Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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…on his recent clear CT that we had more time. We literally CT'd him from neck to tail ... except for his brain. When you have an 11 year old Great Dane with cancer it shouldn't come as a shock, but it just did.
Realistically, looking back he has had this tumor a long, long time. When he
…said even if it was a bad disc they wouldn't recommend surgery at this time.
I wish the poor guy could just get a break. Of course, being a Great Dane, it's no small feat to have a dog his size who can't use his hind end. Two steps forward .. not sure how many steps backwards.
…few years ago a Great Dane named Eurydice traveled through Europe. I believe she was originally diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her leg amputated in England. She had many
…time spend on training really depends on the dog's breed type. For an Aussie, you'll need more time to keep the pup busy and "working' than say, a Great Dane. As an example, check out Minnie's story.
…was being left out of pack walks and sometimes our other dog Sheldon loves jumping in for a little rest too. Sadly it isn’t big enough for Hollie (Great Dane).
We already have canine physiotherapist due to the first surgery, we did everything in our power to help Cesar now I just want to make him
…with dealing with things. I’m so worried that I won’t cope but that I looked out our pack and think if we can cope with a deaf dog (which our Great Dane is and our mad ball Springer Spaniel) we can handle anything.
I just want to say thank you for listening and making me feel like I’m not alone
…can often control pain, sometimes for a year, sometimes not. Did your oncologist mention it? One particular story we wrote about was Hazel, a Great Dane who was not a good candidate for amputation. The Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (aka Cyberknife) worked for about six months or so until they had
…all, new here. I was recommended this forum from a Great Dane FB page and I am glad I found it.
Hank entered a limb sparing trial at Ohio State after his diagnosis of Osteo in feb. He was doing very well but
…usually find one for most people).
Meanwhile, yes, other people have had blind Tripawds! Here are some examples:
Nova the Queen was a blind Great Dane who lost her sight after becoming a Tripawd
and Cora the Miracle Dog was born blind and lost her leg as a puppy.
While Merry Myrtle is not a
…year old Great Dane here, forelimb amp, with pre-exisiting neurologic (wobblers), angular limb deformities and osteoarthritis ... he was back to hiking the
…. Today, we go for walks, although short ones, car rides, and shopping. We have her on daily supplements and watch her weight. She is Black Lab/Great Dane mix. I hear that the larger the dog, the harder it is or will be for them in the future. The good thing is Maggie does not know that she has three
I don’t have much but reassuring words that as Steve has said, it is rough in the beginning, but it will get better.
Finn (160-pound Great Dane) is now 5 days post-op and while things are still challenging, I can see small improvements every day. Live for the small victories knowing this
…swelling looks to be much better this morning.
I’m going to work on blogging his journey to keep everyone in the loop and to maybe help another Great Dane parent feel at ease that even the big guys do well.
Here is our sweet boy resting yesterday.
…family Finn! Sooo glad your hooman got a second opinion so you can now have a xhance at a quality pain free life!! We've had many wonderful Great Danes here live lofe to the fullest once that bum leg was gone.
Recovery is no fun about two weeks, but doesn't last furever. Yeah, if you have
…you provide for so many scared tripawd (or soon-to-be) parents.
Our story is unfortunately not an uncommon one: Finn is a 6-year-old Great Dane who weighs 160 pounds. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 5 weeks ago and was told he was not a candidate for amputation. Thank goodness we read
…he was back to hiking in the mountains several times a week. We sure do miss those hikes and views. I don't know a lot of 10 year old four legged Great Danes that hiked that much, let alone a three legged one.
Ultimately, we did palliative radiation one week pre-amputation, 5 rounds of Carpoplatin,
…jokingly call him a "lesser Dane" because he is small (95 lbs) and not exactly what a Great Dane enthusiast would call a great specimen of the breed (we got him from a rescue and of course don't care ourselves). His "small" size has been in
…just watched again. Great Dane! Sorry it's early, but He is beautiful and love his color.
…to help with whatever path you take.
He's a big boy but 120 lbs isn't that huge really. We've had many Rotties in our club, as well as giant Great Danes, Mastiffs and even Saint Bernards. The majority do very, very well with just a few exceptions over the years. Search our blogs and forums for
…. That sealed our decision. I was terrified to amputate his leg - but he hasn't looked back much.
We led a pretty active life style for a 10 yo Great Dane pre amputation - we hiked 3-5 days per week - and he's back to doing everything he did pre amputation. Honestly ... I don't think he cares.…
…it and it did take us 3 weeks to really find our groove (again prolonged compared to other dogs I think) but I think he's more active than most Great Danes' his age even with only 3 legs.
Ultimately, your oncologists are best to answer your three questions. Our oncologist's opinion was as follows:
So sorry to hear about Sunny's diagnosis. My 10 yo Great Dane Grover was diagnosed with a mid-ulnar osteosarcoma 8 months ago. He had pre-existing osteoarthritis, angular limb deformities, lumbosacral disease
…it comes to trying to search on here, but techie skilled peiple eill come along and give you links. A couple pf names come to mind:
Eurydice (a Great Dane) . Tazzie (a Mastiff...I think she weighed 170 lb at surgery). I k ow thete wete others in the 200 plus range...I just couldn't figure…
… gets rid of that awful painful leg and gives him a chance at a great quality life!!!
Quick aside. Cant remeber rhe exact weight, but Great Dane Atlas (I think around 170 lbs) was told by two Vets to put down because of size and Wobbles! Fortunately the owner found an Orthopedic Aurgeon
… is once they get home!😉
My Happy Hannah was quite a "fluffy" Bull Mastiff at 125 lbs and had no problem navigating on three.Weve had large Great Danes, Anatolians, English Mastiffs, etc handle three just fine. I had steps she had to go up and down to get in her yard and had enough time to have a
…as a tripawd and enjoyed life to the fullest. I know Atlas's mom did a lot of Rehabilitation therapy as well as acupuncture.
Another large Great Dane, Eurydice did, I believe, find boots that fit. Go to member search and put in Eurydice to see her posts and pictures.
Speaking of pictures..
…with his back end. His front leg hops and the back legs appear to almost float or hesitate before stepping. I figured it was because he's a big great dane. A neurologist looked at him and thinks he might have a slight case of wobblers.
We cannot find boots to fit him, so I have been using vet wrap
…female Great Dane was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 1.5 weeks ago and had her front right leg amputated almost a week ago. She has also had one round of chem .
…funny. I love how tiny dogs think they are huge and big dogs like great danes think they are lap dogs.
Thanks for the laugh Brownie!
…right place - these people are awesome!
It. Will. Get. Better. The first 3 weeks were the worst for us ... but just today, Grover a 10 yo Great Dane with a forelimb amp went hiking for 1.5 miles and then spent the evening playing tug, fetch and kill the (stuffed) dragon.
It may take several
Brownie was 90 lbs at time of front leg amputation, and 10 days before hiis 12th birthday. On the site you will see where large dogs thrive such as great Danes and massive.
Two that come to mind are Roane, a Anton Shepard. I didn't spell that correctly. And Happy Hannah, a massive.
I third on
…a huge priority for them as well. Another reason we felt comfortable with this surgeon was they had experienced amputation on their own pets, both Great Dane one also had osteosarcoma and another had congenital issues where amputation was necessary so they have experience not only performing amputations