When a dog or cat must undergo a limb amputation, a good rehabilitation therapy program is key to a healthy, strong life on three legs. Take Flash, for example. He made a great recovery after a hemangiopericytoma diagnosis with lots of canine rehabilitation therapy. Today for Tripawd Tuesday, Flash’s mom Jennifer Mohammed-Stanley graciously shares his amputation recovery and rehab story with us. We know you’ll find it as inspawrational as we do!
Flash just recently turned 10, and the best American Bulldog we have ever come across. His spirit is unfaltering, and he does his very best to make everyone smile that comes into his life.
He was first diagnosed with a hemangiopericytoma back in 2009. What started as the size of a pea on his front left leg, after three surgeries, became the size of a grapefruit. We removed the tumor three times over three years, but kept coming back, each time more aggressively.
After an unexpected incident, we decided to have an MRI, we made the difficult decision at that point to remove the leg, and rid him of the cancer that had haunted his body for almost four years. We were happy to hear the wonderful news that Flash is now cancer free after the surgery in April this year!
Flash has developed severe arthritis in his remaining front leg, and the best option for him now was to undergo rehab. The wonderful staff at the University Of Tennessee vet hospital rehab department in Knoxville, is doing wonders for him.
He started therapy with the water treadmill, and has actually starting small laps in the pool at the hospital. This will help rebuild his strength and mobility.
He is even losing a few pounds to aid with his mobility as well. We are so very proud of Flash for coming such a long way. His tail is always wagging, even if he is completely exhausted from his therapy.
Flash still has no problem running to the kitchen to get an ice cream treat, and running with our two other pups playing in the yard. He loves to lay in the sun, and loves to sleep on his back with legs in the air.
We love this pup, and so very glad to have him around. He has an amazing spirit, and has most certainly taught us humans a lesson in never giving up.
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