7 tips to identify common dog health problems, Canine arthritis: 7 tips to keep your dog healthy. The tripawds community is a really great community to get in touch with, as they are pet owners who have had, or are currently experiencing exactly what you are going through. I’m sure you miss her dearly. So im hoping its not osteosarcoma. So evolution decided that it was in the dog’s best interest to not have a fully developed 1st digit, which is … Dogs are very resilient. Double dew-claws are fairly common for certain breeds such as Samoyed's, Great Pyrenees, Bernese Mtn. It’s been a week since Remy had his left front leg removed. Good luck with everything! Jerry has since passed and they now have Wyatt, also a German Shepherd. The dog may snag or tear them during their normal play or work. He was still in pain and it tooks weeks to recover, but I have never looked back. She is so playful and lovable. Chemo for maybe a few mos more of my big boy being happy at home …or the amputation option but then again how well would he be able to adapt. Tripod dogs have to relearn proprioception, which means they need to relearn how to balance their body in walking and this could be the biggest challenge a dog faces when it loses a limp. My Great Dane, Lena, had her front leg removed due to cancer on Friday 2/27/15. The two main possible causes of your dog limping their back leg are: The rupturing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). If your dog has only one tumor on one toe, it will most likely be treated with surgery. Coronavirus and dogs: Can canines get COVID-19? Are prosthetics an option or not useful? Any advice or recommendations greatly appreciate. Please pray for my baby for tomorrow It is no walk in the park to have a limb amputated. Do not fear!! Hi Marcy – I am so sorry for your loss. I found him 5 yrs ago starving nothing but a walking skeleton and cut up so badly like someone tried to use him as a fighting dog but he’s too sweet and passive. She has healed well but unfortunately not well enough. This client was in their 50’s when I met them, but they had the physical capability of an 80 year old. Check it out to learn how Sasha is doing now , Thanks for commenting, Liliana. The chances are that your dog will get injured at least twice in his or her lifetime. Has anyone had this type of experience? Thank you so much for being a foster. Thanks. although she's trying to be braver and step on it - to me it looks worse. I have a question I hope someone can help with. Good luck making your decision, best wishes! She wants to go out to her spots where she likes to urinate but she won’t “go” .. A cutaneous horn on a dog will be a growth that sticks up from the skin surface. It took almost 10 days to get Barret’s pain meds at the right levels where he was properly medicated. I just hope she gets used to walking on three legs soon because she’s still really wobbly and I have to help her stand up to go to the bathroom and it breaks my heart. They love life on 3 legs! Be your pet’s best advocate. Hi Amy. We made the decision to amputate his leg this morning. In a different field I worked with a client that had developmental issues from a polio vaccine they received as a child. Unfortunately we do not have the option to take off a bunch of extra time from work and I wouldn’t feel very good knowing she is at home by herself in case something were to go wrong. But it’s OK – she has 3 more! I have a 4 year old Olde English Bulldogge who tore her ACL (hind leg). Please send good thoughts out for my sweet girl. These breeds would include the Anatolian shepherd, Australian shepherd, rottweiler, shih tzu, standard poodle, and many Asian breeds including the shiba inu, akita, jindo, sasparee and Korean tosa. The theory is that they are vestigial appendages and can cause damage if they are left on the dog. It served a purpose at one time, but evolution and lifestyle changes have made it basically unnecessary. Thank you so much for explaining how well large dogs do as well. He’s spunky and sweet, but recently broke his leg. I wouldn’t wish that upon any pet or person. I have a Chihuahua, SonnyRoo, who was born without his front two legs. But I am rambling and it’s time to go. In fact, some breeds, such as the Great Pyrenees and the Norwegian Lundehund (Puffin Dog) require the dog have extra toes. The first few days were a little rough on Sasha, she moved around find, but she was in quite a bit of pain. It's called a dew claw. It developed a serious infection and the vet has had her all week and says it’s not getting better. Our situation was unexpected and we are still very angry and. I’m praying we have done the right thing and that she will start to bounce back. After the recovery, they went right back to playing like they always did, but Riley seemed to be just a bit gentler and more sensitive when Tony would turn away to take a break. No grains or kibble just turkey wings & legs chicken. I’ve know many three legged giant breed dogs that do quite well. This entire process has bonded human and canine even closer. The claim is, it is done for safety and health reasons and the animal feels less pain at this age and will not obsess with its removal. My baby girl Lucy is having