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…with it so I'm wondering if there are any braces out there that can give added support to his leg.  They are just now starting to develop full limb prosthetics
but I'm hoping to get something that would help him in the house. Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated!!!

16 December 2019 7:57 pm
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…amputations. They all seem to find their own way to get around and live happy lives. 

It would be wonderful if your kitten was a candidate for prosthetics

I have nothing to add to Jerry's response other than to add things like boxes or stairs (probably with carpet on) for the little one to

28 November 2019 5:40 pm
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…activities of a cat, so I'm hoping that our Trikitty community members will join in with feedback.

Meanwhile, you may be on the right track with prosthetics
. Click on the link for all of our best information about them, and what amputee pets are good candidates. Since she has most of her limbs, she

28 November 2019 4:24 pm
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…up my calf when she wants to get picked up.  

I have questions about what to expect and prepare for as she gets older.  I am also wondering about prosthetics
.  

I'm in Austin, TX 

Thank you 

28 November 2019 3:35 pm
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….

Oh and as for your friend's son, YAY for him beating osteosarcoma! That's terrific. He is on to great things in life. One of our favorite prosthetic designers, Ben from Hero Braces, is also a childhood osa survivor and an amputee. I think when you overcome such great odds as a child, you can't

13 November 2019 11:09 am
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Views: 992

…that maybe this would be information for the veterinary community to consider and consider some of these newer options.

We’ve talked a lot about prosthetics
and we’re doing a lot of work in that. There are some new options that are becoming more popular and I think if we have that data, that will

13 November 2019 3:34 am
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…that is awesome! How cool you're working with such a forward-thinking vet, especially when it comes to prosthetics
. We will keep our paws crossed that he's a candidate, please keep us posted on how that evaluation goes OK?

25 October 2019 10:01 pm
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…just a hygroma. But once again we run risk of it not healing due to its location. If we opt for an amputation she is fully willing to work with the prosthetics
doctor to have the best fit possible if he is a candidate.

25 October 2019 11:37 am
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…returning or to let him go. This is a terrible situation as the quote for the surgical repair is 7900. I'm not sure he would be a candidate for a prosthetic but I have an appt for him at a prosthetic rehab facility next week. We should have biopsy results on monday. I should say he is not overweight

25 October 2019 6:17 am
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…What did you end up doing?

I am in a similar situation - Calvin is missing his front right leg, but has a small nub. I am looking into full limb prosthetics
(from BionicPets), but it's this body jacket thing that would not accommodate/have flexibility for that nub, so I am concerned that it isn't a

13 October 2019 9:13 am
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…to the best of her ability and of course prevents snags...which, we had a yucky snag once and is no fun at all. Tough decision between amp and prosthetic....Hoping the crowd will weigh in on that. Still loving the name and keep us posted. 💜

2 October 2019 10:21 am
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1 October 2019 11:27 am
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…you! We have a follow up appointment with our vet following her spay on Monday (same office as the Ortho specialist) and I'm going to mention prosthetics
and see if the Ortho vet has an opinion on it or can provide a reccomendation. 

For now she's honestly doing great we are going to also look

…went that route.

For now, here is a link to our informational posts with interviews featuring Martin K., founder of OrthoPets, the world's #1 prosthetic designers. To investigate the prosthetics
route, I recommend asking the ortho vet you've been working with for a referral to an ortho vet who is

…your family's ability to commit to the vet's requirements for healing?

One of the big questions I have now is, did the orthopedic vet say if a prosthetic limb is an option? If not, why not? Is the vet not experienced with prosthetics
? If not, please find one who is. We can help locate one if you'd…

…this is the one element that hasn't been introduced into the conversation and it really should.

Because for as much money and time commitment as prosthetics
take, you still wouldn't be looking at nearly as much money or time as a lengthy recovery period from the limb extension surgery. Yes, a…

…commitment to a prosthetic limb for a pet is a life-long thing; you need to train her to use it and she will need to have it serviced and replaced every so often and that's…

…not cheap. But if there is a chance that at least two joints on that bad leg can be left behind so that she can wear a prosthetic, she can have an excellent quality of life on three that is higher than amputation alone can offer.

I hope this helps you consider all the options…

…to figure out the best thing to do and I'm nothing if not committed to researching the best course of action. 

Our vet did not talk to us about a prosthetic and I didn't even think to mention it. That might be something we need to look into, how do we go about finding a vet that would know of these

…your family's ability to commit to the vet's requirements for healing?

One of the big questions I have now is, did the orthopedic vet say if a prosthetic limb is an option? If not, why not? Is the vet not experienced with prosthetics
? If not, please find one who is. We can help locate one if you'd…

…this is the one element that hasn't been introduced into the conversation and it really should.

Because for as much money and time commitment as prosthetics
take, you still wouldn't be looking at nearly as much money or time as a lengthy recovery period from the limb extension surgery. Yes, a…

…commitment to a prosthetic limb for a pet is a life-long thing; you need to train her to use it and she will need to have it serviced and replaced every so often and that's…

…not cheap. But if there is a chance that at least two joints on that bad leg can be left behind so that she can wear a prosthetic, she can have an excellent quality of life on three that is higher than amputation alone can offer.

