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My 12 year old Miniature Schnauzer lost her hind right leg at a year old from cancer.  She has had no problems until the past month.  the Vet prescribed Prednisone and a muscle relaxer.  I also took her to a Canine Chiropractor that has adjusted her twice.  She seemed to be improving but three days ago her back went out again to the point that she changes leads to motivate her forward.  She has also been panting almost constantly.

I've looked through harness and have checked out a few carts.  The carts are more difficult to adjust to for a dog that has been a tripawd for as long as Daisy.

Has anyone had a similar experience?  I don't want her in pain but if I thought the back issue could improve I'd feel much more comfortable in not putting her down.  Possible harness or cart to take the pressure of the back?  

Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated,


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Hi Terry. I'm in the Tripawds Chat room right now if you want to talk. Back here in a sec with some thoughts....

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Terry and Lily (is that her name?), welcome. Your future posts won't need approval so post away. How pawesome that your girl has been cancer free and done so well for this long! 

Panting is definitely a pain indicator pets give when they hurt. It sounds like the pain is not under control and that's the first place you want to start. Did your vet do any diagnostic work before prescribing the prednisone ? If so, what was it? And what was your vet's plan for figuring out the cause after starting the pred? I'm hoping they told you that pred can help pets feel better but it does not address the source of the problem, it merely masks the symptoms. It's best to work toward finding a cause so she can come off the pred as soon as possible.

Carts or harnesses will not address the source of the pain. Don't try using a cart yet, unless you are working with a canine rehab therapist who can ensure that she really does need one. This article about Tripawds and wheelchairs tells more..

Your girl has been on three legs a long time. No doubt the stress of being a Tripawd has caught up. But the good news is that usually these problems can be addressed with rehab therapy. The best place to begin is by seeing a veterinarian who has experience in pain management, as well as seeing a canine rehab therapist. Sometimes you get lucky and you find one who has experience in both areas. If your vet or chiropractor are not certified in this area, I would find one who is. A good pain management vet and canine rehab therapist will address the cause instead of just masking the symptoms. 

If you want to share where you are located I can search for a rehab therapist for you or you can click on the "first rehab visit " link and read how to find one. The best part is that the Tripawds Foundation will pay for your first rehab visit

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Lilly's avatar is just precious!  Can't wait to see more pics of her cute self!!

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching "seniorhood" in apite of that piece of crap disease early on!

Ditto Jerry!   Sounds like somempain meds may be in order until all this gets sorted out.   Soooo many muscle issues, disc issues, arthritis issues coukd all be at play here.  And allmof those things CAN be addressed once properly diagnosed.   If you don't feel your current Vet did enough "investigating" to see the cause  of her disco fort, then go for a second opinion.  We're all really big on second opinions arou d here! 🙂

Stay connected and give us more feedback when you can.  And we'd love to see more pictures too! 🙂


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