Dog THR Surgery & Recovery Guide

A Free 50 Page Guide that walks you through the entire process
  • We BELIEVE that in order for your dog to get the best care you need to know how you can help them heal.
  • Recommended by Top Veterinary Surgeons
  • Used by tens-of-thousands of pet owners just like you since 2007. Read their comments here.
  • Authored by trusted veterinarian Dr. James St.Clair
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You and Your Dog

Dear Pet Owner,

If you are stressed and upset about your dogs injury and worried about how you are going to help them get back to normal..then you have come to the right place. At TopDog we BELIEVE that when it comes to your dogs health, safety and wellbeing YOU need to take matters into your own hand and become better educated. We BELIEVE in YOU and YOUR DOGS ability to heal. We do this by providing easy to understand, step-by-step information that you can trust and works. Download Your Guide

My name is Dr. James St.Clair, and I am the Founder and Director of Veterinary Medicine here at TopDog Health. In 2004, we opened our first veterinary rehabilitation facility focused on helping dogs recovery after surgery. I quickly realized that their were two MAJOR problems for pet owners.

Problem #1 There was a huge lack of quality/trusted information available to pet owners online

Problem #2 There were major variations in the amount and consistency of information that veterinarians were providing to their to clients after surgery and my team and I NEEDED to help them

Since then TopDog has helped tens-of-thousands of pet owners have access to this vital information and best of all we are going to help both you and your dog today. We BELIEVE in YOU. It is a fact that your dog can achieve a FULL recovery but you need the RIGHT PLAN and the RIGHT INFORMATION.

Pet Owners unanimously say that TopDog over-delivers in everything we do, from the wealth of free information we provide, to the incredible quality of our products, to our honest and caring customer service and support.

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Don’t wait another minute. Please allow us to help your dog. Simply download your free home rehab guide and start educating yourself on how you can help your dog recovery today.

All the best,

Dr. J

The Benefits of the Guide:

  1. You will have the confidence and security knowing that you can actually help your dog heal.
  2. You will have the confidence knowing that the information you have, can be trusted because it was authored by a veterinarian who has already helped thousands of other dogs and pet owners just like you. Read some of their comments here
  3. You will learn exactly what you need to do to prepare your home and make it safe for your dog.
  4. You will learn a number of simple things you can do to help relieve your dogs pain or discomfort.
  5. You will learn how to keep your dog safe and prevent future injuries.
  6. You will find all the Information has been crafted in a very easy to understand format and language.
  7. You will have specific Step-by-Step instructions that are simple to follow
  8. Not only are there color photos showing you how to perform the therapies and exercises, but you will also have access to instructional videos that visually show you how to do it.
  9. You will have access to Dr. James and the TopDog Staff to answer any questions you may have
  10. You can access our TopDog Facebook page were there are thousands of pet owners how have already been through the whole process and also those who are currently in the same situation as you.

Whats Inside:

Below is the Table of Contents that you will find in the Guide.
  • Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
  • II. Preparing for the Homecoming
    • Step-by-Step instructions on what you need to do from day one to prepare your home for the best recovery.
  • III. The Week-by-Week protocol of MPL
    • The Master Plane providing detailed weekly instructions and guidelines on exactly what you need to do day-by-day, weekby- week
  • IV. Therapy Modalities
    • Cold TherapyLearn why and how icing is the best anti-inflammatory and helps control pain in the early days after surgery.!
    • Moist HeatLearn about the benefits of moist heat therapy, why it is important and how exactly to do it.
    • MassageOne of the most under-valued therapies. You don’t have to be a skilled massage therapist to transfer the power of touch.
    • Passive Range of Motion (PROM)Though simple in theory most people don’t truly understand it benefits and exactly how to perform this essential therapy.
    • StretchingImmensely beneficial yet potentially detrimental, you will learn the basics of safe stretching.
  • V. Strengthening Exercises
    • Slow Controlled Leash WalksSimple in concept and one of THE MOST IMPORTANT exercises you can do, yet 90% of dogs owners don’t get it. We detail exactly what it means.
    • Sit-to-StandThe second most important muscle strengtening exerciases you can do to build hind leg muscle. Proper form is key and we tell you how.
    • Slow Controlled Hill WalksA simple introduction of hills at the right time can make a immense difference in muscle develop. Yet to soon could be a very bad thing. Inside we explain.
    • Stair ClimbingAlmost all of us have them in our house, but incorporating them to soon could be a disaster. Learn when and how to use stairs to your advantage for a successful recovery.
    • SwimmingOne of my favorite exercises but you have to be careful getting in and out.
  • VI. Balance and Proprioceptive Exercises
    • Weight ShiftingA simple exercise that you should be doing from day one.
    • Figure Eights
    • Outdoor Obstacles
  • VII. Additional Rehabilitation Modalities
  • VIII. Home Therapy Program Worksheet
  • IX. Doctor’s Instructions Table