her front leg amputated tomorrow due to bone cancer, she is a 7 yr french mastiff, I’m so scared.. she is in so much pain I can’t bare it. I had to separate my other dogs to keep them from playing too rough. You just have to think: your dog is most likely in more pain right now from an injury or cancer than he or she will be post-amputation. Although I am still scared and cry off and on for my baby (Gunner), I know he will adapt after reading your article. I won’t lie, I am finding it hard to adjust. Saying don’t waste money on a dog. Have you talked to your vet? He’s happy and healthy and has NO IDEA he’s “missing” a leg Tripawds.com is a support group of other pet parents facing amputation in dogs or cats. My thoughts are with you! Anyway, although I can’t generalize #4, I will say my dog has on occasion been picked on by other dogs but all those dogs had very dominant personalities. (I am not a vet, I am just relating experience from my journey and helping others on Tripawds.com). I say give him a few weeks post-amp until you see improvement. Thank you for sharing your stories here. I’ll be sure to check out your blog! In certain breeds such as Great Pyrenees, Beaucerons, and Briards, double dewclaws must be present for standard reasons. Many of these breeds were used for transportation - … Cats make wonderful tripawds too! My little boy was needing pill after pill to subside the pain. By Sat night, he was bruised and bleeding. An Evolutionary Throwback Dogs normally considered to be "flock guardians" present an extra hind toe or dewclaw most frequently. Friends and family sympathized with me, but didn’t think amputation was advisable. Dogs are a lot more resourceful and rebound a lot faster than humans. Dogs don’t over-analyze things or reflect on the past. My concern about the chemo was that it may not have worked and simply delayed the inevitable amputation, wouldn’t alleviate the pain of the tumour, and would make him feel ill from the chemo drugs. Is that local? About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. Hello, He suffered a humerus fracture to his front left leg. Although I will be jumpy to his every move after surgery, your advice about not doing it will stick in my mind. During this time, should the dog turn or stop suddenly, the carpal pad along with the dewclaw provides extra traction, and should the dog stop, they'll work as a braking device. In my opinion, this is FALSE. Your dog will never be the same after amputation. Thank you for sharing. Get more news to help keep your dog healthy delivered right to your inbox. I strive to provide the best home I can for my little terrors, and you’ll read all about our trials and tribulations as I continue down the rewarding yet rocky road of pet parenthood. If things don’t improve more in the next few months amputation might be our next option. She will be losing her right front leg to cancer. These breeds originate from the mountains and other extreme environments, where a good tread is essential. It seems like a lot to put someone who can’t tell us how he feels through. Hi everybody just to let you all know Poppy had her left front leg amputated 2 weeks ago dew to the vet saying he didn’t think it would be successful, we sent the X-Rays off to a specialist for him to have a look at and he agreed with the vet, so we all had a good chat and decided it was for the best to have her leg removed, I was terrified and worried sick about how she would be, all I can say is I was worried for nothing, she is doing great, she can still get to the top of the stairs before me…..and is running around just full if it, must say a big thanks to everybody on this sit for for helping me with your stories, will keep you posted thanks again Karen and Poppy xx, I have a 10 year old Pomeranian mix. Have faith, give Brian lots of love. Hello, my name isXXXXX and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. They did also x ray the lungs and from what they can tell so far they look clear. While they can develop anywhere, they often appear on the back, tail, and legs. Thank you for preparing me, for giving me validation of my emotions and understanding during that first horrid day, and for giving me hope. FALSE! -Heather, my little toy poodle had his leg amputated at 11 yrs. We had a cat in the family that had 3 legs following an accident of some kind (he was adopted with 3 legs) and I’ve met several cats  who have lost a limb later in life only to rebound amazingly. When going out, they limited their mobility by always putting them in a wheelchair (when they were fully capable of walking on their own), giving them a cane, or letting them hold on to their arm, etc. His front limb amputation was on Monday and we got him back last night. A Dog Rocks Review, What’s Going on at That Fish Place – That Pet Place – November Edition, What’s going on at That Fish Place? Kym Hagger: Tried them for the first time this week. Here’s what to expect when you see the vet — plus some possible reasons for a dog’s back legs suddenly not working. But I think even if you have a 4 legged dog you should monitor them anyway when playing with other dogs. Then I noticed he was limping and not putting any weight on his leg. I’m am so sad to give