Dear Dr. J,
I volunteer with a dog rescue and foster dogs. I was fostering a dog that was hit by a car and one of the things she was recovering from was FHO surgery. I am thankful that I found your site and product. The dog’s FHO was recovering but she had sustained many other injuries that she could not recover from and is in doggie heaven now.
I really appreciate the time you took to create the site, the videos and all of information including the tablets. For those of us who volunteer and foster dogs, your site and information is much appreciated. Keep up the great work!
Dr. James St. Clair at TopDog Animal Health & Rehabilitation,
I would just like to first off give you a HUGE Thank You from myself (michelle vickers) and my dog Spud (4 year old Louisiana Catahoula Leopard). Thanks to your Home rehabilitation guide & step by step process we have had a huge improvement in only 1 weeks time. We started this process 2 weeks after Spuds FHO surgery due to lack of improvements and frustration. I cannot explain how happy I am that I found your guide out there on the internet (and for FREE).
I began looking for help 2 weeks after Spuds surgery when we went to the vet to have his stitches removed and they told me they were surprised he was not doing better and more with his leg. They did give me a hand out after surgery with a few of the same exercises that are in your weeks 1&2. They sent me home that day with the advice to work inclines with him and recommended hydro therapy. I was pretty upset and frustrated that was all the advice I received. So when I got home I jumped on the internet in search of help.
This is when I found your guide, downloaded it and began to use it. We began this on Tues, April 25th 2012. It has only been 6 days and we just (literally) came in from our therapy session 2 of the day (Monday, April 30th 2012) and Spud walked the whole 5 minutes on his leg, was not tense during PROM, motion work, and totally relaxed during massage & passed out during ice time. I have followed your guide very closely and have done therapy at least 3x a day. (time consuming Yes, Success YES) Especially with a 5 month old baby girl, 3 other dogs, 4 horses, 2 goats, and multiple other little critters. I also use the log you made available and note after every therapy session as to what went on good or bad improvements or something different I may have tried and have found this to be very helpful!
I am going to pass your guide on to my vet to hand out to others after dogs receive this surgery. I am also going to hydro therapy with Spud and will be taking the guide with me there to give to them in case any other pet parent is at a loss with frustration of healing their best friend after surgery.
I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to put together such an awesome guide and making it available for FREE to the public. Your expertise and knowledge has helped us out in a wondeful way.
I am a trainer myself and it always feels good to hear back from clients about how you have made a change in their life, success stories, and that you’re helping people out with their animals. Also this is so you know your guide is being used on the net!
Spud and the rest of my dogs are all working dogs whether obedience, agility, or therapy work. They are C.G.C. and T.D.I. and I can’t wait to get Spud back on his feet and working again! Feel free to use any of my email so others know this really works when you put in the time.
REALLY like the total support dog harness device. It has helped make my job of supporting my dog Tipper a lot easier. Tipper is recovering from FHO surgery. The booklet with the rehab tips is awesome, exactly what I was looking for. Again thank you!
Another satisfied patient Dr. J — Dreamer is 14 weeks post FHO surgery and doing absolutely fantastic! Her muscle is strong, her gait is consistent. I just can’t believe she doesn’t limp!! I never thought I’d be able to say that. She is still shifting her weight when standing still, but the amount of pressure she applies has increased. We’re still doing the water therapy in our hot tub a couple of times a week and she takes a 30 minute walk along with her 2 siblings almost every evening. She is one happy, active 10 lb sheltie! Through this wonderful social media I gained the confidence and knowledge necessary to get Dreamer on the right path to the road to recovery and I want to thank Dr. J and our wonderful TopDog family from the bottom of my heart. We couldn’t have done it without you!
My Newfoundland was diagnosed with SEVERE hip dysplasia and our vet determined that the best approach would be FHO surgery. When we were able to bring her home, the vet failed to inform us on what to expect. When her leg was dangling and she sat on it and urinated all over it, I freaked. I came inside and cleaned her up and tried to call the vet. He was not available so I resorted to the internet where I found TOP DOG HEALTH and a book on my dogs surgery. I read what I could and downloaded the E-BOOK. It was such a relief that what I was experiencing the first couple of hours with her was all NORMAL. When I was finally was able to talk with the vet he said it was a llittle overkill using the book but I thought it made more since than he did. My husband works in WOUND CARE and said all the therapy can only help. It has been 7 days and we have started the moist heat and she is walking on her injured leg with about 25% pressure most of the time and she is loving all the attention during therapy time. Without the book I would not know what to do or how to do it properly. Thank you so much Top Dog Health!
Misty is 8 weeks post FHO and is doing remarkable thanks to this rehabilitation plan, website and Facebook page. The weekly emails keep us on track and moving forward. She barely has a limp and she has been actually using the leg since the first week. The information you provide is complete and comprehensive. Her recovery has been smooth. Thanks so much for your invaluable work.
Hi Dr. Stclair,
My name is Jody and almost 2 years ago, my dog Nutmeg (Nutty) had to have an FHO done. I work as a receptionist in a vet clinic and this was the surgery the vet recommended as I could not afford a total hip replacement at Ohio State University. Nutty weighs about 88 pounds, a husky mix. She is a pound puppy, got her at 6 weeks. However, she does have severe hip dysplasia and one hip became dislocated and would not stay in the socket….which wasn’t formed enough to hold the ball in there. To make a long story short, we had the surgery and the vet gave me no go home instructions except to keep her quiet. Duh!!!! That’s when I got online and found your rehab booklet. I printed it out and did therapy on her 3 times a day….as much of it as I could do. Needless to say, the moist heat, massages and exercises helped her tremendously.
When I told the vet about my discovery of your booklet online….he got kind of crappy with me and said we shouldn’t be looking online for medical advice. Ha!!!….when he did another FHO….guess what?…he asked me for your booklet that I downloaded. And then later again….he asked for it for another patient. So I’m going to see if he’ll order your Guides…he’s heard me tell people that I got the booklet from Top Dog and I’ve referred people to your website. Not sure how many actually go there, but I have told people about it. My dog is doing wonderful, thanks to the vet but also, many thanks to you for the therapy I was able to help her through. She leads a normal life and you’d never be able to tell she’s even had surgery. She does great.
My 2 year old Border Collie (Aiyana) had to have FHO surgery (birth defect). I was totally in the dark with what to expect and what I needed to do. After hours of research, I was still lost. I downloaded the FHO booklet from TopDog. This booklet was amazing! It told me step by step what to expect and what I should be doing to allow my dog a 100% recovery. I printed out a copy for my vet as well and he loved it. Vets are “experts” on surgeries but few are “experts” on after-care. TopDog specializes in the after-care side and it shows in their booklets. I have recommended them to everyone I know (I am a dog trainer so I know plenty of pet parents). 6 months post-op and Aiyana is better now than she ever was. Thank you TopDog for the wonderful booklets. Because of you, my dog will be able to do agility!