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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Oh Petra, I'm just NOW reading this… it makes me so very sad for you I know how much your babies mean to you, and I know what it's like to live in a strange country… I have no experience w/this, but I would get a second opinion and if she's able to manage her pain on meds then I would just do that. The laser surgery sounds like a great option, but I'm not sure if that is available to you. I'm so sorry you are going thru this, but you know that we will be here for you no matter what decision you make. It will be okay
    Thank you Tracey the thing is Boeboe isn't even on any pain medicine regularly, I've given it to her I think maybe 5 times for the past 18 months... and I only give her one pill for one or possibly two days if it's needed. So to me it's madness having her go through this operation, she's perfectly fine for 9 months out of 12 and for the remaining 3 she's doing good most of the time as well. My husband is a great person, he's just a fan of surgeries. He'd do it to himself as well, what can't be fixed with chamomile tea, prep cream or disprin needs to be operated.... I just don't know, maybe he's right, maybe for the future this will be for the best... but I'm just stressed and scared. It doesn't make it any easier that I have to be home alone on the 23 - 24 just waiting to hear everything is ok, I just don't know how I'll make it. I can't go with cos I have to stay home with the rest of the kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    Boeboe's got hip dysplasia she was diagnosed with it in May 2012, she was then 2 years old. She'd never shown any signs of hurting or limping previous to the time when she got diagnosed. The vet said it's not a bad case of hip dysplasia and he thought she'd be fine for now on supplements and that surgery wasn't necessary at this stage.

    We live in South Africa and even though it's a warm climate it gets cold during the nights in winter. We have about three winter months and it's not always cold, the temperatures can go down to about 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit) but when the sun gets up it quickly gets warmer. My point with this is that Boeboe gets a bit stiff and sometimes struggle to get up if she's cold. But once she's up she walks normally and runs around going crazy, not showing any signs of pain or limping. During winter months we have given her pain medicine if she's shown signs of hurting, it has happened maybe 4-5 times that she's needed it.

    My husband booked her in for her Femoral head removal surgery on December 23 and I'm a MESS I can't help but think it might be a mistake? I'd really like to get some thoughts and feedback on what you guys think. Is it worth it for her to have the surgery when she's not showing pain at all for most of the year? or does she just hide the pain well...

    I'm feeling really lost, my husband says he thinks she needs the surgery and I agree that if she's going to have it she should probably have it done while she's still fairly young? Or doesn't it matter? It's hard for me while at the vet cos they speak Afrikaans and I'm not following it completely which leaves me with questions.

    And to be honest I'm scared that something will happen to her, only writing this makes me cry. I can't explain why I feel so scared, she's had operations before on her eyes due to Entropion and she did really well. I don't know if I'm stressing cos of the things I read here or if I just don't think it's a good idea right now. I can't tell...

    Please help me think about this more objective, my fear gets the best of me when it comes to this.
    Petra, I'm really sorry to hear this. Blue was diagnosed with mild HD 3 months ago at 9 months old.

    This is what I was told: 1. Keep him on the slim side. This is the best thing that can be done for pain management.
    2. HD causes Arthritis, there's no way around . That's the reason she'll be stiff in the cold, or after she wakes up. Some exercise daily is a must for as long as possible. It will keep her from getting stiff, which in turns keeps her from hurting.
    3. HD is a degenerative condition. It gets worse over time. HOWEVER, mild HD in most bullies can be managed by diet, exercise and anti-inflammatory meds. Once Arthritis sets in, there's no surgery that will get rid of it.
    Just want you to know that even though you haven't mentioned Arthritis, that's what's causing the stiffness. Again, the surgery will NOT get rid of the arthritis.

    Petra, I'm hoping you're getting a second opinion from an Orthopedic Surgeon. Don't go to a regular vet.

    Also, according to OFFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) a not for profit organization, over 60% of bullies have some form of Hip Dysplasia. According to my Orthopedic Surgeon, the number is higher. Most just go undiagnosed because they don't show many symptoms. Just want you to know you're not alone.

    to you and BoeBoe

    Keep us updated.


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    Petra, I'm really sorry to hear this. Blue was diagnosed with mild HD 3 months ago at 9 months old.

    This is what I was told: 1. Keep him on the slim side. This is the best thing that can be done for pain management.
    2. HD causes Arthritis, there's no way around . That's the reason she'll be stiff in the cold, or after she wakes up. Some exercise daily is a must for as long as possible. It will keep her from getting stiff, which in turns keeps her from hurting.
    3. HD is a degenerative condition. It gets worse over time. HOWEVER, mild HD in most bullies can be managed by diet, exercise and anti-inflammatory meds. Once Arthritis sets in, there's no surgery that will get rid of it.
    Just want you to know that even though you haven't mentioned Arthritis, that's what's causing the stiffness. Again, the surgery will NOT get rid of the arthritis.