Why This Information is Free?

At least once a week for years someone will always say…I would happily pay for this information or Your information is a lifesaver why don’t you charge for this. My answer is always this…That’s not who we are. (*Of course we do charge for the hardcopies which are available online).

We follow our deep rooted Core Beliefs and Vision for TopDog as a company.
  • We BELIEVE that in order for a dog to get the best care, their owner needs to want to learn how they can help them heal.
  • We BELIEVE that even though the internet is amazing for disseminating information often there is bad or dangerous information and therefore it is our RESPONSIBILITY to be one beacon of tangible trusted information.
  • We BELIEVE that if we can add value and improve the quality of life of even one dog or one dog lover then it was worth it. (Karma is very much alive)
  • We BELIEVE that if we over deliver and WOW our customers they will be more open to trying our other products

This is why our information is Free.

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13 thoughts on “Download Your Trusted Free Guide to THR (Total Hip Replacement) Surgery and Recovery
  1. Krystle Hilton says:

    My 8 year old lab has hip dysplasia and of course arthritis. Is it ever too early to get a tho? I don’t want to wait too long nor do I want to do it to soon. She gets adequan shots, which don’t work as well as they used to, fish oil and flucosamin/chondroitin.

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      Krystie, you wrote THO but I am assuming you meant FHO. From my experience the optimal cases for FHO are dogs who are painful on the hip, lame or limping yet have not developed a significant amount of arthritis yet. That being said I have see and rehabbed some older dogs post-fho. The same kind of holds true for the total hip replacement where ideally this would be preformed on a dog before they develop significant degeneration of the joint. Before developing GlycanAid_HA here at topdog I used to use a ton of adequate and loved it. What we found is that dogs who were getting 1 shot per month eventually need one shot every 3 weeks and then every 2 weeks etc. For fish oil make sure it is a good one (I can help you decide) but the dosage for joint health is very high and I am sure much higher then you are probably currently using. The recommended dose is 100mg/kg of EPA…meaning you have to have a product that details exactly the EPA dosage. If you want to know the kilograms you take your dogs weight ie. 50lbs divided by 2.2 = 22.7kg. So a 50 lb dog needs 2,272mg of EPA. As for the glucsoamine/chorndrotin product…all I can say it quality is everything. If you want me to give my two cents on the supplement you are using just message me back. Eventually a dog who is not being managed well on jus natural products alone will need the addition of an daily anti-inflammatory which will make significant improvements. Then eventually when the suppelemtns, NSAID are not complete keeping them comfortable a pain med like tamamdol is added in as well.

      All the best, Dr.J

  2. Dave and Tammy Clark says:

    What is the time frame for recovery for a pup ( 8mos old) having either a thr or arthroplasty surgery. What are the limitations on both after healed.
    We have a 8 mo old cream English lab pup that has been diagnosed with not only hip dysplasia but with osteoarthritis with bone spurs on the right hip which the hip pops in and out on him. We are looking at both hips being done.
    Which surgery would our pup benefit the best from?
    Thank you for your time,

    Dave and Tammy

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      Guys did they at all mention a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy as opposed to a total hip replacement? This stinks that at 8 months this is a big blow. In the mean time I would load him/her on GlycanAid HA joint supplement from topdog. The hyaluronic acid will make a difference in terms of comfort until the surgery is performed.

  3. Dr. James St.Clair says:

    Tony I am not going to post your comment because it had your phone number. Since I personally don’t do total hip replacements I am not sure if putting a purse string to close the anus is common practice but I can understand the rational. I definitely think that having dermatology look at this would help. We a ride you guys are on right now. I hope all started to improve faster soon and I would ask then for a copy of the X-rays so that you can review them. Good luck.

