, we could see the difference in how the two dogs moved. And even then we were more like, "Huh, that's weird" instead of realizing there was a problem. It was only when Rosa started crying out when we were drying her off and moving her back legs that we thought to get her x-rayed. It was tough to discover and digest the fact that she had severe HD, but at the same time it was a relief to know she was "fixable".

I can't help you out with all the other supplements that are out there for joint support. A while back I tried to go through and make a list of everything that anyone had ever mentioned on this forum and it got really confusing and then there were the instances where one person said X thing worked for them and another person said X thing didn't work at all... So finally I went with the Glycoflex 3 and the Jointagen based on the ingredients list that when the two were combined, seemed to cover as many of the bases as possible.

One other thing you could add would be an anti-inflammatory (something we couldn't do because Rosa had an allergic reaction) to help ease any pain he might have. But I don't always know if that's good to do or not. My reasoning for that is if I hurt myself, I like to feel a bit of the pain because it reminds me to take it easy. If I drugged up, I might over do it and make things worse. But that's human logic and I don't know how that would apply to a dog. I know other people have the philosophy of not wanting the dog to feel any discomfort.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 10:48 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca

One site I read stated that one of the surgeries was really for those under 10 months, I think that was where they break the pelvis. It's all a blur at the moment.

That is the TPO, which Indy had. The angles in the hip have to be just right, and there should be no arthritis present for the best outcome. I just have a sense that that operation isn't going to be optimal for Cooper.

It's also possible he has been in a lot less pain because of the things you have already been doing for him in terms of supplements. The glucosamine, vit C, fish oil and CMO will all help.

The others you ordered now are to get serious and give him therapeutic doses since he for sure has a problem. Me, I like dogs having some vit C and fish oil outside of joint issues - you might have to tweek things and see how he does best. Maybe keep him on them, and then slowly lower the dose, or stagger it through the week if that is what your goal is.

Do you see a huge difference in him when you give the NSAID?
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 11:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Alter-Ego
Although I don't know much about this particular issue, I do know you shouldn't feel guilty. There's nothing you could do to prevent it and now that you know, you will do everything in your power to fix it. That is what separates you and many of us apart from people who don't pay attention to their dogs and would never even pick up on something being wrong. It's very obvious you care about Cooper and I'm sure he's grateful for everything you do for him.


Yeah, this is so true. We can't pick up on everything, immediately, all the time.

And what Alison said about taking a step back and waiting before a decision is a great thing. Ava was my first dog diagnosed with HD (and it was only mild, one hip) and I was spinning - but thankfully I did not act right away because it was fine as soon as she lost weight. Obviously his are different but that thinking time really helped.

And then when Ilsa got diagnosed, and hers were kind of bad (one moderate to severe w/arthritis) I started with one joint supplement - the Springtime that Ruth sent her! and then went from there, because I like to do one thing, wait to see how it works, then try the next, see how it works. With a non-emergency (though not good) thing like hips, you can do that.

Well, I also have to add, you seem to be an amazing person with everything you deal with and am glad you are here.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 11:19 AM

Originally Posted By: JeanKBBMMMAAN
you seem to be an amazing person with everything you deal with and am glad you are here.


I feel just the same way.

It is a bit unreal, but with all your posts Bianca we know that you are daily coping with various health problems in your family and doing just that: coping day after day and enjoying life as it comes. I really admire and envy your equanimity. It must be really hard, but you do it.

If long-distance support helps at all, you can surely rely upon it.

Mary Jane
Posted by: RileyAnna

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/25/12 02:11 PM

I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with this news. Sending positive vibes to you that things will not be as bad as it seems right now.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 03:28 AM

Oh goodness THANK YOU all so much hugging teary hugging Jean, Mary Jane no not all amazing but thank you from the bottom of my heart. P.S I had to look up equanimity in my dictionary laugh blush

I think I will have to wait a few week before his new supplements arrive but when they do I will add one and wait and see there is no reaction.

Leah the vet gave him 2 months worth of an anti-inflammatory (includes pain relief I think) Previcox. It seems to be helping his front right but other than that, no changes.

I am hoping like anything my vet hears something tomorrow. I will not rush into anything but want to get started on planning.

I heard back from his breeder, she is so lovely. She is shocked and devastated too. She said that his lines are known for good elbows/hips and she has never bred a dog with this. Her email made me cry too! And she so very generously has offered to refund his purchase price. I cannot believe it and do not feel comfortable accepting. I think that she did everything she could (hip scoring etc) and it is just one of those things. However Brad feels differently. We will see. But for her to offer, just blows me away wub
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 08:21 AM

That was generous of the breeder to offer you reimbursement! I am waiting right along with you for news from your vet this week. May having a plan in place make you feel encouraged. You're not alone in this, we all want your sweet Coopie to be and feel well. And again, so many here have been down the same road with their own dogs. We'll all be sending your Cooper well-wishes and good thoughts as you go through this! grouphug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 01:00 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca

Leah the vet gave him 2 months worth of an anti-inflammatory (includes pain relief I think) Previcox. It seems to be helping his front right but other than that, no changes.

This tells me that the upplement you have had him on are helping with any discomfort. I am betting that the degeneration in those xrays would be worse, as well as the pain, had he not be getting the "stuff".

I would be conservative with the NSAIDs. I do use them here, but often drop to a half dose after a couple of days. I share Jean's paranoa, though perhaps not as extreme, since I value the benefit of knocking down the inflammation. The CMO will do that, but it sounds like his elbow is pretty bad if the CMO I not enough after this time.
Posted by: DnP

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 01:25 PM

OH Bianca...I've been away and come back to hear this. I've got nothing but hugging and lots of positive and healing vibes to send Cooper's way...and your's too!
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 02:46 PM

Bianca, I missed this somehow, and just seeing it, I am so very very sorry for all of you and Cooper who is such a lovely boy:( Doesn't seem fair at all:(

And I agree how wonderful of the breeder to offer you a refund and be supportive. While you may not wish to take her up on her offer, you should and use towards medical expenses.

I have used previcox on my aussie at one point, worked well for her, but I did mess around with the dosage since I didn't want her on it all the time or high amounts,,you do what works for Cooper..

Hugs to you all, will be thinking of you, and hugs to cooper.
Posted by: DianaB

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 06:21 PM

Bianca. That is awesome you got the nice response from your breeder. Given all you have been through, to get the offer of a refund (versus surrendering the pup), I would be inclined to accept, esp. given the problems. Perhaps you can accept half of the price as a meet in the middle?

Also, having had a lifetime of issues with Siena, I can say that even though it feels it will never end, you will get to a point when it does at least slow down, so you have a break in it. Take the good when you can. At least that is our experience.... 2.5 years of pure hell (digestive/skin), then a few good months, then the hip... since then, it's been pretty good, with some conservative action with it for maintenance. We also experienced shoulder issues with the hip. We have exercises that we do to get her to use the 'bad' hip more and some exercises like 'back up' to help use the muscles so they don't wither away.

Best of luck, please keep us posted smile
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 06:36 PM

I think it was very nice of your breeder to offer a refund, and I would also be inclined to accept it and put it towards the surgery. Every little bit helps.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/26/12 08:25 PM

Great that the breeder offered a refund! Why not take it to help with the cost of the surgery, vet bills, etc.?

You are handling all of this really well and hopefully Cooper's health will only get better from here on out!

You can always use Arnica or Zeel or Traumeel (can you get those????) for the pain.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 05:52 AM

Thank you, thank you hugging

Ruth I have both thank you and was giving him them for his front right but it didn't seem to do anything.

I heard back from my vet today, he had spoken to the specialist - Peter Laverty - and his words "his hips are diabolical". So he is saying he will need a total hip replacement on both sides but not until he is at least 15 months old or until he has finished growing. He would only do one side at a time. The FHO and TPO are not an option for Cooper. He will get stainless steel implants and they will last his whole life. Apparently stem cell therapy is more for age related degenerative conditions not for this type of situation where it is structural.

My vet said when Coop was sedated and he was manipulating his hips, he does not have full range of movement. He is to stay on the Previcox until then and we will do blood work to check it is not affecting his renal or liver function. I think I will give it a couple of weeks and then try reducing the dose and see if there is any difference.

So I will call or email Peter in the next few days and find out more and then contact some other recommended people. I have the name courtesy of the breeder of a GSD specialist.

I just need it to warm up a bit (spring in nearly here) and I will take him to the lake. I have read that instead of swimming, it is better to walk them through at chest height as it works the hind more than swimming. So we can do that everyday.

Thank you all again, for your lovely thoughts and wisdom and advice hugging
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 07:06 AM

As you know, we were really pleased with how Rosa handled her THR. I think you'll be very happy with the results. Follow the after-care protocols (I know you will be able to do this) and Cooper will be fine.

If you have any questions, want to see pictures, anything at all, feel free to ask me or Don.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 07:07 AM

I'm so relieved that your vet and you got word from the specialist. I've had you and Cooper on my mind! I am hoping that as he matures, the Previcox helps ease things for him, and that his liver function stays happy and well within normal range. thumbup Sweet Cooper is such a lucky fellow to be cared for by you! Sending you and handsome dear Cooper best wishes for an easy day today, and for optimism to lighten your step. hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 08:05 AM

I know that you wanted to get a definitive diagnosis, however it would turn out, so you can map your steps for Coop's healthy future. And there you are, planning his exercise regimen. We can see what a beautiful creature he is but clearly, without a doubt, absolutely Cooper is lucky in his owner.

I may be over-interpreting, but somehow Cooper's general acceptance of all those vet wraps and drains for his elbows is encouraging about his recuperation to come.

thanks for the update,
Mary Jane
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 08:43 AM

Thanks for the update, Bianca. At least there is some time to do some planning. hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 09:46 AM

I agree with your vet specialist. I too would go THR. I was going to do stem cell therapy for Kayos and several vets here that have advocated Stem Cell, have told me that this has not really panned out the way they hoped it would. So not all it is cracked up to be.

I think I would take that refund, you can put it toward the cost of surgery.

I think Cooper will be fine in the long run but it will be a long road.

They will do the hips separatley and when one is healed up they will do the other. I think Kayos's recovery time was about 16 to 20 weeks so plan on a year before he is back to running across the yard on his new hips. But you know, she handled it well and I think Coop will too.

The first month was tough but after that it was not so difficult, just have to be careful with them.
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 10:16 AM

Awesome for your breeder to step up!!

I so wish this wasn't happening, but we'll be here to support you along the way!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 10:40 AM

Just to throw out an alternate viewpoint (as opposed to an alternative viewpoint wink ), since I always look for options...

My understanding is that an FHO is nearly always an option and I would want to know why it can't be done at least on one side. It might be that, if done one at a time, the other hip will not be able to support him, but I prefer to hear why certain options are not available to me. The TPO I was pretty sure he would not be a candidate because it has pretty limited application.

The Previcox. I understand if it is part of the elbow therapy why you might want to continue it regularly. BUT I have a real problem saying that this dog is going to be on NSAIDs as part of his therapy for months. He does not have range of motion, pain limits that, but, you will judge whether the previcox is worth the risk to your boy by evaluating his respone to it. If you haven't noticed much of a response, I would say that it's not helping a whole lot and can be used as needed. As was mentioned earlier, his pain level may not be as bad as the xrays show, since on one hip, you don't have bone on bone. Once you start the other joint supplements, he should even feel better.

Remember, at the end of this, are two surgeries, with heavier doses of pain killers and anesthesia, you want to keep his liver and kidneys functioning at full capacity to handle that.

If you are going to keep him on the previcox daily for at least the next 5 months, I would get that liver support ordered asap!

I just get bothered by the definitiveness with which they speak. There are some shades of grey here, at least with the NSAID.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 12:43 PM

I agree with Lisa about the Previcox. If it isn't working, why put the stress on his body?

I was also told that Massie would eventually need a THR on both sides but I simply did not have the money. She also did not have anywhere near full range of motion and was, in fact, quite sore after the manipulation needed to get good x-rays. I chose moderate exercise over painkillers (actually, I think the only thing recommended at the time was baby aspirin).

There are some really good herbs for inflammation.

I have been reading about really good results for both humans and dogs with Zyflamend: http://www.vitacost.com/new-chapter-zyflamend/?pd_section=pr#productReviews
It would be a much safer alternative.

Two mixes that I've used successfully are Get Up and Go by Only Natural Pet (do you have that already?) and Tasha's Herbspirin from Berte's Naturals.

White Willow bark alone is excellent and Tumeric, Boswellia and Ginger are also powerful anti-inflammatories.

Water walks sound like a great idea!!!!!!!!!!! I do that with Rafi when I'm at the cottage.

Big hugs going out to you!
Posted by: DianaB

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/27/12 01:46 PM

I forgot about Zeel. We still continue to keep her on it (totals about 3 tablets a month in distilled water, given through a dropper 3 times a day). Seems to really help her osteoarthritic pain.

We also used a product called DGP (dog gone pain) which in the initial stages helped her with inflammation. I refused to put her on any NSAIDs because of how they mess with her stomach. Even post surgery, we used it for only a week, then went to other alternatives. I wanted to stop the antibiotics after a week-ten days post THR, but the vet cautioned she could reject the prosthetic if we did and we did not want that to happen, so we soldiered on.

I will continue to follow this thread and hope you can keep his body moving forward until you can have it corrected.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 03:10 AM

Thank you all again so very much hugging

Leah I will probably bombard you with questions closer to the time, thank you!

Patti, as always you are such a treasure wub

Mary Jane, I think he will be pretty good too, the vets here are amazed at how much he tolerates.

Thank you Alison and Natalie hugging

Lisa, I was told that an FHO is more suitable for smaller dogs and generally only if they need 1 side 'fixed'. That it is more of a 'salvage' option, not any good for Coopie.

I also agree with you and Ruth about the Previcox. I have not noticed any difference in his movement or demeanor other than he is not limping on his front right. That is why I thought I would give it a couple of weeks (front right again) and then cut the dose in half, monitor and then a quarter and hopefully off it altogether. I am hoping I can find natural pain relief. The joint supports I have ordered I hope will help but I also realise that can't 'fix' this. And will look at others too after trying these.

Thank you Diana, I also have zeel here. I will give that a go after he is off the other things. I don't want to complicate anything.

The breeder forwarded me an email from a friend who is a GSD breeder and also a vet. He seemed to think pts should be considered (put very considerately though). I am not considering this at all. I will not let him live a miserable life but I will do the surgery and go from there. I wont let him suffer but also feel that I have to try everything unless he is in so much pain he has no quality left.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 03:30 AM

Oops I keep forgetting about the liver support, thank you Lisa. I will see if I can find something here.
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 09:39 AM

Oh poppycock on that! Not the liver support! wink

IF there were no fix for it...that would be a different story. We have all seen dogs that have some weird/bad stuff and they do really well and enjoy their lives. They also definitely have different pain receptors as anyone who watches dogs play can attest!

The FHO is not something that most ortho surgeons WILL recommend, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good option, IMO*. Like for Cooper - he could have one THR and one FHO. Large dogs do okay with it, it's easier for little dogs. My vet does a ton of them on large dogs for people who are at that decision point of put down or FHO because they cannot afford the THR and I see those dogs there all the time - 90+ pounds - bouncing around with a new lease on life. I always defend them because I think that they make salvage operation sound like a bad thing, and I have seen nothing but good come from them.

If you want something for pain, a drug like Tramadol has less side effects, is typically more tolerated (always exceptions - Kramer would get knocked on his hiney by it until he really needed it) and acts as an actual pain reliever and not an anti-inflammatory. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_tramadol.html

Doing a great job, Bianca, take your time!

*all in my opinion - no studies to back up my thinking!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 09:57 AM

Thank you so much Jean, I have saved that link. What I don't understand is why anti-inflams? How do they help when it is a bone structual problem? I'm a bit simple but I always thought they were for pulled muscles, soft tissue injuries? Although in saying that I found out on Thursday that I have arthritis in both my knees and my GP gave me Mobic.

I need to marry a vet laugh

My local vet actually said that he does FHO surgery but only on smaller dogs, under 20 kgs. I suppose this is something I should enquire further about.
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 10:00 AM

I don't know - I guess they do help arthritis pain in people and joint pain - but I don't think, to me anyway, if I have back pain and you offer me a Tramadol or an NSAID, I am going to pick the Tramadol for pain. It's a good question that I am sure someone here knows!

YES - that is a great plan!

I think it may be more difficult to do on a larger dog maybe? Or you have to have a comfort level (probably from doing them often) with larger dogs? My vet is doing them all the time, like I said, because of the cost thing - people bring their dogs from all around to him, so he's used to it. Maybe that's it.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 10:06 AM

Thank you again. And I agree about the pain relief! I used to take Tramadol for headaches and they worked a treat...apart from I would get the munchies!!!

I just have to get organised and then start contacting some other specialists around the country. At least I have time smile
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 11:01 AM

With ortho problems comes inflammation. The inflammation can cause more damage and speed degeneration, thus, the NSAIDs. Don't forget that most of the skeletal structure is supported by soft tissue and/or fluidy stuff.

Also, different classes of anti-inflammatories will do different things. Doxycycline as an antiinflammatory will be different than pred, which will be different than NSAIDs.

That GSD breeder - yes, that option is more cost effective, but, really...hearing something like that stings! hugging

Cooper will get fixed up and be fine smile
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 11:30 AM

I know you have so many options to consider with all the ideas that we're tossing out there for you, but here's another: For pain management and inflammation, might you consider acupuncture and Chinese herbs from a Traditional Chinese Mesdicine vet?

My last dog had a "functional limp" due to the shape of the elbow joint actually changing due to advanced arthritis. I'd done NSAIDS, supplements, excersise-- everything. Acu and Chinese herbs made Chell comfortable and mobile again! thumbup

I continue to send you and Coopie-Sweets lots of positive energy today. paw
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 02:07 PM

We had considered an FHO for Kayos's other hip after her THR. But she did fine with just the THR until this year. She is almost 10 so we said nno to surgery and explored other things. So an FHO on the better of the 2 hips adn a THR on the worst hip may keep him running for the rest of his lfe.

FWIW - the vet that did Kayos's initial dx also suggested pts. We opted not to do that, it would have been a drastic mistake and we were able to afford her surgery and continued management, some people cannot. Although REALLY unpopular, especially to the people that love them - pts is still something to consider and be honest about and talk about. That actually crossed my mind when I first responded. Certainly not to be decided lightly. I am just being honest and forthright here, that is kind of the way I am. I feel very much for you guys, having been in your shoes with bad hips, it is no fun.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 04:32 PM

I think it isn't too shocking of a statement (the PTS thing) coming from a breeder. If it came from a vet I would give it more credence but coming from a person who is looking at the situation from a completely different perspective, you can take it with a big grain of salt.

I'm glad you are looking at other specialists. We didn't seek a second opinion with Rosa, but that was because the ortho doctor was really good at fully explaining our options and his reasoning for everything, as well as LISTENING to Don and his concerns (and addressing them). So if your ortho guy said anything you aren't 100% comfortable with (like his completely ruling out an alternative procedure, and also not giving you the option of only doing one hip and waiting to see if the second hip procedure was required), then I wholeheartedly support you seeking a second opinion.

That was a really wordy way of saying you are doing everything right and I know that if anyone can get Cooper through this and help him to live as normal a life as possible, it is you. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 05:20 PM

I will try and find out if there is anyone who does acupunture or alternative therapies anywhere near here thank you for the idea!

The breeder who suggested pts is also a vet. When my vet called me with the info from the specialist he also mentioned that as an option. I didn't let him finish so am unsure if that came from him or the surgeon (or both).

Kathy, I truly appreciate your honesty hugging

Yep was a bit of a blow to hear that as I'm holding out hope that someone will look at him and say it's not that bad! Doesn't seem that will happen.

Thank you all for being here hugging
Posted by: Tara

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 08:35 PM

Bianca, I haven't been keeping up with the forum very well lately. I was shocked to learn about Cooper's hips. I'm so sorry.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/28/12 08:45 PM

I can't claim experience in this kind of decision.

It's entirely different, I know, but when my 80 year old mother got her hip replacement, she walked on it the next day. This total replacement is not something to be taken lightly for the whole life of a young dog, but it is done with success.

We shall remain here for you and Miss Moo and Coopie, who is so good under that black coat.

Mary Jane
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 03:04 AM

Thank you so much Kristin and Mary Jane hugging

I was just explaining what has been mentioned to me. I am not considering it. My little (big) Coopie Pie will get whatever he needs to live a healthy, pain free life smile
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 06:39 AM

You do indeed have time! Contacting specialists and thinking things through will help you feel better about the happy, healthy future you'll provide for handsome Cooper. One step at a time, and we are all here to support you through this. 3penguins Sending you and Cooper positive thoughts for today. hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 02:24 PM

Bianca,

I do not know why people think it's ok to say such things. I know you are 100% committed to Cooper and it's really too bad that people cannot give you support without offering non-helpful opinions. With Massie, I cannot tell you how many people said to me, "I bet you wouldn't have adopted her if you knew she was going to have all of these health problems" and just as many said, "I would never do such and such or spend that much money on a dog." I adopted Massie when I was 22 and she had a lifetime of health problems, starting when she was just a little puppy.

However, although those people's comments were hurtful, I never for one moment regretted the money, time, etc. because Massie deserved an excellent life and gave back everything 20 fold with her wonderful personality. She was, quite simply, a once-in-a-lifetime dog and I'm sure Cooper will be the same.

You are doing a wonderful job with Cooper and all of your animals. Big hugs going out to you and do take your time exploring all of your options. hugging
Posted by: middleofnowhere

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 04:21 PM

I don't see offering the option to call it quits as necessarily hurtful - I see it as giving the person permission to change their mind, alter their commitment when it becomes too much.
I know I've spent a good deal of money on the critters I had -- and yet I know that at that same time there were perfectly healthy animals being euthanized for lack of a home. Somehow I think that is always something to be kept in mind even if you chose to spend the money on the ones you have.

Personally, I am quite fond of Cooper, lumpy elbows, rotten hips and all. If the OP chooses to move ahead with whatever treatment can be had, I'll support that. Should she opt to not, I can understand that one, too.
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 05:20 PM

Bianca, I am so sorry to read that Copper has hip problems also.

I think that Vet's are becoming conditioned to many of their clients wanting the quick and easy fix, so the PTS has become more of an option they give.

I will support any decision you make, because I am not living your life.

I would accept the refund from the breeder and use that towards support either supplements or surgery for Cooper.

I have no knowledge to share as far as hip problems - types of surgery. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you guys and Cooper.
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/12 10:59 PM

Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
"I would never do such and such or spend that much money on a dog."


I was telling someone not too long about about Kaos and her trip to the vet/ER vet and they said they will never pay more in vet bills than they paid for the dog.
"$400.00 for a dog, $450 vet bill? Nope, just go get a new dog"
mouthsealed

Bianca - I really think you should think about letting the breeder give you some money back, it may make her feel way better to feel like she is contributing to his well being by making the financial burden a little lighter for you!

hugging and hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 05:40 AM

Wow, again I say a HUGE thank you to you all hugging

So much knowledge, kindness and warmth here hugging

To be honest I didn't take offense at the PTS option suggested to me. I know that it is not something I am prepared to consider (unless Coopie had such a crap life) so I did not take it as anything other than an idea. I will always go without for my animals and I guess I am lucky that Brad pretty much keeps out of any dog decisions and my parents are really supportive.

The breeder has refunded his full purchase price wub I am flabbergasted at her generosity.

I am just about to email Molly's breeder as she works at the specialist center at home and will see if she can get one of the surgeons to give an opinion.

Thank you all again so very much for being there for my Coopie hugging
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 06:48 AM

Bianca, just hugs to you again. hugging

I hope you and Cooper are having a good day.

Cooper - wub You have so many friends you have not even met. How great is that for a good dog?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 08:19 AM

Thank you Bonnie hugging

Cooper appreciates all his friends!

I just had to post this, I just got up to put some more wood in the fire and I see this (LOVE my goober wub)He is such a hoot!





