|Barked: Wed Apr 24, '13 5:56pm PST |
|I saw your post and signed up to the site to respond. You may be one or two weeks ahead of us because my border collie dislocated his hip and had this operation (as an emergency) March 25. He weighed 58 pounds and the vet seemed to have no problem with expecting him to make a full recovery. I wonder if your experiences are the same? We isolated him in a downstairs room with no furniture to jump on and laid down carpet pieces on the hardwood floor for no slippage. Someone slept with him the first two weeks until the stitches heeled. He has walked on it since day one, but gingerly. Of course, he had excellent drugs! After two weeks the vet recommended increasing the walking distance and trying the stairs and hills, very slowly, to build strength. Yesterday we had a set back, we were allowing him on the first floor since it was going so well and someone rang the doorbell, he jumped at it and slipped and fell. I pretty much freaked out, but I started him on pain killers immediately, iced it several times and he is walking on it. I am giving up any rehab though until it stops hurting. He is still favoring it. Just a sign not to get too excited at good progress just yet. We do have him on a small diet since I heard, like you, they do better at a lighter weight. He is down to 55 pounds.
I have seen stories that it may take up to 5 months for full recovery. One good thing that has come out of it is he has been OK with being crated at night so I can get some sleep!
How has your experience been?
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