Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mika is home


Mika came home today, but unfortunately, it won't be for long!
You see, apparently, the ball can only go back into the socket if you try within 24 hours, or at the most, 48 hours. It's too late for us to try and push back the dislocated bone.

Our only other option (apart from hip replacement, of course) is FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy). That is where the femoral head is removed so that both bones are not connected. Some of our friends commented in our previous post telling us that they have known or owned dogs that have gone through FHO and came out ok - some even did agility after that!

Tomorrow, Mika will be going back to the vets to take a blood cell count to make sure he is healthy enough to have the surgery which will be on Saturday.

Mika is happy to be home and happy to be on three legs. He hasn't lost any of his naughtiness, which, for once, I'm happy to say is good. I'm so glad that he is so mentally strong and is such a tough boy! The morning after the accident, he was happily walking on three legs already when we thought he wouldn't even be able to walk! It just goes to show how tough some of these little guys are!! I think that I feel sorry for him more than he feels sorry for himself :)


Sara said...

I'm glad to hear that Mika's spirit is still intact! That is wonderful! Dogs are amazing at adapting, and taking life as it comes at them.

Enjoy having him home. I'll keep sending healing and strength.

Caren Gittleman said...

I was just going to say what Sara said about adapting. Dogs (and all animals) are amazing at adapting.

So thrilled that Mika is still naughty as well! He is a strong boy!

I too will keep sending prayers for healing and strength and will be thinking of you all day Saturday.
Thanks for keeping us updated

Diana said...

Im so glad Mika is feeling better. Diana

George the Lad said...

I'm sure your right, feeling sorry for him more then he feels himself.
try not to pass it on, he may pick up on your vibes, keep up beat if possable, he will just take each day in his stride

Little Miss Jada Kiss said...

That's great that Mika is acting himself. That can only mean he's got the strength to recover completely from this! Sending postitive thoughts and prayers Mikas way for his surgery. xoxo - Jada

hero said...

Mika is one tough dog, that's for sure... nothing seems to deter a dog's zest for life, if only hoomans can learn a thing or two from them. Keeping my paws crossed for Mika.

Licks, hero

The Sprollies 'n' Border Collies said...

I hope the surgery is a success!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Paws crossed for mika!!
Stay positive, we will be praying for you!


Minna Krebs said...

We will be thinking of Mika on Saturday

Glad to hear he has a little of the naughtiness in him right now! A good sign, I thinks


Andrea said...

So glad Mika is home!
woofs and wags,

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Glad to hear Mika is home and doing so well and adapting to 3 legs with no apparent problem. We'll continue to keep him in our thoughts and hope the surgery goes well on Saturday!

BlogDog said...

We are also glad that Mika is still naughty! I bet this is one of the best thing about mutts-they are tough and strong! We are still wishing all the best for Mika and hoping that is surgery will go along well this Saturday.


DSS said...

Welcome home Mika!!

We had a dog growing up who had both a total hip replacement AND a total knee replacement. Can you imagine? But she did beautifully through both surgeries, and never slowed down. She was still jumping up and down and runing around after the surgeries. She lived to a ripe old age, and we never regretted having the surgeries done :)

kathi said...

Glad to hear that Mika is in good spirits! Sending continued thoughts for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for your brave boy.

jen said...

So happy to hear that he is home and doing well.
We will keep our paws crossed for a speedy recovery after the surgery

Life with 5 dogs said...

We are so happy that Mika is home. I am sure he is so happy to be home with his family. He is a Very Brave Doggy and we will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Good Luck in Surgery Sweet Boy.
Your Friends

houndstooth said...

I'm glad to know that Mika is home and feeling spunky! If it makes you feel any better, I've known a fair number of Greyhounds who have had to have a leg amputated and they've carried on just fine afterwards, so hopefully Mika will be able to adapt to this really easily. We have our fingers crossed that his surgery will go well!

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

So happy that Mika is home and feeling himself. I know what you mean about worrying more than they worry about themselves. It's just the way it goes I think!

Dawn said...

Katie and I send hugs to you and Mika! Hopefully the surgery will go well Saturday!! He's a strong one, that's for sure!

The Thundering Herd said...

Our paws remain crossed for Mika to have a full recovery!

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MadameMoiselle said...

Welcome home cute little Mika... You surely doesn't look like you are not in any pain.. Do keep that spirit up ..

German had FHO at a very young age... He turned out to be as normal as any dog. He could still run like everyone else but one thing you really have to be careful is the weight.. We had to really make sure that his weight is under control ..

The slightest weight gain will cause pain .. But we have to say, as he grow older, the pain does come back .. and there are times where he couldn't get up.
Then again, doctor said that is common and it could also just be a GSD thing..

So we recommend to go more swimming than running if you have a pool at home..


Kathy said...

I have helped with rehab of two dogs with FHO's and I did agility with one of them, so if you need any help or anything please let me know. If you do the exercises he will do fantastic, I am sure of it. It is just so important to do the stretching and make sure he uses the leg. I am so glad Mika is still keeping his spirits up and his naughty spirit intact!!!!---Kathy

Gladys Tan said...

Glad that Mika is at home. He is a strong boy. Please keep us updated.

Mango said...

Good luck little Mika. I can see what a feisty little dude you are. As long as it isn't owie, I bet you motor around on three legs like nobody's business.


Marie said...

Glad Mika is home and I hope the surgery goes well on Saturday! It is really amazing how resilliant dogs are. Much more so than we are!

Vonnie said...

Good to hear Mika is home, albiet for a few days! Good to hear all is go for the op! Hope all goes well! Sending pawsitive thoughts!

Sagira said...

Glad to hear that Mika is home. I hope the surgery goes well and Mika has a speedy recovery!

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