This is the story of Indy and her long heartbreaking and expensive recovery. Indy’s owners responsibly wrote to Beverley to warn her about Indy’s condition as they were only worried about the effect of Rutland Manor’s breeding program. Beverley described Indy’s condition as “a storm in a teacup”. When Indy’s owners forwarded veterinary evidence that confirmed hip dysplasia, Beverley as usual blamed the vets. Beverley is breeding cruelty.
Just wanted to up date you on whats been happening with my Indy Doodledog. (b 12 November 2002 to Gypsy and Cadet, story in Testimonial No.5). The last 6 months have been a rollercoaster ride for Indy and all of us that care about her.
In October last year we went ahead with the hip replacement surgery. There is no canine specialist hip surgeon in Canberra, where we live, so we had to see a surgeon in Sydney, a 3 hour drive. (Surgeon David and his staff were fabulous). It was difficult to decide which hip should be done as the X-rays showed they were both badly deformed so the surgeon didn’t have a lot to work with. She ended up having her right hip done. Her leg was in a sling for 2 weeks and we knew that she was in for a long rehab. However we didn’t count on 2 days after the sling and stitches being removed that Indy would dislocate the new hip!! We knew this was a rare complication of the surgery however it is usually associated with too much activity too soon after the surgery. Indy’s hip however dislocated in the night when she was rolling over in her sleep. She was in incredible pain!!!! We rushed her straight back to Sydney and David and his team preformed an emergency Triple Pelvic Osteotomy where the pelvis is broken in 3 places and the hip socket is realigned to prevent it dislocating. This meant another 2 weeks in a sling and 50 staples it was awful!!!!! When the sling and staples were removed her leg had become so wasted that she couldn’t use it at all. After another 2 weeks of not using it at all we took her back to Sydney and Indy stayed for a week for some intensive physiotherapy treatment. We received a very distressed phone call from David who said he couldn’t see any improvement and he felt it was cruel to continue. He felt there was nothing else they could do to help her recover the use of the leg and given that her other hip was unlikely to be unable to support her for any length of time we had some hard decisions to make.(I think David was just as devastated as we were!) This was in the second week in December. We decided to make sure her pain was managed and wait until after Christmas before making any decisions. Neither the Specialist or our local vet thought that she would regain the use of her leg so we thought we were looking at possibly a wheel chair, or if the pain couldn’t be managed having her euthanised. Christmas this year was NOT fun! Early in the new year we contacted a specialist animal physiotherapist here in Canberra and had decided that if she couldn’t help we would have Indy euthanised as it wasn’t fair for her to be in so much pain and so restricted in what she could do.
Well all I can say is that Louise the Physiotherapist is incredible!!!!! With massage, electrical muscle stimulation, and a gentle exercise program Indy is now able to weight bare on the leg and is slowly re building muscle bulk. Probably more importantly the physiotherapy treatment has significantly reduced her pain and we have been able to reduce the amount of medication she takes. There is a long way to go yet but Indy seems happy in herself and is back to being in charge of the world!
Every time I looked at Indy in that sling in pain and later struggling to walk I thought ‘…..this is the result of the dreadful breeding practices at Rutland Manner…..’. I don’t blame the surgeon as I said he didn’t have much to work with and there are risks with any surgery. It was Beverly’s failure to breed from healthy lines and to not acknowledge the extent of Hip Dysplasia in her dogs that led to Indy’s pain. I sincerely hope that these practices are stopped and that people heed warnings not to buy dogs from anywhere that uses them!!!!!