And he is still covered up rofl
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 08:30 AM

He looks like a snoozing burrito! wub rofl What a sweet, precious goof he is! laugh I'm just checking in to let you know that I'm keeping you and your dear, silly Coopie Pie in my very best good thoughts today. hugging This will all turn out okay, even if the road to get there will not be a simple one. But then, too, you and Cooper already know how to deal with healing and recovery. Sending you both positive energy today! bloomrose
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 08:50 AM

That made me laugh - he is funny! Even though I haven't posted much I am reading this and you and Cooper are in my thoughts - sending you my best wishes. hugging
Posted by: kaisersmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 09:26 AM

I just read through this thread - poor Cooper!! He can't catch a break!

A young dog that was adopted from the rescue I work with had the femoral head osteotomy (FHO), where they remove the femoral head and let the muscles and scar tissue sort of take over for the missing hip joint and he's doing great! He's a Pit Bull mix and doesn't miss the hip at all - runs and plays with the best of them! He had the surgery because of trauma - he was found hit by a car before being taken into rescue and they had to do the FHO because of a hip fracture.

Kaiser and I send our best wishes and healing thoughts to you & Cooper!! hugging (Love his photos!!!)
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 05:21 PM

I was gonna say maybe his nose was cold, but I see it poking out in the second pic. rofl
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/30/12 06:32 PM

wub rofl wub That is too cute!

Thinking of you guys hugging I hope you find that the glyco flex III works well for Cooper. I had Bailey on that most of her life after she had surgery on both elbows. Eventually I had to add adequan to the mix, but I liked the glyco flex.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 04:47 AM

Cooper wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 05:16 AM

snoozing burrito rofl rofl Love it!

Thank you all, I haven't heard back from Moo's breeder yet. Wednesday Wonka leaves for his new life on the other side of the country so after then I will knuckle down and start calling people.

A lady on an aussie forum suggested I give this a shot, any thoughts please?

http://media.wix.com/ugd/e1342d_786c46db525c6f0d37c37e8d29d13773.pdf?dn=Muscle%2BPro%2BCommon%2BQ%2Band%2BA%2BAustralian.pdf

Also, I have read that walking up hills is good too but does anyone know ideal gradient/length please?

Thank you all again hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 05:35 AM

http://www.sprintergold.com/#!muscle-pro
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 05:37 AM

Gah, I can't get it to work but is www.sprintergold.com and then under products it is muscle-pro.
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 10:09 AM

Bianca, can you take Cooper swimming anywhere. Swimming is supposed to be great for dogs with HD. There is a dog in my agility class (He does all the low equipment) that had bad HD. He's been taking water therapy classes (water treadmill and swimming) and the difference in him in the last four months is amazing! You can see how much better he is moving now.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 11:00 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Gah, I can't get it to work but is www.sprintergold.com and then under products it is muscle-pro.

My phone can't bring up the site (can't do Flash), will try and look later.

I think downhill I better than uphill, but I can't remember. I posted a study eons ago, and I don't even remember what site, but I'm guessing what goes up must come down wink
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/31/12 08:37 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Thank you all, I haven't heard back from Moo's breeder yet. Wednesday Wonka leaves for his new life on the other side of the country so after then I will knuckle down and start calling people.

A lady on an aussie forum suggested I give this a shot, any thoughts please?

http://www.sprintergold.com/#!muscle-pro

Also, I have read that walking up hills is good too but does anyone know ideal gradient/length please?



The whey product, I am a big fan of whey protein, and supporting the muscles. I have Jazz on a whey product here, but I'm thinking I might want to look at some of the K9 formulations. Whey will give some specific nutritional support, which is lacking in kibble and also many homeprepared diets. I would want to check the label, but it's worth a try - I would start with a small container. Body builder whey supplements might be cheaper, I think they are here. As a comparison, Jazz is using this: http://www.vitacost.com/biochem-sports-whey-protein-isolate-powder-vanilla (I buy the smaller size for her smile )

I don't know about the up and down, grade, time etc., but this link talks about it a bit: http://www.sheprescue.org/Hip%20Dysplasia.html Still no details though.

I couldn't find a label for that product of exact ingredients.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/01/12 06:31 AM

Thank you so much Lisa hugging I appreciate you taking the time to find that when I know you have your own significant worries with your sweet girl.

I will email and get a price for that product then, if not I will have a look around, thank you hugging

There aren't really any hills around here but I will go for a drive and see what I can find especially until it warms up enough for the lake.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/01/12 01:04 PM

No problem, happy to help!

So you are surrounded by flat land - good luck in your search.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/02/12 06:15 AM

A lady (who has Mals and GSDs) on the aussie forum said NOT to do hill walking with Coopers hips. That because it's not just muscle wastage but that he is structually unsound. That makes sense but I will contact the specialist later this week and find out exactly what he recommends by restricted exercise.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/02/12 08:33 AM

I'm trying to remember what we did for Rosa and exercise between the time she was diagnosed and her surgery (it was only a month or so). I think we just let her self-limit, and we didn't do any long off-leash walks when Niko was with us (because she liked to tear around with him). We knew the activities that resulted in her limping (chasing Don on the bike, hours of running), so we just kept those activities to a minimum.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/02/12 01:00 PM

That makes sense actually, it might put his hip at an angle that is painful.

I think I would just allow activity as usual and self-limit.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/03/12 05:14 AM

Thank you both!

Cooper snuck his ball in earlier (I don't usually let balls inside) and it rolled away from him. Wonka went to get it and Cooper got a bit grumpy (Of course the fun police Molly intervened) but anyway Cooper must have hurt himself in the scuffle ; he yelped.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/03/12 08:32 AM

If it doesn't sound mean, I'm glad Coopie yelped. He is good enough to let you know when something hurts, and I certainly hope it didn't hurt much.

Another vote for whey protein, my tiny mother counted on it when she couldn't eat enough to keep up her metabolism.

We got it from Amazon because they had unflavored.

MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 08:49 AM

Thank you Mary Jane hugging

I haven't heard back about the greyhound supplement so will try and see how else I can get hold of it.

I heard via Moo's breeder that the surgeon up there said "oh heck" at the xray. He would look to do one hip at about 12 months and see how he goes from there.

I got an email back from the surgeon who will do the surgery about exercise restrictions and the continues use of Previcox:

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Hi Bianca, I would recommend exercise be REGULAR and LOW IMPACT. This to me means walking on a lead, walking in the shallows, swimming, under water treadmill. You should avoid all off lead activity, playing Frisbee, chasing ball etc.

This approach to exercise will help develop muscle mass on the pelvic limbs. I would only use the Previcox if you believe it is helping make the hips more comfortable. Otherwise stop.


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So I will start cutting his dose down by a quarter and see if there is any change.

I am about to email another specialist who actually does penn hip scoring. He is highly recommended. So will see what he thinks about a plan.

So sad for Coopie, his favourite past-time is fetching his ball.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 09:18 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
So sad for Coopie, his favourite past-time is fetching his ball.



Poor sweetie-dog, I'm sure it must be hard to deny him his ball. If only you could explain short-term costs and looooooooooooooong-term benefits.

Thanks very much for the update. 12 months is October isn't it?

Mary Jane
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 10:19 AM

Thaat sounds like a much more balanced appproach to the NSAID.

I don't know how strict I would be with the "no off leash" thing. Looking at Jazz's condition here, just allowing her freedom back off leash after her surgeries has helped with the muscle she had lost from inactivity.

I know it's a tough decision either way, too bad you just can't make a deal with him about it!
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 01:40 PM

I think you can develop some low impact ball games for him like hiding the ball, rolling the ball to him as a reward for a down stay, etc.

Nose work might be a fun thing for him!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 02:20 PM

When Rica's legs were giving out, I would play catch with her - ball toss from a short distance away and let her catch it. Sometimes, she would give the ball a little bite right after she caught it and pop it right out of her mouth. It almost felt like she was tossing the ball back to me.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/06/12 05:42 PM

Niko and I play a similar game that Johanna described (we play when he gets tired of chasing but still wants to interact with me), kind of a pass it back and forth kind of thing. He'll have the ball in his mouth, squeaking it, and then drop it and look at me (he's laying down). I'll pick it up and toss it back into his mouth whereupon he'll resume squeaking it until he's ready to give it up again.

The surgeon who is doing the THR, when does he want to have it done? If he is like the second guy you consulted and wants to do it at a year old (which Mary Jane thinks is October?), then that's not so far away and I think it might not be a bad idea to keep him restricted to on-leash activities. I guess I'm just thinking that you might as well get used to it since post surgery will be only on leash for a few months. Of course that could be a good argument for letting him have all the off leash playtime now while he still can! I don't know what to tell you. frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/07/12 06:49 AM

Thank you all smile

Nosework is a great idea thank you Ruth! Playing a kind of catch game with him would not be good...he is the goofiest pup I know and NEVER catches the ball! But I could roll it to him thank you ladies!

I am not going to keep him on a leash, I think if I just don't throw his ball, he will self limit. And I will make sure when I play fetch with Moo, that I keep him locked inside.

The surgeon that should be doing the surgery said at least 15 months old so another 7 months.

But I got a reply to this surgeon/specialist today (he does the penn hip scoring and also breeds greys) :

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Hi Bianca



I have looked at the xrays and there certainly is a problem.



Before you have any surgery done I need to see this pup and fully examine him and then make some plans for you, and hopefully avoid surgery.

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He wants to see Coop asap so I should be able to get down there in a couple of weeks. I am hoping to get an appointment with both clinics on the same day so I will have more of an idea.
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/07/12 08:47 AM

bianca—I’m so very sorry you are going through this with your boy, I can’t even imagine, but please know I’m keeping you both in my heart and in my prayers.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/07/12 02:52 PM

"Hopefully avoid surgery"??? thinking I'm sorry but I just don't see how that's possible. frown
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/07/12 03:03 PM

Bianca, might you have this surgeon examine Cooper? I too, am curious about the "avoid surgery" possibility he mentions. I am interested to hear what ideas this specialist might have. In any event, you and Coopie are on my mind! I am sending all the positive, healthy, happy-joint-vibes peacesign Cooper's way that I can. butterfly angel bloomrose I just want this all behind you, with Cooper feeling well, and you being able to finally breathe a sigh of relief! hugging Until then, you can count on lots of healing well-wishes flowing out for Cooper! grouphug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/08/12 02:52 AM

Not sure how those hips will avoid at least one surgery?

Indy's surgery was at 14 months, and I know it provided her significant relief. I really do think that when a young dog has really bad hips, there's no sense in waiting, once they are old enough.

All that said, I'm very interested to hear what this surgeon has to say!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/08/12 04:28 AM

Yes I think it is ...curious. The only thing I could think of was that perhaps it is a bit like Lauri posted. That he already effectively has an FHO? I don't know.

Lisa I agree. The more I have read and looked, to me it seems he will need surgery and that is all there is to it. But will see what he says.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/10/12 03:49 AM

Well some good(ish) news! I received the Jointagen today so he has had the first dose. Darn it though I only ordered 1 to make sure he would be ok and didn't realise there is a loading dose...so this will only last 1 month hammer Still waiting on the Glycoflex 3.

So on the 8th of October we are going into the big smoke laugh and at 10.45am have an appointment with one specialist and then at 12pm we go to the other specialist. Not long now and at least we will have 2 more vets actually examine him. One of these two will be the surgeon we use.

and just cos:

Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/10/12 06:36 AM

That red toy looks so good against the black coat of your gorgeous boy. Here's hoping the 8th brings some good news.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/10/12 07:06 AM

Whoa... what a photo of Cooper! Handsomeness to the max! wow wub Bianca, we will all be with you and Coopie in spirit on the 8th! grouphug
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/10/12 07:59 AM

Oh gosh, he's so handsome!!! I am eager (as I'm sure you are too!) to find out what the two specialists have to say.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 04:14 AM

Such a good lookin' boy!

Yes, anxious to hear what everyone will say, glad it's all lined up - very efficient!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 06:49 AM

Bianca,

I do admire your priorities. You're dedicated to getting all the information you need to make the best choice for Cooper's long and healthy life crossedfingers, without ever loosing the puppy in the planning.

We'll all be here, waiting to see what you learn about your pretty boy and his wacko hips.

MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 07:31 AM

Thank you my friends hugging He is a stunning boy hey!!! wub

I was logging on to post that I think the previcox must be helping because the last few days he has launched himself at me, on the couch and he is so happy. He can't get his back legs up but he hasn't tried before???

But then he just got up off his bed and it looked like he was struggling to get up. Roll on October.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 08:05 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca


But then he just got up off his bed and it looked like he was struggling to get up. Roll on October.


Sounds just like Rosa. frown
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 09:04 AM

Bianca, is he still trying to "mount" Brad's bedside or has that stopped?
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 09:08 AM

Ooooo, we need another just cause pic!!!

I will be away the 8th but will look for your news on my return. Best wishes on a great appt with lots of knowledge given to you!!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 10:56 AM

Originally Posted By: Good_Karma
Originally Posted By: bianca


But then he just got up off his bed and it looked like he was struggling to get up. Roll on October.


Sounds just like Rosa. frown


frown It was awful to see.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/11/12 10:57 AM

Alison, thankfully no! He only did do that a couple of times!

Thank you Natalie smile
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/12/12 12:48 AM

While I have not seen this in your photos, do your dogs only have beds on the floor or trampoline beds as well? The reason I ask is a man I met outside work who also has a shepherd was told by the surgeon (for a cruciate injury with the same surgery as Quynne) that trampoline beds even very taut ones are not recommended for dogs especially dogs that alert like shepherds. I was told the same thing by Quynne's physio but it didn't register as she no longer had one.

This is because when they get up in a hurry the way they push off the bed, positions their legs in such a way that injury is more likely to occur - this is what happened to his dog. By this same reasoning, I imagine that dogs with elbow or hip problems would also put pressure on these joints when trying to get up using these beds more than floor beds. I've known plenty of dogs with these beds with no problems but it is worth being aware of this issue.

hugging to you and gentle massages to Cooper.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/12/12 04:11 AM

Oh wow thank you Alison hugging That is really interesting, I thought you were going to say that trampoline beds were better. I do have one that Molly had as a puppy. She ate the fabric so I just have the frame.

So here they just have 3 single mattresses on the floor and then some cheapie dog beds also on the floor. I have thought about getting some memory foam ones but then think well surely the mattresses would be ok.

Thank you for thinking of my boy hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/12/12 09:58 PM

Just thinking of Cooper today.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/13/12 05:18 AM

Thank you Kathy hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/13/12 09:17 AM

Sending snuggles hugging to Cooper across the miles. Wishing him to feel well, and do well! We're all pulling for him on his visit on the 8th! crossedfingers
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/14/12 04:48 AM

Awww thank you Patti hugging Coopie loves snuggles but I usually end up with a big muppety paw in my face lol!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/14/12 08:11 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Coopie loves snuggles .... I usually end up with a big muppety paw in my face lol!


That you treasure, I'm sure.
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/14/12 09:44 AM

Thinking of you guys. Love that last photo of Cooper so handsome wub
I'll be sending my best thoughts for you that everything goes well for the October appointment.....
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/14/12 10:06 AM

That Cooper is so handsome! wub I just want to reach out and smoosh him. How is he doing today? hugging
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/14/12 08:05 PM

Hi, he is such a Handsome boy and the photo of him with his red wubba kong is stunning. I hope overall he’s feeling well. We wish you the best of luck for his upcoming dr appt too. These boys are so special, hugs
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/15/12 04:44 AM

Thank you all smile He seems to be pretty happy in general...hungry hippo though! (I have cut his food back a tiny amount - he is lean but could be a bit more).
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/15/12 06:14 AM

A post dinner snack (with Yoda ears)!

Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/15/12 08:17 AM

I love to watch dogs eat carrots. Their expressions crack me up, and Cooper is no exception. laugh
Posted by: Tammi

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/15/12 09:31 AM

I've been following this thread religiously and just wanted to say I love your Cooper, he's a beautiful dog! I'm sorry for all the trouble the both of you are going through and wish you the best for a happy healthy long future with him.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/16/12 04:19 AM

Thank you Tammi, that is lovely of you.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/16/12 09:43 AM

Maybe it's the photographer or maybe it's the subject, but it seems to be impossible to take a bad picture of Coopie. I love how the carrots pick up the color of his eyes.

MJ
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/16/12 04:23 PM

wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/17/12 06:46 AM

Aww thank you MJ! He is just a stunning boy!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/19/12 06:00 AM

I finally found somewhere to get the greyhound protein powder so am waiting on delivery but a probably silly question - do I just sprinkle the powder in his food? I don't need to make a liquid from it do I?

I have to make a Cooper stepping platform up as my stepson come down here yesterday for holidays and Cooper and Moo decided they would quite like to sleep on his bed with him! wub But Cooper struggles to get up and I am more worried about him getting down. I think an up-turned dresser drawer may work in the interim, it's not a very high bed.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/19/12 07:02 AM




Not that I want to encourage him to be on the furniture!!!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/19/12 09:03 AM

I swear it was hard to leave that last picture of Cooper staring into MY eyes. I am a (serially) monogamous dog owner, so I was not tempted, but boy is that dog a charmer.

MJ
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/19/12 09:26 AM

That was a clever idea, Bianca - and I agree .... he is gorgeous!
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/19/12 07:52 PM

Brilliant!!!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/20/12 03:54 AM

Thank you!

So the greyhound powder arrived today and I'm not sure if I just sprinkle it on his food? Help please! smile


Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/20/12 04:06 AM

Oops, forget the above plea...it helps if you read the box!!!!
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/20/12 06:52 AM

I hope the supplement helps. I have to smile at Cooper on the bed and that was a great way to help him. thumbup
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/20/12 11:07 AM

Love the drawer, is it strong enough?

crossedfingers with the supplement! I put some in the bottom of the bowl, mix with water, and then mix in the ret. I have never had a problem with them leaving any.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/21/12 03:31 AM

Thank you ladies! I just gave him the first dose soon with dinner. It was a gooey mess but he loved it and was licking the bowl madly!

The drawer - I put some board over it and then some non slip fabric (the blue stuff) and I think it will do for now. But it looks like Zane is coming to live with us at the end of the year so then I will build a box out of ply.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/21/12 07:00 AM

Glad he liked the supplement, hope it makes a difference soon.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/21/12 10:56 AM

I too hope the upplement works!

When max had trouble getting on the bed, I took the frame off - he wouldn't use anything to help him climb, stubborn! Looks like the dogs will take good care of Zane.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/22/12 04:30 AM

Thank you Leah and Lisa smile

Yes I think these 3 get on like a house on fire

Last night but I didn't get any from later when Molly and Zane were not only sharing a pillow...but a blanket!



Oh and just a little funny, when Cooper comes inside at night (after toileting) he always has to bring something inside..a stick, a log, tries to bring in his bone but lately...it has been snails *eek*! Last night was 3 toilet trips and 3 snails I had to dispose of. His release word(s) is Thank You, so he gifts me snails rofl such a nutter my boy wub
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/22/12 08:26 AM

Aww, puppy sandwich!!!! I love spooning with a dog, there is no better feeling in the world.

sick Oh my gosh, how big are those snails???
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/22/12 08:59 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
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Oh and just a little funny, when Cooper comes inside at night (after toileting) he always has to bring something inside..a stick, a log, tries to bring in his bone but lately...it has been snails *eek*! Last night was 3 toilet trips and 3 snails I had to dispose of. His release word(s) is Thank You, so he gifts me snails rofl such a nutter my boy wub


Well don't you have French ancestry?? He is just keeping it in the family. poke
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/23/12 03:31 AM

ewww, snails!

Those pictures are precious wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/23/12 04:50 AM

LOL Alison! Yep my mum is French! I wish he took after my dads side then rofl

I loathe snails, they freak me out so I grab a wad of tissues so I can't feel them! I'm hoping he goes back to bringing in sticks soon smile

ETA: One night he brought in a whole lavender plant!!!
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/23/12 08:11 AM

Awww, flowers for his mommy!!!!! wub
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/23/12 12:02 PM

Oh my gosh, Cooper is just too adorable. He looks so content with his person there. Also, love your drawer stair for the bed that is a great idea. And Cooper on the bed pix, he has such a nice expression too and I couldn’t help but notice his flawless paw pads. smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/24/12 04:09 AM

LOL Leah!

Thank you MSD hugging

Well the Glyco-Flex III finally arrived today so now he is on that too. My kitchen bench is being taken over laugh
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 04:05 AM

I have taken away the 'drawer step' and Zane has to keep his door shut as yesterday Cooper tried to get up on the bed and was squealing and whimpering. He couldn't get his rear legs up frown

One more week until the specialists.
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 06:46 AM

Oh poor Cooper. I sure hope he gets some help from the specialists.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 08:22 AM

How about a ramp??

Sorry about poor Coopie's hips. There is nothing worse than seeing your dog in pain.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 08:27 AM

Sorry to read this, Bianca.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 10:21 AM

Thank you ladies hugging It did upset me a bit, more due to his age. He should be able to get onto a bed no problem. I won't worry about a ramp at this stage as Zane is only here for a few more days. Thank you for the idea though smile
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 11:08 AM

I'm wincing to think about hearing Cooper whimper. Then again, that's because Bianca has made her beautiful boy so real to us with descriptions only a loving heart could make (as well as his overall beauty).

We'll all look forward to the recommendations and your decisions about Coop's treatment.

MJ
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/30/12 02:42 PM

How heartbreaking hugging

The ramp might be difficult too - I know it was for Max's back, though hips might be different.

I hope the week goes by quickly!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/01/12 06:57 AM

Thank you so much Mary Jane and Lisa hugging

He was a happy boy today as my parents came over to babysit so no doubt he got lots of tidbits at lunchtime!....and into the cat food...TWICE!!!!

I'm going to pick up his records and xrays tomorrow and print off the info about what supplements he is on, ready for Monday. The poor boy is going to be subjected to the dreaded bath on the weekend too laugh Oh dear you will probably hear his whining from there!

I also haven't noticed any difference so far regarding the two new supps.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/01/12 07:14 AM

I'm sooooo madly in love with Cooper, and Molly Moo! wub wub Cooper's eyes just grab me, and Molly cuddling with Zane is too cute! I missed reading who Zane is, I'm sorry. But he looks surrounded by woofy love there! I love the step for Cooper, brilliant idea! I hope the greyhound powder helps him. We are all so in love with Cooper! penguin I love that he brings you such creative gifts! rofl I'm sending you good thoughts today Bianca, and sending well-wishes for Cooper to feel comfortable. Eagerly waiting for the specialist visit, too. pacing
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/01/12 12:17 PM

Give the supplements a couple months, it was a while before we noticed any changes.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/01/12 09:42 PM

Lol on bath, what fun for all of you!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/02/12 06:04 AM

Awww Patti, as always you make me smile with your lovely words, thank you hugging

Thanks Leah, I did think that but patience isn't a virtue I possess lol!

Lisa, yep anyone would think I'm trying to kill him! Water coming out of the hose or the ground or watering can = FUN! Water coming out of the shower...PANIC!!!!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/02/12 08:07 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
...
Lisa, yep anyone would think I'm trying to kill him! Water coming out of the hose or the ground or watering can = FUN! Water coming out of the shower...PANIC!!!!


rofl Sounds like Ciara and Caleb They love to play in the water from the hose, but heaven forbid I make them get in a tub for a bath - quick let's run and hide! lurking

I hope things go well for Coop at the specialist.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/02/12 03:14 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Lisa, yep anyone would think I'm trying to kill him! Water coming out of the hose or the ground or watering can = FUN! Water coming out of the shower...PANIC!!!!

rofl too funny!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/06/12 06:16 AM

Darn it, had a phone call this morning from the Monash Uni vet clinic to say something has come up and he will not be available on Monday. They will call me next week to reschedule.

So I postponed the other specialist too.

Hoping we do not have to wait very long..but on the bright side Coopie can escape a bath for a few more days laugh
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/06/12 07:38 AM

Whew!

I had just checked when Cooper's specialists were scheduled, I had remember Oct 7 which sounded odd and was wrong. I certainly hope that you don't have to wait very long. I imagine that when the vet is forced to reschedule, he is anxious to get you in as soon as he can from common courtesy.

