Post # 1
I have a two year old Shiba Inu, and he has been limping more and more the past few months, so I took him to the vet a few weeks ago. Through about 3 different vet visits, we’ve discovered that he has a luxating patella (his kneecap slips out of its place and rubs against bone).
I took him in for surgery today. They said he isn’t scheduled for the procedure until later in the day, so I’ve had my phone right next to me all day today waiting for the call that he’s okay. I feel terrible since he was pretty scared this morning.
Has anyone else had this kind of surgery done on a smallish (25 lbs) dog? Are there any specific things you did post-op other than restrict running and stairs?
I’m hoping for a phone call from the vet with good news!
Post # 3
I’m sorry I wish I could help, but just wanted to say that I’m sure your adorable pup will be just fine. Just follow what the vet says. And maybe buy him a bit of puppy ice cream! (No joke….they make ice cream for dogs lol, we gave some to our dog who is about 50 lbs after he got fixed last year). Good luck, and don’t worry, I’m sure he is in good hands! Let us know how he does!
Post # 4
Poor baby 🙁 So glad he’s having the problem fixed though. I’m sorry you’re so worried. It’s so hard with pets because we know they’re scared but we have no real way to tell them that we are helping them and that everything is ok. I’m sure you will get the call very soon and I am sure he breezed through the surgery! 🙂
Post # 5
What a sweet dog! Hope he’s doing ok!
Post # 6
You’ll get a good call. Don’t worry. I’m sure he’s in great hands!!!!!!
Post # 7
Poor baby!! Sending some love and prayers your way!
Post # 8
Hey! My parents MinPin had this surgery done several years ago! He was fine and he still is! He was like new after! Good luck! Keep us posted!
Post # 9
Oh Poor thing! Sending good, healing thoughts your way!
Post # 10
I got a phone call just after six last night telling me he had been awake for about an hour and he’s doing well. The thing that worried me is that they don’t have someone there for 24 hours to monitor him. I’m going to call this morning to see how he’s doing. I’ll update soon though. Again, if anyone has any tips on post-op care, let me know!
Post # 11
I’m glad to hear he is recovering ok. When are they allowing him to go home? I always prefer to have my dogs stay with me at home, than overnight at a vet if there is no one there overnight, but your vet knows best.
I have Poms, and luxating patellas are most common in my breed (44% are affected according to OFA), so I have heard a lot of stories! It’s a pretty common procedure, so he should be ok, but if the type of surgery he is doing requires pins and not just deepening the groove, you may need to go back every once in a while to get the pins checked out. You really have to restrict his movement for a while, which I’m sure your vet will tell you… a lot of crate time, but it’s crucial 🙁 Also, do not let him jump up and down and avoid stairs. Regular exercise when he is all better is good, like walking, but not jumping.
Glucosamine with msm should help with pain, and helps to build cartilege. This is what a lot of people do to prevent surgery on a dog that already has a luxating patella problem in my breed, but not yet needs surgery, so I think it could only help after surgery as well, but check with your vet on that.
Good luck and hoping for a successful recovery!!
Post # 12
I don’t have any advice besides giving him lots of TLC when he comes home, but you probably already knew that Just wanted to say that he is an absolutely adorable dog and good luck!! I am sure he will recover perfectly.
Post # 13
@europomme: I’ve heard that it’s a pretty common problem in spitz-type breeds. I have been giving him glucosamine since his other knee is a grade 1, which they won’t operate on. I’m going to call them tonight before they close to see how he is doing.
They told me he won’t be able to go home until at least tomorrow, if not Saturday depending on how well his recovery is going. I don’t want to go visit because I’m afraid he’d get excited and cause stress on his leg, not to mention I’d feel like I was leaving him there all over again haha.
I’m a little nervous because he’s a pretty energetic little guy, and for anyone who has ever been around a Shiba, he takes the “Shiba 500” very seriously. 🙂 His most favorite thing in the world is to run laps at turbo speed around the living room.
I bring him to work with me every day, so all my co-workers have been asking about him. I’m lucky for that, since I’ll be able to keep an eye on him at all times instead of having to leave him alone in his crate and hope he doesn’t find a way to escape! I’m hoping they’ll call me tomorrow and tell me I can bring him home. I don’t like the fact that nobody is there after 9 to monitor him. 🙁