this update, but my Gracie-girl did not recover from her surgery. Have no fear, some dogs have dewclaws on their rear feet or even double dewclaws. Some argue that the dog’s dewclaws should be removed, to prevent them from injury and infection. He would stiffen up, scream, twitch and be inconsolable. My boy spot who is part yorkie and Winnie dog and 4 years old was playing with my 7 month yorkie who is bigger and he grabbed the back of his right front leg. Thank you all for sharing your storeis. Head over and check them out. He was 2 weeks post op and pain meds finished. By entering your information, you agree to allow us to contact you in accordance with our privacy policy. We tried a splint but the leg doesn’t want to heal, probably because he has bird legs. The options were to try chemo, or to amputate the leg (the tumour doesn’t appear to have spread). i don't know much else to say right now, besides the fact that i will not give up on her. The dewclaw is considered a vestigial digit, similar to the coccyx (tailbone) on humans. The vet says she is doing great, has been up and walking fairly stably since Sat. Reading this blog and other articles on the Tripawds website have been so helpful in making me realise that once he’s over the surgery, Brian should continue to have a happy life – certainly one which is better than it has been for the last few weeks in pain. A few days after I tried really hard to create a sense of ‘normality, (removing his temporary bed, leaving his dinner in the kitchen to eat rather than spoon feeding him etc….). Our 10 year old dog Joe was just recently diagnosed with bone cancer in his front right leg. My mastiff Delilah was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma I am having her right hind leg removed next week, especially after reading all these stories about how dogs thrive as a tripod, which was my biggest concern, they said it is very low grade and has not attacked any of her her major organs, I am just not ready to give up or say goodbye to her yet. Hi I have a 3 year old Labrador, she is 28kg, so she is quite slim and fit, she had an accident around 12 months ago, she broke her rear hip in a fall… she has had 5 operations to save the hip including a total hip and socket replacement… now yet again she is limping and the x-rays show the implants have come loose.. the operations up to now have cost £12,500 and we are back at square one. As we are overcome by emotion we don’t know what is best. Thank you, Rod, for your kind words. I know dogs are different, but I can’t help but think that she won’t like me much for doing this to her. Her surgery was Wednesday and she is still in hospital tonight. My bullmastiff was diagnosed with cancer two days ago. Both the Mastiff and Saint Bernard dog breeds can present this abnormality. Everything will be OK! According to veterinarian Chris Zink, when a dog canters, there's a moment during which the carpal pad of the front leg touches the ground. My little sweet boy is now on his last few days or weeks or months , but as long as he is able to enjoy smell, taste & feel of my holding him & he doesn’t appear to be in pain I will be by his side. We’re about 3 weeks post-amputation now and I have to admit that Barret is doing even better as an official Tripawd than I anticipated. Dogs, etc. Her femur was badly broken. I am fostering a pit mix 7 month old pup that had left front leg amputated – he was rescued with leg injured so not able to use. His name is Mikey ,I found a tumor on his left rear leg and had it removed 3 times . Thanks for all the stories. I am struggling with the decision if I should amputate my 13 year old pomeranians front leg out to a soft tissue sarcoma.I tried surgery to remove the mass but it grew back right away then I tried chemo and radiation which still hasn’t helped.The specialists now has said my only options amputation.My pom is slightly over weight due to an underachieve thyroid for which he takes medication so I don’t know how well he would be able to walk with only 1 front leg.He is in a lot of pain now so Im not sure what to do.He is happy otherwise but the pain is really hard on him.I love him so much and Im just not sure what to do. Let me add my husband and I have owned more dogs than most . It was way harder on us. Nothing has stopped her! Our first dog Tony, a 45 pound pit bull/Italian greyhound mix, had canine osteosarcoma at age 9 and had his right rear leg amputated. He was crying in agony but made it through the night. They put a splint on it and after 8 days the vet told me it wasn’t healing and suggested a surgery to place a plate which would cost $3500 , or a amputee for $500 dollars I’m a retired veteran on a fix income and tried for the health card and didn’t get approved and hate to have his leg amputee, but don’t have the income and I don’t want him to hurt . In March of 2012, my girl Sasha underwent amputation at 11.5 years old! Which they could put a cast on and try a little longer ,but was told the fracture is in a hard place to do this . We are picking up our chocolate lab today. Hi Tina, I am very sorry to hear about what you are going through. Lungs and stomach area looked ok on xrays. One vigorously defends the “need” to remove the