Many good wishes to you all,
MJ
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/06/12 08:38 AM

AAARG!! Frustrating!
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/06/12 09:25 AM

Here's hoping that the re-scheduling can be done soon! crossedfingers We are all sending our very best for Cooper! wub
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/07/12 05:23 PM

bianca— so sorry they have to reschedule, prayers and hugs for you and Cooper.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/07/12 06:36 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Darn it, had a phone call this morning from the Monash Uni vet clinic to say something has come up and he will not be available on Monday. They will call me next week to reschedule.

So I postponed the other specialist too.

Hoping we do not have to wait very long..but on the bright side Coopie can escape a bath for a few more days laugh

Drat, drat, drat! Hope they get him in asap!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/09/12 02:56 AM

Thank you all smile

Both appointmentss made for Mon 12 November.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/09/12 07:18 AM

We will all be with you and Cooper in spirit as you go to these appointments! grouphug
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/09/12 08:10 AM

Wow, another month to wait! impatient Well, I guess it will give you more time to save your money headbang
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/10/12 04:02 AM

Thanks Patti and Leah hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/10/12 10:29 AM

I am very sorry you have to wait (and worry) for another month. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/11/12 03:38 AM

Another month, no fair!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/11/12 04:22 AM

Thank you Ruth and Lisa hugging I don't feel too bad having to wait a bit longer as it's not like a month is going to change what is happening.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 06:41 AM

Well we made the trip into the big smoke today rofl and the first specialist said he hates to say it but Cooper does need an THR (total hip replacement).

In no particular order but his weight is ideal (32.5kgs / 71#) that he is at a working dog weight.

Coopers hips would probably be rated in the 80/90 figure frown

Keep doing what I am with the Previcox and use as needed.

So the second appointment the vet wanted to give Coop a general anesthetic and do xrays so he could position correctly . Darn it we hadn't figured on that so we found a park and sat under a tree for 5 hours until we could pick him up!

He agrees that he HAS to have a THR. He said there is a 95% success rate. The 5% is usually due to trying to jump on furniture or running etc but also can be infection. I found it really interesting that he said for the life of the dog after a THR, I would have to be extra through in making sure he doesn't get any type of infection. He used dental as an example, that he would need to be on abx to ensure no infection can travel to the prosthetic.

Possibly he will be one of the lucky ones who will only need one hip done.

I have to start trying to build more muscle and he wants to see him in about a month to check. He said if he doesn't have enough muscle in his rear it can make it so much more difficult to adjust and then use the hip after. He said at the moment his right leg is not doing much for him, he is not weight bearing properly on it.

So I have to start from tomorrow walking him through water (even knee height) daily, starting him off at about 10 minutes and hopefully get up to half an hour without him being in too much pain.

So at this stage he has not set a date for surgery but did say he won't do it before Christmas due to all the public holidays. Once he has the surgery, crate rest only for 6 weeks and then for the first 6 months, crate and on leash walking(activity) only. I can't imagine how awful this will be.

He also said he will obviously do xrays straight after the procedure, then at 6 weeks, 6 months and from there yearly.

Sorry this was so long blush

I only thought about it on the way home, but I will email tomorrow and ask if I take weekly photo's and video of him can he check on his progress that way.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 06:42 AM

Oh and when I receive the xrays I will post them. (So much better being digital).
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 07:01 AM

Well, no big surprises there I guess. It seems kind of cruel to make him try to build up muscle when it must hurt like heck to put weight on that hip. frown. I mean, if he's not using it, it must be because it hurts, right? Maybe it hurts less walking in water?

Honestly, I think the recovery after the surgery won't be as bad as you anticipate. What you went through with his elbows, I think that was worse than what you will deal with in the THR. For one, You won't have to change any dressings or worry too much about the surgical site after the first couple of days. No bandages to fall off or get dirty, no reason for a cone once the staples come out. All you will have to worry about is using the sling under his hips the first couple of days for when you take him out to potty.

Now you have me a little freaked out about the infection thing, lol. I think we forgot about that part. I guess we got lucky with Rosa's tooth infection this fall!
Posted by: middleofnowhere

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 08:39 AM

I'm optomistic about the surgery results. I would do my best to comply with the routine for building muscle. I think the water will help take the weight off that leg a bit (think water aerobics) or maybe I'm nuts and it's just the resistance that will do it. But what a time of year to be wading!

Good luck with this. He's such a cutie, I am sorry he's having so many problems. (I'd be sorry even if he were uglier than sin of course.)
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 08:58 AM

I'm glad you finally had the appointments! I don't know if things are different now from when Massie had the surgery (20 years ago!!!!!) but she was back to full speed in about 6 weeks. However, she was in really good shape before her surgery. She had severe bilateral HD but she was walking or hiking 1 to 3 hours every day (in the mountains). So I do agree with the specialist that muscle tone in there is crucial. Because of that she also was able to get by with one surgery.

I was really nervous after her surgery b/c of the dire warnings but luckily it wasn't as bad as they made it sound.

Hang in there! This is going to be a good thing for your sweet boy!
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 10:04 AM

I had not heard about the risk of infection before. No mention of it when Kayos had hers done in 2008. She had cementless tho so that mat make a difference.

The recovery is not so bad, we did not have to do leashed walks only for 6 months to either. So I am thinking they are using cement which is a little longer recovery I think.

The surgeon that did Kayos did say the more muscle they have the better the hip will work and the easier the recovery. She was in good condition so we did not have to build her up.

Hopefully they will do surgery after the first of the year. The nice thing is that it is coming into your summer so you won't have to deal with leashed walks on ice and snow. We did Kayos in September and we had her pretty well on her feet before we had any bad weather.
Posted by: aubie

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 01:07 PM

Poor Coop...at least you have a better idea of what and when. Hugs!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/12/12 01:51 PM

I am glad that you are making progress towards getting this surgery done. I know it's a long haul, but it will be worth it, but you know that! I don't recall the total hip having as strict as limitations as you mentioned, such as crating and leash walking for 6 months after the first 6 weeks. I wonder if that is the norm?

I know with Dad's hip, they had him up and walking as much as possible, and he was ready to go. With Indy's TPO, the vet kept her confined, much like you describe with your vet, and it actually hampered her ability to recovered since it compromised her muscle mass - turns out my vet was giving me wrong info. I'm curious about the other dogs on the forum, if they had that 6 month restriction? Certainly not saying to not listen to the surgeon about this, but just wondering if this might be something that professionals have different approaches to?

The infection thing is very real. The vet that treated Indy during her tick stuff believes that there was bacteria hiding under the plate in her hip that we could never get rid of and may have been a source of reinfection. With hardware in the body, there is a not a good blood supply there, so antibiotics really can't get at it once it has set up shop. The bacteria creates a bit of a biofilm that protects it. So the important thing is to not let bacteria get in there at all in the first place. The good news is that infection is supposed to be rare, but good to keep in mind. Think of the instances you would use prophylactic antibiotics for heart patients (as mentioned, dentals are a big one), and the same rule applies whenever there is hardware in the body. Everyone is worried about the overuse of abx now, so my guess is that it has to be the patient/owner to remember these things and insist on their use. I would add, particularly in a GSD, whose breed seems to be susceptible to infections.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 02:12 AM

That 6 months seems a bit excessive to me as well, even humans do not have to be that long winded with rehab as just the first six week will mean muscle wastage and that will need to be rebuilt too so I can only imagine what limited leash only exercise for 6 months will cause.

I suggest speaking to some rehab centres and see what they say regarding these time frames. Here are two if you feel so inclined: Aquapaws and Dogs in Motion frown

hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 04:07 AM

Thank you so much all hugging

The first vet (Ray Ferguson as Monash) did say that when Cooper has had the surgery to go see him and he will show me how to do all the physio.

Also I can start to gently push his hips from side to side when he is standing to tighten and release the muscles.

Thank you for the links Alison, I will contact them. The more opinions the better. I think what he meant was that after the first 6 weeks, all activity, so walks etc must be done on lead. I will certainly query this more when we are closer to the time.

Thanks Leah, that is encouraging smile

Both vets did say that his elbow issues could have been a huge part of his hips. That made me feel a little better!

Yes the infection issue is scary. He said having a dog with a THR is a lifelong commitment. That you can't just have it done and forget all about it. I have no problem with that as I am always paranoid anyway.

Thanks again all, it is so good to be able to unload all this. And Middle, he is a cutie teehee!!! smile

ETA: yes the water walking and perhaps some swimming is to take the weight off his joints!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 06:32 AM


Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 07:52 AM

Ouch! But... there does not appear to be a lot of joint remodeling or arthritis yet so he may do very well with one good hip.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 08:30 AM

Thanks for sharing those x-rays. Gosh! Well, Cooper and you are embarking on this journey with so many well-wishes behind you both. crossedfingers hugging I am sending my best thoughts for easy surgery, no infection, and smooth recovery all for Cooper to develop into a healthy dog who feels well.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 09:14 AM

From what I read, this is one surgery that usually (knock wood) really corrects the problem. Thank goodness that Cooper is in your loving hands to get his little kinks squared away for a great life ahead together (knock wood loudly).

(Those are scary Xrays).

Mary Jane
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/13/12 09:25 AM

Glad this is moving forward- wishing you both the best
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/14/12 03:12 AM

Yes, very scary xrays! Great that there isn't a bunch of arthritis in there. It makes sense that the elbows might have been part of this. Poor Coop! Poor bianca and brad!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/14/12 03:49 AM

Thank you all hugging

I forgot to mention that the vet was a bit surprised that the joints were not significantly worse since the last xrays.

Also the Gylcoflex and Jointagen got a big thumbs up too!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/14/12 05:48 AM

You had been giving the CMO for awhile, and now the other joint stuff. All that has kept them in pretty good shape I suspect, which is great.

Now, we just have to get him to the surgery....
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/14/12 08:21 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
....
The first vet (Ray Ferguson as Monash) did say that when Cooper has had the surgery to go see him and he will show me how to do all the physio.

Also I can start to gently push his hips from side to side when he is standing to tighten and release the muscles.....


Great if you can do the physio with Cooper - I did that exercise with Quynne by standing next to her and gently pushing against her. The physio said it has the same effect as a person clenching and releasing the muscle and helps lessen muscle wastage. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/15/12 03:13 AM

hugging
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/15/12 06:52 AM

I am not good at reading xrays, but that one is incredible. Poor Coop!

Cooper is in good hands and I know you will be glad when all this is behind you both.
hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/16/12 02:56 AM

THank you so much Bonnie hugging
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 11/16/12 09:11 AM

His x-rays take my breath away!

Like others said though they look quite clean!

hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 01/27/13 09:14 PM

Bianca,

Any knew news with Cooper?? Been thinking about him a lot.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 01/31/13 06:07 PM

*ditto*
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 01/31/13 09:40 PM

Bianca, I am shocked at the x-ray.penguin_spin I am sure the joint supplement is helping in holding back the arthritis.

Doing rehab exercises myself I can give a nod to the clench and release of the muscle to strengthen but not bulk up. thumbup
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 03:22 AM

I am so sorry I have never got back to this thread. Thank you hugging

I heard from the surgeon today (he has been on holidays) and he said he will call me back next week with a date as he needs to coordinate with the other orthapedic surgeon so they will both be doing it.

He said it will be next week or the one after frown I am starting to freak out a bit now it's really happening. I have to drop him off on a Tuesday afternoon and pick him up on Saturday teary I thought he would only need an overnight stay but he said that way they can keep monitoring his temp etc.

It's been a crap day and now I can add fear to my messy emotions teary Can't believe my puppy has to go through this and maybe twice frown
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 08:56 AM

hugging
He'll be OK.

I know how you feel. Long ago when my Max had hip surgery, he had to spend a day or so at the vet's. The first night, he ate his stitches, so the vet put staples in. He also tore them out headbang headbang, so of course he ended up with more staples and a cone when he finally came home. If I had taken him home too soon, I would have had a couple of extra 100 mile trips to the surgeon and back to take care of his naughtiness. So it was certainly for the best for both of us that the vet kept him a couple of days.

PS - Ciara can commiserate with him during recovery. She's going in next in early March to be spayed. Shhh, she doesn't know it yet.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 09:05 AM

Look, Bianca, you were alert enough to see that Cooper was in pain in normal activities, you were wise enough to get the right diagnostic tests, and you are committed enough to send Coop for an operation. Does that stop you from worrying all those days he's away? I doubt it.

I believe that he needs surgery to enjoy the long, happy, and healthy life (knock wood) that he deserves and fulfill the promise that you see in him every day.

do please take care,
Mary Jane
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 09:48 AM

Oof. Cooper though is a pretty friendly/balanced boy who does okay with people? I think that makes a difference. Also, the fentanyl patch helps them deal with everything. In fact, my vet office thought that Ilsa was friendly during her FHO! I was like yeah, when she's gorked out! Surprise, surprise for them when I boarded her and she was not on heavy narcotics. laugh But I do think it is harder for us for sure. I was very freaked out. There are great people here who have had dogs go through this who will help too.

Also, this will give you a few days alone with Miss Moo to observe her, maybe get some insights.

hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 10:48 AM

I am glad the surgery is coming up. It will be better all around for him to get stable at the vet's before coming home, but certainly won't be easy hugging

If he's on fish oil and E, that should be topped about a week before surgery, since it thins the blood. Is he on any herbal anti-inflammatories?
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 10:49 AM

Oh, would be a good time to give some liver support.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 01:28 PM

Don't worry too much. He'll be just fine...as soon as he comes off the drugs. *laughing* Lisa brings up a good point. If he's taking anything that might thin his blood, take him off it now.

Good luck to you, Cooper. See you on the other side.
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 02:02 PM

Hard for me to believe you both have to go through this too- we're here for you!! It will be different and rough, but he'll be better without the pain. Just gotta get to that point. Hang in there!
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/01/13 04:34 PM

hugging It's not easy to watch them go through a major surgery, that is for sure. For me, it was almost easier to not really know what was going to happen, Don did the traveling with Rosa and I stayed busy at home taking care of Niko. I know that's not anything like your situation, I just know that however hard it was for me, it is harder for you. frown

You don't really have much of a choice in the surgery. He can't live happily with those hips. This is your chance to give him a shot at a better life. Have faith in those supplements. His condition is severe enough that no pill is going to ease his symptoms. But surgical intervention will. The supplements will help mitigate the damage being done by the malformation.

Hang in there hon.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/02/13 01:38 AM

teary hugging Thank you all so very much hugging Your kind words and advice mean so much to me hugging

I will stop everything except for the Previcox (he can't do without it now) but will check when he calls me back that will be ok.

I know he has to have this, it is no real life for him now. It just scares the crap out of me and it seems so REAL now.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/02/13 06:49 AM

Those first few days after the surgery are the most worrying and moreso with the thought that you might have to load a newly operated dog back into the car for someone to look at especially one that is wonky due to a fentanyl patch. So, while it is hard to leave him there for longer than you thought it is better than the previous scenario when you live a long way from your surgeon. Saves you getting up at sparrow's fart to get him there first thing on Wednesday morning - now that has to be a bonus!! hugging

I think the waiting is the hardest part then, when the time comes, it all seems to happen at once. We will all be thinking of you and Cooper when the time comes and that will help share the stress - believe me it helped for me!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 12:54 AM

Thank you so much Alison hugging teary hugging

Actually on second thoughts, would you be up for setting up a black dog rehab at your place laugh I'll pick him up in 6 months - deal?!!!!!!
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 02:43 AM

Hmmm - he comes here and you're not getting him back! hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 05:07 AM

Ok I'll deal with the rehab then thank you! It looks like I might be moving on and I'll be damned if a certain someone is going to keep my pup frown
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 06:24 AM

Oh Bianca, this does not sound like good timing for you - you know in reality I will help if you need it! He is just so gorgeous it would be hard for anyone to let him go! hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 07:55 AM

Ah such is life hey. Thank you so much hugging But I'll be keeping my boy close that's for sure hugging
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 11:36 AM

grouphug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 02:18 PM

Cooper is such a special boy, any of us would want to keep him wub

I know that you have your hands full right now hugging I also know that this is impossible advice, but do try to focus on yourself and the things that bring you joy (like the moo and the coop) hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 02:54 PM

Bianca,

I am sending strength, courage, peace and wisdom your way! hugging

That does sound like a long time for Coop to stay at the vet but it will be a lot less stressful for you at home. Massie went through several major surgeries (including a total hip) and I brought her home the next day from each one. I have to say that I was TERRIFIED I was going to mess up the aftercare instructions, especially with the total hip replacement. I don't think a slept a wink for the first few nights she was home.

Hang in there and do your best to take things one day at a time and as Lisa says, please remember that in order to take care of those pups you need to take care of yourself!

Hang in there!
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 03:04 PM

bianca wanted you to know my thoughts, prayers and good vibes will be coming your & coop's way for a successful surgery:) He is young, strong and has a great 'mom' that will get him thru
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 03:22 PM

Bianca, so much support and encouragement is beaming out to you and Coopie. Masy he fly through his surgery and recovery be so much smoother than you anticipate. We're all here for you and Cooper! grouphug
Posted by: LukesMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 08:29 PM

I am so sorry you guys are going through this. Here's hoping for a quick and successful procedure and recovery.
Posted by: shepnterrier

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 10:20 PM

grouphug
Please make sure you'll drink enough water and you breathe, and take some time for yourself and for Ms Moo. butterfly

I got Chippy home the day of his leg surgery and it was very hard. The worry about doing something wrong, it was very stressful. The hospital had made an exception b/c they knew me and felt I could handle it, to reduce cost for the rescue organization as he was my foster, and b/c he was between severely underweight and emaciated and needed home cooked food hand fed so he would eat. I had some time off the office and could do it, but it took full time attention at first. The kind of post-op care he needed was all new to me.

At the hospital, Coop will get the care he needs from professionals who have cared for many patients with his surgery and know what to do. And you'll get daily (hourly?!) bulletins. I am thinking of you. Chippy says 'Hi Coop, hang in there, it'll be alright, do your PT, and you'll soon run like the wind again!'
grouphug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/03/13 11:39 PM

Awwww thank you all so much my friends now I am crying laugh hugging hugging

Well the good news is the surgeon hasn't called me yet (it 3.30 pm) here so I'm guessing it's not happening this week. Yes when I think about it, it will be less stressful knowing he is with those who know what they are doing for the first few days. I am really worried about doing something wrong and causing a set back - he is just such a BOUNCY pup.

I am just taking it all one day at a time, lawyer probably this week and go from there hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 05:43 AM

Bianca...so sorry you are having such a rough time. With the added worry of sick dogs you are doing well just to get up every day and keeping it going.

It is along time for Coop to be there, but with another dog at home and having to keep him quiet, that little bit of extra time to start the healing process etc will be very beneficial for him and they are generally very very quiet for a few days after...and once he is there he is there.

That said though, are you taking Coop to the same place I took Kobe?. Not withstanding they are brilliant (and should I ever be unfortunate enough to have to take a dog there again, I would do so in a heartbeat), you pay for that privilege. Make sure you get a full written quote up front, including the extra time for hospitalisation, Kobe's bill for a stay for 1 day + tests ended up being approx $800 more than I thought and was originally indicated.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 10:32 AM

We will be here this week and next week and on into the future hoping for the best updates about you and Miss Moo and the Doopie.

Posting online is kind of a pitiful way to wish someone the best, but I do.

Mary Jane
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 10:58 AM

Bianca I am very happy the sirgery will be a reality in the next week or two. Cooper needs this and when he is fully recovered you will be so happy you did it.

I was worried sick about Kayos when she had her hip replacement. She was able to come home within 48 hours but was not on a Fentanyl patch either. Keeping her quiet was the most difficult part of the entire process especially after she started feeling better.

We will be thinking of you and Cooper. hugging
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 11:05 AM

grouphug Thinking of you, Cooper and Miss Moo. Happy Cooper will soon be getting the surgery he needs. You're such a good mom Bianca, I'm sure he'll heal fast and well in your care.
Posted by: Kris

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 01:34 PM

Oh Bianca, I hadn't yet looked at those xrays. Even to my untrained eye - ouch... You're doing a wonderful thing for your boy - he'll feel so much better! I would be sick with worry too and I know there's nothing that anyone can probably say to relieve that anxiety. Having never been through it, all I can do is offer my support... hugging Will be sending lots of healing thoughts to Coop! The thought of my Annabel possibly needing an FHO is enough to make my head spin...
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/04/13 02:08 PM

Quote:
Posting online is kind of a pitiful way to wish someone the best, but I do.


As Mary Jane says, it may seem that way but know that my feelings for you are heartfelt. Through all my own problems, I always felt the support everyone gave me was true, and it helped to know that so many folks understood and cared, just as we hope all of us caring for Coop and you right now helps you.

Here's to an easy surgery and a quick and painless recovery.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/10/13 08:21 AM

Bianca,

We all know that you have a whole lot on your plate right now. If you have a mmoment to post, did the surgeon get back to you regarding Cooper's operation? It seemed like it could be this Tuesday, but I may mix up dates.

Whatever is going on, here are lots more good wishes for you all. bloomrose

MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/11/13 03:35 AM

Oh my goodness I had missed all your lovely thoughts hugging Thank you so much hugging

I still haven't heard back so I sent off another email today. When he called me last time he said while he was on holidays he did something to a disc in his back. So I am hoping he's not off having surgery himself. If I don't hear anything by lunch tomorrow I will call.

I really need him to have it done asap, I am fed up with him not being able to do normal puppy things. And also if I do move into my parents, they have steps frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 02:09 AM

It's offical he is having surgery in 2 weeks, Wednesday 27th. I feel sick. Poor little (big) pupper.
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 05:08 AM

Very natural to worry, but it will all be fine..... The surgery is needed and he is going to the best place possible to have it done. You can't do anything more than that.

Will you drive up the day before surgery....or will it be a very early start on the Wednesday?
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 06:04 AM

hugging

Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 06:20 AM

Thank you so much Marie and Alison hugging I feel a little guilty now that I stop and think what you are going through with Kobe hugging I know he will be fine. We will go on Tuesday otherwise I would have to have Stepson stay at my parents etc.

Alison I love Tom Petty! And yep I think the next 2 weeks will be the worst (well for me) hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 08:05 AM

Alison.... That's lovely.....(and clever of you to find and upload)....a beautiful song and so very true.

Bianca....as for feeling guilty, well don't waste your energy on that emotion at all....it's completely unecessary and unwarranted. Aside from the fact Coop does have an operation coming up and we would all be worried if it was our own, you also have so much more on your plate between family stuff and Miss Molly and Coop's health which have all been ongoing for sometime...you do well just to get up every day and keep doing what you are.

So no more guilt and save that energy for looking after Coop when he comes home from his big adventure hugging
Posted by: LukesMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 08:09 AM

I'm glad the surgery is scheduled. I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts to Coop.
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 08:45 AM

SO happy this is going to happen, very stressful, but in the end it is worth it. All will be well. hugging
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 09:04 AM

grouphug We're all here to offer whatever support you need.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 09:28 AM

I am glad to lend my world class worrying skill to generally hope hard for total success for the Doopie. Cooper is so pretty and has so many good stories, because you've let us into your family a little. Well here we are to help you cope-if it gives any comfort at all.

take it easy,
Mary Jane
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/12/13 05:03 PM

With his hips, I think you should be more likely to feel guilty if you didn't get the surgery done. As long as he handles the anesthetic okay, he is going to be fine. I know you will follow the aftercare protocol precisely.

But I know telling a GSD momma not to worry about her baby is like telling her not to breathe! We are here for you

hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/13/13 02:59 AM

I am constantly blown away by how wonderful you all are hugging hugging

Coop says thank you all too...(and he's proud to say he ate TWO plates of cat food today! BRAT!!!)

Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/13/13 07:52 AM

He's such a handsome dude, he deserves the best and has it living with you smile
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/13/13 12:04 PM

Coop is so lucky to have you!
hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/13/13 01:15 PM

wub So handsome.....glad the surgery is scheduled!
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/13/13 06:46 PM

I am glad that Coop's surgery is scheduled.

I am glad that we have such a great community here that you have a support system here with your cyber family.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/14/13 02:33 AM

Oh thank you so much lovely ladies hugging Val - yes exactly! So thank you for enabling this to happen hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/14/13 05:30 AM

Ah....another face I would like to smoosh..... Hope he enjoyed the cats food
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/14/13 09:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Shepherds
Ah....another face I would like to smoosh.....


