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!