posted on Feb, 13 2020 @ 09:33 AM
a reply to: Trucker1
We got him as a pup and it developed pretty quickly. He was the biggest of the litter. I was kind of surprised how fast they developed. He was less
than a year when we had his hip removed (probably about 7 months we noticed him start yelping when he'd get up). Within a month or so he couldn't
get up at all on his own.
Was also surprised at the new vet procedures for this. They just remove the hip altogether; ball, socket everything (actually, I'm not sure about the
socket). Anyway, the idea is, scar tissue will form where the hip joint used to be and actually form what amounts to a new hip (functionally
speaking). He can run and jump like any other pup now, but it was a LONG recovery process (and not a fun one either)! I think Rhode's about 5 now.
He does run kind of funny now, but it works perfectly for him. Pretty miraculous actually.
The vet wanted to do both at the same time, but we elected to just do the one. Gawd, I can't even begin to imagine what a double would have been like
to recover from!! It was about 3-4 months of recovery as it was, first 8 weeks in a crate. His leg was like a chicken leg just dangling there at
first, swinging back and forth. We had to teach him to walk on 3 legs after the first 8 weeks. Once he had that down he could at least get around,
and slowly but surely he got his muscle control built up and his 'new' leg just started working better and better. Now you couldn't really tell
unless someone told you. You can kind of tell when we shear him for summer, one side of his hip looks different, more muscular.
But as for the cold, this dog just loves the cold weather. He will go find a snow bank to lay in, even in the worst weather. He'd rather be outside
than inside. He can come in whenever he wants, but he's content to stay outside on 'patrol'. It's kind of funny too; ACD's are usually the tougher
of the two breeds, but not with these two. Rhode's coat is so thick you can't run a brush or comb through it. Regular shears just jamb up on him, we
have to use an actual sheep shear to get through that really fine coat underneath. It's like an inch of felt, that's how thick it is.