Me too, handsome Cooper!
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/14/13 01:41 PM

bianca— hi, I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and Cooper and his upcoming surgery. I can only imagine how stressful and scary it must be. We are praying for a positive outcome for your stunningly handsome boy. Hugs.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/15/13 02:20 AM

Thank you again! hugging smooching him is fine as long as you hold his head still and sneak a kiss on the top or side...otherwise you get that huge big cow tounge laugh
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/15/13 04:59 PM

Bianca, sorry I have been MIA but my thoughts are with Cooper and you. I'm sure you are anxious for the surgery. I'll be thinking of both of you - Sean sends smooches. paw
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/16/13 02:10 AM

Thank you so much Marlene hugging I'm not sure if Sean smooches are for me or Coop, but I'll steal them thank you! smile
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/16/13 11:42 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca





I keep coming back to look at this picture, not sure what it is about it but it makes my heart melt a little bit each time I look at it!!
wub
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/16/13 02:45 PM

I think it might be the unconditional love shining from her eyes.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/16/13 04:08 PM

Cooper has always had that very compelling expresion, such a wonderful boy wub I agree, that picture captures it perfectly!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/17/13 04:03 AM

Thank you so much Barb, Diane and Lisa hugging I love that others can see how special he is wub
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/17/13 07:58 AM

you hang in there, let us know how it goes, I'll be praying for a great outcome for him!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/17/13 02:26 PM

Bianca, I've been so scattered this week I can't seem to remember when thi is scheduled for? And I guess I'm too impatient to scroll through with my phone shocked

What's the plan again?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/18/13 01:49 AM

Thank you Diane, I appreciate it!

Oh Lisa, I hope everything is ok? hugging Wednesday the 27th, so next week. I think we will get up and leave at 4am on the day as I got a quote on Friday and an extra day and night is over $500!!!!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/22/13 01:52 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
It's offical he is having surgery in 2 weeks, Wednesday 27th. .....


Just a reminder for those of us who might forget.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/23/13 12:11 AM

lurking checking in, been thinking of you guys!

Hang in there bianca, you all will get through this and get to the other side where he will be feeling a lot better.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/23/13 02:20 AM

Thank you so much Mary Jane and Lisa, it is becoming a little overwhelming at the moment hugging
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/23/13 02:23 AM

Just wanted to say that although I am not posting as much - i am reading and thinking of you guys!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/24/13 01:26 AM

Thank you so much Elisabeth hugging Hoping your sweet boy heals fast too.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/24/13 07:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Originally Posted By: bianca
It's offical he is having surgery in 2 weeks, Wednesday 27th. .....


Just a reminder for those of us who might forget.


Thanks for the official reminder - will be thinking of Cooper this week. hug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 01:17 AM

Thank you so much Marlene hugging

The surgeon wanted him bathed before so what a hoot my goober is! It is slightly hot today so thought I would wash them both outside. I tethered Molly to the fence and started...well Coop decided me first!!!! He usually HATES baths but the dopey dog stood there untethered while I washed him rofl Then when he was done I got to Molly.....no, no, no, pick me the black dog laugh Made me laugh wub

I drop him off tomorrow so have made him a nice new bed to take with his other one. It is about 6" thick so I hope he will be comfortable on it. Can't believe it's finally going to happen frown
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 02:48 AM

Will be thinking of you and Cooper and wishing Coop a speedy recovery.

All the best and travel safe to Melbourne, it's going to be a big few days for you both. hugging
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 07:30 AM

also will be thinking of you and cooper!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 08:31 AM

Thank you so very much Marie and Diane hugging

Starting to get really nervous now, a few more hours and we will be on our way.

Here he is on his new super thick bed(although I think it will be too thick to go in his crate - he may not be able to stand up)


ETA: excuse the unironed cover...I made a pillowcase type cover and I am useless on a sewing machine laugh
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 08:53 AM

Dear Bianca and Cooper, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Cooper for a successful surgery without complications.

Dear Lord, we entrust Your Cooper to Your care for his surgery; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of those who minister in Your name; and grant that every cause of illness be removed, so that Cooper may be restored to soundness of health and live in perfect harmony.

Be well Cooper, Hugs Bianca
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 09:39 AM

We'll also be thinking of you throughout this week.

Ciara sends her twin a slurpy kiss for good luck.
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 09:40 AM

I'm sending many good thoughts to you and Cooper - I can only imagine how hard this is on you!
hugging x 1,000,000.50
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 09:51 AM

Bianca, so many posituive thoughts and healing vibes going out for Cooper right now, and encouragement and support for you as you go through this with your handsome black puppy-boy. hugging crossedfingers hugging crossedfingers hugging crossedfingers hugging We'll all be here, reading your updates, and sending well-wishes Cooper's way! grouphug
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 10:00 AM

grouphug Will be thinking of you and Cooper. All my positive thoughts and energy are on the way. Wishing Cooper quick healing.
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 10:03 AM

Thinking of you both! Praying for a smooth surgery, speedy recovery and a pain free Cooper!!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 06:06 PM

I'm not sure when your day starts, compared to here, so I will wish you aall good luck now! Will be thinking of you guys, your handsome boy will do just fine wub
Posted by: LukesMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 06:10 PM

Sending our best wishes for a successful surgery and a quick recovery from me, Luke and Raven.
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 09:46 PM

Thinking of you and Cooper and sending out positive thoughts for all to go well.

hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/25/13 10:22 PM

Sending my very best thoughts out to Cooper and lots of support to you!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 02:06 AM

hugging hugging Thank you all so very, very much. I dropped him off and filled out the forms, the nurse took him and then I started crying blush Anyway they are going to call me just before they start and then straight after. I also asked them to email me the new xrays. So if you could all continue to be so lovely and spare him a thought in about 14 hours (8AM my time) hugging

Feels really weird with just Molly here. Zane walked in the door from school and the first thing out of his mouth is where is Cooper? (he was told btw).

Ciara, Coop sends his twin a smooch right back paw
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 06:58 AM

Don and I are keeping you and Cooper in our thoughts. hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 07:35 AM

Dave, Grimm, Smokey, The Cluckworths and I are all sending good thoughts for Cooper. We will continue to keep Cooper in our best thoughts as he comes through surgery, and begins his recovery. Bianca, I know that this is hard for you. You miss your special sweet boy. Please let Molly's warmth and sweetness comfort you right now. hugging hugging hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:16 AM

Even when she's got all this on her mind, Bianca is considerate enough to figure out the time difference for us. So if I can count, 4:00 PM EST will be 8:00 AM for Bianca to hear first about Cooper.

Maybe I'll cheat and just hold those positive thoughts.

truly, all the best,
Mary Jane
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:27 AM

Good thoughts and prayers being sent to you and Coop from CT.
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:31 AM

*Zooming tons of good thoughts and hugging south, way south*
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:48 AM

Hoping today is going okay, and will go well throughout for all. hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 02:22 PM

I too was trying to figure out the time difference. So glad Bianca can still add and subtract!

Keeping all the paws crossed here for Coooper. Will be waiting for news and x rays. hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 04:01 PM

Bianca,

Deep breath-

Tons of positive thoughts +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ as your black puppy enters surgery.

Deep breath

He will be fine and so will you (KW)

Mary Jane
Posted by: Kris

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 05:20 PM

Sending lots of good and healing thoughts to your sweetie boy... hugging And to you too!! hugging
Posted by: shepnterrier

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 05:33 PM

All fingers and paws crossed here for you and Coop! hugging
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 06:15 PM

Thinking of you and Cooper today... hope all is going well..
Posted by: MSD

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 06:28 PM

just thinking of you both,
Posted by: Quinnsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:08 PM

Sending Cooper positive thoughts for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery. Take care, Bianca.
Posted by: Tara

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 08:13 PM

Sending lots of good thoughts for you and Cooper!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 09:38 PM

Just checking in....hoping all is going well!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 11:28 PM

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH hugging your great thoughts worked!!! They didn't take him into surgery until 8.45 and by 1pm I called????? 5 1/2 hours of surgery and the surgeon called, he's pleased with how it went *PHEW*. He is on a morphine drip so the vet said he doesn't know if he is Arthur or Martha laugh he said he expects by tomorrow for him to be putting some weight on that leg wow

Anyway he said he will call me in the morning! I haven't had a chance to check my emails for xrays yet, I just wanted to thank you all first hugging

Will pop back later but honestly from the bottom of my shrivelled little heart, thank you all hugging
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/26/13 11:36 PM

That is GREAT news! So happy to hear things went great!

Tell Cooper that Stark, Zefra and I are all thinking about him and zooming healing thoughts his way! smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 02:53 AM

hugging Thank you Elisabeth, you are lovely hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 05:59 AM

Cooper the bionic dog!
But now it's really obvious how awful his left hip is.


Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 06:04 AM

Great to hear surgery all went well and looking forward to your update tomorrow. Hope Molly is making the most of getting all the attention and not missing her buddy to much.
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 06:25 AM

Bianca, I am so glad Cooper did well. The xrays are amazing - so clear. Coop may have a few rough days after he gets off the strong meds, but then it will be so much better for him.

I hope you get some relief from stress today. Keeping you, Cooper and Miss Moo on my mind with good thoughts. hugging
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 07:05 AM

Bianca, I have been thinking about you and Cooper most of today hugging - so glad this part is over - looks like a great result too! Take care, I hope you get a good night sleep tonight!
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 07:17 AM

Wow, those x-rays...wow.

Please take a deep breath and relax - I know I just did!
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 07:28 AM

Thank you for sharing the x-rays, Bianca. That's some impressive hardware! Fortunately, sweet Cooper is muscular and young. Paws are crossed here that as he recovers, you both begin to very soon feel better and can put this surgery behind you both. Dogs are so resilient! Sending healing vibes Cooper's way! butterfly
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 08:46 AM

SO glad that the surgery went well! What a relief. 5 1/2 hours in surgery- whoa! I know it's hard not being with him, but him being there on good meds is best. Keep us updated.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 08:54 AM

I love the little C's for Cooper sealing the incision-well maybe they're staples-but they're still little C's.

The whole thing is incredibly impressive-how dogs are designed and then re-designed and how their loving owners make it through the day.

Thank you and stay in touch when you can,

Mary Jane
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 09:31 AM

Snuck a peek before going to bed last night but couldn't post - so glad that all went well and he now has his bionic hip! Yay!

Hope recovery is smooth! I don't recall if you have any arnica at the house?
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 09:53 AM

So happy that everything went so well groovy
Keeping all of you in my thoughts and wishing Cooper a speedy recovery!
Hugs from me, Ella, Jake, Hero, and Nash hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 10:15 AM

Just remember.......

In a few months Cooper will be able to walk, run and play without pain! How wonderful is that? smile
Posted by: arycrest

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 12:17 PM

Thinking of you and Cooper! hugging
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 03:03 PM

So glad Coop's surgery went well. I know you will be happy to see him up and walking around comfortably as soon as he is able to. When will he be coming home? Is Miss Molly missing him? I know you are. *smiles*
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 04:36 PM

Glad to hear that the surgery went well and wishing him (and you!) an uneventful recovery! hugging
Posted by: Schnickle Fritz

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 04:41 PM

wink
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/27/13 08:33 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
5 1/2 hours of surgery and the surgeon called, he's pleased with how it went *PHEW*.


I bet that was the longest 5 1/2 hrs. of your life. So glad the surgeon was pleased. Sending lots of hugs and special thoughts to Cooper and mom. hug paw hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 03:11 AM

You must have posted those X-rays, just as I was putting my post up.. Wow...it's amazing what they can do these days and Coop will be up and around in no time. And while it makes the other hip look worse, he will be able to support and carry the bad hip so much better now.

How is he today, what update has the vet given and when do you expect to be able to pick him up?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 03:54 AM

I know I sound like a broken record (showing my age!) but thank you all so very much for being here with me step by step hugging

Mary Jane I didn't know what those little C's were at first! But I love that they are "C"s and not just staples!

So I heard from a nurse (I think) today and he said Cooper is doing really well party He has a great appetite...yep that's my boy wub Pete (the surgeon) took him for a tiny walk today and they had someone supporting his hind to start with but then he walked on his own and put weight on his leg!!!!!!!

He also said he is hyperactive isn't he rofl Yes he is and is a puppy! So they have him on Ace and he said Coop will come home with some. Should I be worried about that choice? I have read such horrible things about it for storm fears but it should be ok for this reason?

I also forgot to ask if he is now on a Fentanyl patch (it was in the estimate)' I pick him up at 11am Saturday and meet with Pete (surgeon) then.

It's funny how you get so used to having to avoid tripping over the black lump when cooking etc. Molly is so unobtrusive except when she's barking that I forget she is here! While Coop is ALWAYS in the way and anytime I move he gets up and is so nosey!

Sorry for the novel but I am a happy 'mum' tonight smile
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 07:00 AM

Thanks for the update - sounds very very good! hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 07:34 AM

Hooray for such a lovely Cooper report! It sounds like they are being proactive on pain control, and that he's already making it clear that he wants to do for himself, even if he needs support right now. I hope that Cooper sails through his recovery! Now, you'll be trying to slow him down and get him to accept support so he won't tweak anything that's healing. wink Great progress on your sweet black puppy!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
....It's funny how you get so used to having to avoid tripping over the black lump when cooking etc. Molly is so unobtrusive except when she's barking that I forget she is here! While Coop is ALWAYS in the way and anytime I move he gets up and is so nosey!

Sorry for the novel but I am a happy 'mum' tonight smile


I glad that Coop is starting to feel better. It's amazing how quickly they come back from surgeries.

I have to keep Ciara out of the kitchen when I'm cooking. She will lay still , but she hopes so much for a sample of whatever I'm cooking that she drools all over the place. You'd think she was a great dane or St BErnard ther's so much drool. rofl
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 08:59 AM

So glad he's doing well! What a relief!
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 09:36 AM

Great that he is already putting some weight on the leg - bad that he will drive you nuts trying to keep him relativley quiet for awhile. hammer

Skye just had an overnight stay at the vet this week (fine now, and minor compared to what many have going on) and I know what you mean about how different it is when one dog is not home.

Keep us posted on The Cooperman. We care. hugging
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 09:43 AM

Sounds like things are going well smile

I hope you don't mind, wanted to get before/after right together
You're right, having the one repaired makes the other look worse, but look at where the repaired hip was before - oh wait, there is no hip!

I know this is such a stressful time for you and I truly wish there was something I could do - but alas there are limits when we're across the world from each other. Know that I think about you and Coop and Miss Moo often!! hugging


Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 10:07 AM

Glad to hear Coop is doing so well!!!

Kayos had her right hip replaced in 2008. I was so stressed vnad afraid I would hurt her r HAvoc would bump her but all was well. The frist few weeks are the worst as they start to want to be more active. Once you can start some short leashed walks you will be okay!
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 01:25 PM

So glad to hear how well Cooper is doing! I took Massie home a day after her surgery and we had an 8 hour drive. I imagined I would take her out to pee and would be supporting her and she didn't want anything to do with that! She started trotting and I was racing after her trying to keep the sling (towel) in place so she wouldn't dislocate the new hip. Those post-surgery days were some exciting times. crazy The good news is that she healed up just fine and the new hip made all of the difference in the world for her (her hips were as bad as Cooper's).

Maybe you can try that Happy Traveller or some of the other herbal stuff for him?

Hang in there--he'll be home soon!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 02:44 PM

Thanks very much for sharing the good news about Cooper with his fans. Maybe things are looking up crossedfingers.

Originally Posted By: bianca
..... So they have him on Ace and he said Coop will come home with some. Should I be worried about that choice? ....


Forgive me, but I don't know why they are giving him acepromazine. It can be a tranquillizer under some circumstances (well actually it prevents the sedated animal from reacting) and it helps with motion sickness, but it does not relieve pain.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Rx_Info_Sheets/rx_acepromazine.pdf

I'm sure that you'll interrogate the surgeon before you leave with bionic Coop-and if something else comes up, call him back.

Please keep those updates coming....

MJ
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 05:03 PM

He should be walking pretty good by Saturday, I bet you don't even use the sling unless you have to do stairs. I know with Rosa it was impossible to get her to potty with the sling, so we used it just to get to her spot and then let her go back and forth without it (on leash) until she could go.

Make sure you get really detailed post op instructions that spell out exactly what he can and cannot do for the days/weeks/months ahead. I don't know what they would do or if they can even fix a buggered up implant so it's best to avoid anything that might endanger it! We didn't let Niko anywhere near Rosa for months after her surgery!

Tell Cooper that Rosa says hi, and that she agrees that crate rest sucks big time (as she is currently in lockdown mode as well after coming up lame yesterday frown ). I know that you will be an excellent nurse for Cooper as you have already proven with his elbow problems.
Posted by: AgilePaws

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 06:03 PM

So glad it went well!!! Can't wait to see homecoming pictures!
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 06:24 PM

Leah mentioned something that occurred to me too...does Coop have a crate. It might help to keep him confined to keep him from romping around and possibly knock all that good work out the window.

Glad however that he is doing so well. I know he'll be so happy to be home. I'm thinking the ]]]] staples will have to be taken out by the vet when the time comes, yes? They don't look like the dissolvable (is that a word?) type.

Go, Cooper!!! But do it gently. teehee
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 08:21 PM

Glad to hear things are still going well! Thinking of you both!
Posted by: LukesMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 09:23 PM

So glad to hear how well Cooper is doing. I 'm glad he will be home so quickly. Good luck with the rehab and keeping him quiet. thumbup
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 10:32 PM

Thank you all so much smile Another report today to say he is doing really well party

The staples have to be removed and I think the surgeon does that? I know we have to have a check-up with him in 2 weeks.

LOL Ciara really is Coops twin, he does drool like a St too! It's quite revolting!

I have a huge crate for him and he likes being in there so that part is sorted.

Will come back because I am sure I've missed some of your repsonses hugging
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 02/28/13 10:36 PM

I am so glad he is doing well and that he likes his crate - Leah has great insights on safe re-cooper-ation. smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 12:11 AM

Re-cooper-ation rofl Perfect!

Thank you Leah. I am that sad that I am charging my video camera now so I can get exactly what to do/not do! Memory like a sieve!

Mary Jane, he is on the Ace to keep him quiet I think. He is now on a Fentanyl patch, abx and anti-inflamms too.

This time tomorrow we should almost be home with my precious cargo; poodle cut and all laugh

My parents were here today to take some extra furniture away so the house appears bigger and they couldn't believe how quiet it is without him. He has such a strong presence.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 12:14 AM

Bonnie, I hope sweet Skye is ok? hugging

Barb thank you so much for putting the films together, there really is a huge difference wow

Kathy, I will have to watch Miss Moo like a hawk when he is on leashed breaks. I think I will keep her inside so there is no chance of a hit and run.

Thank you all again hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 02:53 AM

Just catching up for a quick second - so glad that things are going well!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 05:16 AM

Thank you Lisa hugging

Leah I'm sorry I forgot to ask, what has Miss Muppet done to herself to be on lock-down? Hoping it is just a pulled muscle and not her hips or elbows hugging
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 07:05 AM

Rosa had her staples taken out by her regular vet, no need to bring her back to the surgeon. They have a special tool they use and it's super quick.

Brace yourself for how he will look. It is going to be a little scary.

I am not really sure what Rosa did, we were clearing snow and she was by herself wandering around the yard and next thing I knew she was hobbling up to me on three legs! It's her shoulder/elbow again. frown We spoke to her vet, and have an appointment for Monday. For the first 24 hours she refused to put any weight on it, but now she is using it again (whew). We are keeping her crated for another day or two, and giving her Tramadol.

I am kicking myself because we let her go off the Canine Pain Plus pills. I am wondering if this would not have happened if she had still been on them.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 01:22 PM

Hey, we got another GSDHome word 'recooperation' love it!

So let's just hope your Super Model puppy is also a Super Model patient.

Looking forward to tomorrow's update with Cooper safe at home crossedfingers

MJ
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 05:51 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
This time tomorrow we should almost be home with my precious cargo; poodle cut and all laugh


I don't know who's happier Cooper or you but I'm thankful for the good news. hug
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 06:45 PM

I'm looking forward to the "Cooper's Home!" photos!

groovy
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/01/13 10:47 PM

Awww Leah, please give Rosa a gentle cuddle from me and I hope Mondays visit shows just a pulled muscle hugging

Thank you all, we got in early to see the surgeon so we are home!!!!
I videoed(sp) our conversation so I won't forget anything important!

He is on Clavumox for 3 weeks, Previcox (half) per day which is what I was giving him anyway. Ace 3 times a day to keep him settled (just given him one now) and his Fentanyl patch and wound dressing comes off on Monday.

We go to our regular vet (like you said Leah!) to have the staples out and Pete wants to see Coop in 6 weeks for follow up xrays.

Crate rest for 6 weeks with toilet breaks on lead and he is allowed to walk slowly up to 10 mins each break.

He has a nasty clipper rash on his scrotum. Vets put something on it but I sprayed this healing solution on it just before I put him in his crate.

Bloody Kong Cloud collars are no chop - he can get to his bottom frown Tried the L and XL frown

Without further ado here is poor bucket head





I don't know how he will get comfy in the crate with the blinken cone on. I may have to put a thinner mattress in?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 02:43 AM

Ok so whatever food they gave him and I guess a combination of drugs and not being able to get into the proper 'position' has left him with a red, little bit of a bloody anus frown I just fed him and took him out to toilet and the poor boy he was straining for a good 5 minutes to get the first 'piece' out. Then the following was pretty unformed.

So I think what he is trying to lick (can't due to the cone) is his bottom. I will start probiotics tonight and cooked pumpkin from tomorrow but is there anything I could put on his bottom? I'm thinking clean it with salty water and maybe a hemorrhoid cream?

Poor boy and I put the thinner bed in his crate and the huge cone still stops him from moving properly. I have put up a baby gate and he is in my room frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 04:47 AM

See memory like a sieve...Pete thinks due to the dengeneration in his left hip, that he will probably need that one done in the future. I just read the notes to my regular vet and "Once we are totally satisfied with the outcome we an consider a left total hip replacement".

I tried to put a warm salt water compress on his bottom and then was going to put Anusol cream but he is lying with his butt pressed up against the wall.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 06:20 AM

Poor boy - he still looks gorgeous even so! Quynne also had vulval clipper rash the first time but it did settle down quite quickly - she would put "it" somewhere cool too! Maybe arnica would help there too or aloe vera spray - I really don't understand why those bits need shaving. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 07:30 AM

Thank you Alison, I had totally forgotten about giving him arnica! Do you recall the dose you had Quynne on? My brain is fried.

He had a big drink before but still hasn't wanted to go out for a pee frown
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 08:06 AM

It's great to see Cooper home-but it sounds like you have a mini-intensive care for all those small complications. I have no practical information but lots of hopes for your futures.

MJ
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 08:13 AM

When Rosa went through that she held onto her poops FOREVER after she got home so yay that Cooper is able to go. Not so yay that he's got something going on back there. frown

Do you think he would leave the incision alone if you took the cone off? We got really lucky with Rosa that she would leave it alone when we told her. Then again we were with her 24/7, not sure if you are able to do that or not.

No advice for his hind end, sounds really uncomfy though. frown

How are you doing? Are you okay?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 08:19 AM

Thank you my friends. I don't want to go to sleep so am online thinking!

Lol Mary Jane it feels like that right about now. At least when he was down there, I knew THEY knew what to do!

Leah he wasn't trying to bother the incision at all, he was just trying to lick his bottom frown So I don't think I can take the cone off. I am with him 24/7 too (thus while I'm still up) but when I was trying the cloud collars he was frantic trying to get to his back end frown

Awww thank you for asking hugging I'm just stressed over him, when this is over and I know it worked I'll be ok.
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 09:34 AM

Poor baby. Do you have any calendula spray or cream? That should help the rash pretty quickly. I sprayed Skye's bum last week when it got so sore from her diarhea and it seemed to sooth her so she stopped trying to lick. (And yes, she is fine now. Totally back to normal. Scary, but just HGE and hopefully won't occur again.)

