Well, MacGyver had hip removal surgery on his first hip Monday.
The surgery went very well, and my regular vet assisted the
surgical specialist just so he could observe the procedure.
Normally, the dog would stay at the animal hospital for a day
or two, but MacGyver was being the Painmeister that he is, so
we got to go pick him up the same day as the surgery ;-) !
He was flying high on the morphine given him, but the specialist
told us, "Bless his heart... he's already trying to walk on his
Well... he was a hurting puppy for about a day. It is now the
third day after surgery and he is regularly putting weight on the
leg. The specialist said it might take three or more weeks before
he used the leg, but MacGyver doesn't seem to have that much
patience. He's grumpy and won't let our other GSD come within
a yard of him, but his disposition seems to be gradually improving.
He's on antibiotics and aspirin, but that's it. And in spite of
having to put most all of his weight on the other un-operated and
dysplastic hip, he's getting up and down the stairs to go outside
with relative ease. He's sleeping a lot and is not the least bit
interested in playing, but I guess I can't ask for everything.
Oh, yeah.... His first birthday was the day after the surgery, poor
thing ;-(. I guess I'll have to get him a raw steak dinner to
celebrate the removal of his stitches in two weeks instead! (And
there's a LOT of stitches -- about 12 inches worth.)