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    I did a google on tpo surgery and there seem to be lots of positive stories about it out there.

    As they recommend the surgery only for dogs under 1 year and your dog is in such obvious pain, I do think you are doing the right thing. It is hard with dogs when you cannot prepare them for it. But I'm sure he'll be fine!

    I wish you lots of courage for dealing with the op and the recovery.

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    My 22month old ACD recently had surgery for a luxating patella and there was no way I was going to put her in a crate for confinement as she has never experienced that. She has to be contained and would go nuts trying to get out.

    Our solution was a lead around our heavy coffee table leg, a bit of a carpet runner (for bones) and her bed. She is outside for a pee on a lead. At night it is a similar set up with the lead around the middle leg of the bed.

    Hubby also built a ramp for her as of course she couldnt use the steps from the veranda to yard.

    We are now 3 weeks into the 6 weeks confinement needed and the vet is very pleased with her and very pleased with my set up for her.

    Maybe you could adapt something like this that could work for you?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    There's a three legged ridgeback bitch I see at dog club every tuesday, and she can still pull on lead and do zoomies off lead. So a dog with three functioning legs can still have a happy full life.

    It's funny what Di Dee said about tying her dog up instead of crating. My dog - is happy in a crate but goes bonkers if I tie her up. And I hate that she will run to the end of the lead at full pelt and flip herself by the neck. Too horrible for me.

    Training a dog to be happy in a crate doesn't take much time or effort, and is well worth the convenience. Especially if the dog needs an op. It's going to be in a crate post op at the vet. Better that it knows that being in a crate is not the same as prison.

    http://www.humanesociety.org/animals..._training.html
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    Dogs can be so different, eh, Hy.
    Thank goodness it is Jodi I have to contain and not one of the other 3.
    I let her occasionally off the tether to have a change of position in the blocked off room where we are.

    Stuff gets put on the sofa that deters her even thinking of her jumping up there.

    Guess what happens.
    She walks around the room and comes back to settle next to me, chew a bone right in the area she is on the tether when tied there. lol.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I am on Dogwise and they just sent this, it might be helpful " My dog has hip dysplasia, but lives life to the full "

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    hey Jasper - i'm so sorry to hear about to puppy ... i can try and offer some comfort that i'm joining you in a similar situation ...

    my 6 1/2 month old goldie pup, Yogi went to the vets on Friday (after out obediencce instructor recommended a check up as she thought his hindquarters looked a little 'loose'). of course i freaked out and my parents said not to worry as he has a LOT of growing to do and is just out of proportion in that gangly puppy gorwing stage.

    i decided to take him anyway and i'm glad i did as the vet did say she heard some 'crunching' in his right hip. left was fine though. i, of course, thought the worse and worried and got all sad.

    she said you need to get x-rays to confirm the extent of this but you don't really know how bad it is until they are fully grown ... she said about 18 months. but yes - that he does and will have - some form or a not good right hip. (... i guess i could say hip dysplasia ... just don't wanna say it. )

    she recommended at this early stage, lots of swimming, keep him REALLY lean, don't castrate until 18months to let his muscles strangthen even more into a dogs, and also it will help keep the weight off. also fish oil and glucosomine ... also running up some sandunes is a great way to strengthen those back legs ... but all in moderation and no excessive exercise.

    he has never showed any signs of pain or limping ... *touch wood* ... but goldies also have a higher pain threshold and if they have had it from a young age ... they could be so used to it that they will only show it if it's really bad for them.

    so i've added fish oil and glucosomine to his already lean diet and will keep up with the exercise. fortunately we live across the road from a beach

    my worry is his best mate, moto who is a big bullmastiffXridgeback ... when they play together ... they run around like complete loonies !!! they have SO much fun but i'm worried about him getting bowled over and straining his hips ... so i want to try and control this ... although little yogi thinks running around with him is the BEST thing in the world (other than colelcting my shoes and clothing items) and doesn't understand that i'm trying to help him.

    but i've also heard lots of positive stories, another 9year old goldie has always had dodgy hips and the best thing she ever did was keep him lean and exercise and he is doing fine with that !

    wishing you and your puppy lots of luck and hope he can manage it all.

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    We took Jasper into the vets last night for the Surgeon to have a good look at him, and after my husband walking, trotting and jogging with him, we went and had a 45 minute discussion before deciding to go ahead with the surgery.

    Jasper had his Triple Pelvic Osteotomy today. The surgeon - Aaron - called earlier and said that the right side of his pelvis (hip) has been rotated 25 degrees and now the head of Jaspers femur is fitting perfectly in the hip socket. Fine throughout surgery, and he is happy that the operation was a success, 'perfect' was the word he used (He is a bionic dog with a stainless steel plate).

    Jasper was still sleepy when I called vets at 2.30pm, but vet just called (6.20pm) and said Jasper is looking at him with his big brown eyes, wide awake. He had a GA and an epidural post-op, and has an IV of anti-inflammatory and pain killer overnight. So no pain at the moment If all ok overnight, we get him home tomorrow with 6 weeks of complete rest and pain relief. We have a crate for him, and have put a non-slip surface in laundry, for when he gets a little 'better'. I will keep you posted on this as from what I can gather, no one else has had a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy on this site.