Probiotics should help Coop with his stools and add pumpkin if you have it, to get some good fiber in him.

I bet he bounces back in a day or two and then you will be trying to slow him down.

He is beautiful even with his new hair cut. thumbup
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 11:11 AM

So glad he's home, so sorry for the butt problem!!

huggings to you and scritches to Coop!!
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 11:30 AM

Glad to see Cooper is HOME!!! He looks pretty good.

When humans have surgery and go under anesthesia, we also have issues with getting everything moving again, so we get constipated. The light walking and pumpkin should have him regular soon.

Kayos' staples fell out on their own.

As long as he is not bothering the incision cone can stay off. But I would put it on at night time when you are asleep.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 04:16 PM

Thank you all, this is such a fantastic sounding board hugging

Bonnie so pleased Skye will be ok!

I don't have Calendular spray, all I have is that healing spray which has Calendular in it. I have Aloe gel and Anusol. He just had breakfast and the worlds longest pee laugh but no bowel movement today so far. I think I will try to gentle wash the area with salty water and then apply the Anusol.

Kathy, it's his bottom he is really bothered by so I don't want him to keep licking it and making it worse frown
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 06:35 PM

Oh Bonnie, HGE is SCARY! I'm so sorry, you should have posted!

So nice to see The Boy home where he belongs!

Max's bloat staples mostly fell out on their own, only a few had to be actually removed. In fact, most fell out too soon.

Hope the handsome boy is doing okay today.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 08:45 PM

Which calendula spray do you have? Do you have coconut oil? That is very soothing and great for healing things up.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 08:50 PM

Bianca…I’m so glad Coop is home, safe and sound. But he doesn’t look like he’s real happy with his cone head. Is he walking alright when he has to do his business and such? Whatever you have in the way of a spray including the aloe and the calendula will I’m sure make him feel better. Most of all though, I’m sure both you and he are delighted he’s home, even if life is in the crate with a cone head on. How soon before he will be able to be turned loose?

Leah….I’m sorry about Rosa but glad to hear she’s not being so particular about the use of her leg.

MJ…I too like the new word. “Recooperation” Cool.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 09:20 PM

Well he finally peed this morning! I managed to clean his bottom up a bit but then he growled at me frown Diane is on 6 weeks crate rest frown

Thank you for all your well wishes hugging
Posted by: Jane Jean

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 09:22 PM

Awww, Bianca...Cooper is so lucky to have you, I hope the next 6 weeks go by with easy recovery for him.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 09:41 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
..... arnica! Do you recall the dose you had Quynne on? ..


I used the arnica spray and just squirted it a couple of times on the skin on the inside of the top lip a few times a day
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/02/13 09:54 PM

What form is the Arnica you have? You can give it frequently at first (even every 15 minutes for an hour) and then 3 times a day. If you have the little pillules you can give 2 to 4 at a time. The dose doesn't really matter. wink
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 03:51 AM

The only spray I have is the Healing Solution which is Calendula, Golden Seal, Yucca, Witch Hazel.

The arnica is Arnica Montana 30C and it is the pillules, I have been giving him 2 every 4 hours.

I have arnica cream as well but he is so sensitive he won't let me go near his hind.

He has only still been out the once today, no bowel movements today. I just cooked some pumpkin so will let that cool and give him that with his probiotic soon.

I think depending how he is tomorrow I will just take him to the vet to be checked out. I really don't want him to be growling at me so soon into this recovery frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 04:31 AM

Warning, testicle photo below

It looks painful frown













Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 05:49 AM

Wow! I'd feel like growling too. I don't know WTF they are they using surgical blades (#40 or #50 blades) in that area! I can reassure you that it will get better but I feel for your boy until it does.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 06:07 AM

Thank you Alison! I've just sent that pic to our vet and explained what he has been like the last 2 days and asked him if he can do anything.

The other concern I have (of course I do!) is that tomorrow the Fentanyl patch comes off so he will only be on Previcox, abx and the ace. No tramadol or anything. Pete said he shouldn't need it but I can't see how? Grrrr stressing big time.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 08:26 AM

Hmmm, we were sent home with a week's (or maybe ten days, i forget) worth of Rimadyl pain reliever for Rosa... She was only on it for about six days though since she developed a rash on her belly.

I would ask for something at the vet so he's on a pain reliever for at least a week. Especially since his bum hurts too. frown

Poor fella
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 08:35 AM

Yes I am going to, I have read others have tramadol or something. The previcox won't be enough especially with the pain of the back end issues.

Thank you Leah hugging
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 09:25 AM

frown Poor Coop - someone needs to shave bits of who ever shaved him!
Posted by: shepnterrier

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 09:36 AM

Chip was on Tramadol after his surgery for quite a while. He had been sent home with only an NSAID, no Fentanyl patch, and it wasn't enough frown

Tramadol also acts mildly sedating. Should not be taken together with an SSRI. It's trade name in Germany and some other countries is Tramal. Generics are available.

Poor Coop, that looks very painful.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 10:37 AM

Poor Coop - that does look painful.

How is Coop about taking his pills?

His twin is a pain in the butt. She's on Doxy because she tested positive for a tick disease and what a bear to take the pills. I put it in a hot dog , she chews the hot dog and spits out the pill. This from the dog that usually inhales all her food and barely chews anything. shrug

I hope Coop starts feeling better soon.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 11:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Barb E
frown Poor Coop - someone needs to shave bits of who ever shaved him!


Couldn't have said it better myself. Hope Coop is a bit better day today and you too. hug
Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 01:10 PM

Ouch.

His butt itself is also red/sore?
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 01:13 PM

Wow, that looks awful, the poor boy frown
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 01:15 PM

Oh, you might try just the pumpkin, in case the probiotic firms things up?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 03:41 PM

Thanks all, the vet opens in half an hour so waiting to make an appointment. His butt looks better today, when he had a poop last night it was almost normal. No straining.

Naughty Ciara! I hope the tick issue is resolved soon hugging I put Coops pills in his food and he eats it but the ones where he isn't due for a meal I coat in peanut butter and it's gone~!
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 04:00 PM

Sounds like things are getting better! groovy
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 04:51 PM

Quote:
I put Coops pills in his food and he eats it but the ones where he isn't due for a meal I coat in peanut butter and it's gone


What would I do without peanut butter in this house? shrug Hope I never have a dog allergic to it!

Glad Cooper seems to be doing better. Anxious to hear what his doc says.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 09:20 PM

Well took him to the vet and he got some sedation but would not go out so I had to leave him and they had to give him a general. So they cleaned him up , coated him in Neocort, gave him a Cortisone Injection and have orderd a bottle of Cortavance which should be there tomorrow. I've also got Tramadol to give him as due to the steroid he can't have his Previcox.

Andrew rang through and checked that course of action was ok with Pete.

My poor puppy, they said it is pretty nasty and the smell is the skin frown

Just got back from picking him up and the poor boy is groggy and poop ed in Brads car! I know I shouldn't laugh but I did blush Although in saying that I'm not telling B.

His incision looks great, they are really pleased with it so I will take pics later.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/03/13 10:03 PM

LoL, better his than yours rofl poop

I hope he gets feeling back to normal quickly, so that all he has to do is worry about his hip recovery. Such a wonderful boy who shouldn't have to go through so much!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 12:20 AM

I know right rofl

He's just woken up and is quite frantic and whimpering. I've just given him 2x Tramadol and his Ace and 2x Arnica. Hoping he can settle soon frown
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 12:58 AM

When indy had her TPO, where they break the pelvis in two in three separate place, the vet sent her home with no pain meds. It still breaks my heart.

If he was under anesthesia again, the whimpering might be from that? Hang in there you guys, thi part definitely will get better hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 01:31 AM

The whimpering is very typical post-anesthesia. He probably feels really weird, poor boy.

Hope that things get better from here on out!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 02:26 AM

Oh my dog Lisa, how on earth could that happen teary

Thank you both, he slept for a couple of hours but is not happy now frown He's just had dinner and I took him outside but he didn't want to go toilet.

Day 6
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:10 AM

He is crying so I have given him the Ace and Tramadol a bit early.

From just now
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:32 AM

Don't you just wish these people could be held accountable for what they did to your boy? That's just awful frown
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:37 AM

Aw Cooper teary I've never seen anything like that - looks really bad and sore. I don't know what else to say that does not include swearing. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:50 AM

Just called the vet and woke him up and I have now given him 2 x 25mg Ace on top of the one he had anout 1 1/2 hours ago. He said if that doesn't settle him down, to give him another 2 in an hour and then 4 hourly from there.

If that doesn't work he will be going to the vets first thing in the morning and they can put him on a morphine drip or something. I don't care I just can't stand to see him in this much pain. I am so pissed off with whomever did this and have sent both the vet and surgeon an email.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:51 AM

Sorry Lisa and Alison I didn't even see your replies. I'm so angry and upset for him teary
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 06:58 AM

Bianca, my gosh, poor Cooper, poor you! teary This is awful for your baby to be in so much pain. I am hoping that they can address this with a med that will help him get some relief. Pain control in dogs is so important. You are such a great Mom to Cooper, advocating strongly for him right now. I am sending wishes for relief soon! hugging
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 07:01 AM

Good, I am glad you have pointed out to them how awful this is. The person who did this needs to be held accountable for what he or she did.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 08:02 AM

Thank you both, he has finally crashed so I am trying to tipee toe around and not wake him.

Will sort something out in the morning as this is rubbish.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 08:12 AM

It is rubbish, isn't it frown

When you first posted that pic of Cooper's testicle, I simply didn't know what to think (never having seen a healthy dog testicle up close). Now just looking at the skin I am really shocked. All that sedation and pain killer can't be good for him. If he has to go to morphine-it's really constipating-but it works

This is too much.

I just have to remind myself that Cooper is a young and vigorous boy and in several weeks will be through all this and standing (running) strong KW.



MJ



Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 09:21 AM

Checking in Bianca. So glad Cooper is home with you, but wish his bum felt better, poor thing. I hope you get answers and a treatment plan. So all that irritation and pain is from them shaving him? If so, do you think the surgeon's office will help with the expense of treating the area?
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 10:26 AM

teary I feel so badly for both you and Cooper. hugging On top of everyting else, he shouldn't have to be in pain form someone shaving him badly. Anytime I have to have my dogs shaved for anything, I always ask them to keep the shaving to the absolut minimum. Some of those people can get carried away with that. I'd be careful with what you put on and test it in a small spot first. When Ella had her spay surgery she as irritated from the shaving. I was told to try coconut oil and it gave her a horrible red rash on top of the discomfort she already had. I felt awful.
hugging It's just heartbreaking to see your dog in pain. I hope Cooper can find some relief soon.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 01:59 PM

Every time I see that pic of Coop's testicle, I absolutely cringe. Can almost feel his pain (though I don't have a testicle of my own, I should point out LOL). Is there any way to request that someone ask the question "Who did this?" I'd love to slap them up the side of the head with a 2x4.

I hope he feels better soon, without the need of the morphine added to all his other meds. Sleep is a great healer so the longer and more he can do that, the better. Next time he's awake, give him a gentle pat from me.

It amazes me how well you're handling all this on top of everything else that's going on in your life right now. You are one fine lady.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/04/13 03:27 PM

hugging hugging

Thank you all so much for being here with me.

Angel I'm not putting anything on it. Poor Ella frown I tried to put some more neocort on it last night and he barked/growled at me frown

He slept (with 5 x ace) through until just before (7am) so I have taken him out for a pee, fed him and given him 2 x Tramadol and 3 x ace.

I'll see how he goes and then talk to the vet as his spray should be there today.

Diane hugging thank you but I'm really not! Paris is pooping on the carpet and peeing which she does when she is stressed, Texas's dementia is getting worse, Moo is being a bit neglected and I'm just hanging in there!
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 12:37 AM

Aw Bianca hugging this is not how it was supposed to go ..... but unfortunately it is not uncommon. mad

Originally Posted By: Natalie559
.....So all that irritation and pain is from them shaving him? If so, do you think the surgeon's office will help with the expense of treating the area?


Hah, nice thought Natalie but good luck with that! IME with all that my dog went through it was obvious it was seen as just another charge to the client with no breaks whatsoever! Hope Bianca has better luck as this happening to Cooper is outrageous!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 01:21 AM

Alison hugging

Yep I don't think I'm going to cop any break with the $. Pete called me this morning (after my in tears and emotional email) and basically calmed me down a bit. When I asked why the hell do they have to shave those bits he said that the adhesive coverings they use in theater...anything that is exposed gets clipped. Any hair can cause infection. He said unfortunately some dogs skin esp there is much more sensitive. Makes sense I suppose but I'm still pissed.

Anywhoo he agrees that keeping Coop calm and resting is the most important thing so as not to bugger the hip up.

So far today he has had 2 lots of 3x ace and 2 x tramadol and he is A LOT calmer. also that the ace works better to use as a top up, so not to let it wear off completely and try to calm down a freaking out dog.

I got the Cortavance spray but haven't tried it yet as I'm a bit scared it will set him off again. It looks like it is drying up. Just about to feed him and will post a new pic soon. Whoohoo it's not only poop we post pics of laugh
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 03:33 AM

Just now




It's looking a little less moist but the skin is flaking off now
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 06:58 AM

I asked Don if he wanted to see Coop's testicle pics and he was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" lurking eyeroll rofl Men...such wussies.

Flaking instead of being oozy and moist sounds like an improvement? I am glad Cooper is calm at least.
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 07:23 AM

His incision looks very good.

I wonder if Cooper was allergic to the adhesive in the material they draped him with? I know I am that way with some bandages that stick on.

Poor boy - but it looks like eveything is getting better for him.

And poor Bianca. hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 08:15 AM

Bianca, it's as plain as day how dearly you love Cooper that you know these shaved sore areas and the incision site well enough to find healing.

I hope you all find healing very very soon.

(Can we have pics of Coop's pretty face, too?)

MJ
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 08:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Good_Karma
I asked Don if he wanted to see Coop's testicle pics and he was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" lurking eyeroll rofl Men...such wussies.

Flaking instead of being oozy and moist sounds like an improvement? I am glad Cooper is calm at least.


Leah - it's even worse when you start talking about neutering them lurking My DH was very opposed to neutering Caleb because he couldn't stand the thought of the surgery. That was before we got Ciara and I didn't want to try keeping them apart when she came into season. rofl
And he's got no issues with Ciara loosing her girl parts. shrug

Coop - your twin sends another slurpy kiss and best wishes that you will feel better soon. gsdbeggin paw
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 10:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Good_Karma
I asked Don if he wanted to see Coop's testicle pics and he was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" lurking eyeroll rofl Men...such wussies.

Flaking instead of being oozy and moist sounds like an improvement? I am glad Cooper is calm at least.


rofl Ok, that made me laugh!!!

Is dry and flaking better? That just sounds so itchy. Poor boy frown
My pack sends Cooper a big hug grouphug and good thoughts.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 12:33 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
So far today he has had 2 lots of 3x ace and 2 x tramadol and he is A LOT calmer. also that the ace works better to use as a top up, so not to let it wear off completely and try to calm down a freaking out dog.


Thanks for the good report - hope Cooper continues to improve day by day. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 12:42 PM

Incision is looking good, and o glad his "parts" are too! He's going to have a whole new world ahead of him soon!
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 04:30 PM

Just catching up! Poor Coop. I am happy to see the improvemnt in his "parts" tho. Hopefully by tomorrow you won't need the spray at all and his pain level will decrease more each day.

Two steps forward, 1/2 step back, but progress every day!
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 06:36 PM

poor Coop:( But I agree his incision looks GREAT!! His privates look better, but oh man ouch:(
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/05/13 08:28 PM

I agree - incision looks great! Good job done there! His 'other parts'... oh man... that poor boy.. frown

Hope he is settling nicely and being a good patient. wink Give him a cuddle from my pack!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/06/13 02:46 AM

Lol Leah make Don look!!!!

It could be the adhesive but then wouldn't other parts be affected? I don't know but I'm already determined that if he does need the left side done next year I will be adament they don't shave there.

Ciara - Coops send a slurpy kiss back paw

Today big(?) chunks of skin are flaking off but it does look much better. He's obviously feeling better because when I take him out to toilet he's started scooping up a ball or squeaky toy party Poor bucket head!

Mary Jane just for you hugging (I've almost forgotten he has a front end!!!)


Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/06/13 08:23 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca




wub
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/06/13 08:56 AM

Awwww, I am so glad he wants his toys!!! He must be feeling better. Whew!
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/06/13 08:57 PM

Hope the recuperation process continues to go smoothly. hug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/07/13 03:24 AM

Thank you hugging

It's been really hot here and of course my new room doesn't have air-con so just before I took him out to toilet and it was so much cooler out there. I took his cone off and let him chew on an old manky bone for 20 minutes! He didn't make a move to get to his hind at all! But I had to bring him back him in as the bugs were going for him.

Still dropping skin but the awful smell (of dying skin?) has all but gone (thank goodness), had to go and pick up more refills for his pills today.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/07/13 05:09 AM

So glad that it seems he has turned a corner, yay! I bet he was so happy to have that bone!

(I think you need an air conditioner in your room!)
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 07:21 AM

I really do need an air con!




Is this normal, the prominent part? He is prone for the photo. I've just emailed both the surgeon and local vet. They must be so sick of me blush I've noticed when he has a long drink he is not wanting to put a lot of weight on it. I know it's really early days but I need something to stress over
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 07:39 AM

I'd be stressing, too! He's your baby boy! hugging I'm unsure if that degree of swelling is normal or not after this type of surgery. Things look clean and dry there, which is good. I'm glad you're in contact with the vet, I guess you emailed the photo to them? I'm hoping that this is normal, and that Cooper gheals quickly and feels much better soon!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 07:51 AM

Thanks Patti, I am freaking out! Yes I emailed the pic, it's as if something is protruding? Gah it's Friday night here and Monday is a holiday. I'm hoping my vet works tomorrow so I can call him.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 09:48 AM

Oh no, poor coop frown

Looks like maybe a seroma? I'm not sure if you're supposed to do warm compresses for those, or cold, or neither.

Worse that it's on a friday!

hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 09:48 AM

Is it warm to the touch?

Is he acting any different?
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 10:30 AM

It looks like just swelling to me, not a bone or anything protruding. That does seem like more swelling than Rosa ever had. Good idea to contact the vet, this would concern me as well frown
Posted by: Tammi

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 04:55 PM

I hope Cooper's incision looks better now! I'd definitely stress over that!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 09:17 PM

Just checking in, I hope you heard from the vet.
Posted by: arycrest

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/08/13 10:03 PM

fetch Sending Cooper my best and can't wait to read he's feeling/doing better!!! That pup is a real trooper ... he's been thru so much during his short lifetime!!! grouphug hugging grouphug
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:07 AM

Just checking in again as well... let us know when you can..
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:16 AM

Awww thank you all so much hugging My vet emailed me this morning and said he thinks that Coop has lost a couple of KGs due to this all, so basically lost condition and that the muscle underneath is making it appear so swollen. He said if Coop has to be sedated on Tues for the staple removable he will xray to make sure nothing is amiss.

Then Pete (the surgeon) called me and said pretty much the same thing but also because Coop had the cortisone inj, he hasn't been on the previcox (anti-inflams). He said if he was not putting weight on it all, he would assume dislocation. I can restart Previcox tomorrow.

So I felt so relieved but then my parents came over to see him (Ive kept them away until now as he gets so excited to see them) and they agreed it looked pretty weird. So now I am thinking well his hip was pretty much dislocated before so if was now, he would probably feel the same. I'm trying to remember to breathe but the thought of him going through another surgery so soon has me beside myself.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:21 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca







Can you take a picture of him right now from the angle of this picture so that we can really compare them?

Also, if it is a little more swollen then that would mean he would want to put less weight on it.

I know it probably doesn't help but there is nothing you can do about whatever it is until he sees the vet. Please just try to focus on the positive and take care of yourself. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:31 AM

Thank you Ruth hugging

It's a bit different as he was lying with his butt against the baby gate

Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:32 AM

OK looking at that, it doesn't look so bad?
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
OK looking at that, it doesn't look so bad?


It doesn't look bad at all. Try to keep that perspective, ok? hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 02:08 AM

Thank you Ruth hugging I'll try! blush
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 02:21 AM

I think the body is a funny thing and there are reactions that sometimes scare us, yet aren't major. That does look weird, but the docs told my dad that if his new hip was dislocated, he would be in terrible pain and would know it. With Coop' new hip, he has a new ball and socket, so it would feel different than before I would think? I dunno.

Is it warm?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 04:18 AM

Thank you Lisa, I am sure you are right it just looks scary now. No it's not hot to touch. He is really skinny now like a Greyhound so it probably makes sense what they said. I started him back on the Feed-senstials tonight.
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 07:32 AM

Poor boy he's been thru so much:( Just wanted to say, and don't get freaked out over it, just "my" experience..When my aussie dislocated her hip (she was racing into the kitchen for what else,FOOD, slid on the floor, hit the center island:( She honestly did not make a peep, never acted like she was in pain AT ALL, but was 'off' the leg.

At the time we didn't know 'what' it was, dislocated, broken hip, whatever, I couldn't get her into the vet for a couple hours, in that time, never heard a peep out of her, she was just off the leg, I tried manipulating it, and she wasn't acting to adverse to that,

Anyhow, it ended up popping back in, when we stretched her legs out to xray..

Hoping this is 'nothing' with Cooper, and just is what it is..
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 08:15 AM

You have been with him this whole time, and if nothing happened that could cause a problem, then it is likely just surgical related swelling. Try to remind yourself of that. These things don't just pop out all on their own. hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 10:49 AM

Bianca, if it helps you feel less stress and worry, I had a joint surgery where I was just 14 years old. After the surgery, the joint looked HUGE for a good 4 months! It took a year for all of the swelling to completely reside. Cooper is in good hands with you. I'm keeping your dear black puppy in my best thoughts and prayers for a speedy, uneventful recovery! hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/09/13 01:11 PM

Good that it is not warm, as that might be a sign of infection. For a seroma, I do think they say warm compresses.

Muscle loss, which I know he has quite a bit of, can make thoe bones look awfully funny back there when they lay down. I remember thinking that with indy wub when he was lsoing weight and muscle.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/10/13 05:13 AM

Thank you all so much for bearing with me hugging
Diane, WOW I can't believe she wasn't crying. What a tough cookie! Has she ever had any problems with it since?

Lisa, Indy wub hugging

I am a bit calmer today I think it looks a little less scary so it must be the previcox being back on board. He's such a funny critter, he knows now after 4 nights that 7pm is when he's allowed outside coneless to chew on his bone. Tonight he started calling for me but bad me wanted to finish watching a programme so he had to wait until half past! He wasn't pleased with me laugh wub
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/10/13 08:08 AM

bianca, no it's stayed in place, thank goodness. She is 13 years old, at the age where I've lost most of my gsd's, but that little dawg is still running around like an idiot:)...I do cringe alot , and she's taken some slips but nothing serious..
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/10/13 03:58 PM

That previcox may be bringing down some inflammation. Glad it's looking better!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 04:03 AM

Diane she sounds like an absolute treasure wub

Lisa yes I really think it is! He's been a brat tonight jumping up on the baby gate frown So I had to tether him to my bed. He must be feeling better. Staples out tomorrow so I am hoping his rear has healed enough he can be cone free.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 04:20 AM

Cone-free ? Wow, I sure hope so..... crossedfingers
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 06:57 AM

Oh, having the cone off will be so nice for him!
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 09:09 AM

Here's hoping for a cone-free Cooper! crossedfingers

Although then it may really get interesting trying to hold him back a little. smile
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 10:10 AM

Hopefully Cooper is even better today with no cone!
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 10:12 AM

Glad Cooper is doing well!
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 11:11 AM

I am glad he's feeling better and hope things go well today at the vet. It will be so nice when Cooper gets to have a real doggie life and go for walks, etc.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 12:35 PM

Hope the removal of those staples goes well. I know he'll be so thrilled to rid of that cone. He's going to be hard to keep down now, eh?