I hope this helps you consider all the options

…specialist and a rehabilitation therapist. A good team can help guide you through any major decisions, and maybe see if she's a candidate for a prosthetic limb, which could be life changing. Also, if you take her to a credentialed rehab therapist, the Tripawds Foundation
may reimburse you for your

17 September 2019 8:53 pm
Posts: 18
Views: 788

…more suggestion: you may want to see if this group that specializes in wheels and prosthetics
has any spares they can ship you. 

https://www.joeyspaw.org

…according to her:

-Amputation - because of the placement of the tumor, he would need a full limb gone (back left leg)... so no chance of prosthetics

-Debulking combined with a 4 week (5 days a week) radiation treatment to the area

-Debulking combined with a certain injection point

8 August 2019 11:04 am
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Views: 2620

Thank you so much for your replies.

I found a really well-renowned osteopathic surgeon in Petaluma who has a great reputation. We discussed prosthetics
but the poorly developed front leg (that will eventually be amputated once she has the shoulder surgery on her good front leg) doesn't even have…

…much of a shoulder to support prosthetics
. She already does pretty well on 3-legs because she's never known anything better runs like a rocket but that good leg is not fully supported by

8 August 2019 8:45 am
Posts: 20
Views: 684

…more thing to consider: has the surgeon talked to you about whether or not prosthetics
are a possibility, once that shoulder is healed? Technically if you can put that good shoulder back together, that seemingly useless limb can be…

…the basis for a prosthetic limb that can greatly enhance her quality of life. Just a thought....

7 August 2019 6:00 pm
Posts: 20
Views: 684

…said

...looking for advice on prosthetics

How much of the appendage remains? Without two moving joints, a prothstetic device is likely no longer a viable option for support.…

… Successful use of prosthetics
really must be discussed with a certified orthopedic surgeon versed in the matter prior to amputation. See the many prosthetics
articles, videos and podcasts in the Tripawds News blog
for much more information about prosthetics
, and start here
for help finding the many

6 August 2019 10:11 pm
Posts: 4
Views: 337

…all. 

Just joined and am looking for advice on prosthetics
.

I have a lab boxer pit mix missing a front leg and am wondering (really dreaming) about the quality of life improvement a prosthetic could

6 August 2019 7:55 pm
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22 July 2019 2:15 pm
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Views: 433

…to live long, hoppy lives on three.

I'll be honest, I've never heard of a debulking surgery for osteosarcoma. Was it subcutaneous? 

Regarding prosthetics
: if you click on the link you will see all of our current information about them. What the assistant may have been thinking of, as far as a metal…

…rod, was implanted prosthetics
. These are still in the experimental stage (see below link to interview with Dr. Marcelin-Little: he actually pioneered the use of prosthetic

…implants).

For the right animal, a prosthetic of any kind can really boost quality of life! You are right in asking your oncology surgeon to leave as much of the leg as possible, because…

…artificial limbs have to be considered before surgery. 

However, keep in mind that in this interview with prosthetics expert Dr. Denis Marcelin-Little, he explains that for total success of a prosthtic, a dog or cat needs at least two joints left on the affected

16 July 2019 5:13 pm
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Views: 287

…debulking surgeries did not help and radiation is palliative not curative.

We will do amputation next week but I want Georgie to have the use of a prosthetic
 
The surgeon wants to amputate to the shoulder but I want to save as much of her leg as possible so that  a Prosthetic can be fitted.
 
The…

…surgeon was too busy to speak with me this morning after Georgie’s sutures were taken out, so I asked the surgical nurse about a prosthetic but she said no bc they have to put a metal rod in. 
 
I contacted OrthoPets
in Colorado to see if this is accurate and to find out what they…

…have to offer.
 
Has anybody had this experience and what did you choose? What is your experiences with prosthetics
?
 
Thank you so much for your help!

Maria 

16 July 2019 2:28 pm
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Views: 287

…to see if we can interview them. Thank you so much.

I do agree, if a leg can be saved, or at the very least left long enough for a well-fitting prosthetic, that is absolutely the better option for a cat or dog. Especially over the long term.

Please post a new update on Nyaya in "Size and Age Matters

13 July 2019 4:28 pm
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Views: 651

…will have a great life for sure!

How long is her stump? There has to be a lot of residual limb (below the elbow) left in order for any kind of prosthetic to work. If you click on the link you'll run into all of our posts about prosthetics
for dogs and cats. One of the articles you will find is one…

…that discusses the downside of DIY prosthetics.

Yes, her behavior may be one of some pain signals
cats give us, and indicative of unaddressed pain. I would let your vet know tomorrow and if

18 June 2019 8:36 pm
Posts: 3
Views: 391

…to design and 3D print anything for Beni's new leg.  The main issue I'm running into is a lack of literature on this kind of amputation, and on cat prosthetics
in general.  My main goal is to give her something to help her move around during her active times.

This cat is the absolute light of my life

18 June 2019 7:30 pm
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Views: 391

…?  How can I prevent her from making her raw spot worse?  And, unrelated to this but related to tripod cats, has anyone had any success with prosthetics
for this kind of amputation?  I worry that the way she moves right now, sort of a hopping thing, is going to be hard on her back and hip.

18 June 2019 7:25 pm
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