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Old 07-16-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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So..My girl is a 3 1/2 year old boxer mix. She has had 2 acl repairs and one hip dysplasia surgery. The right hip needs a total hip replacement surgery - and arthritis has set in. She had a very hard recovery the last surgery. She was very depressed for a long time. I am having a very hard time deciding what to do. I know that the THP is pretty spendy - and that she may need to have her knees redone as well. Evidently with no surgery it would be a lot of drugs and one day she just wont be able to move. With the surgery she could very well be just fine...unless the knees crap out again. How much pain do you put your dogs through? There was an article that said the dog may not recover with bad knees...anyone had a similar situation? What did you do? Thoughts....?
Thanks.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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So..My girl is a 3 1/2 year old boxer mix. She has had 2 acl repairs and one hip dysplasia surgery. The right hip needs a total hip replacement surgery - and arthritis has set in. She had a very hard recovery the last surgery. She was very depressed for a long time. I am having a very hard time deciding what to do. I know that the THP is pretty spendy - and that she may need to have her knees redone as well. Evidently with no surgery it would be a lot of drugs and one day she just wont be able to move. With the surgery she could very well be just fine...unless the knees crap out again. How much pain do you put your dogs through? There was an article that said the dog may not recover with bad knees...anyone had a similar situation? What did you do? Thoughts....?
Thanks.
I don't know how badly a $5,000 expenditure hurts you and I don't want to know, but you are not a bad person if you can't afford a major surgery for your dog that carries no guarantee of success or even improvement. There isn't an easy answer here. Sounds like you have a lot of pondering to do.

Is the dog overweight? Obesity in dogs results in a lot of problems, just like in humans. I would want to be certain that the dog was at her fightin' weight before I even considered spending that much money on a joint surgery.

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Old 07-16-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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Jim points out all great points.
Our next door neighbor had their 4yr. Choc. Lab's both hips replaced. I never saw the dog before surgery. But, she is now 8 and acts 18. She can barely walk, is extremely overweight and just barely "exisits". To make matters worse, they went and bought a new yellow Lab, who just dominates the older and just makes life miserable for the poor dog.
It is a very hard, personal decision for you to make...either way, no one can fault you. The very best of luck in your decisions.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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Bella has become a little over weight (like 10 lbs)- beings she has had 3 surgeries in 3 years lol. She is not as active as she once was for sure - but, she does have some good times with our other dog and her kitty. Money isn't the only issue - it is putting her through another extensive recovery period. To find out she may need her knees re-done.... I am currently having kids and hubby not feed her scraps anymore and she is on a diet. She is also being managed w/pain meds for now. I think I will make an apt with the specialist and see what they say and go from there. I just want her quality of life to be good - or what is the point. Thank you for your input - it helps I was also wondering if anyone else has had this many things go wrong with their dog and to what did they do and what is the outcome?
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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My Golden has had surgery on both of her back ACLs. She also has some hip dysplasia and arthritis. We are treating the symptoms, but she is almost 7, and I just can't see putting her through more surgeries.
She was so miserable with the knee operations, and being confined for weeks in a small area. She can't walk as far as she used to, but she still loves to go out with all the other dogs in the neighborhood. I load her in the car and drive to the meeting point, and know that if she gives out at any point, I can just drive her back home.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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Bella has become a little over weight (like 10 lbs)- beings she has had 3 surgeries in 3 years lol. She is not as active as she once was for sure - but, she does have some good times with our other dog and her kitty. Money isn't the only issue - it is putting her through another extensive recovery period. To find out she may need her knees re-done.... I am currently having kids and hubby not feed her scraps anymore and she is on a diet. She is also being managed w/pain meds for now. I think I will make an apt with the specialist and see what they say and go from there. I just want her quality of life to be good - or what is the point. Thank you for your input - it helps I was also wondering if anyone else has had this many things go wrong with their dog and to what did they do and what is the outcome?
Ok, so the weight gain is a result of the surgeries and she was previously a shapely animal? That's a little different. A dog with joint problems from excessive weight doesn't have a surgery problem, it has a diet problem. A dog with inborn likelihood for joint injuries and arthritis is a worst case scenario. Either way, I would still get her trimmed down. I'm assuming that she should be around 50 pounds? 10 lbs. overweight is like a 200 lb. man being 40 lbs. overweight. It still has an impact.

My heart goes out to you and your dog.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:07 AM
 
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I know you love your baby, but animals are not people. They don't understand being kept alive beyond their ability to function.
At this point, it seems you would be torturing your baby rather than helping her. If you donated the money for this surgery to the local no kill pet center, you could do a lot more good for many animals.
Yes, you would have to make a sacrifice, but you would be helping your baby also.
In the end, it is your decision and nobody will judge you. Most of us have been there and we all make our choices according to our hearts.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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A very kind post, yukiko11. But I don't know about the doing more harm than good part.

I know a couple who have seven dogs, not to mention horses and other critters. They had this surgery done on one of their dogs who came through it with flying colors. But then she is a very lazy girl anyway - no problems with just laying around the house and being waited on. She was seven years old when they had the surgery done and is a Golden.

Tina, so sorry for the troubles with your pup. My gosh, she's only three and 1/2 - I think that'd be especially hard to deal with, with her being so young and having had so many surgeries. There are many variables...we all wish you the best in whatever decision you make.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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I too am in a similar situation. My pit mix has had aone ACL surgery, one luxating patella surgery on the other knee, and after his hip literally slipped out of socket with no apparent impact or injury two days ago, am now looking at an FHO on the side opposite to his last knee surgery only 5 months ago. He turns 6 years old this month but walks and (barely) runs like he's a senior. I am having trouble deciding whether or not to put him through surgery # 3 as the weight he is bearing on the opposite knee is unbearable without three kinds of pain medication. Right now, he can't get up more than a few times a day without assistance and is in pain even on the prescribed medications. He is also depressed and acts out of it on the meds. He isn't overweight but his vet reccommends feeding less snacks and low calorie food to get him down a few lbs just to help with recovery. -I'm looking at removing from his life, not only his daily walks (his excitement every day) but the snacks he also loves.
I am so worried he'll either injure his other hip, or one or both knees shortly down the road (in which case I'll have to call it quits financially for sure) and I'll look back on his last year of life as being painful and sad. He's already depressed and I haven't decided on doing the FHO yet. I don't know what to do...he has so much life and happiness ahead and I can't believe I'm thinking about ending it all.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:38 AM
 
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You have to make the decisions that are right for you and the dog. I have known people who have spent thousands to keep a dog with them that just didn't make sense for them or the animal, but I respected their choices. I've known others who jumped the gun and put down dogs that could have been helped. Again, their decision and it's not my place to judge.

Don't be bullied by well meaning friends and family ... think long and hard about the future for you both. Sorry
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