Let us know how he does.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/11/13 08:52 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Staples out tomorrow so I am hoping his rear has healed enough he can be cone free.


crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 02:49 AM

Thank you all hugging .....we have a bucket free head party

I think we could easily pass the stand for exam in OB (the only part :rofl) he was so good and just stood there while the vet removed the staples!

He thinks it is looking good and there is nothing to worry about, his rear is healing nicely too smile One very relieved Coopie 'mum' smile

Solidarity



What was meant to be his crate bed but he's too tall


Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 03:35 AM

Hurrah!!!!!!!!

(beautiful dogs, but everybody knows that)

MJ
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 08:43 AM

Coop looks happy to be cone head free. happyboogie

Ciara the vagrant says - are you ready to play?????
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 09:21 AM

Yea!! Is he using the leg much?
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 11:16 AM

Great news and he does look much more comfortable and happy!
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 11:17 AM

Also wanted to say that it looks like Miss Moo is playing nurse to her little brother. wub
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 02:34 PM

good news!! He looks good and Miss Moo is taking good care of him:)
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 03:08 PM

Ahhh, how sweet. Miss Molly keeping him company. He must be so happy being home without his collar. His testicle is looking a ton better already.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 05:18 PM

May the remainder of his recovery be blissfully uneventful!!!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 05:34 PM

Psst, Coop

When you're all better, maybe we can do fence leaping for fun. I've gone over the fence after the neighbor's cat 3 times today.

-Ciara (the vagrant, Black Devil)
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 08:32 PM

Ciara! whistling

Coop is looking great and Miss Moo, well wub.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/12/13 10:19 PM

I am so happy to see the boy cone-free groovy

So, what is the plan for the recovery now?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/13/13 02:24 AM

Ciara Oh you are a Vagrant!!! wub laugh

Thanks all, he really is so much happier and it's lovely not hearing/being whacked into by that hard plastic all the time!

I have to take him back to the surgeon in 4 weeks for post-op xrays and check-up. I'll make an appointment to see the other specialist (diff clinic) on the same day who will show me how to do rehab by myself.

But in the meantime it's same ole, TRY and keep him quiet and on lead toilet breaks up to 10 minutes at a time.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/16/13 02:58 PM

How is Cooper doing?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/17/13 05:21 AM

Thank you for thinking of him Johanna hugging He is doing really well. I'm not really crating him unless I go out. He just mooches around but occasionally gets a bit too puppyish so he has time out! He is walking well on it, just late at night he hobbles a bit.

I'm going to email the surgeon tomorrow to see if my local vet can take the 6 week xrays as it will save me about 6 hours waiting at the clinic. I know his positioning isn't as good but I think it shouldn't matter?
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/17/13 08:41 AM

That's great that he is doing so well! thumbup
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/17/13 08:42 AM

Good going, Coop! I am so glad his recovery is going well. thumbup

I check here every day for any updates on the boy.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/17/13 12:31 PM

Yay, glad to hear that he's doing well! When Massie had her surgery I had to drive 8 hours so a local vet did the follow-up x-rays. Hopefully that will work for you too!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/17/13 03:22 PM

I had a feeling that he would do well once past the initial discomfort. As he feels better, there will be no holding him back smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/18/13 04:35 AM

Thank you all and Bonnie that is so lovely of you hugging

Yah the surgeon emailed back and said he completely understands so I can do xrays at home and then go and see him! I'll also see the other vet at another clinic to show me how to do rehab.

Lisa there is already no holding him back! He is acting just like he was before...a pain laugh Poor Molly tries to escape him and hide!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/18/13 07:14 AM

This is really good news, it will make your life a lot easier!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/18/13 07:45 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
there is already no holding him back! He is acting just like he was before...a pain laugh


What a relief for both of you-Great news!

MJ
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/18/13 08:24 AM

Yay for closer x-rays! I'm so thrilled that your sweet black puppy is doing so well, once past the initial post-op pain. Now he's only going to be improving from here on out! cheers Go, Cooper!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/19/13 05:08 AM

hugging Thank you all so much for being here for my boys journey so far. It's started getting cold here frown so if his coat doesn't start to grow back soon I may have to ask Mum to knit him a jumper! smile
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/22/13 09:06 PM

And here we are praying for spring, it has been unseasonably cool here for this time of year. Feels like winter this week.

Just checking in on Cooper. He looks great and it sounds as if he is healing well.

Hoping you are holding up too. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 02:44 AM

Oh Kathy, thank you so much especially with everything you have going on too hugging

He is doing really well, a couple more weeks then his checkup and I will learn what to do for rehab.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 06:49 AM

Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 06:57 AM

Cooper! Looking good with your hair growing in so fast.

How is doing, Bianca? Is he walking well now?
Posted by: JakodaCD OA

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 07:32 AM

awww he looks GREAT! and very comfy:)) Glad he is feeling better!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 09:05 AM

Now I think that Cooper is Mr. GQ, Junior. He's just too gorgeous-he must be healing well (KW).

thanks,
MJ
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 03:10 PM

It will be such a relief to start rehab in a few weeks. I bet GQ-boy will be so happy to get moving smile
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 09:28 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
It's started getting cold here frown so if his coat doesn't start to grow back soon I may have to ask Mum to knit him a jumper! smile


I'd love to see a pic of Cooper in a knitted jumper. grin Keeping your special boy in our thoughts.
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/23/13 10:22 PM

He looks great in that picture!
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/24/13 01:20 AM

Just checking in!

Cooper either looks extremely tired or extremely bored in that last photo... lol. He is such a handsome boy though - wow! Love that dog!

Hoping he continues to do well!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/24/13 02:35 AM

Thank you all! He was asleep when I went to take that pic so he looks a bit special!!!

He is walking on it fine, to me there seems no great difference from before the surgery. So not sure that is a good thing or his left side is bothering him now.

Mr GQ Junior rofl wub I hope the original Rafi doesn't mind!

Marlene, he might need something to cover his privates as the hair seems to be taking ages to grow there laugh

Thanks all, I can't wait for the check-up so I can breathe properly again.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/24/13 03:58 AM

Perhaps he is walking out of habit, guarding that hip, and the therapy will help him learn to use the hip instead of protect it? I dunno shrug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/24/13 05:02 AM

Yes I am hoping it's something like that. The surgeon did say that at some stage he will start to favour his left hip.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/24/13 06:10 AM

Okay, then I bet he will learn to use that leg and you will see the difference, and then it will all come together!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/25/13 04:23 AM

I hope so! Xrays booked for the 10th and then the next day I will drive him down to Melbourne to see the surgeon. Can't coordinate the two specialists so will just see the one who did the surgery for now,
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/25/13 12:02 PM

Exciting to be moving forward smile
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/25/13 12:14 PM

He's looking great Bianca!
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/26/13 12:01 AM

How far are you from Melbourne? Does Coop have to go with you?

He looks so handsome though utterly bored. I'm thinking maybe he wants to go romping and mommy won't let him. *laughing*

Hope he continues his improvement. Freya and I are sending him hugs.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/26/13 02:30 AM

Thank you so much ladies hugging

I don't think I wrote it here but the other day we had a whole group of real estate agents come through and to take photos...well when I moved the dogs into the paddock so they wouldn't jump all over these people, Coopie would not come back! He hasn't been allowed in the paddock since his surgery and the brat was loving his freedom. I was so embarrassed...recall???? What's that mum rofl

Diane yes I will take him for the check-up as this specialist is going to be stuck showing me how to do rehab. It's about a 4 - 41/2 hour drive each way.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/26/13 06:16 PM

Good that the RE folks have been around. May help in selling quickly.

But that is one long drive, for both of you, I'd think. Wishing you not only a safe trip but an easy one as well.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/26/13 11:03 PM

I bet he was so happy to be out and about. Freedom he said!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/27/13 04:39 AM

Thank you Diane, I like driving, blast some music and hurt Coopies ears with my dog awful so called singing laugh

Lisa, oh he was, honestly he was like a kid in a candy shop and the man who was waiting to take photos said to me after "you need to put some obedience on him" blush I know but he had been cooped (lol) up for three weeks!
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/27/13 09:56 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
He hasn't been allowed in the paddock since his surgery and the brat was loving his freedom.


Can you blame him? Poor guy was living it up, all he needed was a Miller Lite. cheers Glad he is doing better. hug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/28/13 03:31 AM

rofl
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/28/13 09:21 AM

Hi Bianca.....have been sneaky reading your posts at work and keeping up to date with Coopers progress but was unable to post on work computer. Great to see the piccies and so glad he (aside from a close shave on his boy bits and a coup,e of hiccups) has come through it all so well.

It must be such a relief and the continuing challenge now will be keeping him under lock and key while it all continues to heal.
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/28/13 01:46 PM

Still managing to keep him confined, Bianca? He must be champing at the bit....oh wait, that's what horses do. *grinning*

When do you head for Melbourne (sorry, too lazy to look back over pages of posts as I'm sure you told us)? Must be getting colder now so hope the weather is good for your travels. Do you get snow where you are?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/29/13 02:12 AM

Just Diane! The noises he makes when he whinges is close to a horse...well a cow acually laugh

Not this week but the one after. It was 37C here two days ago (bliss) but since then it's been too cold for this chicken! I don't think there has ever been snow here but the snow fields are 1 1/2 hours away so does get pretty cold! Thank you hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/29/13 07:30 AM

Bianca, I'm so pleased to hear that Cooper is doing and feeling better! I bet his whines for things he wants are so dear. Grimmi's a vocal guy, too! You and Cooper are doing a great job managing his confinement as he heals. That's no easy task with the black pony! Wishing you and Cooper good things as his healing continues smoothly!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 03/29/13 07:52 AM

"The black pony" oh Patti thank you so much for the much needed giggle! I love it! I think he may be a greyhound in disguise...so damn skinny his back bones are poking out. He now offically eats twice as much as Molly and she is still a fatty boomba.
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/03/13 11:50 AM

Sounds like Cooper is recovering well. Hope the house sells quickly for you so you can move on. hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/05/13 06:07 PM

To borrow Patti's phrase, how is the black pony doing and is he starting to put a little bit of condition back on yet? (He can have some of mine).
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/06/13 12:36 AM

Cooper wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/06/13 09:04 AM

Thank you Kathy hugging

Lol Marie, I have plenty to spare laugh The black pony is doing pretty well but has been on the go all day today checking out our new digs! So I did give him the first Previcox in weeks tonight!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 05:45 AM

Well we had the re-check today and the surgeon is really happy with how Coop is walking party Yipee!!!! So from tomorrow we can start to walk, 1/2 an hour twice daily for 6 weeks and then after that 1 hour twice daily!

He has written me a letter for the insurance company but thinks I am probably pushing poop uphill (my words).

His left hip looks shocking, will try and post pics later. The other local vet did it and the postioning is really bad but still. He thinks he will more than likely need the left side done but wont know for sure until he is further along.

All in all regardless of insurance, I am pretty darn pleased!
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 06:53 AM

I knew his recovery would go well with you in charge of it! Great news on the healing, good job!
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 07:42 AM

That's great news....you've done GOOD Bianca.... Cooper very lucky to have found you.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 08:25 AM

gsdhead Bianca, you are doing a fabulous job caring for The Black Pony during all the transitions in your life. I am sending you, Moo, and Coopie, plus the kitties, all my best wishes for good health and healing! hugging
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 09:44 AM

groovy!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 09:53 AM

Hooray for Cooper! Glad to hear the Pony will soon be galloping around the yard. groovy
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 11:24 AM

SO GLAD Cooper is doing well, and Molly too and the cats are happy- YEA!!! I hope this is the beginning of a long upswing for you!

What's up with the insurance? Did you have insurance for Cooper?
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 12:14 PM

Was just about to ask the same question, Natalie. So, Bianca, what's up?

Glad however that Coop is doing so well. Looks like the surgery worked well.
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 04:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Hatterasser
Was just about to ask the same question, Natalie. So, Bianca, what's up?


Great minds think alike, I think we've had the same questions on several threads now! smile poke
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/11/13 04:56 PM

Good news for you! I do hope the insurance will pay up or at least pay some.

I still think you should consider the breeder's offer of help with this.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/12/13 03:33 AM

I agree about getting help from the breeder!

It will be so nice to be able to walk with him too smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/12/13 04:05 AM

Thank you all, I was grinning the whole drive home!

I do have insurance and they pay up to 80% but there is this damn clause that states they will not pay for this teary They have paid on all his xrays/consultations, medications but not for the surgery because it involves a prosthetic frown The surgeon emailed me yesterday with a letter which I will send to the insurance.

The breeder did refund his $2000 purchase price - B insisted frown

His left foot is really noticably turning in when he walks now frown

We have done 2 x 30 min walks today smile
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/12/13 09:17 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
The breeder did refund his $2000 purchase price - B insisted frown


That's great that you have insurance, I didn't know, that's awesome, hopefully they'll come through at least partially for the surgery. I would not feel bad at all about accepting a refund from the breeder, you've been through heck and back with Cooper and deserve it!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/13/13 03:39 AM

Thanks Natalie hugging

He was really wobbly today so I am going to do a half hour walk only for a week and see how he goes. It seems a bit much to go from nothing to an hour a day???
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/13/13 04:32 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Thanks Natalie hugging

He was really wobbly today so I am going to do a half hour walk only for a week and see how he goes. It seems a bit much to go from nothing to an hour a day???


Yes that is definitely a bit much (and to be honest Im a bit surprised the surgeon said he could do that). There will be all sorts of changes going on, firstly the replaced hip and the muscle structure around it, then the rest of the hindquarter as it gets used to and adapts to the changes with the hip now being better than the one it was relying on, plus those changes will also impact further up the body as well (into shoulders - again emanating from the change in his hindquarters gait). You are right and you need to build Coop up....slow and steady will win the race.

And I know I've harped on about it before, but acupuncture, Bowen or even heat packs will be really useful now.

You are doing a great job for the black pony....he's very lucky to have you.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/13/13 11:06 AM

Hi Bianca,

In terms of building up his muscles, it's better to do multiple short walks for a while. So I would start with 10 or 15 minute walks and do 3 or 4 of those and then add 5 minutes every few days as he gains strength. Eventually you can work him up to the 2 walks but right now shorter, more frequent walks is better.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/13/13 12:13 PM

I agree with Ruth, and I know that Shepherds is right about the supportive care (acupuncture, etc.), but that's not financially feasible. BUT, you can massage him all around the spine, hips, shoulders, neck, and even down to his toe wub

If you have any of that unflavored whey protein, or doggie whey protein powder, a bit of that will help to nutritionally support his muscles. Since he's on kibble, it makes sense to add that.

So glad that you guys are moving now smile
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/13/13 07:12 PM

Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
So I would start with 10 or 15 minute walks and do 3 or 4 of those and then add 5 minutes every few days as he gains strength. Eventually you can work him up to the 2 walks but right now shorter, more frequent walks is better.


Agree. After Penny's knee surgery that's how we started back, a little went a long ways in the beginning, there was a lot of muscle atrophy.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/14/13 02:46 AM

Thank you ladies hugging I know, it seems really odd but I filmed what the surgeon said (so I didn't forget anything) and he did say 2 x 1/2 hour per day.

Have started doing shorter ones for now to build up. And thanks for the reminder about massage etc. I can do that myself but can't spring for anything else just yet.
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/14/13 09:05 AM

Bianca, if I was there, I would come and do Mr Coop myself. There are also some good videos on youtube on stretches etc to do which will all help with rehabilitation. But anything you do, including massage will all help.

And if at any time you are concerned, Im happy to talk you through a couple of different things that will help the black pony.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/14/13 09:08 AM

IMO I also think he made a big mistake with those times. nono The bone takes a full 8 weeks to become stable which is why there is supposed to be confinement other than for toileting and rehab exercises and those small walks which start at 5 minutes twice a day at the 2 week mark and increase by 5 minutes per week up to 30 minutes twice a day by the 8 week mark after surgery - this confinement can be extended anytime there is a setback in recovery. Both times Quynnes was extended to 10-12 weeks after surgery. This was the regime used by both physios I visited and the regime used by one of them for her own dog.

The muscles are wasted and need gentle treatment to recover not overexertion that overtaxes them. For the money you paid I would not be risking this not working by overdoing the exercise. Surgeons operate - they are not physiotherapists!
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/14/13 05:54 PM

Actually, now that I remembering way back to Massie's surgery I started taking on very short leashed walks at first--like 5 minutes--4 or 5 times a day and then gradually increased the length. She wasn't doing a half hour at a time for quite a while. I agree that his advice doesn't make sense, especially in Cooper's case where he had such severe dysplasia that his muscles weren't in good condition at all before the surgery.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/15/13 05:22 AM

Thank you so much ladies hugging Marie, thank you I appreciate it so much especially when you have so much going on with Kobe and Levi.

I would be lost without you all. Just as well you all know how to help the black pony hugging
Posted by: Hatterasser

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/15/13 01:05 PM

But of course we do! LOL We all have GSD's which is more than a vet can say who only sees an occasional one when they pop in. I'm in agreement with everyone who has said 4 short walks of 5 to 10 minutes to be increased over time. Black pony boy needs to build his strength in his hind quarters. Walk before he runs.

Good luck though keeping him to such a short scheduled walk. He sounds like he wants so much more.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/16/13 04:29 AM

Very true Diane! Thank you, yes he thinks he is a stallion I think laugh
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/16/13 07:44 AM

Pleasant, short walkies for both you and Cooper, will be healing for you both. Bianca, the only way from here is up. Positive changes for you all-- especially Cooper, The Black Pony! wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/17/13 05:19 AM

hugging Thank you Patti!

He is a bit weird since we moved, he will NOT eat his Jointagen tablets. It's the same bottle so the only change is where he is. Even drowned in tinned sardine juice he leaves it. So Moo is going to finish off the bottle.
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/17/13 06:51 AM

Do you have a mortar and pestle? You could easily crush the Jointagen and mix it into his food.
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/19/13 03:09 PM

Insteads of a mortar and pestle I just use a meat tenderizer. it works!

Also, I rememebr reading about the walks for Cooper earlier in the post and was thinking things must have changed. In 2008 Kayos only got to go out to potty on leash for no more than 5 or 10 minutes. We started leash walks 5 minute 4 time a day (on top of potty outings) and built from there. 30 minutes 2 times a day seems like too long but not often enough.

Kayos was 16 weeks post op before she was allowed off the leash to play in the yard. My heart was in my throat the first time she ran across the yard. But the hip held and she never looked back.


What is going on with the foor turning in? My computer is very slow today and I did not want to read back, is it the leg operated on or the opposite leg?

Kayos' gait is a tick off after her surgery almost 5 years ago. But she has also has bilateral HD and we did not do the other hip. If it is the leg operated on, tit probably just needs to be strengthened with the build up of leashed walks.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/19/13 05:44 PM

Bianca, haven't been on the board for awhile but wanted to offer lots of hugs. grouphug
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/20/13 04:19 AM

Thank you all so much hugging

Great idea about crushing the tablet, duh I hadn't thought of that!

Kathy, it does seem the consensus is that 30 minutes at a time is way to much, so we are gradually building it up.

It's his left leg which is turning in, the non-operated on side frown He also has bilateral HD and the surgeon does expect next year we will be doing a THR on that side frown

Thank you Marlene hugging How is Sean doing?
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/20/13 09:43 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Thank you Marlene hugging How is Sean doing?


Thanks for asking Bianca. Sean does better in cooler weather, it's the warmer season that affects his autoimmune illness. He always has flare ups during summer and into fall almost like an allergy.
But he has been doing okay so far. Fingers crossed for Cooper. crossedfingers Will try to check in more often. Thinking of you. hug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/20/13 02:15 PM

Glad to hear cooper (and sean!) are stable.

It must be awfully frustrating bianca to be watching this other hip rotate. I wonder if some stretching - leg extenions forward and back, might help at all?

I used to crush certain things and mix with a bit of water in max's meal. Luckily he was pretty good about it.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/20/13 02:53 PM

Bianca,

I wish I had a video of Rafi's hip when he first came here. Maybe I have a picture? He had so little muscle mass that it was jutting out at this weird angle. Many people commented on it. He was also falling on the hardwood floors and on the steps. However, after I built up his muscles that hold the hip in place and put him on joint support there was an amazing difference. I think Lisa is right that you may be able to work with that hip and put off surgery for a while longer.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/21/13 05:29 AM

Thank you hugging I really hope I can manage his left hip with exercise and massage, stretches etc. The surgeon did say we won't know for sure until the right side has been built up but that there are degenerative changes since the first x-ray.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/23/13 02:20 PM

How's he doing?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/24/13 03:19 AM

Thank you for thinking of him Lisa hugging He seems to be doing really well. Our afternoon walk we have increased to 30 mins!
Posted by: arycrest

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/24/13 01:09 PM

WOW ... 30 minutes ... CONGRATS to both you and Cooper, so glad it sounds like his surgery was successful!!!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/25/13 01:20 AM

Oh yeah, glad that he has been able to lengthen his walks!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 04/25/13 03:57 AM

Thank you smile He is a special boy and I can't wait for him to be 100% one day.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/13 07:34 AM

Just took this, Coopie is really a big sook wub

Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/13 07:45 AM

Now we can see why he's recovering so well smile

Thanks for the (US east coast) morning sugar,

Mary Jane
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/13 10:09 AM

wub He looks very comfortable and very spoiled.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/13 11:56 AM

wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/03/13 04:25 AM

Thank you all hugging Love my goofy boy smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/13 03:44 AM

I just wanted to share the news that I had a little (BIG) win today....I had written to the insurance review committee asking them to please review Coopers surgery. I am getting a cheque for $4000 out of goodwill!!!!! party That's half back when they really didn't have to!!!!!! And they said that if he needs the left side done that if I get pre-approval they may pay the same amount!

To say I am stoked is beyond true party I will be able to start to pay my parents back!!!!! So I am quite proud of myself for writing!
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/13 07:56 AM

congrats Bianca! party Well done, not only for this win but negotiating for the future! hugging

I wonder after this success, if it may pay to shop around for the next surgery (if it is ever needed) as it does seem that what this surgeon charged may be way more than normal and that can be a bargaining tool for him to lower his charges if you intend using him again. Hopefully Cooper is able to manage well with just this surgery but with your success today maybe you could be successful there too if needed! hugging hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/13 08:02 AM

Bianca, GREAT job! vaseroses You did this, your self-adocated, you wrote in.. you are helping yourself, your parents, and COOPIE! You truly are such a wonderful Mum to your fur-family! I am so proud of you, and so very happy for this for you! party party party
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/13 11:17 AM

Bianca this is huge news!!!! SO HAPPY for you! smile
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/13 11:17 AM

OUTSTANDING NEWS!!!!!! Yep I am shouting!!!! Cool! smile
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/13 01:12 AM

Bianca, so so happy for the good news!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/13 04:00 AM

Awww thanks all hugging I am still grinning from ear to ear!

Alison, they wrote that they based the $4000 on what it would have cost for a TPO (I think) so not for a THR. I honestly think if he does need the left done, then I will go back to the same surgeon but not let them clip him like last time frown
Posted by: Good_Karma

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/13 04:44 PM

That is just fantastic news!!!! wow WONDERFUL
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/11/13 05:40 AM

Thanks Leah smile
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/11/13 10:54 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
I just wanted to share the news that I had a little (BIG) win today....I had written to the insurance review committee asking them to please review Coopers surgery. I am getting a cheque for $4000 out of goodwill!!!!! party


Bianca, that is truly fabulous news! So happy for you, smiling from ear to ear. smile
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/11/13 11:03 AM

This is GREAT news! Good for you for pursuing this and what a relief, I'm sure!

