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Well, now I know why they couldn't find anything wrong. The e vet assumed it was her knee, so that's the films he took and the exam he gave. It's not. She dislocated her hip. And the grinding on the head of her femur has developed a hairline fracture. The e vet lost us the 24 hour window to do the preferred repair, of placing a screw into the joint. Now we have 2 options - FHO surgery or complete hip replacement.

TWO vets missed this. I will cut some slack to the second, who was the " re-check" but not much. She will never lay a hand on my dogs again. As for the e vet, after Mac is patched up I'm filing complaints with his licensing board and beating down the doors of everyone who has ever used him to find similar misdiagnoses.

My 8 month old baby... I can't decided if I want to cry or break things or throw up.

So, what does the forum know about FHO vs THR?
 

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OMG I am SO sorry to read this, how horrible. I would be laying complaints with that vet too. Poor, poor Mac :(
 

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Was this visit with an ortho specialist? If so, I'd ask for the pros/cons of both myself. My sister's corgi had an FHO for severe HD and recovered pretty quickly and withotu issue, but I'm nto sure that's comparable to your situation :(
It was a consult with the vet school orthos. Meeting the surgeon at 10:30 tomorrow.
 

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Oh my God, I would be livid. And inclined to start some sort of legal process with the evet to pay for the now necessary surgery.

I'm so sorry :( At least you finally know what it is, but arg.
 

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Oh my God, I would be livid. And inclined to start some sort of legal process with the evet to pay for the now necessary surgery.

I'm so sorry :( At least you finally know what it is, but arg.
Trust me, as soon as she is patched up I will come down on this fool like the hand of god. It's not all cakes and pies, being to be married to a lawyer who works too much and I sometimes get annoyed with her job, but in moments like these... Like I said, after Mac is patched up I WILL have his license.
 

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Oh man, how freaking horrible, not just the news but the lousy vet care. :mad: How does a vet miss a dislocated hip? I hope you get back all your money and have Mac's surgery paid for.

That's just inexcusable and now the dog has to go through a more serious procedure as a result.

Aargh.

Hugs to you and Mac.
 

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Oh man, how freaking horrible, not just the news but the lousy vet care. :mad: How does a vet miss a dislocated hip? I hope you get back all your money and have Mac's surgery paid for.

That's just inexcusable and now the dog has to go through a more serious procedure as a result.

Aargh.

Hugs to you and Mac.
Yup, and Itty Bitty's growth plates aren't even closed. Our choices are cut off the head and neck of her femur and rearrange muscles and tendons to create a "false joint" OR cut off the head of
her femur, hollow out the marrow at the top and insert and cement a fake joint. When it could have been fixed with a screw...

He's lucky I need the money for surgery so I can't use it for bail.
 

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Hey, if you wanna talk hip surgeries just holler. Murphy had a THR 6 years ago and he's doing well. I decided against the FHO, my regular vet wanted to do one on him right away. I had a consult with Dr. Mauterer in Mandeville shortly after, I'm not sure if he's still in Mandeville tho. Murphy's vet also dx'ed him with a cruciate injury, it turned that his knees were fine, but his hips were a mess. Not quite as serious as missing a fracture that could have been repaired...so sorry about that.
 

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Hey, if you wanna talk hip surgeries just holler. Murphy had a THR 6 years ago and he's doing well. I decided against the FHO, my regular vet wanted to do one on him right away. I had a consult with Dr. Mauterer in Mandeville shortly after, I'm not sure if he's still in Mandeville tho. Murphy's vet also dx'ed him with a cruciate injury, it turned that his knees were fine, but his hips were a mess. Not quite as serious as missing a fracture that could have been repaired...so sorry about that.
YES! Will PM you now. I was recommended Dr Hancock, also in Mandeville, or I have to go to Houston. Apparently LSU won't do THR???
 

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jeezus murphy.

can't remember how you thought she 'injured' herself in the first place.

playing with another dog was it?

it usually takes a lot of force to dislocate a joint.

i hope she will be ok.

Hugz to Mac.
 

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Many places don't do THRs, the local ortho specialist in New Orleans only does FHOs. I think Dr. Hancock is in a new place in Mandeville, I don't think South Paws was open when Murphy needed surgery. I know of someone that had an ortho surgery there, not a THR, and they were pleased. I'm not sure if Dr. Mauterer is still practicing, but his place is The Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center in Mandeville.
 

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jeezus murphy.

can't remember how you thought she 'injured' herself in the first place.

playing with another dog was it?

it usually takes a lot of force to dislocate a joint.

i hope she will be ok.

Hugz to Mac.
Yeah, she was playing with Leo in the yard. Normal play, supervised. At the moment she collapsed she was sprinting back towards us at full tilt. Nothing out of the ordinary. Probably a structural defect that would have manifested either way. At this point it's all speculation, but could be she's HD. Either way, the dislocation misdiagnosis caused the grinding fracture. Now we get to
have her femur lopped off, and build a new joint.
 

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And we did everything we thought we were supposed to do... She collapsed screaming, we scooped her up and high tailed it to e vet almost immediately (maybe 30 minutes). Then recheck after he came up with "aww, shes ok, maybe ACL). Got the drawer test 2xs. Always just "rimadyl and rest" cuz everyone was looking at the damn knee.
 

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In vet school I was taught young dogs who are good surgical candidates should go for a Total Hip Replacement. The FHO is more of a salvage surgery when the dog is older, disease is too advanced, or due to financial restrictions (FHO isn't that cheap though!).

Here is a good site that explains the difference and science behind both options...

FHO

I'm sorry this happened to your girl. I hope you get your questions addressed in her vet visit tomorrow.
 

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So sorry about this. Thankfully, you know what the problem is now. I dread ever having an issue with my dog after normal vet hours and having to use an e-vet. I hope you get this all sorted out for girl. I can't imagine walking on a dislocated hip....makes me shudder.
 

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:)

I do not do facebook.

too busy for me. :)

I am just wondering if her conformation is the cause of her issue..........

or if she just has 'bad' hips.

inguiring mind always on a need to know. :)

Hugz to your girl.
 
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