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Old 10-31-2010, 12:51 PM
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Injured dog - hip pops out of socket

I accidently sat on my 9 year old Westie last night. I can't believe it happened but I didn't know she was in my recliner and sat on her for an instant. I weigh about 140 pounds so that's a lot of force on a 15 pound dog.

She immediately lifted her right rear leg, This morning we took her to an emergency vet and her thigh bone has popped out of the hip socket.

The doctor told me she will try to get it back in place this afternoon and if it doesn't pop out again she would be back to normal after a few weeks of healing.

If it does pop out again today or within the next couple of weeks, she said she will need surgery (as soon as tomorrow) and will take a couple of months before she's able to be on the leg again. She also said she will develop some arthritis over the years.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

How serious is the injury and operation?

Is there something else I can do or you would do differently?

Needless to say I am devastated even though it was unintentional.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:19 PM
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X.X Ek! Sorry to hear about what happened, I don't have any advice to offer you, just wanted to say that I hope all goes well the first time so that you do not have to go into surgery! Good luck with everything.
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I used to work for an veterinary orthopedic surgeon. From what you say, it sounds like you are getting good advice from your vet. It should be possible to pop the hip back in place and odds are your dog will be fine. A small dog is at an advantage for this sort of thing.

So sorry to hear this happened. Its the worst sort of guilt to accidentally hurt the pup. But try not to feel bad... this sort of thing can happen with anyone. Best wishes to you and your dog.
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I am sorry to hear about what you and your pup are dealing with.

It also sounds to me that your vet is giving you good advice.

I am not very familiar with this type of situation, so the only bit of advice I have is to consider giving a good daily joint supplements to help prevent arthritis. Personally I would give supplements even if the surgery is not needed.

I hope things go well for you are your dog. Keep us updated!

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I would give Glucosamine/ Chondroitin supplement. Also MSM helps the cartilage too.Give her vitamin c too. to help her healing. I'm so sorry this happened to your baby. I hope everything comes out good.
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Update Good News

The thigh bone went back into the hip socket easily according to the vet so I am relieved to say the least. She was out of it from the meds yesterday but today is back to her old self.

They put a sling on her leg but being a Westie she has meaty little thighs which make it all but impossible to keep on. The vet said it should be OK for a little walking but jumping and running are a no-no. We will try to keep her quiet for a couple of weeks but it will be a challenge. We don't want to see it pop out again so we have taken measures to keep her from jumping up on the couch etc.

Thanks for all the responses - it has helped me greatly
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That's great news! Now the rest is up to your pup, and a little luck. Hope she does OK! ;-)
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Back to square one

Well, my westie's joint popped out of the hip socket again.

So now we have a tough decision. Her former owner has a lot of westies and knows about the situation. We were told by the vet after 2 instances of the joint popping it is a rare case where merely popping it back into the socket works - she claimed 20% chance.

But if the sling wouldn't have come off in the first place and if we would have crated her it might have held. The previous doctor claimed it was OK for her to walk on it a little and for the first day she was fine. If we would have known it was best to crate her we would have done so.

So can anyone out there give advice. The previous owner said to give it another shot. But if it pretty much certain it will pop out again we should get surgery I think.

Thanks again for your help.
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Well, FWIW, I'd probably give it another try w/out surgery. Even a 20% chance of avoiding surgery is worth a try in my mind. Now you know to keep pup very much confined.

I'm sorry the hip popped out again. If its any consolation for the original injury, it sounds like the hip joint itself was prone to this.

Good luck.
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