TRIPAWDS: Home to 13125 Members and 1146 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » FACEBOOK » TWITTER » RANDOM BLOG

HELP, need advice about amputation for overweight dog | Ask A Vet!

JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Discussion

Learn about life on three legs in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free to take advantage of member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Join the Live Chat and more!

free tripawds account tripawds member log in

K9 Immunity Plus — Hope For Dogs With Cancer

Get help with Dr. Dressler's Dog Cancer Kit

Tripawds Jewelry & Art

tripawds tags and jewelry

Visit our Etsy Store for custom pendants, charms and unique handmade gifts!



A A A

Please consider registering
Guest

Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
HELP, need advice about amputation for overweight dog
sp_NewPost Add Reply sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Member
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
26 June 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
26 June 2010 - 1:24 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Hi, I just found this forum trying to get some info for friends.  They have a wonderful standard poodle "BJ" who recently suffered a bad break after a car hit him.  He had surgery and pins, but the pins have broken and the vet is saying that it is unclear if it can be re operated on and fixed...he is currently sedated in caged so he does not move.  He also has infection.  My freinds are considering putting him down because they think he is overweight and as a standard poodle he has skinny legs and a big body.  I don't want them to do this...Is his weight a deal breaker for amputation???????

HELP

Thanks

Sharyn AUSTRALIA

Las Vegas, Nevada
Member
Forum Posts: 4386
Member Since:
14 August 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
26 June 2010 - 11:51 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Hello Sharyn,

I so sorry for your friends dog, BJ.  No, the weight is not a deal breaker for an amputation but it is much easier to be a tripawd without weight.  However, this can be dealt with after the amputation through diet and exercise.  Some dogs will drop weight from the surgery and the lack of hunger with the recovery.  They also lose weight because it requires more movement to hop than walk.

However, the infection the dog has would be a reason to postpone a surgery.  It would have to be cleared up first. 

 

But keep in mind, we are not doctors or vets so they need to consult their vet on the decision.   But you can try to convince them that their dog doesn't need to be put down just because of a weight issue.

Good luck!

 

P.S. Our friend, Pam (tazziedog) here is a vet.  I'm sure when she gets a chance she will respond.  So, please take my advice based on experience and not as a professional opinion.

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
Member
Forum Posts: 3768
Member Since:
28 November 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
26 June 2010 - 12:39 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Sharyn,

Trouble, too, was a bad candidate for amputation because of her weight.  Between the day she was operated on and the last chemo (which obviously BJ won't need) she lost 14#.  She has gained enough back (19 months later) that we have her on a reducing diet.  They will do much better if they are on the thin side.  It takes the extra stress and strain off the three remaining legs.

This was our only chance at giving Trouble any quality of life, so we took the chance knowing the weight was against her.  For us it worked out.

Wishing your friends lots of support as they struggle to make this decision.  It is not an easy one.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

Livermore CA
Member
Forum Posts: 684
Member Since:
24 January 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
26 June 2010 - 1:14 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Hi Sharyn

BJ's legs are already supporting his weight--just the distribution of it will change.  And, like you've already heard, after surgery, they normally lose some weight anyway from not eating much for a few days.  Of course, being trim is better, but your friends will have a chance to take some weight off him while he's recuperating from the surgery.  The situation doesn't sound hopeless to me.

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

Cemil's blog

Moderator



Forum Posts: 1744
Member Since:
22 August 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
26 June 2010 - 3:29 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Most overweight dogs do fine as tripawds as long as their other joints are relatively stable.  If the dog's white cell count is okay and he doesn't have a fever then I would take the leg off ASAP before the infection spreads to the bloodstream.  Your dog's vet can give him IV antibiotics before and after surgery to deal with the infection.

Pam

Member
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
26 June 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
26 June 2010 - 10:08 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Thanks so very much for that guys, I am visiting today.  I really really appreciate your time, I will print this out and give it to them.

Warm wishes, Sharyn

 

Here and Now

Forum Posts: 10674
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
27 June 2010 - 1:48 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Keeping tripawds fit and trim is indeed imperative for maximizing their quality of life, but is it a deal breaker? No. Weight can always come off. Depends on how determined your freinds are to help their pup. There are three legged success stories about many (very) large breed dogs in these forums.

They may find some inspiration from the story of Cherry, a well known three legged standard poodle around here who led a wonderful life on three legs. We also recently published a helpful post full of information about dog leg amputation recovery and fitness.

Thanks for asking, please send our best wishes.

"Dogs are born with three legs and a spare."
— Jerry G. Dawg (10/98-10/08)
Please Support Your Tripawds Community!
Have you started a Tripawds Blog yet?
Looking for quick answers? Download Tripawds eBooks for the best tips!
teresa808
Guest
8
29 June 2010 - 2:01 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Don't worry too much about the weight before amputation.  Like everyone stated above, there will be a bit of weight loss after the surgery and recovery.  Our Rotti Brandy weighed in at 121 lbs before amputation.  She was a bit of a Chunk!  Unfortunantly they removed one of her front legs which carries most of her weight.  She also has a huge barrel chest and we were not sure how she would balance.  The vet told us we really had to get her down in weight after the amputation so she would have an easier time with 3 legs.  Brandy just went in today for her 2nd round of Chemo and her weight came in at 96.4 lbs!!  Her amputation was May 18th.  She has 6 more pounds to lose to hit her "Cancer Fighting Weight" of 90 lbs!

Please send our best wishes,

 

Brandy and Family

 

Forum Timezone: America/Denver

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: cruzingcruzs, mosby
66 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Devices Used: Desktop (53), Phone (13), Tablet (2)

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 939

Members: 9519

Moderators: 2

Admins: 3

Forum Stats:

Groups: 4

Forums: 23

Topics: 13378

Posts: 183814

Administrators: jerry, admin, jim

Moderators: tazziedog, krun15

Tripawds Blogs is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » FACEBOOK » TWITTER » RANDOM BLOG