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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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one of ours had a similar surgery to correct 3 ortho problems including the elbow.

she has a plate and pins however.

was between 1 and 2 years old....

5 weeks cage rest.

about day 2 or 3 post op she refused to put weight on it, lifting it up as soon as it touched down.

We called the surgeon and brought her in for evaluation. concern was that something had slipped out of alignment.

she was evaluated and all was fine. vet says it was just sore. she did well.

I would still run it by the surgeon if I were you.
Thank you 3K; we'll give the surgeon a call tomorrow as soon as his office opens. 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.
2 points:

agree about the cage rest. was critical for 5 weeks with us. out to pee, poop on lead then back in cage

disagree about no evidence surgery works.

Sophies before and after xrays show the clear improvement in the elbow congruency (and of course the other problems corrected by the surgery)
Zack is always on the leash and tied to a fixed object. There were a couple of times he made the run for the rabbits - suckers can be so nimble when they want to be. Thanks all for the advice. We called the surgeon on Monday and his take was that it will take 2-3 weeks before they put weight on the leg. So far so good we hope.
OK but is he supervised, any period of recovery should be kept calm & monitored. Weight bearing is good but again supervised.
He is supervised - for the most part. Bless my wife. I travel for work Mon-Thurs so she does the heavy lifting.
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