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…pup to have you looking out for him. That is wonderful you took him to a specialist. 

As I mentioned on the phone, you may want to ask about a prosthetic just in case he is a candidate. He may not be but it can't hurt to ask, as an artificial limb can really make a big difference in an animal's

4 June 2019 5:56 pm
Topic: Meet Chester
Posts: 3
Views: 348

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…your doggie's name? So glad to hear she's doing pretty well.

thanks! Any and all help is much appreciated!

You bet! First, a little about prosthetics
. A prosthetic can definitely make a big difference in quality of life, but unfortunately it's something that needs to be considered before surgery

28 May 2019 2:24 pm
Topic: Prosthetics
Posts: 2
Views: 600

…amputation, so she has a stump. She’s really doing great! But, less mobile than she used to be and is gaining some weight. We’d like to pursue a prosthetic. Anyone have experience?

The one concerning factor we have is the fact that she has developed a hygroma on the end of her stump. It’s fairly

28 May 2019 1:53 pm
Topic: Prosthetics
Posts: 2
Views: 600

…pup doesn't but if so, you may want to have the fine folks at NC State look at him. They are orthopedic experts and if your pup is a candidate for a prosthetic, they are the team you want to work with. You would have to get a referral from your primary vet.

If the university isn't an option I would go to


I think it's super cool your hubby can do that kind of thing! But I just wanted to give you a head's up about DIY prosthetics
for dogs. Orthopedic vets have told us they can do more harm than good. Please check out this OrthoPets
article that talks about that subject…


Facts About 3-D Printing for Pet Prosthetics

FAQs About Artificial Limbs for Pets on Tripawd Talk

…interestingly, my husband is a mechanical engineer and designs 3D printed items sometimes. We have come across some plans and models of a 3D printed prosthetic for dogs - the advantage being you can print new ones as the puppy grows and the expense is lower. We don't really know yet if her leg/shoulder are

…what a sweetie! And wow with that "chicken wing" leg she looks like a terrific candidate for a prosthetic limb. Check out our OrthoPets videos about prosthetics, I would definitely talk to an orthopedic surgeon before making the amputation decision. For…

…the right dog, prosthetics
are life changing. 

…yes please share more! What a face! You are such a big-hearted human for continuing to help him!

And he appears to be a good candidate for a prosthetic limb too, which would be tremendously helpful as he ages.

Can you share some video? Upload it to YouTube first then paste the URL. We will do

22 April 2019 9:15 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 716

…situations related somehow?

Also, has she had any rehabilitation therapy on that kickstand of hers?

She could also be a good candidate for a prosthetic, so don't jump too soon to amputation if the drainage is not related to her shortened limb. 

If she were my dog, and she has been through rehab…

…least one or two opinions to help me decide on amputation. Has a neurologist assessed her yet? Or an orthopedic surgeon experienced in working with prosthetics
? Those are the two I would go to for the next step if this situation isn't extremely urgent. I hope not! 

Give us more info and we can try to

1 April 2019 10:02 am
Topic: Trinity
Posts: 3
Views: 345

…can do lots of things to mitigate those issues.

An advantage that a dog born with a malformed limb has, is that this pup may be a candidate for a prosthetic if the malformed limb is kept intact. An orthopedic vet experienced in prosthetics
can tell you for certain. Check out the link to learn more. If

… that is the contraption! Since she doesn’t have a stump, she wouldn’t be able to move the prosthetic leg normally or bend it, it would be more like a “ski”.  I look forward to hearing what the vet and rehab therapist has to say - please keep me

22 March 2019 2:10 am
Posts: 5
Views: 443

…to say that Tripawds can do anything a four-legger can do, but it's our job to moderate those activities so they don't overdo it. 

Oh and about prosthetics
. They only work if enough stump is left on the leg. I don't know what Zoey's candidacy is as a prosthetic user, but a rehab vet will be able to

…to say that Tripawds can do anything a four-legger can do, but it's our job to moderate those activities so they don't overdo it. 

Oh and about prosthetics
. They only work if enough stump is left on the leg. I don't know what Zoey's candidacy is as a prosthetic user, but a rehab vet will be able to

…leg. We have an appointment this week with our vet to talk medical history (I can't make sense of the documents they were able to give us T_T) and prosthetic possibilities to relieve some of the pressure. 

Any new tripawd parent tips are appreciated!

