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*New Video!!* Jingles for my Whiskey-corgi and a question about dislocated hips...

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  • *New Video!!* Jingles for my Whiskey-corgi and a question about dislocated hips...

    So... Poor poor Whiskey. It's been a rough week. Wed night started out with "fun with colitis" which ended up with her having a fabulous stay at the vet's office until she could stop pooing blood. *sigh* She came home Thurs evening and has been doing ok. (we won't mention the atomic eye-ball peeling gas...) Then when I got home from work last (Sat) night, I found her sitting at the bottom of the stairs, unable to walk. So... off to the emergency vet we went, only to discover that miss Whiskey has a dislocated hip. The vet's guess was that she was simply walking down the stairs, and her hip sockets are so badly formed (very, very shallow) that her hip just went out, and she fell down the rest of the steps. (she had a shoulder laceration too, which required 5 staples on top of everything else.)

    She says that due to the structure of the socket, trying to put the hip back in will be pointless, it will just come back out immediately, and that on Monday she needs to go to her regular vet and be scheduled for an FHO. She says it's a common surgery and that Whiskey should be good to go afterwards.

    A. Has anyone had any experience with this surgery??

    B. Any recommendations on keeping my girl as comfortable as possible until her normal vet can see her on Monday. She's currently chilling here next to me in my room on her doggie bed. She's on Tramadol, and a little bit of ace, (not to mention the metronidazole for the colitis...) but in the past 20 minutes she's begun panting and looking really uncomfortable again.

    Argh! This sucks. :-(
    Last edited by propspony; May. 11, 2014, 12:56 AM.
    The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....

  • #2
    So sorry about your girl. But the *good* news is that she'll be just fine after her FHO surgery. I'm a member of the FHO surgery "moms" club! My late toy poodle dislocated his hip when he was ten yrs. old. My vet and I decided that the FHO was the way to go for him. My vet was also a MASTER surgeon so first piece of advice - make sure that the vet doing your girl's surgery is a good surgeon.

    My boy did just fine. His hip healed perfectly and you would never have known that he ever had any problem with it at all. He ran, he jumped, and did everything he wanted with not a hint of any problem.

    Then when he was 15 he dislocated his other hip. He was in great shape otherwise so my vet did the FHO on that hip too. Again, no problems whatsoever. He healed perfectly and eventually resumed his normal activities.

    In both cases the surgery was a 100% success.

    The healing time was not really a problem. Crate rest for awhile (it's been many years so I can't really remember the length of time). After the initial healing of the surgical wound, physical therapy consisted of basically just getting the leg moving again and building muscle slowly over time. The exercises we used were manual manipulation of the leg to bring it back after the weeks of inactivity during healing, just like human physical therapists do for us after injuries. My vet showed me the exercises and I did them at home. Swimming is also excellent for recovery (of course at this time of year you'd need access to an indoor pool).

    Your vet should give you specific time frames and exercises to do with you dog as she heals. If he/she doesn't, then you might want to contact someone who does canine physical therapy. Just don't do anything too fast or too soon.

    Pain meds are given for the initial period after surgery.

    As for right now just keep her quiet (I too had to wait for the weekend to be over with my dog's second FHO because my trusted vet was away and I wouldn't let the other vet do the surgery - I wanted only the BEST surgeon), so we just kept our dog quiet, in a crate, only going out on a leash to potty.

    Do NOT give any aspirin for pain now - this can cause complications during surgery (causes bleeding).

    Just give her lots of TLC and cuddling now to help her feel better. It'll all be over soon and she'll be on the road to recovery.

    Please let us know how she does.

    Lots of jingles coming her way too.


    • Original Poster

      awww... thank you so much. The vet at the ER kept reiterating that while the surgery was expensive it worked REALLY well on smaller dogs. I am *SO* glad to hear about your experiences!

      Whiskey is very crate phobic, but she's also a dog that doesn't move if she isn't feeling well. She's sitting on my bed right now just watching me type this and looking completely pathetic. She's also trying to convince me that my lunch would make her feel better. Sadly for her, I'm just not buying it. lol.

      Here is a picture of Whiskey on a better day, playing meercat in the back yard while begging for cookies.
      The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


      • #4
        No first hand experience with this, but sending jingles!
        A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

        Might be a reason, never an excuse...


        • #5
          No experience with this either, but massive jingles from Corgis Gumby and Millie and me!
          stained glass groupie


          • #6
            no corgis here, but longtime admirer............sending many jungles from me and my 4 footed crew


            • #7
              My only advice with an FHO (and no worries, its a simple surgery with very very few complications), is to find a certified rehab specialist. Its VERY important the dogs keep their muscles strong and working properly. The rehab is even more important than the surgery. Even if you can only afford an initial consult, they will show you how to do the exercises yourself and give you homework. Really, I promise you its worth the extra time investment!!


