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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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We had a springer spaniel who had total hip replacements between the ages of 5 and 6. So she wasn't quite as young as your dog, but she was very active, even before her surgery. The hips were done some months apart. After the first hip replacement, we could tell the difference in her behavior immediately! Between hip replacements, we had to have a disk in her back worked on because all those years of throwing her weight forward to take the pressure off her hips caused her to blow the disk. After she healed from the back surgery, we did the other hip. In total, she spent 22 wks total tethered to my waist to keep her quiet during recovery for the three surgeries.

The results were amazing, though! She never looked back. She lived for 10 years after the surgeries and had great freedom of motion and no apparent pain for the rest of her life.

The key is the recovery period. Follow the surgeon's recommendations to the letter. With Priscilla, she was not allowed to jump, run, or use the people furniture. Of course, she had other ideas, which is why she was tethered to my waist all that time. I have fond memories of sitting with her in front of the TV, watching public television's children's programming all afternoon because my only other choice would have been soap operas (I have to admit, though, I've never been able to look Barney in the face since... )
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