I'll post photos when I figure out exactly how to

…took her scapula too. I didn't even consider the scapula/not scapula options to be honest. They didn't discuss it. It was just what they did, a prosthetic not being an option as she needed an above elbow amputation. It was a horrible time, and I felt very anxious about how she would cope on three legs

14 February 2019 5:53 am
Posts: 8
Views: 464

…took her scapula too. I didn't even consider the scapula/not scapula options to be honest. They didn't discuss it. It was just what they did, a prosthetic not being an option as she needed an above elbow amputation. It was a horrible time, and I felt very anxious about how she would cope on three legs

13 February 2019 9:01 am
Posts: 8
Views: 464

…why the leg is being removed? Is it cancer?

When it isn't cancer, it can be advantageous to leave as much of the limb as possible if you think a prosthetic is in Pete's future.

Cons discussed were pretty much just cosmetic….. our dog is short-haired, so muscle atrophy will make the scapula spine

12 February 2019 3:30 pm
Posts: 8
Views: 464

…Limb Amputation.

From what I know and what I've seen here I wouldn't leave the entire femur in one of my pets unless I was planning on using a prosthetic device.  You might consider a second opinion from a ortho surgeon.  Also- if it is cancer you might want to talk with an oncologist if you have

…had a follow-up appt. and confirmed the remaining leg has to go I am sorry. These partial amputations always appear to cause issues if there is no prosthetic in the future. I imagine they want her to grow a little before surgery when are they suggesting surgery?

Until then, I will certainly keep

24 January 2019 6:11 am
Posts: 13
Views: 1038


The main benefit to leaving a stump on an animal is if the pet parent is willing financially and time-wise, to train the animal to use a prosthetic limb. Your cat may or may not be a good candidate. An orthopedic surgeon can tell you. Our posts about prosthetics
explain more, just click on

21 January 2019 9:21 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 1038

…we can do some other stuff and try to make the legs work a bit better.” So they are – a lot of people are ready to put their pets in wheels or with prosthetics
and things.

But I think that they see amputation has almost – instead of looking at it as a way to relieve pain, they see it as giving up, “Well

…trouble banging and scraping the stump.  Since there is no pad to protect the end of the leg then it is prone to injury.

If you do want to get a prosthetic why not do it now?  In my mind using a prosthetic would potentially help the dog in the long run by saving wear and tear on the other joints that

17 December 2018 10:04 pm
Posts: 3
Views: 483

…for your pup! What's her name?

Have you consulted with a board certified orthopedic surgeon, preferably one who has previously fitted veterinary prosthetics
? Click any of the prosthetics
links for various video interviews, podcasts, and articles discussing the importance of planning ahead prior to…

…surgery whenever considering the use of prosthetics
for Tripawds. For best results, two residual joints are required. Also consider contacting Orthopets and watching our Orthopets video interviews

…amputation is best for her. 

So here’s the big decision I have to make. I asked about leaving a portion of her forearm to make her eligible for a prosthetic. I don’t think she really needs it right now. She’s getting around really well on 3 legs. But the vet is saying it’s risky but he’ll do it. I’m

…m excited to hear how the consult goes in two weeks!  Neither of my rear amp Tripawds were or are able to use a prosthetic.  Maggie lost her leg to cancer so most all of the femur had to go.  I adopted Elly as a Tripawd and she has no femur at all.

And I'm glad Jerry

11 November 2018 8:54 pm
Posts: 9
Views: 462

…thought: Is there any chance you would be interested in having her evaluated for a prosthesis? When a dog has a "chicken wing" (even prostheticians call them that!) they can often wear an artificial limb. See our interviews with OrthoPets
for more information:


10 November 2018 1:10 pm
Posts: 9
Views: 462

…my GOSH you just made my day! He's climbing "legs mountain"!

Now that I see his stump I can see why he tries to use it. I'm not a prosthetician but it does look too small for an artificial limb to attach to. A full amputation may be something to consider if becomes a problem.

I love

9 November 2018 9:22 am
Posts: 20
Views: 1414

…you so much! Thank you all. I've been reading and watching and listening and searching all topics day and night. 

I have been researching prosthetics
and have abandoned that avenue. She is scheduled for amputation Tuesday and in the meantime i've come across extremely promising limb sparing

13 October 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
Views: 739

…being such an aggressive and highly metastasic form of cancer it would be most advisable to amputate the leg and shoulder.

We discussed prosthetics
and bionic implants which could be considered as her tumour was in her wrist.

But they did not think it would be the best option due to the type…

…of cancer and also they did not feel prosthetics
would work well enough (my baby was a huge Great Dane who lost her front leg) and bionic implants take many months to heal and many, many months…

…osteo tumour in the upper part of his leg shortly after surgery.

Please forgive me for bringing this point and sounding discouraging via a vis prosthetics
but I thought it might be useful to discuss this with your oncologist and your surgeon before surgery as afterwards it’s too late.

Sending you

13 October 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
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