Consultation with the surgeon
Yesterday we took Howie to meet with the surgeon. He made us feel much more comfortable with the inevitable and made the recovery sound less taxing than I had read online. We have to remember that dogs are not human and do not have the same emotions, regret, or pain experiences that we have. I love my dog to death but I know that he is resilient and will bounce back quickly. Most dogs forget they even have no hip according to the surgeon. I feel much better about the procedure, which he will have next week. The one regret I have is not signing up for pet insurance before going to the vet. I had researched the signs and knew he might have it but didn’t put two and two together.
Here are some xrays that were similar to his, although his was much more depleted at the top of the femoral head. (Courtesy of TopDog and http://www.fhoguide.com/FHO-hip-problems.php)