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We adopted our tripawd min pin two days ago. She is missing her front left leg after a bad break from a foster dog falling on her when they jumped. We have noticed her seem to “limp” by gingerly lifting her back left leg when walking or jogging. However there is no pain, it is not tender, she gets up and down steps fine, and finally dashed around the yard after being a bit timid the first day. 

My wife thinks it is injured but I think she just is adjusting her gait and it looks abnormal. Thoughts?

Livermore, CA

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2 April 2018 - 1:23 pm
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

Congrats on your new pack addition!  We would love to see pictures- here is how to add them to the forums.

What is your girl's name and how old is she?

How long since the amputation surgery?

If the surgery was recent then I might think that she is still adapting to her new body and gait.  How much activity on a daily basis? New Tripawds take time to build strength and endurance.

But my first though was a luxating patella- very common in small dogs. I've seen dog's hold up their leg for a couple steps then go on like nothing was the matter.

I would have her knee checked by an ortho vet if it continues and you have access.  Obviously Tripawds put extra stress on their remaining legs- if she is having a knee problem then you might be able to correct it before gets really bad.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo


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2 April 2018 - 4:40 pm
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Gopd for you for giving this sweet pup sich a good home!!

Yes, will be looking for your responses to Karen's questions.....especially how long ago the amp was.  

Hugs to all

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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