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Hi, my baby dislocated her leg yesterday. She is a 9yr old Bichon, she has been suffering from allergies since she was a pup. I've seen different vets and unfortunately there is not much they can do. Couple of years back she developed a bladder stone, very small one. The vet said she could only give her a special dry food, Urinary SO. Well, though thankfully she has not urinated blood ever since, i know her food only makes her allergies recurring.
There are times when her allergies calm down, though she ALWAYS scratches. But there are times when her allergies flare up really bad developing ear infections and yeast problems. This year though, she has the worst allergies ever! Her paws are extremely bad! Yeasty, raw, infected, they are so bad every time i clean them i cry because i wish i could cure her, she deserves to be a healthy dog. She has many spots on her skin, they are red and some of them have this yellow stuff coming out of them. I am treating her for all of that, she's currently on Ketaconazole (antifungal) and Cephalexin (antibiotic) as far as her allergies go, i don't know how to get rid of them forever... I'm afraid to stop feeding her that food and then her bladder stone causing trouble again. I've tried bathing her with applecide vinegar, coconut oil, and is not helping

To top it all... on sunday as i was cleaning her paws as always, my dog was laying down facing up and i was holding her back leg with one hand and cleaning it with the other, i had no one to help me, i do this daily, but this time her paw hurted while cleaning it and so she made a forceful turn, she twisted very hard that before i could let go of her leg, her leg twisted causing her to cry loud for a few minutes. I started crying and panicking, i felt terribly bad and guilty. I took her to her vet today, they took xrays and her leg is slightly dislocated from her hip (or her hip) i am not really sure, vet says is her hip but to me it looks like its her leg. Anyways, she said i only have two options. Where they will try to put it back to place with out surgery or the open reduction where they will cut the head of the bone... both are under anesthesia.

I am really scared of having her under anesthesia because of her age and skin issues at the moment. The vet says she would need to have it done by the end of this week, but i am really worried of her leg getting infected during her surgery by her yeasty skin issues. Also i'm afraid that the current meds she is on may cause complications with the anesthesia, she also started taking Tramadol today for pain. She's only gone through anesthesia twice, when she was a puppy and was spayed (breeder did it before we got her) and another when she was 6 because they had to check her ears and she would not let nobody touch them, everything seemed to have turned out fine but a couple days later i noticed that one of her eyes looked like what would be a cataract! I still think it was from the anesthesia, vet says she doesn't think it was from that. This is another reason i'm afraid to put her under anesthesia.

I did ask this questions to her vet and i will call back tomorrow again because i need reassurance, this is not an easy decision. And it would really help me ease my mind reading stories of others that have gone through this procedure
Was your dog able to walk, run, jump, climb stairs normal? Will it become painful as time goes by for example during cold times? I'm scared that my doggy will not walk the same. I feel so guilty i shouldn't had cleaned her paws that day :( i wish i could take her pain instead. I cant stop blaming myself, i've been crying all day, but you see... she is a very strong dog, she has proven me many times that she is a lot stronger than me, she might be in pain but i don't know because she wont show it, she doesn't let it get to her, she still wants to eat my food, and acts like nothing bad has happened, yet i am here crying like a baby :'(

I love her more than i could put into words, she came to me in the roughest time of my life, she saved me, we can't live without each other. I don't want to lose her but i want her to be able to walk again, winter is around the corner and she loves running in the snow.

Thank you very much if you finished reading all my post. And sorry for writing too much but maybe i needed to let this out, no one else understands my love for her, they laugh and say she's just a dog.
 

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I am not able to give you any advice I just want to say I know exactly how you feel and I am so sad you are having to go through it.It never gets any easier to see our pet in any kind of pain...I'm sure you are a wonderful owner so please try not to feel guilty.My Keeshond had both her knees operated on when she was 6yrs,and went on to live happily,running etc.for years.There are many on this forum who have dogs with allergies and I know you will get help from them.Really,I just wanted to send you healing thoughts and big hugs to you both.
 

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My dog Jessie has urine and allergie issues. Have you tried the anallergenic food? really helped Jessies allergies unless given something that didnt agree. Jessies PH is high (she had high ph, cysitis and crystals in november) and with it being high again risk of devloping crystals. Vet said we have TWO options do nothing wait and see because right now her allergies are more important to consider, or we put her on the special food and not the k9 natural venison but he wants Jessie happy and allergy free right now.

So Jessie has just about come off anallergenic and onto k9 natural freeze dried venison. I have no doubts the food is aggrevating the allergies and id go to another vet re allergies
 

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I wouldn't hesitate to have the surgery done if that's what the vet is advising. If you doubt your vet, consult with an orthopedic specialist. I had an 11 year old dog who had major knee surgery for a torn ACL. She was the oldest dog the surgeon had ever done this type of surgery on. My dog did fine, though the recovery time and rehab took longer than it would have for a younger dog.

Anesthesia is relatively safe for most dogs. I doubt that the cataract was a result of the anesthesia. I wouldn't worry about infection from the skin problem getting into the incision. The surgeon will be aware of that and will take precautions and advise you on how to care for the post op incision.
 
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