    Petra, I'm hoping you're getting a second opinion from an Orthopedic Surgeon. Don't go to a regular vet.

    Also, according to OFFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) a not for profit organization, over 60% of bullies have some form of Hip Dysplasia. According to my Orthopedic Surgeon, the number is higher. Most just go undiagnosed because they don't show many symptoms. Just want you to know you're not alone.

    to you and BoeBoe

    Keep us updated.
    I agree w/this 100%… Winston's regular vet was all set to do the entropion surgery, and when I went to the specialist she said that he didn't need it right NOW!!! Honestly I think some vets are just so prone to cut on bully's, and they don't understand how dangerous it can be for them.
    @Petra … I'm sure that whatever you decide she will be fine!!! I'm sorry that you have to be alone while she is recovering, but you can always come on here… we will be here for you!!! Do you have an orthopedic surgeon close to you so that you could get a second opinion? I have to drive to Nashville to see ANY specialists for Winston so I can only imagine how it is in South Africa...

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    If she's only hurting for 2 months out of the yr I would opt not doing surgery. I know every dog is different, ad YOU know her better than anyone!! Maybe u could call around and see if anyone does laser therapy there. Not a lot of vets are doing it yet but I really think in the near future a lot of clinics will start w the laser therapy. Lots of nfl, nbl etc are using the laser treatment for athletes as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    Petra, I'm really sorry to hear this. Blue was diagnosed with mild HD 3 months ago at 9 months old.

    This is what I was told: 1. Keep him on the slim side. This is the best thing that can be done for pain management.
    2. HD causes Arthritis, there's no way around . That's the reason she'll be stiff in the cold, or after she wakes up. Some exercise daily is a must for as long as possible. It will keep her from getting stiff, which in turns keeps her from hurting.
    3. HD is a degenerative condition. It gets worse over time. HOWEVER, mild HD in most bullies can be managed by diet, exercise and anti-inflammatory meds. Once Arthritis sets in, there's no surgery that will get rid of it.
    Just want you to know that even though you haven't mentioned Arthritis, that's what's causing the stiffness. Again, the surgery will NOT get rid of the arthritis.

    Petra, I'm hoping you're getting a second opinion from an Orthopedic Surgeon. Don't go to a regular vet.

    Also, according to OFFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) a not for profit organization, over 60% of bullies have some form of Hip Dysplasia. According to my Orthopedic Surgeon, the number is higher. Most just go undiagnosed because they don't show many symptoms. Just want you to know you're not alone.

    to you and BoeBoe

    Keep us updated.
    The place we're taking them to isn't really a normal vet, they are specialists and they are also involved in charity work so I know they care and are not only in it for the money. I really like them and they LOVE Boeboe, she's a regular there My husband says he'll let the vet have the final call on whether to operate or not... so if he says she needs it I'm fine with it.

    She's on supplements managing the arthritis and we're trying to keep her on the slimmer side, but unfortunately she's one of those bullies with a big butt.

    Thanks for info, support and hugs it always feels better after venting a bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    I agree w/this 100%… Winston's regular vet was all set to do the entropion surgery, and when I went to the specialist she said that he didn't need it right NOW!!! Honestly I think some vets are just so prone to cut on bully's, and they don't understand how dangerous it can be for them.
    @Petra … I'm sure that whatever you decide she will be fine!!! I'm sorry that you have to be alone while she is recovering, but you can always come on here… we will be here for you!!! Do you have an orthopedic surgeon close to you so that you could get a second opinion? I have to drive to Nashville to see ANY specialists for Winston so I can only imagine how it is in South Africa...
    Thank you Tracey we've decided to go for what ever the vet thinks is best for Boeboe. Our vet is a specialist, and I do trust him if he says she needs surgery. I just need it to be based on facts and not only my husbands sudden opinion. Something that's interesting is that hip replacement specially made for bulldogs were developed here at the university of Pretoria and our vet preforms these kinds of surgeries. It's a major surgery though and we'll go for the FHO as it is less invasive and not as expensive.

    I'll definitely hang around here while she's away, I wish so badly I could go with but I'll just be a mess and the rest of the furkids can't be alone for that long as I refuse to leave them outside unattended. I just have to trust it works out for the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexterwayne View Post
    If she's only hurting for 2 months out of the yr I would opt not doing surgery. I know every dog is different, ad YOU know her better than anyone!! Maybe u could call around and see if anyone does laser therapy there. Not a lot of vets are doing it yet but I really think in the near future a lot of clinics will start w the laser therapy. Lots of nfl, nbl etc are using the laser treatment for athletes as well
    I'll tell my husband about the laser and ask him to bring it up when he's there and they have the x-rays to look at. I think if they do laser around here our vet will be one of the first to have it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    I'll tell my husband about the laser and ask him to bring it up when he's there and they have the x-rays to look at. I think if they do laser around here our vet will be one of the first to have it
    Great when are y'all taking we in for the X-rays? Keep us updated!!!
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