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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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He is perky and being his naughty self and also trying to chase rabbits (UGH). It is all done while hopping on 3 legs. Just breaks my heart.
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.
Zack is always on the leash and tied to a fixed object
OK but is he supervised, any period of recovery should be kept calm & monitored. Weight bearing is good but again supervised.
FranksMum "all basset have elbow dysplasia it is actual called for in the breed standard" :o :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? [URL said:[/URL]

If any Breed Standard is really 'calling for' this malformation of the front assembly, it needs REWRITING.
Totally agree, sad such deformities are considered expectable, dismissed as 'normal', shameful; makes me want to weep & a tragedy for those dogs who have to live with them. Arthritis is unpleasant, it can be managed but long term pain relief causes other problems & it only gets worse as the years pass.
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