dewclaws. They may also ooze pus or blood. They didn’t seem to understand that he was recovering from anything at all. I hovered over Barret at home for almost a week after surgery before I realized that the more I hovered, the worse he seemed. She got up several hours after her surgery but by the next day she would not get up. Once the pain subsided, she was totally fine and she was catching her flying disc 3 weeks post op! And guess what? Ready to go back to work? My other dog a rottie has gone quite and misses their play together, will be understand? He’s 9, and otherwise fit and healthy (and happy, aside from the pain). I know it is hard, and it will be hard, but you will both get through! Usually, the small dogs with short legs and large with long legs are more prone to an ACL injury, which results in limping their back leg. He does incredibly well and wants to play, but doesn’t understand his limits. iv had a second opinion from another vet who also advises me to go for the incision of the femoral head. My vet estimates it will only extend her life by 6 to 12 months. Good luck and welcome to the Tripawds family . Lena is my constant companion, my shadow, my little buddy. As we all know that accidents do happen and when they do, you need to be prepared in advance. But after speaking to the vet we opted to go for it. I appreciate it massively . That fact that dogs are naturally adventurous and in most cases, fearless, puts them at a greater risk of hurting their legs. I have a Chocolate Lab/Mastiff mix (160lbs) who is about to have his front left leg amputated due to bone cancer. It’s been a long time since Calamity’s amputation & she is getting older & slowing down now, but I can say if faced with the option for amputation on any dog in the future, I would push forward without a moments hesitation! PS. Eventually we managed to get liquid form drugs from vet and very slowly but surely he is on the road to recovery…. My whole freezer is loaded with frozen meats now just 4 him. Thank goodness someone sent me this blog. For those of you who have been following Barret’s story, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of canine cancer following a surgery to remove a lump. We might possibly be looking at amputation of a hind leg for out german shepherd. Two of the pins were floating around. He sometimes turns in on himself like he’s ashamed and then starts shaking. This is so hard… We had just adopted her 1 week before this happened, and it is draining the account, but we are diligent in doing what is best. On some dogs, the dewclaw is firmly attached to the bone. Hello, My dog began growing what looked like an extra nail out of one of her paw pads. In faster breeds they are used for high speed running. We are so happy to hear your pooch is hanging in there and doing well. We are at that stage where we are still wondering ” did we do the right thing”? Leg pain causes can be varied in dogs and if your pet shows signs of this, you should conduct a vet check so that the correct diagnosis can be made and proper treatment administered accordingly.Some breeds are predisposed to leg or hip problems, and while leg pain in young dogs is transient in nature and resolves within a few days, some causes of pain are more severe and need proper treatment. You can do that! We got our Beau home after his amputation surgery yesterday. I think because of the harness but not sure. My beautiful boy Remy who’s 7 yrs old is a boxer / Pitt went in to have surgery to stabilize his shoulder and the vet found soft bone and did a biopsy and a week later we found out it was osteosarcoma/ bone cancer. FALSE! Did anyone respond to your request for advice or recommendations? Most of the time, after telling Barret’s story, I am told “It’s lucky he’s such a small dog, if he were bigger he wouldn’t be doing as well/wouldn’t have been a candidate for surgery.” FALSE! I’ve tried elevating his bowl to make it easier on him. Everybody says that if they could only help one person with something they’ve done or said, then it was worth it. Your dog most likely will NOT BE crying out in pain for weeks after surgery. I used to live on a farm and we took in every stray dog that came wondering up. I rescued him when he was about 6 months old and he’s just blossomed. I’m laying with him constantly, but can’t leave him as he’ll cry out…and not just any cry. Hello to all, we are two weeks post op on our 13 year old daushound pincher mix. She even raced around the yard with her brothers & sisters & was far ahead as she was before her amputation! It’s true that a wheelchair would be beneficial to dogs, cats, goats, etc if they are older and becoming less and less mobile, but as Heather points out a tripawd isn’t a crutch. Spent 3-1/2 hours in emergency for x-rays, etc. Tina, that is wonderful news! Thinking of you both and do keep us posted. I just received word that her right front leg is too complex to fix and will need amputated. bruiser and it’s going to be a challenge to keep her excitement under control. They host a great community of dog owners that have experience with your situation. This process has turned him into my heart dog. They may want to consider readjusting his meds. Help with “Bathroom” question