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    Hey folks! Not sure if you remember, my pup started limping at about 4 months, after several vet consults it was established that he had elbow displaysia. Had the surgery one and when they were in there they realised the damage to the joint was much much worse.
    Now some 17 weeks after his surgery I still can't walk my dog! Even a 10 mintye walk ( slow) leaves him limping! Saw a physio who contacted my vet ( I've called the vet several times worried about his lack of progress and they kept tellin me 'he is where he should be')
    Now my vet wants to do X-rays! Which I'm happy to do ! I am terrified they are going to tell me we need another surgery ! The first one and the recovery was pretty tough!
    Another vet has suggested amputation which I feel sick about! My pup is only 1 year if age and has been limping since he was 4 months!

    He's a happy boy and plays in the yard ( chasing birds and barking at things) does not seem to be going to badly with the lack of walking, but I'm worried that such isolation will turn him from a friendly dog to socialisation issues, I do take him out in the car and occasional walks, and took him camping the other day but his life is quite limited to home , birds and me!
    I guess I just need to wait and see what the X-ray says, but I feel so bad, because I am already thinking that if they want to do surgery again .... I'm not sure if I will.
    Anyway just a moan and feeling bad for the pup!

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    Was it a specialist who did the surgery? My dog has ED and had surgery when she was 9 months old. Hers was just arthroscopy removing the loose bits and she did well. A friend of mine her dog was much worse and they considered euthanasia, however she had a specialist surgery sliding humeral osteotomy (I think that is what it was called) to realign the elbow joint in both front legs and make the elbows more congruent and she now 10 and doing really well. She has a yahoo group she started to give people support. Not much action on it these days but some good information and stories and I think she would get back to you if you posted. If you want the link I will post it. Facebook also has an orthodogs group.

    My vet did a CT scan as well as normal x-rays.

    Yeah I understand the isolation bit. My 12 month old dog is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and it is strict crate confinement plus some walking for 12 weeks and I also worry a little about what happens when I get her back out into the world.

    Should he be chasing birds? These surgeries particularly if they involve any cutting and realigning of bones need intensive management to get the best chance of success. I am very strict with rehab particularly in the first 6 weeks as things need time to heal properly.
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    Another vet has suggested amputation which I feel sick about! My pup is only 1 year if age and has been limping since he was 4 months!
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    My Inlaws pup was hit by a car at around 10 months old leaving bad damage to his front right leg. The vet said it would heal, . They ended up having the leg amputated and it was the best thing they have ever done.

    Their dog (Red healer) is happy, runs around now and is coping very well with it. He runs with "normal" dogs, plays fetch, jumps into the car, swims. Everything he used to do.

    The best thing ... he's pain free and happy.

    I know it's a difficult decision but sometimes (note I say sometimes - I CANNOT comment on your situation as I do not know it) amputation is the best thing you can do.

    Best of luck!

    Pete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    My Inlaws pup was hit by a car at around 10 months old leaving bad damage to his front right leg. The vet said it would heal, . They ended up having the leg amputated and it was the best thing they have ever done.

    Their dog (Red healer) is happy, runs around now and is coping very well with it. He runs with "normal" dogs, plays fetch, jumps into the car, swims. Everything he used to do.

    The best thing ... he's pain free and happy.

    I know it's a difficult decision but sometimes (note I say sometimes - I CANNOT comment on your situation as I do not know it) amputation is the best thing you can do.

    Best of luck!

    Pete.
    I guess it depends if the elbow dysplasia is bilateral. If the elbow on the other leg is also affected then amputation could be problematical. ED can be challenging for sure. Haven't heard back from Heidi in awhile.

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