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8 August 2017 - 9:03 pm
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Hi Guys,

my first time posting I would appreciate some advice. My tripod lost his leg from a car when he was very young. It's been about two years and he seems to be having issues walking again and hitting his nub on the group. He also won't eat. I thought it was because of my other male dog but even if I own him up by himself he won't eat as much. I mix in wet food and tried another food too. He will just eat the wet food and move on. 

Im wondering if his back is bothering him and he's in pain so he doesn't want to eat? Or if it is still my other male dog who is very dominant. 

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Hiya! Thanks for joining. I wanted to get your post approved so others see it but am on my phone now so I'll be back in just a bit with some thoughts....

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Sooooo many things xoukd be going on with your fella' as far as not eating.  First suggestion I think we allm would strongly suggest here is to get him to the Vet for some vloodwork and a good check-up.

Not eating could also be a sign of pain too.

As far as him having issues walking, that could be a multitude of many things too!  He certainly could have sprained his back, he could have disc issues, he may have sprainedshoulderr and neck issues....sooo many possibilities that all need to be checked out and treated.  Your pup has been two years as a trilawd and, without proper monitoring and regulated activity, it can certainly cause issues down the road.

You mentioned "nub"    Did the surgeon amputate the full leg or leave a partial stump?   Is he a front leg amp?   Sounds like either as a front legger or rear legger, he is sort of "collapsing" a little bit.  Is thst right?

IF you have access to a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist I would get him in as soon as possible.  But first get your regular Vet to check him out.  If he is jn lain, he can at least get him on some pain meds and antii inflammatory until things can get figured out.

Yoy may also want to massage up and down his spine...all around his back...all around his shoulder and neck.   Does he tense up anywhere?  Does he show signs of pain anywhere?

Do update when you can and let us know how he's doing.  What's his name?

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Ditto what Sally suggested. Your vet should be the first point of contact to get this figured out. When an animal isn't eating, that's one of the first pain signs in cats and dogs. It's their way of telling us they hurt. Do make an appointment asap and see what your vet recommends. Typically they will prescribe a non-steroidal pain medication and strict R&R to see if the pain goes away. In the meantime you may also want to have your pup evaluated by a certified canine rehab therapist. They can also assess him to find the trouble spots and how to help them.

Your post is timely, we just wrote about this subject in our News blog :


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