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Old 04-15-2016, 08:19 AM
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Surgery comes with scary complications, I'm an Aussie registered podiatrist which means I can perform small uncomplicated surgeries. To gain informed consent I need to make sure the patient is aware of all possible complications, including and not limited to infection, poor aesthetic results and cardiac arrest even though I only use local anesthesia. My point is this; carelessness, not understanding anatomy and not having the right tools are valid concerns in any surgery but especially when vets generalize in so many areas.

In any form of surgery, if the person performing it does not make you feel comfortable get a second opinion.
Thanks for your response. I had no idea that surgery can be perfomed by those not qualified as doctors/vets. I believe in the UK all surgery can only be done by doctors/vets.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:28 AM
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I'm fully qualified according to UK standards, a bunch of my lecturers specialised in wound care and PNA surgery through the NHS. Pods and Dentists also have surgical rights, I think people just don't come across us as much as doctors and vets.
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I'm fully qualified according to UK standards, a bunch of my lecturers specialised in wound care and PNA surgery through the NHS. Pods and Dentists also have surgical rights, I think people just don't come across us as much as doctors and vets.
Thanks for educating me!
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No worries, my parents are teachers so i think I inherited a pathological need to educate . Also, I'm not qualified in the US and not working is driving me bonkers.
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you should have a talk with your vet (and best with another vet to get a second opinion). let them look at the x-rays and talk with them about surgery and if they think it is worth the risk.
many dogs are as good as symptom free after th surgery so it is at least worth a thought.

Our dog has HD and we didn't do the surgery, but that was because the HD is already pretty far and the vet said it won't have much of effect for him...probably make it worse. he had HD on both sides and arthrosis is both knees.
he is a lot heavier than your dog though. your dog may have different problems.

We give low-dosed pain meds he gets supplements for the joints and we try to reduce a bit of the stress by walking the dog mostly on soft surfaces (forest floor and) and swimming, while still trying to keep him fit, so that the muscles can stabilise the joints.
make also sure that the dog is not too fat. the more weight the hip has to care the faster the damage could become worse.
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Thanks again everyone. We are definitely going down the referral route - I'll keep you updated re. Charlie's progress
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.....but there is always the option of finding pet insurance willing to cover pre-existing conditions.
That's a new one on me...could you name one of these insurance companies to see if they could help the OP?
Took a bit, but there is bad and good news with what I said. With the exception of the 25% off deal I mentioned (at petassure.com) virtually no one accepts a pre-existing condition. Sorry I jumped the gun and assumed. HOWEVER the ASPCA, for example, covers ongoing care and hereditary conditions up to $5,000 (some 3700 pounds). They also claim to cover a re-emergence of a condition if 180 days have passed.

https://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/re...whats-covered/
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Yes I am a veterinarian... seen many dozens of FHOs done by specialists and nary a problem... but have seen many many general practitioners do them too, and though about 90% were fine, some did not fare so well. Not a super difficult surgery... but one that does require planning, research and care if you are not a specialist. Mistakes will always be made by about everyone, but far less surgical errors if performed by someone who's primary job is to do surgery.
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Definitely agree with a referral to a specialist. I worked in the veterinary medicine field for a year as a vet tech in the US. We had many clients come to us for a second opinion on a joint issue, and it was honestly scary to see how some vets would offer to do certain operations instead of referring out to a surgeon. One in particular was a boxer with a torn CCL. This vet offered to do a largely outdated surgery that has a very high rate of failure in dogs that size. Fortunately, we were able to divert that and get them to a specialist to have a modern TPLO performed by a skilled surgeon.

I'm not sure about the UK, but in the US, our veterinary board of medicine frowns on general practice vets doing such surgeries unless it's a last ditch effort to save the dog or provide better quality of life/ease suffering. IE, the owner cannot afford a specialist or lacks the ability to travel to one. And the owner has to be fully informed that a specialist is their best option.

Anyway, good luck....Hip displaysia is no fun at all, especially when your dog is so young I hope you find a solution!
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My Dad's dog is a husky mix and was diagnosed with hip dysplasia some time ago. She's a pretty big dog, and the symptoms are most noticeable in the mornings and after long walks (or after taking her out on the dog scooter!) Nevertheless, she's still extremely active and the vet says she can live comfortably with the condition for the time being.

Since her dysplasia is moderate, he's found that using an Ortocanis dog hip brace occasionally seems to help when she's experiencing more discomfort. Especially if it's going to be a more activity-intense day.

I'm always partial to looking at all the different alternative methods prior to choosing surgery.. as it is expensive and can be a drawn out, stressful process that often doesn't fix the problem.
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