after amputation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I live in Gurnee, IL and was just curious. we have been going thru a week of hell. I wish I had thought of starting him on them years ago but a vet didnt discuss it with me and I hadnt thought about it either since he was the picture of health. So for now we wait, pray, worry and do things like sleep on the living room floor for a week . which the vet said was not healing after 3 months . We took her to Wales last week after we found out because she loves the beach, we borrowed a doggy pushchair and she loved it. 8 weeks after surgery I weaned him off of the Gabapentin and he hasn’t experienced phantom pain since. She will become more sensitive to your moods so staying positive is key! In answer to your questions, the total for the surgery and aftercare was about $4000. Any Ideas will be Greatly Excepted . The first two times we brought her into the vet, they claimed it was just an extra toe nail. It allowed me to get through the very rough first 24 hours and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just take things one day at a time. Old & stubborn dogs won’t adapt to 3 legs. Any one encounter this with their tri pawd and have a recommendation for how to encourage her to “go”. Originally, dogs utilized their dewclaws to help them dig, climb, grip while running or turning direction, gripping food while feeding and to pull themselves out of holes or water. If you don’t think he is doing the best for your pet then get a second opinion. The vet suggested surgery(very costly) or amputation. What you’re seeing as ‘sadness’ may just be Beau’s reaction to the pain medications. Thanks for the help. -Lisa, Delilh’s mommy. I too need to let go a little. I am still coming to terms with our new tri.pawd. That dog had so much spunk and energy, it was contagious! I just recently became a foster for one of the shelters in my area. I know/hope I see more signs of my typical Leon over the coming days but please be prepared to embrace and accept change. A vestigal dew claw is typically removed when the dog is spayed because it can be easily injured. I am amazed how resilient our canine best friends are. My husband is against it but the vet says larger dogs do well with three legs. Thank you for taking the time to read and share your story. I’m so afraid I’m going to make the wrong decision. http://tripawds.com/, I just found out a rapidly growing mass on my cane Corso’s shoulder maybe bone cancer. Some owners have these removed often during spay/neuter. I couldn’t agree more with the things you have said. Give it at least 2-3 weeks before you should expect to see him returning to himself. He cries in pain when meds close to wearing off. He just had his back left leg amputated up to the hip on Friday. Oscar was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma in the right paw and after one surgery to remove the tumor it grew back quickly. Vet and I discussed possibility of phantom pain last week. My Rott had 6 toes on each of his back legs (double “thumbs”). It may seem like an odd extra digit, but he actually uses it for the mischievous things he does all day. As a family we are so heartbroken and confused as to what to do. In my experience, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve had him now for 6 days and the first night was rough. I just had to step back and watch him learn how to navigate on three legs. Hi Donna – thanks for sharing your story. It’s never an easy task because we always want to do what’s best. […]... eva adams: I am a strong advocate of introducing pets to newborns right... : Having the same problem as Heather. A week camping in the living room on the floor we started to carry him up stairs to our room cause our backs are killing us…it’s hard to watch what the meds do to him. I miss her everyday. If your dog is not experiencing problems, it might be best to just leave them alone. After Tony’s surgery, Riley’s behavior changed. I would recommend to anyone to assist your 3 legged friend with anything even at a younger age (aka stairs) and get them on joint supplements ASAP. Lena, a rescue, was starved as a puppy and consequently never weighed over 90 lbs. I have spent this even reading all your inspiring blogs. Has anyone else experienced this? I don’t know if was from a dog fight or he got hit by a car but long story his front right leg was amputated. The fact remains that most tripawds don’t need assistance in that sense. Well I have an update on my pooch. For certain dog breeds, a dewclaw is considered a necessity, e.g. The only option available that would save his life was to amputate his front left leg. Big dogs aren’t candidates for amputation. It’s not considered a problem unless it catches on things. Not really a decision I am looking forward to making either way. everything written here is true, Oscar has rebounded amazingly well. So beware & get all your facts everyone & choose the right Vet at this emotional time for you. Barret continues to amaze me. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. It served a purpose at one time, but evolution and lifestyle changes have made it basically unnecessary. Hi. 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