              • Original Poster

                ah thank you! I never would have realized that! I will most definitely look into the rehab person for sure! Maybe they can give me some stuff to help out her other hip as well!
                The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


                • #9
                  Just want to say what an adorable little girl your Whiskey is!
                  She looks like such a sweetheart.

                  I hope you're feeling a little less nervous about her upcoming surgery now. I'm sure she will do just fine.

                  Also want to mention that keeping her confined (especially when you aren't with her, or are sleeping, and she is feeling better and wants to get around, play or whatever) might pose a problem since she is crate phobic. I definitely wouldn't put her in a crate under those circumstances because if she became upset/frantic she could do some serious harm to herself after her surgery.

                  Is she okay in something like an "X" pen (a small one) or do you have a tiny bathroom or half-bath that you could keep her in while she heals and rehabs?


                  • #10
                    My corgi collection sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your girl will likely feel better quickly. Remember to cut her calories while she is exercise restricted.


                    • Original Poster

                      Yes! She's very good in an x-pen, but we also have a small washroom that we used for the great pyrenees when she broke her femur a few years ago. It's nice, quiet and cool in there.

                      Right now as I'm watching her, she's sleeping out on the back lawn, NOT going potty. She did pee at 8am when I got her up, but nothing since. She's eaten both breakfast and dinner today. She's perfectly happy laying out there in the thick grass enjoying the 70 degree sunshine. (well as happy as one can be when one hurts) Should I worry about the not pottying thing?
                      The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


                      • #12
                        I don't know about the "not pottying thing". My first guess though would be that because she is a girl, and girls squat to pee, maybe the hip hurts too much when she tries to squat so she's just not going there? IDK, just my "makes sense" kind of guess. Is she drinking her normal amount of water? (You don't want her to get dehydrated).

                        Poor baby. I can commiserate with her, I've had a dislocated shoulder twice - definitely NOT fun (and extremely painful).


                        • #13
                          Tribble sends ear-splitting corgi barks to Whiskey. I think she is telling Whiskey to get better soon.
                          I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                          • Original Poster

                            Not as much water as normal, but she is drinking. She is eating well. Thanks goodness she's ALL corgi on that front! She's been on reduced rations for a few days now because of her sensitive tummy, and she is NOT happy about it.

                            Poor pumpkin. This is a dog that is FAMOUS for martyring herself over the smallest imagined injury, but when push came to shove, she's been remarkably stoic about this one. Here is the current view from my laptop.

                            The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


                            • #15
                              Poor baby! My now 14 year old corgi dislocated her hip like 5 years ago. She had an FHO and has done great. We did LOTS of slow walking to make her use her hip and once her incision was healed, she did some swimming. But other than that, she never had a problem adapting. She bunny hops when she runs fast, but she also has a big bone spur in her back and two bad knees. Your dog should do just fine, and the nice thing is that you don't have to strictly limit activity like with a hip replacement.


                              • #16
                                aww, poor Whiskey!

                                No experience on the surgery but Efan and Emme are sending lots of corgi get well whishes to Miss Whiskey!!!
                                "You are under arrest for operating your mouth under the influence of
                                ignorance!" Officer Beck


                                • #17
                                  Praying & jingling for Miss Whiskey.
                                  Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Yay! So...

                                    I just got back from the regular vet (who luckily also happens to be a board certified surgeon) and HE said that Whiskey's hips were FINE. Yes, they are *Corgi* hips to be sure, but saw NO reason why he shouldn't be able to just put the hip back in, tape and sling it. He said as long as I followed the post care assiduously, and made sure to do all of our PT, that everything should be just fine. :-) (and if not THEN we can schedule an FHO)

                                    He said he saw no signs of dysplasia on the radiographs at all, and only a little bit of arthritis in her knees.

                                    Yay for Whiskey corgi, the jingles worked!! :-D

                                    (He even said we could have a PURPLE sling!!!)
                                    The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


                                    • Original Poster

                                      never mind... vet called back, hip wouldn't stay in so...

                                      surgery tomorrow. :-(
                                      The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....


                                      • #20
                                        Are you using the same vet for surgery? I'd be a little concerned that he thought she was fine and had no joint issues until he couldn't get the joint to stay in. Perhaps an orthopedist who specializes in this surgery would be a better fit? Then again, I'm obviously not a vet and hip xrays could be much more subjective than I thought they were.