Mandy – Rottie female, 22 months, due for total hip replacement surgery

by Nalani Craven
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

The most beautiful girl entered my life after a very bad experience with my first rottie demising from bone cancer at 6 years of age. So I was very careful not to get a puppy from an unreputable source.

So, great was my shock when I realised at 12 months that she was mostly deaf. Also, when my vet saw her walking, he was very alarmed at how bad her hip dysplasia was. She is prone to ear infections, specially the one ear and has green speckled eyes! Those eyes should have been a huge red light.

I did ask my vet how it still is possible after seeing her siblings being strong, healthy pups. He explained to me that it is possible that both parents carried a recessive gene and she was the unfortunate one. But as you know, you just completely fall in love and nothing can stop you.

So, yes, now we have to do the hip surgery and I’m researching the after care.

I will keep you updated on our experience.


Nalani Craven

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Aug 20, 2014

Good luck & please do keep us posted here!
by: Sue

Hi Nalani,
I’m sorry to hear that Mandy is going to need the hip replacement, it is a significant surgery and obviously a long recuperation period…. but it will make a big difference to her quality of life.

We have followed other Rotties going through the same procedure here and I know that I for one would definitely like to know how this goes for you and the outcome.

So, wishing you lots of luck and that your girl is 100% fit soon.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone