Hip replacement. Any experience?

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My older GSD (the one on the right of my siggy) will be 8 in October and has just been booked for a replacement hip due to arthritic damage (having seen the x-rays poor boy must be in lots of pain
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He'll be going into the Queen Mother Hospital in Hatfield.

Anyone any experience of this operation?
 

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I have known of younger dogs have this op with great success but not an older one. Are they actually replacing the hip or just removing the femur head? One of my Mums dogs shattered her hip falling off a fire escape. She had the head removed and went on to live a long and happy life, although it did end her show career and she was tipped for the top
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This was about 25 years ago and surgical techniques have improved vastly since then so I am sure your lad will be fine. Sending him and you loads of vibes.
 

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my lab had one done a couple of years ago. he is born again! he was 7 when he had it done and he hasn't looked back. He was so quiet and lathargic before but now he is a normal healthy happy dog! He wasn't very sore at all, we had a job to slow him down! We are so happy we did it and definately made the right decison. he probably would have had to be put down by now otherwise
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here are some pics for proof! This is Mac. He is 9 in September.
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Hope it helps!
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any questions, just ask and i will be happy to help
 

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Thanks Murphysminder - yes it's a full replacement.

Elle - that's brilliant news. Mac looks absolutely fantastic and no-where near his age.

How long was he in hospital for? Was he up and about quite quickly? I'm just a bit worried that the younger one will harrass him before he's ready!
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we took him up to bristol on the monday morning and picked him up late tuesday morning. He marched straight out and cocked his leg on a tree (standing on his new hip!!!) then proceded to try and jump into the car! have you got a ramp? My sis has 2 young bouncy schnauzerz and they seemed to respect the he was 100 per. they also know not to mess with mac anyway!!! lol! Thank you, yes he is a strapping boy, no one believes his age. we call him the bionic dog!
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Elle - thank you so much. It's really good to hear from someone who's been through the experience!

I'll pad his existing bed a bit so he's comfy. Because he's soooo hairy I expect he'll look really odd part shaved!
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Slightly clearer piccy of him so you can see what I mean!

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It's all worth it though if we can get rid of his pain and discomfort. He's the nicest 'person' you could wish to meet and I hate that he's suffering.
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Thanks again. x
 

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Looking at my post again it reads a bit as if I have not known of older dogs having the op successfully. What I meant was I have not known of any older dogs having the op. I am sure your lad will be fine. He is gorgeous. Let usknow how he goes on.
 
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