Just 6 more days and I'm not sure I'm ready. It still feels like an elective surgery and how do I look him in the eyes and communicate to him that this is in the long term going to make him more comfortable?
Marlin was one of my SFAS foster dogs I adopted 7 years ago when he was one. Soon I noticed he wasn't putting all his weight on one hind leg. The surgeon in ABQ told me he had a hip that wasn't in great shape, but his knee was worse. He got TPLO (knee) surgery so his ACL wouldn't tear and the surgeon thought his hip could possibly be "managed" without surgery but time would tell.
At just about 8 years old he still runs like a greyhound and jumps in the car on his own. But he still doesn't put all his weight on that hind leg. The vet says that leg has atrophied. Over the years he's been getting glucosamine, adequan injections, dasuquan. The surgeon has been experimenting with stem cells but doesn't recommend it at this point.
If I screw up just once during his 3 month recovery period he could be completely lame or worse for the rest of his life.
Any advice from those who've been through a hip replacement, or tips on how to keep a dog who is used to being free confined for so long is appreciated.