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Considering amputation for staghound x pup... ??
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8 March 2017 - 2:02 am
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Glad someone put me onto this forum!

Long story short, I have a 9mo staghound (x something smaller, maybe staffy - was a rescue). She had a 'Salter-Harris' fracture to her ulna, which wasn't discovered until it resulted in her becoming valgus at her carpus(outward deviation at the wrist) & lame.

She had to wait a few more weeks after diagnosis for orthopedic surgery & despite greatly restricted exercise, it had worsened by then. About 4 weeks ago, she had the surgery to cut her ulna. It was explained to me this wasn't a fix, but it would hopefully prevent it worsening until her bones stop growing, when she will need further surgery to straighten the radius, to hopefully prevent carpal collapse. That should *mostly* fix the problem, but the degree of the deviation already, how long it's been that way(started end of Nov) and the fact that she's probably 3 months off growth plate closure mean she will have arthritic changes to both carpus and elbow - probably already started - and suffer for life.

She is also suffering pain/lameness now, which she will have to endure for the next 3 months, along with greatly restricted freedom/exercise. (she is getting pain/anti inflams when bad)

Lastly, I will do what is best for her if at all possible, but as the first op depleted more than my emergency fund already, being over $2k and the next will be much more, financial strain is another factor.

So... I've seen a number of happy, not very disabled smaller 3 legged dogs, but I have never seen big, long legged ones. Heard a few good egs from people, but have yet to look into it properly or speak to vets. I'd like to know whether there are factors with different bigger dogs, etc, which make it more or less of a good option for her quality of life??

She hasn't filled out fully yet, but think she will stay a lanky type, and I'm also well aware of excess weight on joints etc, regardless of leg number!

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

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Hi there......just wanted to jump in on the long lanky leg question.  Just googled stag hound and see they look a lot like my rescued greyhound Sessy.  By now you've probably researched a little on this site....and hopefully seen there are quite a few large and long legged tripawds....and they do great!!

My Sessy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, and had her back left leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Her third dose of chemo will be next week.  There have been a few bumps in the road......but she is doing great and was pretty much up and walking like nothing happened within a few days.  We did have to build up our distance....... but I was really lazy before all this happened......so both of us are getting in better shape😬

Keep us posted on your progress........and yes we do want pictures!!!

BTW.......not only is Sessy taller with lonnnnggggg legs.......she's also 11 years young💕💕

Gayle - mom of beautiful greyhound Sessy.  Sessy diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, left back leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Feline siblings Mooshe, Tinkerdude, Odie and Bean

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