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Hi all,

My 9 1/2-year-old 125 lb Akita has osteosarcoma (95% likely as they saw a bone lesion on her scans and she stopped walking on it yesterday due to pain) in her right front leg. When I was talking to the receptionist who is also a vet tech and I have known for years at my vets, she asked if I talked to the orthopedist about the recovery and her walking again because it may be a problem because it is her front leg (vs her back) and how big she is and that maybe it is something I need to really consider.

She is in so much pain, I want to take it off yesterday to make her more comfortable and it is my understanding that her lungs are clear and except for the bone lesion and a mild elevation of her alkaline phosphatase, she is in perfect health. But if she isn't going to be comfortable or happy, then I won't do that to her and I am now devastated. 

Is anyone's dog as big as mine who did well with a front leg amputation?

Thanks,

Grant

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gbtphd said
Is anyone's dog as big as mine who did well with a front leg amputation?

Welcome and best wishes for your pup! What's her name.

Browse this forum or spend a little time searching the Tripawds Blogs and you will find many examples of giant breed dogs Loving Life On Three Legs . Yes, bigger dogs do have a more difficult time, but we have had members with much larger dogs recover quickly and adapt well.

The most important thing is weight management. Once all healed up, also consider consider consulting with a certified rehab vet/tech for a professional evaluation, treatment recommendations, nutrition plan and exercises you can do at home to keep your big girl fit and strong. Visit a CCRP or CCRT and the Tripawds Foundation will even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab!

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Love her avatar picture!  Can't wait to see more pictures.

We all certainly understand what a kick in the gut it is to hear fhis type of news.   Of course, you're sweet pup hasn't heard a word and isn't co cerned at all!  The bliss of being dog!! 🙂

Good news that xrays are clear!

Unless an Othropedicw Surgeon has concerns zbout his remaining legs, there is NO reason that yiur sweet boy can't ha dle three legs nust fine!    As Admin Guy said, we've had puos much bigger than 125 lbs.

*My own Happy Hannah (a "fluffy" Bull Mastiff) weighed in at 125 l s before her surgery.  She was up and walking within 24 hrs after surgery.

*Rufus 190 lb Newfie front leg amp

*A 135 lb Rottie named Sassy was up and walking with 24 hrs.

*Tazzie, anEnglishw Mastiff, had her front leg amputw at 170 lbs.  If I recall, it took her about three days to get ..mobile.

*Eurydice, a magnificent Great Dane (and I've forgotten her weight, maybe 170  lbs) had her front leg amputated and handled three legs like a Ballerina!

*Big Louie 170 lb Neapolitan Mastiff

So yes,'larger dogs can handle three legs just fine. The first several days, or a bit more, some of the really large dogs may need he@p with a harness during the first part of recovery.

The surgery will remove that painful leg and give her a chance at extended quality time for more tummy rubs, treats, sunbathing, spoiling, butt scratches and snuggles!! 🙂   

Sure, recovery is no picnic for a couple of weeks.  It is MAJOR surgery and it hurts!  Keeping the surgery pain managed can be a bit tricky, but you and your Vet will find a balance.  Most dogs come home with Tramadol, Gabapentin, Rimadyl and an antibiotice.  Some come home with a Fentanyl patch for a few days.

If you have hardwood floors you'll want to get non-slip scatter rugs for traction .  No stair climbing for at least the first several weeks.  Front leggers go UP stairs easier than tjey can go DOWN stairs. Reverse for rear leggers.

Remember, you are doing  this FOR her and not TO her!!   Sounds like your pup is not ready to give up and is looking forward to getting in with a pain free life!    I know this isn't an easy decision.  I even cancelled my first surgery appointment for her because I was so fearful.  This was before I found this site!

STAY CCONNECTED and ask any and all questions that come to mind!  We're here for you.

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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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Hey sweetie 🌺

As Sally beautifully pointed out there are tons of huge dogs here who went through amputation and had the happiest life after surgery.

You need not be afraid, your gourgeous girl will pull this one through and show you how happy life can be on three legs.

And, as others pointed out, you are getting rid of her pain for good!

Recovery can be difficult and exhausting, especially for a big dog, but it doesn't last forever.

Generally our babies make huge improvement as soon as stitches come out.

We are all here for you so do not hesitate to ask for any advice and support any time!

And please do keep us updated!

Sending you a big hug and XL cuddles 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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eurydice said

You need not be afraid, your gourgeous girl will pull this one through and show you how happy life can be on three legs.

And, as others pointed out, you are getting rid of her pain for good!

Recovery can be difficult and exhausting, especially for a big dog, but it doesn't last forever.

Generally our babies make huge improvement as soon as stitches come out.

Yes to all of this...I posted the same question about my sweet Otis and all of these wonderful people told me he would be just fine! He was 118 pre amputation. We said goodbye to his very painful front right leg a month ago! We're going on short hop walks a couple of times a day and he is going up and down stairs easily! He lopes...not quite a run yet...across the backyard. Traction for our hardwoods has been key, but so glad I let all of these wonderful people convince me that big dogs can be front leg amputees and do just fine!

Big hugs,

Camille  & Otis

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My Otis, a lab/Dane mix was 106, also a front leg amputee and very barrel chested.  He did just fine on 3 - pretty much did everything he did before.  He could go up and down stairs, chase cats and squirrels, steal food off the counters.  Our walks were just very short - about 7 houses, with a long rest stop at house 5.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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Hi sweetie 🌺

How are you and your cutie Akita?

Any news ???

Sending you lots of kisses and cuddles 😘😘😘🐮✨💫🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hi there

Im wondering as well how you are doing with your beautiful boy? Are you in recovery with your boy? We are all thinking of you!

Stewie is my 110lb, Bernese/Rotty X, who had his very painful front left leg removed 7 months ago and he has exceeded my expectations in every way shape and form. I hope you and your boy can have as much joy as we have had with Stewie.

Take good care of yourselves and all the very best

Petra, Stewie 🐾 & his Pride >^..^< Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Ted.

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