German Shepherd Dog > Look at these hips (763 replies)
by yellowrose of Texas on 26 January 2012 - 02:12
Build a small three step deck with Treated timbers using 1 x 8's which are large enough for good footage
Design it to match your decor or make it size you desire , larger or smaller in length even putting a hand rail down one side with a hanger for a towel or leash
My son just built me a hand rail on one side of my back deck entry as I have 4 discs which eaken my arms and legs for climbing with hands full of groceries. He used metal posts in ground with clamps attached to the wood rail made for that only at the very end away from the wood of my steps and deck... Concrete the poles at base if you desire so they are stable and can be removed if so desired with little problem .
by Spooks on 26 January 2012 - 08:20
|Best wishes and good luck...|
by Abby Normal on 26 January 2012 - 10:21
Wishing your boy all the luck in the world. You've obviously done great with his therapy so far, it will help him tremendously with this next step.
by Blitzen on 26 January 2012 - 12:54
|I think most here will be sending good thoughts to Chrissy and Kai today.|
by Slamdunc on 26 January 2012 - 16:28
| Good luck Kaiser. Hang in there Chrissy, I'm sure he will be fine.|
by Blitzen on 26 January 2012 - 23:29
Any news yet?
by workingdogz on 27 January 2012 - 15:50
|Any word on how things went?|
by LARHAGE on 27 January 2012 - 17:23
|Chrissy I am calling your Vet Clinic on my lunch break and will put some money in your account. I also suggest looking on Craigslist for a pool for sale, especially at this off time of year, they usually have a bunch, than you can swim Kai anytime you need to for free!|
by Slamdunc on 27 January 2012 - 18:00
She doesn't have room for a pool. I'm sure she would appreciate the help, if you get any word from the vet's office let us know.
by ChrissyKim89 on 28 January 2012 - 02:13
|Kaiser's procedure went well! They didn't get to start him until late yesterday, about 4pm, and finished about 5:15 or so, but they used propofol instead of isofluorane so he came out of anesthesia pretty quickly. They sedated him beforehand though with some acepromazine cause he's so rambunctious, so we had to carry him to the car and to my place... and let me tell you, carrying around a 75 lb dog is not fun.|
Last night was rough; he was still recovering from the anesthetic/sedation so I'm sure he was disoriented quite a bit plus the pain. He whined and whined even after I gave him his Tramadol at 9pm so I called the ER at 12:30am and they said I could give another Tramadol and he finally settled down about an hour later, waking up occasionally throughout the night. I ended up pulling my mattress down to the floor and he slept on the bed with me. He is doing much better today and was able to kind of hop along 3-legged to go to the potty. He's figured out how to maneuver himself around on 3 legs and how to lie down with the incision side up. He even somehow managed to get on the couch tonight and is laying next to me now. He's still a bit whiny and very needy today, but I think with the Tramadol, Rimadyl, and me sleeping on the ground with him he'll sleep through the night, lol.
And before I forget, a big THANK YOU to everyone! From the people who donated to the people who merely wished the best for him, without you guys this would not have been possible.
by Slamdunc on 28 January 2012 - 02:22
Great news! Give him a hug for me.
by yellowrose of Texas on 28 January 2012 - 03:26
| GOod news and good luck|
You two have a guardian angel over you watching.
by workingdogz on 29 January 2012 - 11:58
Keep up the great job with him!
Oh to be young and sleep on the floor etc again.
I'd need surgery if I did that now days
by Abby Normal on 29 January 2012 - 13:50
|Wonderful news. Keep up the good work, all the worry and the present discomfort for Kaiser will so be worth it in the end.|
My GSD who had a hip op years ago was very needy to begin with, but sorted herself out within a few days. She still needed help, but it was more of a 'team effort' I too slept with her, for 10 days and on day 4 found her trying to get upstairs to bed on her own! A scary moment. Their powers of recovery and their adaptability are phenomenal. So do keep your eye on him, he may well start to try and do things he shouldn't before he should if you know what I mean.
Workingdogz: LOL - me too. But I'd still do it if I had to, but I would order in a special ORTHOPAEDIC mattress to sleep on LOL.
by Blitzen on 29 January 2012 - 14:41
by Spooks on 30 January 2012 - 08:23
|Glad to hear the good news and he came safely through the procedure.|
My hubby slept on the floor for two nights too when our Border Collie had his double OCD op and I did when my GSD had an emergency pyometra op.
by LadyFrost on 30 January 2012 - 16:16
After a few days you will notice that he will start being stiff and sore on the hind leg he is able to use...I don't know what other did, but i can tell you what worked for me, at first i would lift and place her across my knees, but eventually we moved to the leather ottoman to slide under my dog (belly/chest cavity) it was perfect height, her front feet were still on the ground her back good foot just slightly touching the ground and I would rub her hip (not the one that had surgery) you will start noticing her leg will be tight and muscle will feel solid due to compensation for the other leg, so even 10-15 min rest with soft massage to loosen up the muscle and take weight of the hip will be a tremendous relief, also imagine sleeping on the same side night after night...
also, if you fold up a towel and place it between hind legs by slightly elevating operated hip and evening out hind leg with the hip..you pup will lay still longer...I also used ice packs for short period of time after she would be on her feet for longer period of time.
by ghostly on 03 March 2012 - 15:42
|I have been wondering how your boy is recovering from his surgery?|
by ChrissyKim89 on 05 March 2012 - 04:51
|He's been doing very well, thank you for asking. :) I don't come on PDB often, and I didn't want to 'dig up' an old thread... The incision has completely healed, and his hair is growing back. It has been about 5 weeks post-op and every week he seems to be walking better and better. I try to take him out everyday to just walk a bit and get some muscle back on that leg; during the time post-op that he was unable to use the leg he pretty much lost what little muscle he did have. He's still a tad wobbly when he walks, especially when he's tired, but he's recovered quite a bit. He even ran on his own to go after my friend who was running at the park the other day. For now his limit is a tad over 1 mile, anymore then that and he will hurt when we get back home. The vet gave me a refill on his Rimadyl to use as needed for pain. I was actually looking at the post-op photos and ones from this week and boy did his incision look bad after surgery.|
So glad we're almost out of the woods with this leg. I'm thinking April is when I'll get the left side done, but I'll have to wait and see because now he has a bruised tooth which, if it becomes nonvital, will require a root canal or extraction... will it ever end?! Lol. Seriously though, I hope this doesn't progress into anything serious because I'm already stretched thin as it is. He's lucky I love his million dollar butt.
LadyFrost, I did use your tips. It was very helpful, thank you for your advice. :)
by Abby Normal on 05 March 2012 - 19:42
Glad to hear he is doing so well. 1 mile is very good, and I imagine you have to be very careful not to overdo it still.
If there is no particular reason for a rush to get the second done, I personally would not go for it that soon. If possible it would be best if he were 100% good and muscled up and fully recovered on this leg before you consider getting the other hip done. This one is going to have to support him entirely when the other is done, and you want him feeling thoroughly comfortable and confident on it for when that happens. If he's not ready on the leg already done it could set him back on both if he doesn't feel comfortable using it while the second one heals.
I waited a year between surgeries, but would have thought 6 months would more likely allow for total rehab? Hope you don't mind me offering an opinion.
Sorry to hear about his tooth!