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Old 05-31-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Omg Tink has hip dysplasia!

Finally got my internet connection back up after my move this weekend.

I took Tink to the specialist on Tuesday and he says the problem is not with her knee but with her hip. He showed me the X-rays and it was obvious to me before he even said anything that she does not have a hip socket for the right back leg. He said she should have the femur head removed and then receive intense physical therapy to teach the muscles to conpensate for the lack of a hip. This is something large dogs have, not little ones. The vet said it is quite unusual.

So, I scheduled the surgery for Tuesday morning next week. They'll cut the ball off of the femur, remove more bone and stitch her up. He promised she will have lots of good pain meds. She will be confined for a week and then must be up and start slow walking - not fast-paced Yorkie walking! I should be able to do that. Slow is good, it will force her to put the leg down and put weight on it. My poor little baby girl! I feel so bad for her but I want her to be well and in the long run this will give her a pain free life. The other hip is not the best but he said he thinks it will be OK until she gets old and then it will develop arthritis. But he can't do the surgery on both hips 'cause she'd never walk then. Waaaahhhh!!!

So please remember Tink and me in your prayers; that she will heal well and walk without pain or problems, and that I will have patience and persistance to teach her to walk again without a hip.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:54 PM   #2
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OMG, Susie, I'm soooo sorry. Tell Tink that she's in my thoughts and I hope she makes a fast recovery!
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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OH i am so sorry to hear that. Poor little Tink!! i will definitly be thinking of you both next week when she has her surgery. I hope when it is all over with she will be much more comfortable walking and playing... Layla and I send kisses to the sweet girl!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:03 PM   #4
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Susie, I'm so sorry! I've never heard of a small dog having that - it's usually Leggs Perthes. That is really bizarre. So what is the long term picture like? Will she walk ok, run? Will you be doing the PT with her or do you have to bring her in to do it?

Boy, if it isn't one thing, it's another with our pups, isn't it?

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Old 05-31-2007, 05:04 PM   #5
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oh i'm so sorry Tink has to have an FHO done. Its not so common with the little ones but it does happen and a bilateral FHO can be done. there was a chocolate lab we did not too long ago.

thinking one it now, i really can't recall doing an FHO on anything under 20lbs.

The recovery will be slow but it you do everything right Tink will be just fine. The PT will help tremendously so don't skim on it.

Good luck with the surgery and recovery! prayers going out
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:08 PM   #6
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Sending you and Tink lots of support and prayers.
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Poor little Tink, You both will be in my prayers and Susie if you need anything don't hesitate to ask....you give that sweet little girl & yourself lots & lots of hugs & kisses from my crew.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:34 PM   #8
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Im so sorry, the poor baby,I will keep her in my prayers.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:40 PM   #9
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oh i'm so sorry Tink has to have an FHO done. Its not so common with the little ones but it does happen and a bilateral FHO can be done. there was a chocolate lab we did not too long ago.

thinking one it now, i really can't recall doing an FHO on anything under 20lbs.

The recovery will be slow but it you do everything right Tink will be just fine. The PT will help tremendously so don't skim on it.

Good luck with the surgery and recovery! prayers going out
I wonder why he thought she might not walk if he did a bilateral?! Maybe because he knows it would be harder for me to do the PT since I have physical challenges myself. I think I'll call him tomorrow and ask.
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Winston and I will keep you and Tink in our prayers, we hope she has a speedy recovery and that her therapy goes smoothly...Lots of thoughts and prayers coming your way, please take care of yourself too.
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aww Susie, your poor Tinker girl!! Hope surgery and recovery go well! Keep us posted!!
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Awww, Susie, I'm soooooooooo sorry to hear about little Tink needing surgery! I hope all goes well and she gets back to being her little ole Tinkerbrat self in no time! I will be keeping you "both" in my thoughts. Give Tink licks and woofs from Kallie & Toby and a big smooch and lots of hugs from ME!
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Hey Susie, how are you doing today? Hanging in there? I know it's hard - you love your little Tinker so much. Does she have to stay overnight when she has surgery? I told them ahead of time that I WAS going to bring Brea home the same day. It can't do them any good being in a cage in a strange place with no one there. So they did the surgery first thing and she was ready to come home earlier than they expected. I hope the same will be true for Tink.

It's so darn hard when our little ones get sick, isn't it? Let me know if you need anything, ok?

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Old 06-01-2007, 05:05 PM   #15
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I'll call the vet-surgeon Monday morning and talk to his staff about taking her home, but I think I may leave her there overnight. They have staff on-site 24 hrs. so she won't be alone. If she's in pain, I'll want to stay up with her all night and my body can't handle that right now.

I'm really a little worried about getting her the intense physical therapy she will need. She has to walk alot and that is so hard for me. I'll just have to rely on God to help me out there - wow what a novel idea! Just something I do all the time and He always comes through for me. Why do I even worry?

My little Tinkerbelle is laying on the floor beside me now. She's making an early evening of it I think. Her little leg is bothering her quite a bit today. Poor baby, but I'm sooooo glad to have her. What a precious little pal she is!
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