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Basset with elbow dysplasia surgery

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Hello folks - first post on this forum and thank you in advance for the assistance. My 2 year old basset (Zack) had elbow dysphasia surgery on Wednesday 8/29. No pins on the outside but the ortho used wires instead. For the most part he is doing OK - lot of pain controlled through meds but one thing is that he is refusing to put any weight on the leg. The on-call this weekend was not much help so looking for some insights from folks who have gone through similar surgeries. Many thanks.
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After such surgery would have thought the surgeon would have insisted on rest, any activity, even going for a wee should be on lead.
Many would advise cage rest but depends on the dog or level of control you have, ours was caged for short periods but spent most of his recovery in a basket in a small penned area, even had one in the garden so he was secure & restricted but could be with us. It really is a time too be over cautious rather than allowing him the chance however small to damage or hurt himself further. Any concerns your surgeon should be there to answer concerns or problems however trivial they might seem.
Totally agree!! Don't give him the chance to wreck this surgery!!

"all basset have elbow dysplasia it is actual called for in the breed standard" :eek: :eek: :rolleyes:

Edit - Still reeling at this comment ....... I simply can't believe you think this is the case. Animals suffering with hip/elbow dysplasia more often go on to develop arthritis in later life if they make it that far without going lame!! You mean to tell me any Breed Standard would be 'calling for' such a fault? How can any dog with 'dysplasia' be regarded as a sound animal?

If any Breed Standard is really 'calling for' this malformation of the front assembly, it needs REWRITING.
I would find it hilarious if it were not so sad and potential harmful that a couple of you think that basset hound are like no other dogs when it comes to behavior , feed. training yet in the regards of how they are put together orthopedically should be no different the labs..”

Oh dear - something else I guess, we have to agree to disagree about :mad:

To think that the Basset is just like other dogs (I don't look on the Basset as 'A DOG' in any case)? Really? :eek:

For the record I have never suggested the Basset construction is 'no different to the labs'. Far from it. But again, NO breed standard should be 'calling for' elbow dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, in the strictest sense of the condition, shouldn't ever be accepted in the breed. So are you suggesting that given they are all dysplastic (elbows), can we assume that they are all doomed to develop arthritis in later life? Hardly!!
I revisited this thread as I saw it had moved up the list. Just to say, leaving aside the crook situation, knuckling over is more likely to happen if the shoulder assembly is TOO FAR FORWARD, putting too much weight on that knuckle joint. If the shoulders are back where they should be, there should be no knuckling over.

And again the Breed Standard, wherever in the world you are, does NOT call for a degree of elbow dysplasia. The front should curve around the chest meaning there will be a SMALL degree of turning out of the front legs. This is not elbow dysplasia.
I really don't want, or need to get into all this again. Suffice to say I do not believe, and can't, that any Basset Breed Standard actually calls for elbow dysplasia. If this was the case, our poor Bassets would be condemned to a later life of pain because 'dysplasia' often means arthritis eventually. What I'm seeing in the examples shown on this website, is far from how a correct Basset front should be. And yes, to a large extent with dwarfism might lead to this form of severe abnormality. But again, NO Breed Standard for the Breed calls for that.

And if you think about it properly, if the shoulder placement is correct there should be no strain on the area that could produce knuckling over.

I've often wondered why, given such a similar construction in fronts, there isn't more of this going on in Dachshunds. Perhaps it's because they aren't so heavy!!
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