  4. Wendy Schell says:

    My vet told me that my german shepherd will never be able to play fetch the ball or play frisbee again after having THR. We had the surgery done. But I still wonder why she won’t be able to do these things once she has completed recovery?

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      Wendy honestly I am a little shocked that the surgeon said this and I would definitely go back to him/her for clarity on WHY they said this. As far as I know depending if you have one sided hip dysplasia and then surgery or you have bilateral (ie. both hind legs) hip problems and then you opted to fix one side…these are factors that need to be considered. From my experience once a dog has a total hip replacement and they sucessfully recover post 12 weeks I am confident they can do welll with increases activity. As for the hid legs in general I would encourage your vet to do a pain trial . Remember that full recovery takes a good 6 months…..full recovery.

  5. maggie johnston says:

    can a dog run on the beach unleashed after the six month rehabilitation period after a total hip replacement.

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      Absolutely but I would only do this after you have tested the dogs athletic ability and you have the OK from the surgeon just to be 100% sure.

  6. lisa wade says:

    my chow chow/ golden retriver needs THR we just got back yesterday from the surgeons evaluation. they had to sedate the dog for xrays. on his knees & elbows.(also found ACL on same side) We brought him home after a 5 hr visit @ vets he ate & took 1- 75mg rimadyl but continuously paced the floors all night long & would not lay down. he was still pacing @ 7am. So i gave him another pain pill. Called the vet office & was told theyve never had that happen & it must be stressed related & if i was concerned to see my reg vet. He is finally sleeping now any ideas?

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      Lisa it may have been the stress and manipulation of the X-rays. When proper hip x-rays are taken we have to apply some hyperextension of the hips which can be uncomfortable. This of course it way we sedate them in the first place. On thing you need to understand is that Rimadyl is not really considered a “pain” medication. It is an anti-inflammatory and yes can relieve discomfort related to inflammation but that is it. A true pain medication would be something like tramadol or buprinorphine. If this uneasiness continues tomorrow then I would definitely call you veterinarian and get a prescription for some tramadol.

  7. Anne Smith says:

    Hello Dr James St. Clair,
    I am writing to you from France. My dog has had a total hip replacement.
    There were some complications as the first prosthesis they tried was too
    small and loose. They had to use a larger prosthesis and had to take
    away a bit more bone at the top of her femur as the head of the
    prosthesis was a bit too big.. ( The trouble is- she has short legs with
    quite thick bones. She’s not a true labrador. A cross between a lab and
    a spaniel). They have strapped up her hind leg for 10 days to prevent
    hip luxation. She can hop about on three legs quite well for the moment.
    I’m not sure if her strapping is too tight as she doesn’t seem to get
    that comfy, but maybe that’s normal.
    So effectively her rehab cannot start properly till the strapping comes
    off next week. Could you maybe advise me how to begin her rehab as she
    is going to be very weak in that hind leg to begin with. Should I start
    with passive exercise and heat packs? I will need to encourage her to
    use that leg but I’ not sure how to begin with.
    I have found your videos and info VERY helpful in terms of my attitude
    to her after care. I just don’t want to do anything wrong.
    She wants to do everything that her sister does but obviously she wont
    be able to, so we are now trying to confine her to a large cage. She’s
    not very happy! Tough!
    Thanks for any advice you can give me on this
    Kind regards

    • Dr. James St.Clair says:

      The first thing I would want to know Anne is do they still have her on any pain management. As you can imagine having your leg “hiked” up and immobilized in a flexed position for 10 days would be uncomfortable for anyone. Just the muscle discomfort alone from not being able to stretch you leg out would be uncomfortable. I would call your veterinarian and just ask them if they would advise prescribing a muscle relaxant. That said, once she is out of the bandage I would definitely just start with the passive range of motion and a ton of massage. You also can absolutely use the moist heat therapy prior to the exercise to help loosen up the muscle. The biggest thing for you is going to be as conservative as possible with the exercise until you are 100% sure the implant is staying in place. I would watch the video on slow controlled leash walking because many people don’t really comprehend this concept. I would also continue to keep her crated and avoid her sister for a period of time. Hope this helps.

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