How is Cooper doing? I think it's time to post pictures of him outside!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/12/13 04:26 AM

Thanks so much Marlene and Ruth hugging

Coopie is doing really well although sometimes by nightime he is a bit wobbly. Ruth I will borrow Dads camera and take some pics tomorrow...might be bath day if it is warm enough smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/13 05:26 AM

Ruth sorry it was blah outside today but here's a couple I took just for you smile


Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/13 08:11 AM

Coop - I have that same look on my face when Mom is telling me to do something I don't want to do. laugh

Your twin - Ciara paw
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/13 08:44 AM

Dear Heaven, that double portrait is unbelievable. Bianca, you must have quite a loving house and it seems like everybody thrives.

thanks a lot,
Mary Jane
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/13 11:16 AM

wub Silly Miss Molly in the background is a bonus! laugh They are both characters, that's for sure!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/14/13 12:48 AM

He is so stunning wub and I love molly in the background wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/14/13 03:53 AM

Ciara wub

Thank you so much hugging He really is a beautiful boy wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/25/13 03:54 AM

Well today Coop had his 6 month post op xrays (just at local vet). I've emailed them through to the specialist asking for his opinion as vet seemed to think his left hip has degenerated considerably teary I am wondering if he needs surgery sooner than next year frown


Sod it this stupid windows 8 that I can't work out how to upload the attachments frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/25/13 03:59 AM






ETA: Vet doesn't have digital xrays so these are from his cell phone
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/25/13 09:32 AM

wow My goodness, these are some amazing images! How is the black pony doing today, Bianca? You take such incredible care of your boy!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/25/13 09:49 AM

crossedfingers the specialist doesn't find any reason to hurry Coop's next procedure. But whatever is recommended, it's clear you will do the best for your beloved black puppy.

Keep us posted,
MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/26/13 03:26 AM

Thank you Patti and Mary Jane hugging The black pony is doing much better today. I've heard back from the surgeon and he still thinks doing the left hip next year is the time to do it. My poor puppy, it just makes me sad he has to go through all this again frown
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/26/13 10:21 AM

Is he showing pain? How is he getting around? I would not do surgery based on how the x-rays look. Massie's hips both looked horrible on an x-ray but I only had one replaced and she did just fine with the one good hip.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/26/13 10:54 AM

I haven't had a chance to go look at the old xrays, but I'm really glad that the surgeon doesn't want to move the surgery up.

I too hate that he has to go through this hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/27/13 04:28 AM

Thanks Ruth and Lisa hugging He pants an awful lot and is stiff frown
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/28/13 02:47 AM

It does sound like he is awfully uncomfortable frown Not fair frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/28/13 04:03 AM

Yes frown
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/14 05:44 AM

Just wanted to update this thread! Coopie is going down to see the surgeon on Thursday (next week) for a consult and xrays.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/02/14 09:33 PM

Well, one more round, and hopefully bionic boy will be feeling better. I'm just sorry he (and you) have to go through this again!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/03/14 03:51 AM

Thank you Lisa, I am dreading it this time. But if he needs it done, I hope we can do it soon (and get it over with) hugging He really will be a bionic dog!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 05:24 AM





Well my poor little pony will be having surgery (THR) in the next few weeks hopefully. They will call me with a date when the two surgeons have a slot. He said the osteoarthritis has made it that much worse. I know that sentence doesn't make a lot of sense but I can't think straight right now. I just feel sick to the stomach. My poor puppy shouldn't have to be in pain and go through this again teary
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 06:30 AM

Oh, Bianca. Am very sorry to read this. Big big hugging to you and the Black pony. If nothing else, please try and tale some comfort from the fact he coped quite well with the first surgery, and he is in the best hands possible.

hugging
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 08:14 AM

I'm so sorry. You and the Pony have gone through so much together. hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 10:22 AM

Bianca, I know and hate like the very devil the thought of any of our dogs in pain. Hard to believe, but their pain becomes ours. So please be a little good to yourself.

You are, every single day, the best to your dogs. (knock wood) Coop will be just fine in several months (knock wood again).

MJ

Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 12:09 PM

I remember when Indy went through this qith her TPO, and I felt physically ill too. I can't wait for all of this to be over for the both of you.

What supplements is he on? Thinking about long term management, and also a check for the upcoming surgery, we don't want anything that might increase bleeding.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 12:29 PM

Bianca, I am so grateful that this surgery is possible for Cooper. May he truly roll with this, and may his pain be easily managed as he smoothly, and swiftly recovers. Paws are crossed that you and Cooper very, very soon get to the point where this is all behind you both! Happy Bianca, happy Cooper The Black Pony. That's what we're shooting for! hugging
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 01:32 PM

Bianca, grouphug to you and Cooper. I think that this might be what is making the easy going Black Pony irritable.

Sending good thoughts to you and for Coop.
Posted by: Sylv

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 02:18 PM

Thinking of you and Coop hugging
Posted by: Wolfie

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/08/14 06:09 PM

Oh no, poor Coop. frown Not again.

You will both be in my thoughts and prayers.hugging's
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/14 05:10 AM

Thank you all so very much hugging grouphug I knew this was going to happen but was in tears last night. Not least because they told me he would be sore for a few days from them positioning him, and he was. So Previcox for a couple of days and last night a tramadol.

Lisa I took him off everything except for the Glyco-flex III. Because he has issues with what food etc he can tolerate now. I just wanted to start at the beginning and then after his surgery I can start to add things back in.

Hoping to hear on Monday when it will be. I know they will only do it on a Wednesday as they need the 2 surgeons for about 5-6 hours teary
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/09/14 06:46 AM

I know you will be so glad to have this behind you.

We know you will take great care of Coop. But as someone else said, please take care of you, too.

hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/14 03:46 AM

Thank you Bonnie hugging hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/14 04:47 PM

I hope that the pain from the exam has subsided, poor boy!!

That makes sense about starting from scratch after the surgery. I would still want to support the other joints (back, neck, elbows, etc.)

I hope that this is done soon, just so you guys can get on with things!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/10/14 11:09 PM

We are all with you and your dear Cooper. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/11/14 04:01 AM

Thank you so much Lisa and Rosa hugging He seems to be more back to normal thank goodness.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/12/14 05:23 AM

I just had a phone call before, he is booked in for next Wednesday teary I feel sick.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/12/14 06:20 AM

hugging hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/12/14 07:56 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
... he is booked in for next Wednesday .


Do you mean May 14?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/14 04:02 AM

Oh sorry, no the 21st.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/14 07:22 AM

Whewwww, OK thank you. We will all get our best healing hopes in order.

thanks,
MJ
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/13/14 09:07 AM

Bianca, I just did some back reading to try to get up to speed on whats happening with Cooper. What a terrible set of hips he was handed out. frown im so sorry. hugging
I hope this surgery goes smoothly and Cooper is up playing in no time.

Sending my best healing and healthy vibes. butterfly
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/14/14 03:58 AM

Thank you both so much, I will take all available positive thoughts hugging hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/14/14 09:53 AM

Gazillions of positive thoughts, vibes, and powerful, heartfelt prayers eaming out for The Black Pony and for you as well, Bianca! peacesign grouphug
Posted by: Charlotte

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/14/14 10:47 AM

hugging to you and Cooper.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/16/14 08:18 PM

Hi Bianca,

I deeply hope that you and Coopie-Doopie and your dear Miss Moo have a wonderful weekend; they can sniff all those great scents and smile and tumble and you just love them.

Coop's come-back will be great (knock wood often and hard).

take care,
Mary Jane
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 12:38 AM

Many, many thoughts and positive prayers for our dear Cooper hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 12:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
...

Coop's come-back will be great (knock wood often and hard).
...


yes, this.

hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 04:57 AM

Thank you so much ladies hugging hugging

I am really starting to freak out. He has two shaved spots (1 on each arm) from the xray consultation and one has been red and bothering him. So I sent a panicked email to the vet to say if he is this sensitive to the clippers on his arm, what is his whole lower half going to be like? Thinking back to his burnt scrotum last time.

One of his nurses called me (surgeon was in surgery) and he is going to talk to a dermatologist they have there. I should hear something hopefully on Monday.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 08:44 AM

Okay, a derm consult is a GOOD thing! thumbup They surely will have seen this in skin-sensitive dogs before, even if those dogs were not magnificently adorable Black Ponies. wub

Dear, kind, wonderful, caring Bianca, please remember to breathe. peacesign hugging I too would be worried about my baby! hugging You are doing something for Cooper that will allow him to live and move without pain. gsdsit Prayers and good vibes that this is all going to be just fine, even though you both may be going through challenges to get to that point. You will have all of us here supporting you and Coopie, grouphug sending you both our love, prayers, and good healing energy vibes.

For his skin irritation right now, would calendula cream help ease the irritation? Arnica cream? (I like creams better than ointments, which tend to be slower to absorb)

Here's saying that I so understand and appreciate what you're going through with your sweet boy, hugging and that we are all going to be here for you! grouphug
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 08:45 AM

Poor cooper. hugging Is there any kind of ointment that you could apply to help soothe it.
Would a wash of something such as witch hazel or oatmeal help?
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 10:49 AM

Do you have any aloe vera around? It's not only great for the kin, but is specifically used for burns.

The poor sensitive boy frown
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/17/14 06:01 PM

Calendula spray might be of help, also. I've had success with both my dogs in the past when they had sutures.

Glad a dermatologist is being consulted. I had forgotten about Cooper's past bad rash.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/18/14 08:15 AM

Thank you all so much, I have been using this on it and it looks so much better already. I did say to the nurse that is there something that can smear all over him as soon as the surgery is complete to try and eliminate some of this. hugging hugging

http://peterdobias.com/collections/skin/products/healing-solution-1
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/18/14 08:50 AM

Im so glad you found something to help give him some relief. gsdsit
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/18/14 03:42 PM

Looks like good stuff with both calendula and witch hazel. I'm glad it's helping poor sensitive Cooper. thumbup
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/19/14 08:13 PM

I'm so glad you found something that helped his skin. Cooper is lucky to have you for a Mom! My thoughts and prayers remain with you both hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/19/14 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
.... the 21st.

Thinking of you guys!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/19/14 09:20 PM

Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Originally Posted By: bianca
.... the 21st.

Thinking of you guys!


me too, all the best
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/19/14 10:08 PM

Good thoughts being sent for Coop on Wednesday.
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/19/14 10:33 PM

Will be thinking of you guys tomorrow - give the black pony a special smooch from us hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 04:55 AM

Thank you all so much teary He had his pre-surgery bath today and cried the whole time laugh A man who was washing his truck next to us was laughing!



13 more hours to go frown


'

And this was his arm



They are going to use multiple clippers to eliminate any heat causing a rash. And use a different antiseptic instead of the chloroxidine.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 08:07 AM

Coopie,

I'd like to come and visit to cheer you up.

Your twin - Ciara paw
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 09:38 PM

Thinking of you guys. Keep us posted! hugging
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 10:45 PM

Thinking of you guys. grouphug
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 10:50 PM

You are both in my thoughts and prayers. May tomorrow go smoothly and Cooper is up and running avain soon. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/20/14 11:10 PM

He's actually had/having surgery today (that darn Aussie time shift!). Might be just finishing up about now? The appointment was about 3pm pacific standard time (or is that pacific daylight savings? No clue.) Anyway, appt was for 5 hours ago.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 01:17 AM

Thank you all so much for your support and Lisa for your understanding the time difference!

The surgeon called and he is happy with how it went!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 01:30 AM

GREAT news!! Look at those bionic hips!

I'm guessing he stays there overnight ... how many nights before he comes home?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 03:57 AM

I am so relieved that's for sure! I can breath again now! I'll call tomorrow and ask how his skin is this time.

Lisa he has to stay there until Saturday if all goes according to plan. I can't wait to see him, even Ma and Pa commented how weird it is without his big doofy self here!

I've also emailed the surgeon because it looks like the new stem is shorter than the right side? Not sure what that's about. Thank you all so very much for all your wonderful support grouphug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 04:11 AM

It's so unsettling when they aren't there! I sure hope that there are no issues from the shave. I hope that changing things made all the difference.

I wonder if the new hip is made from different manufacturers - I'm sure it's not anything to be concerned about (I hope at least!) - I'm glad that you have an email in, so you don't worry about it for too long.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 05:28 AM

Looking great Bianca. I wonder if the angle of the positioning (note how much higher the knee on the RHS of the X-ray is compared to the other) also has something to do with the length although I agree is looks truncated.

Thanks for the update it is a relief that at least the surgery is over. hugging hugging hugging hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 05:44 AM

So glad the surgery is over and now will concentrate on healing thoughts so that you can pick him up Saturday (3 more sleeps).

Big big hugging to you all. It must be so hard for you being so far away from him that you can't just pop into see him.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 07:14 AM

Whewwwww. Does this mean that Cooper's black coat has a silver shimmer?

Saturday will come and then things can slowly improve for the long term (knock wood).
grouphug

MJ
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 08:18 AM

Bianca I am so happy for you and the black pony. I hope that his skin does well, he can come home on Saturday, he heals well so he can be running around. and the aggression was just a pain thing.
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 08:25 AM

So glad all went well. I hope he follows the rules and his recovery is stellar.

And as someone else said, I hope it turns out that this resolves his behavioral change and he is back to his pony self soon.

hugging

PS: are they putting the ointment you found on his shaved area while he is there?
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 08:39 AM

Just think what he can do when he heals up! Looks good.
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 01:22 PM

I'm so glad the surgery went so well groovy The X-rays look great. I think it might be hard to do an exact comparison as the camera would have to be exactly in the middle and thats likely not the case. But I'm so very happy for you and for Cooper!!!!

I can't imagine how excited you are to see him again. Give him lots of hugs and kisses from us!! hugging
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 03:46 PM

Glad his surgery went well, hoping for a swift recovery and an end to his pain.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/21/14 06:29 PM

Now this is behind him and you! Saturday is coming soon. May Cooper heal swiftly and smoothly to recover his zoomies! gsdhead Every day stronger, every day better!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 01:45 AM

Thank you all again so much hugging

He's eating and weight bearing a little already! Photo from a nurse
Posted by: Wolfie

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 05:37 AM

Bianca and Cooper, I'm so sorry I missed the surgery.hugging

I'm happy to hear and see he is recovering well and not in too much pain.

Many healing thoughts for cooper.butterfly
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 08:02 AM

Eating and standing a bit already-that's amazing. Coopie is (mentally) ready to head out the door to go home.

It's great to see his beautiful, brave face.

Hold on until Saturday smile (KW)

MJ
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 08:08 AM

Oh those gorgeous eyes! Eating and bearing weight a bit already are GOOD signs! groovy Saturday is coming soon, and hopefully you'll have your dear Black Pony in your arms! hugging
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 08:45 AM

He looks good. Sending good healing vibes to the pony.
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 10:11 AM

Great picture! I'm so glad he is doing so well and look forward to when he is home with you again.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 12:11 PM

Cooper sez, "I am wearing this thing on my head AGAIN?!?!?! laugh Glad to hear that he is doing so well. Hope his recovery goes smoothly.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 02:09 PM

He's also probably thinking - "There better be some really good treats for me if I have to wear this thing again."

Cooper - Don't forget to use your sad face to get those treats. -Caleb paw
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 10:04 PM

Patti is right. He does have gorgeous eyes. wub
I'm so happy to hear your already starting to bear weight on it. That is Fantastic. groovy
Saturday will soon be here. gsdsit hugging
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 10:29 PM

Lovely pic of the black pony Bianca (cone and all) - his eyes look nice and bright and as happy as they can be - given the circumstances.

One more sleep and he will be home.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/22/14 11:51 PM

So handsome, even in recovery wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 07:44 AM

Thank you all so much my friends, I would be lost without all your support hugging

He really does look bright in that photo although that could be due to the fentanyl patch too! Last report this afternoon is that he is doing really well so I can pick him up in 12 hours!!!!!

He will get so many treats, no worries there!!!! My mother will no doubt feed him his usual chunks of camembert! (that spelling looks wrong?)

Will post some pics when he is home where he belongs wub
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 07:55 AM

Keep up the good work, Coop

Originally Posted By: bianca
when he is home where he belongs wub
impatient

travel safely,

MJ
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 11:36 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
He really does look bright in that photo although that could be due to the fentanyl patch too!

I was going to say that he looked a bit drugged laugh

GREAT to hear how well he is doing. And yes, travel safely!
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 11:40 AM

Drugged to reduce pain is a really good thing. I think Happy dogs heal faster.

Safe travels.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 11:56 AM

Positive thoughts and vibes flowing out for Cooper's return! May his pain patch really smooth things for him, easing his feelings and helping him feel happy. He's gonna be with his beloved MUM! groovy
Posted by: shepnterrier

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 01:50 PM

So glad the surgery went well! And now please drive carefully and take breaks, Bianca. You've been through a lot yourself! The inevitable worry when they are in major surgery brings a long adrenaline spike. Takes quite some time to recover from that, and energy bars help, I find.

A human friend of mine, my age (so much older than Coop!), had hip replacements, too, one after the other, with a few months in between. I was amazed how little time it took to get back on her feet and working in a physically and mentally demanding job.

May Coopy be pain free and running very soon! What a great gift you gave him with the bionic hips.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/23/14 10:01 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Will post some pics when he is home where he belongs wub


Looking forward to the pics, glad he got a good report. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 03:17 AM

Oh thank you all so, so much grouphug

Sarah it's funny you should say that as my friend had a hip replacement last week, and my boss's wife had a shoulder replacement the same day as Coop!

I am so relieved to have him home although now the stress of confinement starts. He is barking at Molly frown I'm assuming it's the pain and medication? I'm hoping that's all it is. He was Ok when I let her in 'our' room, now Coops rehabilitation room. They sniffed each other. But now when the poor girl walks past the baby gate he goes off frown

Anywhoo I tried the Stop Bite collar and it's too big (keeps slipping) and yet too small, he can lick his testicles frown




Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 08:53 AM

Right after brushing my teeth andbefore taking Mars for a walk, I checked your post. It's just fantastic that this ordeal is over for both of you, I can only imagine how relieved you must be to have Cooper home, safe and sound.

It's hard to see his face in that device, but he has to come out after rehabilitation to run next to the cattle.

Thanks for the updates and the pics.

All the best to you,

Mary Jane
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 10:06 AM

Bianca, I'm just delighted that Cooper is HOME! Now he can begin to really heal swiftly. Some irritability at Molly right now is understandable, and really something to not stress over. Things will all improve with time and patience. hugging peacesign angel His fur is already beginning to grow back, and within his hip joint, healing has already started along the road to wellness. bloomrose I know it is so very, very hard for us when they hurt. Please Bianca, take extra good care of yourself right now. Remember to breathe. flowerbasket Bit by bit, day by day, you and Coopie will both be feeling so much better! hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 03:36 PM

I"m sorry that the collar is a bust, how frustrating. But I am SO HAPPY that he is home with NO skin rashes/burns!! What a huge relief for you after that first skin disaster.

This part is the tough part, but definitely there is a light at the end of the tunnel that is starting to shine through!!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 09:36 PM

THANK YOU all so much hugging I admit I did have to take some of my meds yesterday as I was starting to go into a full blown panic attack.

He is eating which is HUGE for him, he is a mission at the best of times to get to eat.

Lesson #1 I have learnt...if you want your dog to start eliminating in a totally new spot....start before he comes home spaced out!

Dad designed the front entry (when I was still with Brad) so I thought that will be perfect for Cooper to go out there to toilet. Nope, I'm not going to pee out here. You can't make me!

The back (where they always go) has 4 steps so when we first moved in Dad made a ramp and nailed outdoor carpet so Coop wouldn't slip. But it is steep and I didn't want him to use it. Well he is now! Brat!

He woke up at 4.30am wanting to go out and by the time I had clipped his lead on, tried to get the towel under his belly, he had woken everyone up so all 5 of us were trying to get him to pee...quickly! Also his sedative had worn off and his fentanyl patch wore out at midnight.

6.30 this morning he started crying again so he ate (woohoo) and then I gave him his abx and previcox.

Sorry for the novel blush but so far he is doing pretty darn good. His testicles and penis do look a bit irritated so I will try and get a photo to send to the surgeon tomorrow so he can check with the dermatologist.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/24/14 10:20 PM

Now, Cooper, that's just too much like your twin, Ciara.

We have quite the time with her when we travel. She can go a good 16 hours or more without peeing if it's not in her own back yard. At least she gets over that when she just can't hold it anymore or our vacations with the dogs would be no fun.

Feel better soon, Cooper.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 09:36 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
.....
Sorry for the novel blush but so far he is doing pretty darn good. ....


I, for one, am a complete sucker for those endless series, think Forsyte saga, but the end has to be upbeat here, OK?

Eating sounds great, the pickiness about toliets sounds like many dogs (Wolf took more than 60h to pee when he first got here), and you and your medical team are on top of Coop's skin condition.

Bianca, you and Cooper succeeded in this whole, long process before, you have a great track record.

take care,
MJ
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 09:42 AM

Eating well and peeing where he wants to pee! Yes! These are great signs. I know he has a ways to go before he is truly doing as well as we'd like, but he is making lovely progress! cheers hugging Nay Coopie continue to improve and his healing be rapid! paw
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 10:38 AM

I'm so glad he is home, but there is much stress on you now, I know.

Are you putting his skin ointment on him? He looks great and the incision is very nice.

Take care of yourself!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 02:21 PM

I am so glad that he is eating! Don't forget the arnica along with the previcox - I would be aggressive with it, since I usually use a 1M after surgeries.

Any aloe vera for the shaved parts? I hope that it stays very mild. A rinse in baking soda?
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 09:46 PM

Sorry Bianca for being late, I have just caught up with this as I've been having computer problems - don't use my phone for this site. So glad the Coop is home - do you have any Tramadol (in addition to the previcox) to help with pain? With both Quynne's surgeries I had to remove the patch and used a small amount of Tramadol when necessary - seemed to take the edge off the pain for her.

He does look quite bright though it is a pity the bite not collar did not work - he looks quite comfortable in the e-collar and hopefully it will not be on for long. The testicles do look a bit red but not as bad as last time. crossedfingers

Most importantly, I hope you are doing ok! hugging
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 11:34 PM

I'm so glad he is home and recovering. He looks wonderful hugging Too bad about that collar, it looks like such a nice collar.

Glad to hear he's eating and going potty. What a good boy!!! One things for sure, he is one lucky boy to have you for a Mom!!

Please keep us posted on his progress.
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/25/14 11:46 PM

Glad to hear that the recovery is going well. I so remember the stress and worry that came along with that surgery. Hang in there!!!!!

And Coopie: stop the barking! nono He's probably jealous that Molly can do whatever she wants and he keeps coming home with bionic body parts and has to wear a lampshade. silly
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/26/14 03:12 AM

rofl Ruth! To be honest I thought I would stick a lampshade on Molly so he felt it was fair!!! He has stopped all that nonsense thankfully!

I emailed the surgeon and now he has tramadol thank goodness. I am now also using that healing spray and already he seems less bothered smile *phew*

Lisa thanks for the reminder about the arnica, I had forgotten! I have 30C, so how many do you think I should give please?

For the most part he is doing amazing! He's such a Cooper Trooper wub

Thank you so much for all your support hugging

And I have to say my parents are the best, I have turned this lovely home into a dog rehabilitation center!

My room which now looks like a doss house


The lovely floorboards covered with some non skid stuff so he can get to the door for toileting!


And my treasure wub
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/26/14 07:33 AM

Cooper Trooper wub grin wub grin wub wub wub wub
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/26/14 04:17 PM

Your parents are great! Mine would tell me to keep the dog in the garage frown

The arnica, annie may have a different protocol that is more effective....

One way to "push" a potency to the higher one, so it acts a bit deeper/longer, would be to give 3 doses, about 20 minutes apart. I would do that 2 or 3 times a day, for about 3 days, and then see how he's doing.

Great that the tramadol, previcox and healing spray are helping.

eta: do you have any liver support around? Would be good to start in a few days.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/26/14 05:07 PM

Ohhhh da Coopie in his cone! wub I am so thrilled that you were able to get the Tramadol, and that the healing spray is making improvements for his skin. Bianca, did anyone ever tell you that you were an awesome Mom to your babies? You really are! hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/27/14 06:05 AM

Nawww thank you ladies hugging blush

To be honest today his parts looked worse so with a lot of drama I managed to get some neocort onto it. He was NOT happy.

Thank you Lisa, I do have some but would it be advisable to wait a little as currently he is getting arnica, tramadol, abx, ace, probiotics? I'm going through peanut butter like it's going out of fashion! laugh

He has pudding poop but I expect that will all the above plus the general sedation in his system. But I am just so stunned by this dog, even my Dad has commented how much better he is walking already! wub
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/27/14 07:34 AM

Awwh. Big hugging to the Black Pony.... I hope the raw shaved bits settle soon and that's great news on how well he is walking.

