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See the Tripawd Dogs 2024 Quality of Life Survey Results

If you are in the tough spot of wondering whether or not amputation for a dog is worth it, the Tripawd Dogs 2024 Quality of Life Survey Results slideshow is worth checking out.

Watch the Results: 2024 Tripawd Dogs Quality of Life Survey Responses from Members

Late last year, we asked the Tripawds community for help with three new Quality of Life Surveys that examined what the three-legged life is like for pet parents and their dog or cat. There was one survey for dogs, another for cats, and a third one for people who chose to adopt a Tripawd. Once again this community came through with helpful insight about:

  • Life before amputation
  • Why their cat or dog needed amputation
  • What recovery was like
  • And whether or not they would do it again.

Here are the results in a brief slide show. Keep reading for more fascinating insight from the surveys.

Watch the Tripawd Dogs 2024 Quality of Life Survey Recap

Amputation pain management for dogs still has a long way to go.

The type of pain management dogs were given was very insightful. It saddens us that only about 30 percent of dogs received Gabapentin for nerve pain, and even more shocking was that nearly 20 percent of dogs still come home with Tramadol, a drug proven to be ineffective for managing acute surgical pain.

Pain medications for dogs amputation surgery recovery

Some of the most fascinating insight came from the written responses provided to certain questions such as:

“Knowing what you now know, if given the choice again today, would you do the amputation again? Why or why not?”

Once again the majority of Tripawd parents said yes they would choose amputation if they had to, for reasons such as:

Yes, depending on circumstances. She showed me the fear was on me in the long run.

Yes, absolutely. The recovery period was more emotionally and physically intense than I expected, but I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat under the same circumstances.

Yes, as long as finances permitted. Amputation gave her a chance to have extended quaility pain free life. It also gave her a chance to maybe even beat this crap disease. It gave me the chance to master the art of living in the moment and celebrate each day we had together with no worries avout the tomorrows. I knew I would second guess myself if I didn’t give her that chance

Yes, but I wish such a rosey picture wouldn’t have been painted about post-surgery and healing. It was really tough and she still is adapting. If I would have had a more realistic picture of what the first weeks would be like, I think it wouldn’t have been so hard. I am so glad that I have a flexible job and was able to stay home with her for a couple weeks, so I would encourage folks to think about how their work and other commitments may impact your ability to care for your animal post-surgery.

Out of 144 responses to the question, only two said no they would not choose amputation, or weren’t sure if they would for these reasons:

No- would not. Physically she is ok. Mentally she is sad and doesn’t do the things she used to love to do like play ball and go for walks

Not sure. She has really had to give up a lot of the things she loved (playing with friends, tug war, running a lot). She still seems happy but it’s hard to know that she’ll never be fully herself again.

We hope this helps provide good information for pet parents considering amputation for their dog. If you want to know what cat parents think about the Tripawd life, don’t miss our very detailed results from the 2024 Tripawd Cats Quality of Life Survey.

Watch this space for our third and final 2024 Tripawd Quality of Life Survey, All About Adopted Tripawd Pets.

Thanks to everyone who makes our community so helpful by participating in this kind of informal research!

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2 thoughts on “See the Tripawd Dogs 2024 Quality of Life Survey Results”

  1. I’m not sure what to do. She is in so much pain and nobody cares. Her check-up, the one Vet started cutting her freaking stitches! All absorbable and he didn’t stop until he saw it was just beginning to absorb. It broke anchors inside. She almost chewed her tale off. The original Surgeon will not see her because her vet cut her stitches.
    They weren’t great, either. Al.ost killed her. I’m not sure if I did the right thing. I also want to sue. We were attacked by another dog. That’s how it happened and she is in so much pain.


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