    We took him into the vets last night for the Surgeon to have a good look at him, and after my husband walking, trotting and jogging with him, we went and had a 45 minute chat before deciding to go ahead with the surgery. It gives Jasper a 90-95% fighting chance of having a normal life. He means the world to me and I want to do everything I can to better his life for the next 12 years xx Thank you for all the posts and advice.

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    Cool Surgery done

    Quote Originally Posted by goldielover View Post
    hey Jasper - i'm so sorry to hear about to puppy ... i can try and offer some comfort that i'm joining you in a similar situation ...

    my 6 1/2 month old goldie pup, Yogi went to the vets on Friday (after out obediencce instructor recommended a check up as she thought his hindquarters looked a little 'loose'). of course i freaked out and my parents said not to worry as he has a LOT of growing to do and is just out of proportion in that gangly puppy gorwing stage.

    i decided to take him anyway and i'm glad i did as the vet did say she heard some 'crunching' in his right hip. left was fine though. i, of course, thought the worse and worried and got all sad.

    she said you need to get x-rays to confirm the extent of this but you don't really know how bad it is until they are fully grown ... she said about 18 months. but yes - that he does and will have - some form or a not good right hip. (... i guess i could say hip dysplasia ... just don't wanna say it. )

    she recommended at this early stage, lots of swimming, keep him REALLY lean, don't castrate until 18months to let his muscles strangthen even more into a dogs, and also it will help keep the weight off. also fish oil and glucosomine ... also running up some sandunes is a great way to strengthen those back legs ... but all in moderation and no excessive exercise.

    he has never showed any signs of pain or limping ... *touch wood* ... but goldies also have a higher pain threshold and if they have had it from a young age ... they could be so used to it that they will only show it if it's really bad for them.

    so i've added fish oil and glucosomine to his already lean diet and will keep up with the exercise. fortunately we live across the road from a beach

    my worry is his best mate, moto who is a big bullmastiffXridgeback ... when they play together ... they run around like complete loonies !!! they have SO much fun but i'm worried about him getting bowled over and straining his hips ... so i want to try and control this ... although little yogi thinks running around with him is the BEST thing in the world (other than colelcting my shoes and clothing items) and doesn't understand that i'm trying to help him.

    but i've also heard lots of positive stories, another 9year old goldie has always had dodgy hips and the best thing she ever did was keep him lean and exercise and he is doing fine with that !

    wishing you and your puppy lots of luck and hope he can manage it all.
    Thanks for you message. Jaspers lameness came on so quickly, and the only thing with TPO is that he was reaching the cut-off age. I did 3 weeks of research and was against surgery at first, but after Jasper could not weightbear on his leg (horrible to see him struggle ) I decided that for him to have a better future, with a 90-95% success rate - able to run around without being able to stand on leg the next day - or to 'look' in pain - ears back, respiratory rate high and 'wild'eyes - which I have seen frequently the last few weeks; I thought I would give him the chance to have a happy long life without getting crippled with arthritis in a couple of years - which hip dysplasia would do. A TPO can help in 'preventing' a Hip replacement at a later age - not rule out - but prevent. People may not agree with the path I have chosen for Jasper - but I love him with all my heart - and am only doing what I believe is best for him. Thanks so much for the support and advice I have received from this forum xx

    Even though Jasper is the only one of his litter to have it, normal doggy parents can have a 25% chance of having a pup with hip dysplasia, and obviously we are one of those statistics. Bummer! Whatever you chose for Yogi, I hope that you love and care for him as much as I do Jasper.

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    Tah Jasper2011

    I think you're on the right track now. Here's hoping for good quality of life for Jasper from now on.

    And I do like updates like these, I always want to know how things turn out.

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    Update:

    Jasper is back home - 24 hours post op. When I went to vets to collect him, I had a good chat with the vet, saw xrays of where TPO plate is, where the femur head and hip socket now fit 'nicely', etc. Jasper came out and appeared his normal self in his 'face' happy and friendly. Just no coat fur over right side rearend and bottom. He is 'using' his leg a little - tip-toes, and we are able to walk him to the garden for a toilet break. Three cuts made, outside hip, near anus and inside of leg; to have stitches out in 10 days, and vet recheck in 7 days. Then every 2 weeks, re-xrayed at 6 weeks, and if ok, can start short walks. We are hoping to have him down the beach Christmas day - bottle of champagne and turkey for Jasper (not the champage of course!).

    He is on Tramadol twice a day 'as required', and is still fininshing off his course of carprofen. He has to be walked on-lead very slowly(try telling that to 8 month (yesterday) puppy!), and sometimes needs a bit of support, and for this we did what the surgeon recommended - cut a woolworth black reusable bag (with handles) in half, to support around his middle if neccessary. He is currently settled in his crate - Kramar XL - with his snooza futon for comfort, and water bowl.

    Will update as days progress, hope people are finding this ok, as no-one I know of has had a TPO!
    Last edited by Jasper2011; 09-07-2011 at 08:01 PM.

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