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Hello! My Fiona isn't an amputee, but she is functionally a tripawd. (She was hit by a truck when she was a young stray and her left hind leg was shattered. Instead of removing it, the vet chose to let it heal in a sling, so the bones fused together and she has no knee joint there anymore. The leg is stuck in a permanently bent position.) After nine years of her good leg having to do extra work, it has gotten weak and wobbly. First she started having trouble getting up steps and now, she's having trouble just walking. We took her to the vet yesterday, who suggested she could be experiencing back pain because her spine is crooked due to her having to center her good hind leg when she walked for so many years and prescribed her Rimadyl. (She's only had two doses so far, so it's not yet known if that will help her or not.) Arthritis seems likely since she's probably around 11 years old now. I noticed today that her front legs seemed a little shaky, too, but since she's not able to favor either of them, it's hard to really see what might be going on with them. She doesn't look like she's in pain, though. She otherwise seems like her usual, happy self.
So now I'm looking for the right harness for her. I want something comfortable (of course) that I can attach a leash to and let her walk normally when she's feeling up to it, but that would also enable us to give her support when she needs it. I read about the Ruffwear Webmaster and it seems like it might be what I want, but would it still be okay if she is having back problems? Is there something else you'd recommend?
Thanks in advance and here's a pic of Fiona!
25 April 2007
She is so cute! We love "honorary Tripawds" here too 😀
I encourage you to get her to a canine rehab therapist if possible. She's got a lifetime of issues related to her fused leg that a nsaid will hardly touch. Pets are so good at hiding their pain and adapting to it. You will notice a difference when other modalities like manual therapy, acupuncture etc are added in. Best part is that the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit!
About the harness....it's a toss up between the Ruffwear Webmaster and The Get-A-Grip. This post may help you decide:
Thanks! Her personality is very loveable, too! We really got lucky with her. 🙂
I ended up choosing the Webmaster harness because it seemed closest to what I wanted and what I think she'd be most comfortable wearing. The other one will be an option if/when she gets worse, I think.
Thank you for the info about the reimbursement program. I wasn't aware of it. I was also pleasantly surprised to find there are two places we can go to that are very close to us. One of them offers a free visit to new clients--would that not be eligible for the reimbursement program in that case? I'll most likely check them both out to see which one we like better.
Thank you for your reply! 🙂
22 February 2013
FIONA IS BEAUTIFUL!!! . And what a spunky strong - willed doggy! And clearly she has a wonderful advocate in you! 🙂
Really is a good idea to have a consult with a Rehab, and maybe chexk out some more options like Adequan injections, etc.
Stay connected and let us know how it goes! We'd loce to see more poctures of pretty Fiona! 🙂
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