May his recovery continue to be fast and trouble free.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/27/14 07:58 AM

I'm so happy Bianca, that even your Dad has noticed Cooper walking better! May things continue on a positive upswing for your sweet boy! cheers hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/27/14 01:36 PM

So glad he is walking well!

IF his liver is having a hard time with the meds, the sooner you can support the liver, the better.

No previcox? I would think that they would want a bit of an anti-inflammatory in himm?
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/27/14 03:17 PM

Good to hear he is moving better already!

Your parents sound wonderful. smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 04:05 AM

Thank you all again hugging

The skin is peeling off his testicles frown But I am back to using the spray as it doesn't stress him nearly as much.

Lisa sorry yes he is on Previcox, I knew there was something I was forgetting.

poop is much better today thankfully.

Kathy, my parents really are amazing!

Well it seems Cooper the Pooper was feeling a little too good this morning....I left him while I had my breakfast and Mum went to check on him.....for the second time only in his life he had jumped onto my bed! Will post pic later! The stinking ratbag! Not because he's on my bed but because the biggest worry in the next 5 long weeks is him dislocating the new joint. But he looked proud as punch as so so comfortable!

I am now barricading my bed laugh
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 06:57 AM

Oh Cooper, you bad, proud boy. nono Just because you feel like bionic dog, doesn't mean your ready to act like him.
Dont be jumping up on things and harm yourself. Behave and do what your Mom tells you. Good boy. hugging
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 09:28 AM

Oh my goodness! Cooper really knows how to put a scare into you when he's feeling good! :oWhat a surprise that must have been to see! Good for you for barricading your bed.

Here's wishing Coopie's skin will settle gently and the irritation resolve soon! crossedfingers

You are doing a GREAT job Bianca! Sending good vibes for rapid healing for your Black Pony! paw
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 09:36 AM

Thank you so much Sandra and Patti hugging

He's a ratbag this one!
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 11:03 AM

Though I haven't posted I've been reading and I am so glad to hear things are going well!!


Cooper - Even Steve Austin had to recover a bit!
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/28/14 11:24 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
......But I am just so stunned by this dog, even my Dad has commented how much better he is walking already! wub


That is wonderful to read!! hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/29/14 09:35 AM

Barb, rofl I have been quoting that, saying he is better than he was before! Thank you, you have made me day!

Thank you Alison hugging

His skin has nearly all come off from his testicles and I am using the spray throughout the day...he doesn't mind now he gets dehydrated rabbit after sick

He is booked in for Sat morning at my local vets for the staples to come out and I am hoping his skin will have settled enough he can he coneless!

I've backed off the tramadol as I think he is feeling too good, so just one first thing in the morning and one just before I go to bed to let him rest through the night.

Thank you all again so much for your support grouphug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/29/14 01:28 PM

Uh-oh, you're in trouble now. He is going to start feeling better and better and trying new things, be careful, do not trust him!!!

Well, get that skin peeled off so it can heal up asap. I guess that is who he is, so let the healing begin. I hope that it isn't as bad as before? I just hope it heals quickly.
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/30/14 08:10 AM

Yeh, it's nasty when the skin peeling thing happens....male dogs and their private bits.

The black pony looks very comfy....like Lisa methinks you are going to be in trouble keeping him under control, he has a whole new lease on life smile
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/30/14 09:16 AM

laugh Yep already while on lead he thinks it would be a great time to play bow and play bark at Molly! "come-on bitey face time" HELP!!!!! rofl

I set up another temporary barricade today so we could have some outside time in the warmth of the sun. Took his cone off and he happily munched on an antler or three.

His parts are looking so much better so am really hoping the vet agrees with letting him go without the cone. Poop still awful.

White trash temp enclosure on the deck! rofl blush All class here!


Looking SO good


Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/30/14 01:11 PM

Perfect enclosure, I'm sure he enjoyed being out! So glad things are progressing well laugh
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/31/14 03:42 AM

Thank you Lisa hugging

Locum vet today to remove staples and she was happy with how he looked and he is FREE of his cone party Cold here today but we managed some outside time.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/31/14 08:48 AM

Cooper has the most photographed/viewed testicles on GSD Home!! crazy Poor boy no wonder they have been uncomfortable but at least they now seem to be healing.

hugging Bianca, you are a wonderful person!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/31/14 10:31 AM

I am so happy to hear Cooper is doing so well. smile He looks wonderful! It's so nice to see all the things you've done to make his recovery much easier. I love the deck enclosure. There's nothing like a little sun to help with the healing! He is such a cutie wub
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 05/31/14 10:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Qyn
Cooper has the most photographed/viewed testicles on GSD Home!! crazy


rofl2

Glad Cooper is coming along, he's such a sweetheart. wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/01/14 08:46 AM

rofl Alison! If only he knew blush rofl

He's doing well, I was doing something so Dad took him out to toilet and the comment was, he** he is even stronger now!

It was a cold bleak day here so no outside break but I have found the heated throw that the cats loved so he has been lying on that all day wub
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/01/14 03:41 PM

LOL, that is good news...do you have a calendar where you are marking down the days wink

How long until his next checkup?

The throw sounds nice and snuggly, with good, loving energy. Forgot you are upside down there and cold!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/02/14 08:41 AM

Lisa he has to have 6 week post op xrays so another month and 1 day ....not that I'm counting down the days laugh

I'm pretty sure last time my local vet did them so if so that would be better.

Yes it's been bleh here, I hate the grey, cold, wet weather frown

Heated throw!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/02/14 08:44 AM

He looks like he's planning future activities for when he is off all of his restrictions! (I think we need a little devil smiley.)
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/02/14 03:41 PM

Lol, I agree Johanna!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/02/14 04:14 PM

He looks wonderful!!!!! What an angel!!! wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/03/14 03:52 AM

I agree too! I've been telling him that one day when he is all better he will be faster than Molly! laugh

Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/03/14 08:34 AM

Some swelling tonight so I have emailed the surgeon to hopefully get some reassurance.


Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/03/14 06:03 PM

Wow, Cooper looks really good, Bianca! I'm glad you've emailed the photos to the vet just for reassurance. He really looks to be healing nicely! wub Love your Black Pony!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/04/14 05:29 AM

Awww thank you Patti hugging Pete emailed back and thinks it is a seroma so a warm pack for 3 minutes, 4 times a day and it should go away in a couple of weeks. He did say that the only way to be sure is to get my vet to aspirate it. I really don't want to do that. Cooper has had more than enough of all vets so I think I will just do as mentioned and if it gets worse then go that route.


ETA: I've also upped his Arnica from 4 to 5, 4 times a day.

I forgot to barricade my bed this morning nono


Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/04/14 08:07 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca

I forgot to barricade my bed this morning nono




Mom, I'm just keeping the bed warm for you!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/04/14 12:16 PM

wub he's just saying thank you for fixing him up in exchange for that bed warming service smile

Here are some experiences with seromas. Turned out jazz didn't have one, but it seems pretty common: http://germanshepherdhome.net/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/238105/all/serum_pocket_from_surgery
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/05/14 03:52 AM

laugh to both thank you hugging

Thank you so much for that link Lisa, I had kind of forgotten how much your little sesame seed has been through frown hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/05/14 02:12 PM

Ha! I've forgotten a lot too, until I search back shocked

I am looking forward to Cooper's continued positive progress!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/05/14 02:14 PM

Bianca,

I was traveling, I tried to keep up with you and Coop, sorry I didn't post.

It looks like you and your parents have created the ideal dog sanitarium, complete with the throw to ward off cool air.

Thanks for keeping Cooper's many fans updated,

all the best,
MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/06/14 04:00 AM

Thank you my friends hugging Not much to report other than he is being such a good boy with his heat packs. And he is getting SO strong, I have to wear my runners to take him out otherwise he darn near pulls me over.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/06/14 08:50 AM

Bianca, how delightful that there is really nothing new to report! Your darling Coopie Pie is growing stronger and more well by the day, because of your loving kindness and knowledgeable, attentive care of him. Cooper sure is lucky to have you for a Mum! hugging
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/06/14 10:25 AM

Bianca, I am glad that Coppie is feeling better. I can't wait until he is fully recovered, he is going to have a great time.

Just wondering if the pain he was in was the cause of the aggressive behavior before the surgery. I know when I am in pain I can be short tempered, so I think it could be the same for dogs.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/06/14 05:37 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Not much to report other than he is being such a good boy with his heat packs. And he is getting SO strong, I have to wear my runners to take him out otherwise he darn near pulls me over.


Maybe you should get rollerblades to keep up with Cooper. grin Hugs to both of you. hug
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/06/14 11:44 PM

Hey Bianca, did they run any pre-surgery bloodwork? Just a reminder to ask for a copy of it while you're still in contact with the surgeon.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/07/14 03:36 AM

Thank you so much all for being on this roller coaster journey with us hugging

laugh at rollerblades! I can imagine him dragging me on my backside!!!!

Val, I think you may very well be right. I was shocked when the surgeon told me how much worse his hip was compared to a year ago.

Lisa not that I am aware of. I know they sent a culture away of the site and that came back clear (he still has a week or so of abx left). I will ask next time I email though as I need to know if my local vet can do the 6 week post-op xrays (pretty sure that's what we did last time).

I let Coopie out for a couple of hours each day when it's warmish as he loves being out. Today I have employed Moo as his babysitter! Poor girl!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/07/14 09:43 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
.....I have employed Moo as his babysitter!


I guess that means they're friends again. Or is Molly just being bossy? whistling

MJ
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/08/14 04:04 AM

laugh MJ, nope she is less than thrilled by her promotion!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/08/14 10:13 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
Awww thank you Patti hugging Pete emailed back and thinks it is a seroma so a warm pack for 3 minutes, 4 times a day and it should go away in a couple of weeks. He did say that the only way to be sure is to get my vet to aspirate it. I really don't want to do that. Cooper has had more than enough of all vets so I think I will just do as mentioned and if it gets worse then go that route.


ETA: I've also upped his Arnica from 4 to 5, 4 times a day.

I forgot to barricade my bed this morning nono




OMG, he looks so comfy, cozy on the bed!!! What a cutie patootie!!!
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/08/14 07:03 PM

Hi Bianca greet I just got re-caught up on the thread. Sorry, work got in the way. crazy

Can't beleive the leaps and bounds (on the bed :)) that Coop has made since his surgery. A lot due to your loving support. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/09/14 03:47 AM

Thank you so much lovelies hugging Well we are nearly at the half way mark for the on lead toilet breaks only. Time is dragging for both of us.
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/09/14 08:03 PM

I'm sure it feels like this is taking forever, but try to think of the days ahead when this will all be memories. Soon he will be running and playing and having the time of his life and you will be so proud for all you've done to help him. hugging Your amazing!!!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/09/14 11:32 PM

LOL, I guess asking for day by day updates only makes the days seem to go buy slower too penguin_spin

I hope time starts moving faster for you guys!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/10/14 04:06 AM

Thank you so much Rosa and Lisa hugging

I don't feel amazing, I just want him to be better NOW laugh He's starting to be a brat with Molly. I really don't think this was pain related but this morning I had them both in my make-shift enclosure in the sun (on the deck). I started brushing Molly and he went for her. He was prior to that lying on his duvet chewing an antler.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/10/14 05:09 AM

Bloody twerp, you are getting too big for your britches Mr Cooper! Sounds like he wants all the attention for himself. hugging imsorry
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/10/14 11:59 AM

Well, it sounds like you're going to have to manage them and set down some rules. I'm sorry your having this added complication. I wonder if it might get worse as he continues to feel better. I was so hoping all that nonsense was pain induced frown
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/10/14 04:54 PM

Brat attack! whistling

I noticed with Larka that as she ages she gets more sore from Arthritis, so she feels her leadership might become threatened. As a result, she would eat her dinner except for a few morsels and then she would set up the food guarding routine. We have taken her dish away to see that she will try doing it with someone else's dish.
Lacey used to do this as well.

It makes me wonder if Cooper is going through the same kind of thing. Where he feels his position in the pack is in jedpardy because of his weakness and pain of his hip. I know he must be feeling better. But do dogs think like us? It might still be a carry over from before. A learned behavior.
The trick would be how to break the cycle without having him feel threatened by your authority.

Just sayin'
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/10/14 06:05 PM

I agree with Allison and Lisa, Sandra brings up a good point too. You have your hands full with Coop, best of luck! crossedfingers
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/11/14 05:20 AM

Thank you so much for your thoughts and ideas. Moo has always kind of been the bossy bitch. I have to wonder if he is just bored brainless. 3 more weeks.....
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/12/14 08:32 PM

I hate to say it, but while I believe he's probably really bored, I don't think that's the cause of the aggressive bursts frown I hope that I am wrong. I also think that with a few new rules put in place, you should be able to nip this in the bud.
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/12/14 11:15 PM

I agree with Lisa. Time to lay the law down. nono
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/13/14 01:50 AM

I don't know if it's helpful, but I added a few links to your other thread: http://germanshepherdhome.net/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/317640#Post317640
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/13/14 04:03 AM

Thank you so much, I will read those after. I'm also keen to ensure this doesn't become the new normal.
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/13/14 06:00 AM

Just hugging
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/14/14 10:38 AM

Just checking in on our dear Cooper boy. How's he doing? And how's Molly Moo doing as well. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/17/14 12:29 PM

Hope that things are going okay over there!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/17/14 08:07 PM

Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Hope that things are going okay over there!


Me too!! Little worried that there have been no updates. Please update us when you can. hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/17/14 08:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Shilohsmom
Please update us when you can. hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 03:29 AM

Oh thank you ladies hugging I haven't really felt like posting much after the loss of our two friends Cain and Levi frown

But no news is good news, 4 weeks post op today and he is a trooper. Xrays in two more weeks.

Thank you so much for thinking of us hugging
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 08:11 AM

Glad to hear things are going well.
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 09:23 AM

Has it been 4 weeks? You've done such a wonderful job with him, Bianca! His healing is truly a testament to your loving care for your dear Black Pony. May he continue to do very well, and those x-rays in 2 weeks be just perfect!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 05:59 PM

I was hoping that no news was good news - glad that that is the case!

Time, even when it inches along, seems to fly by in weird ways. Sure am looking forward to xrays saying how wonderful everything is coming along smile
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 07:26 PM

Glad to hear he is doing so well. Was just a little worried not getting any updates. I bet he's feeling better every day.

Hugs,
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/18/14 08:07 PM

So happy to read such good news.

You and Cooper are doing great!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 05:03 AM

hugging Thank you all so much! He is getting annoyed with wanting to do more.

Somebody got on my bed AGAIN



And under that mess of hairy blanket (bleh) is Cooper....sulking laugh
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 08:22 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
hugging Thank you all so much! He is getting annoyed with wanting to do more.

Somebody got on my bed AGAIN





I'm telling you, Mom, I'm keeping it warm for you. (At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 09:43 AM

Bianca, I can't help it-- his eyes make me want to KISS him!! wub Cooper is looking so gorgeous, your handsome Black Pony recovering so nicely! Maybe just a wee bit of time hogging your bed isn't too bad? You're so very careful with him, thank goodness. I am thrilled that Cooper's healing is going so well! Great job! cheers
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 10:16 AM

He's just taking a cattailwag nap, lol. He looks great, hugs to both of you. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 11:40 AM

Lol, he's found a new great spot and he's claimed it smile

So glad he is doing well!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/19/14 01:02 PM

Oh he looks sooooo cute. I just want to hold him and give him lots and lots of kisses wub

Its so hard keeping them quiet when they are recovering, but Mama knows best and we must remain firm. Before we know it he will be running like he was never able to run before.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/20/14 05:40 AM

Thank you my friends hugging He is just so smoochable much to his disgust!

1 1/2 more weeks then we can start walking and build it up party Honestly it is unreal how strong he is now compared to a month ago. He has always had a big chest (making up for skinny hiny?) but now with two good hips...I am going to retrain walking on lead methinks.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/20/14 02:10 PM

Yep, he will be a wild child as soon as he is allowed to be. I remember seeing indy after the urgery - had no clue she was limiting herself so much due to the pain. A whole new world for him, and you! And poor molly!

Wonder how much his body will change, in terms of that muscle balance.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/21/14 04:14 AM

Yes between his elbows and hips he has never got to just be a puppy! I think he is going to be a powerful dog, he's only small 34kgs.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/22/14 05:41 PM

I will repeat - you are going to be in trouble once he gets all his strength! fetch
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/23/14 03:44 AM

wub he makes you just want to smooch his face.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/23/14 03:47 AM

Yes Lisa, I know eek!!!!! Thank you Marie, he would enjoy that hugging
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/23/14 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
... you are going to be in trouble once he gets all his strength! ...


....which we need fully documented smile
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/23/14 01:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
... you are going to be in trouble once he gets all his strength! ...


....which we need fully documented smile


thumbup
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/24/14 05:08 AM

rofl Will pics of my future bruised knees do? laugh Booked his xrays for next Wed!
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/24/14 06:51 PM

I just LOVE the pictures of Cooper on your bed. I just had to come back to look again just to put a smile on my face. He is such an darling.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/25/14 03:17 AM

Next wed, yay!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 06/25/14 05:09 AM

Oh thank you Rosa, he really is such a lovable critter wub

I know Lisa, can't believe it's been 5 weeks already!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/02/14 01:50 PM

I think today is the day for the xrays???

Hope all goes well crossedfingers
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/03/14 03:53 AM

Thank you Lisa, he had them done yesterday by the locum vet. My vet thinks all is good but am waiting to hear from the surgeon.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/03/14 03:58 AM

1 vet okay done, one to go - hope you hear back soon! :fingerscrossed:
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/03/14 11:45 AM

Hoping everything goes good with the surgeon. crossedfingers Then Cooper can run laps around Molly. smile
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/03/14 01:18 PM

crossedfingers
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/04/14 03:47 AM

Thanks all, I haven't heard back yet so am assuming the surgeon is either hugely busy or away.
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/04/14 04:54 PM

impatient Wish they let us know soon.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/05/14 04:00 AM

Thanks Rosa, me too! I'm hoping he is not on holiday but I will call him on Monday.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/05/14 09:59 AM

Maybe he think it is obviously a success and so no comment is necessary!! crossedfingers congrats
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/05/14 02:04 PM

How dare he make you (and us!) All wait like this shocked

Will be hoping for good news!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/06/14 05:12 AM

I wish Alison! Thanks Lisa! No I know he will reply because I can't remember the time frames for starting to build up muscle mass by walking, so asked him to comment on that too.

Lunchtime, waiting for his camembert
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/06/14 10:44 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
I'm hoping he is not on holiday but I will call him on Monday.


I'm a firm believer in the saying, "no news is good news!" crossedfingers
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/06/14 02:19 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca





Oh my Lord who is a pretty boy!!!!

Looking forward to videos of Molly and Coop running in the sun crossedfingers
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/06/14 04:34 PM

Handsome boy wub
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/07/14 04:10 AM

Thank you ladies, he really is a handsome lump wub wub 2 x half an hour walks for a month and then 2 x one hour after that! party party
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/07/14 05:15 AM

So, the all clear, with good xrays then? OUTSTANDING, I'm so happy for you guys!

fetch

Okay, maybe not yet, but soon-ish he'll be doing this fetch
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/08/14 04:42 AM

YES!!!! He said he is happy with what he sees! Maybe in 6 more months we will be fetch laugh

It wasn't my usual vet who did these so not brilliant and these are photos of the xrays.



Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/08/14 03:27 PM

Aren't those nice, pretty new hips laugh

Did you ever ask the surgeon about the different lengths of the rods? Not that I think it matters, but I remember you mentioning it.

What a huge relief to have this surgery behind you. Deep exhale!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 04:17 AM

Oh I forgot, yes both the stem and even the ball (although I can't see it) are smaller due to the degeneration from the first THR. I'd hate to think what it would have been like if I had left it much longer frown

Yes honestly I am so relieved! Hoping all the bad things are finished with for ever.
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 07:51 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
... Hoping all the bad things are finished with for ever.


Yes Ma'am!
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 08:08 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca

Yes honestly I am so relieved! Hoping all the bad things are finished with for ever.


I second this.
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 09:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Originally Posted By: bianca
... Hoping all the bad things are finished with for ever.


Yes Ma'am!


Ditto, hoping for only good things from now on for Cooper. hugging
Posted by: BowWowMeow

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 10:29 PM

Yay, great news! So now he can start short, leashed walks?
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/09/14 11:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SeanRescueMom
Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Originally Posted By: bianca
... Hoping all the bad things are finished with for ever.


Yes Ma'am!


Ditto, hoping for only good things from now on for Cooper. hugging

I third this. happyboogie wub
Posted by: Shepherds

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/10/14 02:04 AM

Ah the very handsome black pony. Good things for all the Bianca household hugging
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/10/14 03:48 AM

grouphug Thank you all for all your support, it means the world to me!

Ruth yes, he is on 2 x 1/2 hour walks per day for one month and then increase to 2 x 1 hour walks per day.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/10/14 12:01 PM

So, did you tart yet? How did he do? Wondering how quickly he might have tired out, or not?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/11/14 03:44 AM

We have just started off with half an hour ago since getting the all clear. Tomorrow I will start the twice a day. He is fine and tired???? laugh No such thing with the black pony!!!!!
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/11/14 04:49 AM

I hope the Black Pony enjoyed his walk and that this is a great start to the rest of his life as a "normal" dog! hugging You are such a wonderful person Bianca. hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/11/14 01:12 PM

Originally Posted By: bianca
He is fine and tired???? laugh No such thing with the black pony!!!!!


wub wub wub
Posted by: Natalie559

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/18/14 09:14 AM

So glad he's doing well smile
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/19/14 04:23 PM

It's been about a week, how are things going? Is he trying to jerk your arm off during a walk yet?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/21/14 03:56 AM

Nawww thank you all hugging LOL Lisa, I think in a few months I will get a trolley built and he can tow me! He's pretty good on the easy walk harness! I am blown away by how darn strong he his!!!

I enlarged this and framed it and sent to the surgeon!



Not sure where the text went but I wrote something along the lines of "Dear Dr Pete thank you for both my new hips, one day soon I will be able to keep up with my big sister. Lots of smooches Cooper xx.
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/21/14 06:02 AM

Fantastic - what a great note for your surgeon to read!! Wonderful photos too!
Posted by: SeanRescueMom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/21/14 10:30 AM

The black pony is making up for lost time, lol. You better keep up with his pace. grin
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/21/14 11:51 AM

Nice of you to do the picture thing smile VERY glad to hear that things are going smoothly!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/21/14 11:58 AM

Originally Posted By: bianca
.....I will get a trolley built and he can tow me! ....


What else do you expect from your black pony smile?

He is such a doll.
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/22/14 03:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Originally Posted By: bianca
.....I will get a trolley built and he can tow me! ....


What else do you expect from your black pony smile?

He is such a doll.


laugh He is just wub I am totally besotted by my black pony! Surgeon just emailed to say thank you so much smile
Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 07/30/14 08:05 PM

Such wonderful news all the way around. Cooper is such a cutie pie wub
Posted by: Qyn

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 08/29/14 09:29 PM

How is Cooper doing Bianca??
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/01/14 09:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Qyn
How is Cooper doing Bianca??


Is he competing with Molly yet?
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/01/14 04:56 PM

I've been wondering too, hoping things are just steadily improving?
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/03/14 05:24 AM

Oops sorry ladies, thank you so much for thinking of the black pony/cat! He is doing so well and the cat part...well the cats used to sleep on my bed before they got too sick. Yes the black cat can hop (HOP) onto my bed anytime he feels like it now. No scrabling of back legs, just a simple hop!
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/03/14 11:01 PM

So glad that everything is still going well. It had been over a month since an update shocked
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/04/14 05:44 AM

Eeek I can't believe it's been almost 4 months since the surgery! hugging
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/04/14 10:03 AM

Soon this will all be behind you guys, yay!
Posted by: bianca

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 09/05/14 04:05 AM

smile
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Cooper - Hip Dysplasia - 10/14/14 09:16 AM

Hi Bianca,

Just checking back on your dear Coopie. When you have a chance an update would be very welcome
thanks

MJ