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To amputate or not? How do i make the choice...
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My beautiful little girl Sophie is only 4 and a half months old and has already been through so much in her short life. 

I rescued Soph when she was just 4 weeks and 6 days old. She had veen separated from her mother since she was 2 weeks old and was fed only weetbix and cows milk. Her tiny little tail was bent/broken in 2 places and i couldnt leave here in the environment she was in any longer... So i rescued her!

Fast forward 3 and a half months and she has grown into the most placid, loving, cutest little pea ever! I put her outside while i went to the shops on Wednesday and she was fine. When i returned 2 and a half hours later she was limping and visibly in pain... 

I got her in to the vet Thursday morning and $791 later they tell me she has 2 breaks and a fracture... An injury consistent with being kicked or hit with something hard and that she requires surgery to fix it as soon as possible. 

So i book in with the specialist vet and he tells me that there is no point doing the surgery as she is still growing and the surgery will only help for a few months and that my options are to amputate or put her down... 

Putting her down is not an optiin for me. She has quickly become my best friend... and although it annoys me on occasion, shes my shadow, even when i need to pee... it me and her agaisnt the world. But is amputation the best choice for her? What happens? How does she walk? How long does she take to heal? Is her image going to affect me? Is it going to change her? Will she be depressed? Do they wrap or cover the wound? How long til she will walk again? Im so lost. Shes booked in to have the surgery on monday at 9am... im just a bit sad and lost... 

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Hi Sophie and family, welcome. Of course you are sad, it's a difficult situation and a terrible shock. But you know what? You're not lost! You found exactly where you need to be right now to help you get through this. 

For answers to your questions I'm going to point you to Jerry's Required Reading List for now because I'm on my phone. But stay tuned, others will chime in shortly. 

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Thank you for your response. I will have a read today 🙂

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I'm so sorry someone did that to hercrying.  Makes me so mad!  What is wrong with people?

I know you have some good stuff to read, but I'm happy to share my thoughts - she will be able to walk.  She'll hop!  You'll need to take care of those joints so they don't wear out or she injures herself, and I'm sure that's addressed in the reading!

Soph will still be Soph.  They don't get depressed.  Recovery can be difficult in the beginning, but dogs don't worry about stuff like that.  And I think you will quickly adjust to her with 3 legs, because she will be the same on the inside.  My sweet boy Zato had his surgery 3 weeks ago and I don't even notice his leg is gone...in his case, he lost his from cancer, so I'm so glad he's still here that I don't think about it.

When I picked him up from surgery, he had a bandage on his incision and we took it off 5 days later.  I looked at enough pictures before I picked him up to know what he would look like, so when I got him it wasn't a shock. Plus, I was so glad to see him and he just hopped over to me, tail wagging.  I think when you see that Soph is fine, you'll be fine, too.

She's a young girl, and she will adapt right away.  Zato is an old gentleman now and he adapted just fine.  She will be glad to have that pain gone.

I hope this helps some.  I'm sure others will share, too but after my experience with Zato, I would absolutely not hesitate to amputate if the situation came up again.

We hope Soph does well and has a smooth recovery, and we're so glad she has someone who loves her!

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Former neglect case/shelter dog, adopted in 2009.  Read my story hereElder statesman of Richard & Tracy's pack!  

Diagnosis of presumed osteosarcoma of the left proximal humerus on October 29, 2016 ~ Palliative Radiation & Zoledronate treatments November 2016 thru June 2017 ~ Left foreleg amputation on June 29, 2017 ~ Homeopathy with Dr. Loops starting July 2017.

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Thank you so much... I have found so much information and i know now that i am making the right decision for Soph. She has so much life left in her 🙂 i think ill keep pokong around at info and just keep updating my blog on her journey.

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I'm happy you found the info helpful and you feel a bit better. We are thinking of you and hope that surgery goes great and she has a speedy recovery. Remember, you will set the tone for her recovery. The more optimistic you are, the more she will reflect that so stay strong and she will too!

By the way we have other members in Australia so when things calm down for you be sure to post in Tripawd Parties so you can find some hopefully near you ok?

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Just catching up on you and Sophie....sweet, sweet Sophie! 'She sounds soooo adorable...can't wait for pictures!

Good input from Tracy and Jerry, and good reading to catch up on.

Just wanted to WELCOME you and Sophie and let you know we are cheering for that spunky gal! Let us know how we can help and any questions you may have.

Hugs!

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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