We have a black shiba inu girl, named Toto and she just reached 6 months old. Unfortunately, on 20 Mar 21 while walking, she was suddenly spooked by a truck passing by. She leaped off the ground, and subsequent we noticed her limping. Upon checking at the vet, she was diagnosed with hip dislocation. We were devastated at hearing this.
Basically, the ball of her femur is not secured in her hip socket. As shown in the x-ray above, Toto’s joint is resting against her pelvic bone, and this can cause her a lot of pain and discomfort when walking. There’s 3 options for us. The first is to go for the Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) surgery. This involved the cutting away of the femoral head. Once the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work to support the area, and act as a false joint. Second option is to try secure the femoral head back to the hip socket. However, the femoral head has been out of the hip socket for sometime, even when it’s fixed back, there is high chance of the hip dislocation occurring again with this option. The third one is to go for a Total Hip Replacement (THR). But the THR is not suitable for Toto since she’s still growing. After consulting other options and opinions, we decided that the FHO surgery is the best option. This surgery is expected to cost about $4,000 and the subsequent therapy is expected to cost around $1,000 or more.
We are devastated that Toto no longer has a normal function of her leg at only 6 months old. We really hope that Toto can walk normally and run freely like any other dogs. At the moment, we have arranged for the FHO surgery at Advanced Vetcare by Dr Nicholas Woo on 27 Mar 21. Hope Toto will recover soon after the surgery.
Toto and us will deeply appreciate donations from kind hearted souls to ease the financial strain of the surgery and post-surgery therapy. Thank you for your time.