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11 May 2017 - 3:41 pm
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Just wanted to introduce myself. I have two tripawds - a cat and a dog. Some people say I have the oddest collection, but I love my little three legged furries! My dog lost part of his leg when he was only a few weeks old, and I adopted him at 12 weeks of age. He had most of his leg intact at that time, but had so many issues from using it, damaging the end, endless pain, infection, that we had it fully amputated when he was old enough to have surgery safely. A couple years later I saw a kitten that needed a home that had lost it's leg in a traumatic unknown injury (it was found outside with it's littermates). So here I am today with my eclectic collection of three-legged furries! I have done a few modifications around the home to make their lives a little easier - a ramp up to a window ledge for my kitty to watch the birds, a cat tree with steps all the way to the top (all 7 feet of it!), stairs to get on the bed, etc. 

My biggest question is how do you know when they are in pain? I notice my dog seems fairly reluctant to do things he always has done in the past, such as jump into my car. He is 4 years old, a perfect weight and very healthy as per the vet. Most of the time, he still runs circles around me and is his normal happy energetic self, but it just seems he is more reluctant to do any jumping, and I certainly don't force him to. At only 15 lbs, he is very easy to lift for me. 

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11 May 2017 - 5:12 pm
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CindyS14 said
Just wanted to introduce myself. I have two tripawds - a cat and a dog.

Welcome! Please consider registering to take full advantage of the many resources this community has to offer. For starters, your forum posts will not require moderation. Start here if you ever need help navigating the Tripawds Blogs .

My biggest question is how do you know when they are in pain?

Please see our various Tripawds News blog posts about Pain Management. You'll find many articles, interviews, and even an infographic on the subject.

We also always recommend consulting with a certified rehab vet/tech (CCRP or CCRT ) for a professional evaluation, treatment and exercises you can do at home. You may even get reimbursed from the Tripawds Foundation 's Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab for your first visit! Or, consider downloading Loving Life On Three Legs , for more information, conditioning tips, exercise instructions and videos.

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11 May 2017 - 9:37 pm
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What a lucky dog and lucky cat to have a furever home with you!! 🙂 🙂 So glad you have opened you heart to these two precious Souls.

The Admin Guy gave you some great links.

Have you had your pup checked out to make sure there are no underlying issues? Could be anything from issues with a knee, or shoukder or neck strain ,or even back issues, disc issues. Is your dog a front leg amp? Jumping up and down off things can cause a great deal of stress on the remaining leg over the years. Is he on any joint supplements? He may even have a vit of arthritis.

Would love to see pictures of your tripawd crew! You really are their very own Angel on earth!

Update when you can!


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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