I just wanted to share some pictures as well as a blog link [I checked the rules, if I missed something, feel free to delete this, or make me delete it!].
My Pit Bull had an FHO [femoral head ostectomy] on June 19th. My dog Seppel had uni-lateral hip dysplasia that was starting to cause him pain. When I got him two years ago I did x-ray his hips, I knew the one looked crappy - but it never gave him any trouble. However May of 2012 we tried the sport of Schutzhund [IPO], and we've been training to get our BH/IPO1 ever since. I feel that this year especially he has become a lot more active, we play ball nearly everyday, he runs on the treadmill several times a week, and we were doing bite work at least once a week. In May I could tell he was a little slower than normal, and he ended up straining his iliopsoas and only had 75% range of motion in his right hip. I consulted with the vets I work with and then also saw an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately not only can I just not afford a THR [total hip replacement], I also don't think he could be quiet for the amount of time required after the surgery. An FHO is not as good as a THR, with an FHO they cut the head of the femur off [so it is no longer in the hip socket] and the dog needs to rebuild muscle and build a false joint with scar tissue to be able to use the leg again.
When coming to this decision I decided I didn't really care of competing wasn't in our future - I just wanted my dog pain free and able to be his crazy self. For him to be a "good dog" he needs to be tired!
So anyway, I have been trying to post my blog and our story wherever I can because when I was researching the surgery it was really hard to find progress updates on dogs going through this. My hope is to keep updating until we are at least a year out. That way people who are considering this as a surgical option can see the recovery process, as well as the ending outcome, and hopefully see us either competing or just playing with the bite sleeve. I really don't care if we don't make it to competition, there are three IPO protection routines that he can learn, so it doesn't matter if we title or not.
Seppel is my very first Pit Bull and now that I have had one - that will be my future dog of choice. I have two other mutts that I adore - but they aren't nearly as tenacious or animated as Seppel is. Pics will be behind the cut, as well as a link to my blog. Right now my blog is mostly about his FHO recovery, but I have older posts that talk about where he came from, things I discovered being a new bulldog owner etc. I also talk about training, share some of our IPO experience too. I wanted my blog to help educate people who may be in my situation - first time Pit Bull owners. When I got him I had no idea what I was in for! He's been one of the best things to have in my life.
And my blog: