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My Shih Tzu got hit by a car on 5/3/16. His hip is fractured

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My Shih Tzu got hit by a car on 5/3/16. His hip is fractured in 5 places. He is at the Vet as we speak. My puppy cannot walk right now. He is just laying down. The Vet wants to perform surgery to remove a bone that is poking out of the hip and remove the top part of his furmur. However, she wants me to take him home for 7 weeks and then bring him back for the surgery. Does this make any sense to you. Why wouldn't she perform the surgery first, then tell me to bring him home. I understand that some of the fractures are small and she wants to see if they can heal on their own, but my puppy is already in so much pain. Taking him home with pain killers is not going to solve the issue. Please tell me what you think?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.
Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How old is your puppy? Is your veterinarian a board certified surgeon?