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…a terrific update! Not only is Samson a Giant Breed SUPERSTAR TRIPAWD, but a senior one too! This gives people so much hope to know that yes, older big dogs can do great on 3. Thank you for sharing your story here! I guarantee someone will feel comforted by knowing how well he's doing.

20 December 2019 11:26 am
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…are sooooo glad you got another opinion from an Orthopedic  Surgeon.  As you can see from lurking  around here, age is just a number.  We have dogs older than Samson handle being a tripawd like a champ!!   You  know uour Samson best and, based on what you've  described, he has a lot of living  to do

8 November 2019 10:27 am
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…it to a back injury that had been seen on an earlier xray (Bumbles the Wonder Mutt *sigh*) and him just feeling that more as he was getting older, it was the lump that appeared on that back of his leg that indicated otherwise.  The surgeon also noted on that point though that to them, it's

…of his left front leg this Tuesday (Sept 24). He's just shy of 10 years and he's just under 70lbs. I was especially glad for the topic about older and big dogs. It's been such a hard decision, and one we feel rushed to make, but with the help of all of you we feel braver going into this.

21 September 2019 6:06 pm
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…throw rugs or yoga mats so she can have confidence getting around.

Is she on any meds?  While 5 weeks out most pups are off all pain meds the older pups again might need pain meds or anti-inflammatories to get around.  Does she have any arthritis?  If you think her struggles are due to pain or

16 September 2019 8:14 pm
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2) Wario will be 10 in october

3) Weve never had issues with any joint pain for him in the past, but as he and another one of my pugs got older I did start buying them treats that had the glucosamine chondroitin in them

4) She didnt give him any meds. 

11 September 2019 1:12 pm
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…owners would be so so helpful! 

I’m nervous this surgery will be too much for his old body - but then feel hopeful after reading about much older dogs doing just fine. Thanks for reading!!

…now and doesn't seem excessive, considering. The vet doesn't want her too groggy/weak - we want to protect her remaining hind knee (she is an older gal and there was some inflammation in her remaining knee, but not enough to disqualify her from amputation). 

We haven't been supporting her

16 July 2019 10:54 pm
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…on us. As Roane went through her recovery just typing an update and reading the pawsitive supportive response helped me soooo much! 

As far as older dogs go, it sounds like Maisy isnt counting the years. I had a seasoned senior lady who continued to defy the odds for 17 beautiful years. She

14 July 2019 3:05 pm
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…origin is it?

I would let your vet know that she is still painful, and ask for more medication. Also, ask for a referral to a physio therapist. Older dogs do need more time to recover, but all dogs benefit from physio after amputation, and some, even younger ones, need to be on pain medication for

…you again for posting your story ❤ It is a total inspiration for cat owners that find themselves with an older kitty in this position.  

When Moe is totally recovered,  maybe you can start a blog here. 

Big hugs you you and your family


24 June 2019 6:28 pm
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…found this community and also for the unbelievable recovery my cat is making. I thought my story might help new tripawd parent have hope for their older pets.

On Friday August 14th I came home late to find my oldest cat Moira in a box in the garage.  She couldn't get up. I brought her in and her…

…into the family.  The cats can all look at each other but not bother each other too much.  So I set it up so the girls could all look in on their older sister as she recovers.

Next sunday Moira should get her stitches out and the dreaded cone can come off.  I know she'll feel much better after

24 June 2019 12:53 am
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…If it helps you feel better, one of the world's best vet surgeons, Dr. Denis Marcelin-Little, has told us himself that just because a dog is big or older, there is no reason why they can't do well as an amputee. Anyone who tells you differently is old-school thinking and doesn't know Cali like you

…pulling or poking.  Most pups here are on pain meds for at least two weeks- maybe he needs pain meds a bit longer.  We see here sometimes that the older pups take a bit longer to get to their new normal. 

I did have luck with my Pug Maggie by having someone she liked come over.  She really perked

6 April 2019 12:16 am
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… nor age, nor breed type should be the only factor that rules out a dog as a candidate for amputation surgery. Unlike the old days, when a large, older or oddly shaped dog was automatically ruled out as a candidate, today's thinking is that many factors should play into the decision. The specialist

5 February 2019 4:20 pm
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… but in general their recoveries take a bit longer than younger pups. So try to be patient and not compare Eddie's recovery with others. He's older than the norm, and he's his own dog. As a bonus, he is a Border Collie and I have no doubt that because of his breed, he'll bounce back faster than

26 November 2018 11:50 am
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…celebrated her one year ampuversary!  She is also a big girl weighs in around 160 lbs now; she was closer to 170 before her amputation.  She is older (she'll be 9 soon) so I was especially worried - but she did great and I'm so happy we had the surgery and got this time with her.  She was never

24 October 2018 1:50 pm
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…has to stand on to pee he would only pee laying down unless I held him up so he could lift the correct leg.

We have seen here that the bigger and older pups do sometimes take a little more time to get going.  Is there good traction
where he is trying to get up?  What happens when you get him up

…yesterday with osteosarcoma in his left front leg. My husband and I are considering amputation, and I’m trying to find other people with big older dogs who chose amputation so I have an idea of what to expect. Hunter is around 125 pounds. Thanks for your help and your time!

- Kellie

22 June 2018 8:33 pm
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…supportive and assured me she would be able to have a happy life, it was just we would be dealing with a "new  normal".

She was five, so not much older than your sweet Monte.

Like you, we had a CT scan done prior to surgery and that was clear of mets. 

When stitches were removed we started

11 May 2018 6:25 am
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…touching him he won't stop crying.

He is super sweet and has a great temperament, I fear a "failed foster" may happen here as to we just lost our older girl, Jersey, back in December.

Thanks again, so I happy I found you guys!

26 April 2018 2:50 pm
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…him in losing a front leg verses if instead it was his back leg. Is it also better to do it now, while he is so young, rather than wait until he is older. I worry about how much pain the shoulder is actually causing him because he never complains about any pain and is a very energetic, happy puppy


Yes, most pups are hopping on their own by a few days after surgery.  Sometimes the older and/or bigger dogs take a bit longer to get the hang of things.

He looks very happy on the couch getting a tummy rub!

Karen and the Spirit Pug

29 November 2017 2:12 pm
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…(black lab) and swimming in our pool.  We want to give her a chance... but don't want her quality of life to suffer.  Knowing that she is an older dog, what would her quality of life be with 3 legs?  We don't want to have the leg removed, only to have the cancer resurface after only a few

11 November 2017 10:27 am
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…(black lab) and swimming in our pool.  We want to give her a chance... but don't want her quality of life to suffer.  Knowing that she is an older dog, what would her quality of life be with 3 legs?  We don't want to have the leg removed, only to have the cancer resurface after only a few

…grade mast cell on his forearm. Definitive treatment would be amputation vs palliative chemo/radiation. 

I am not sure how larger breeds at an older age fair with amputation

wondering if I should let him live out his life on four legs with palliative chemo and radiation or have the definitive

25 September 2017 10:46 am
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…his surgery?  What meds is he on?

The hospital meds and some of the home pain meds can make a pup pretty lethargic.  We also see here that the older pups often take a little longer to get moving after surgery.  Did he get up at the vet?

The first few days home are the toughest so don't get

4 September 2017 11:13 am
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…a senior dog being faced with this decision, I can't blame you for struggling. But as you can see here there are many examples of senior dogs even older than her who have done really well as Tripawds. It's good to hear your vet thinks she can do fine on three legs! You didn't mention arthritis or…

…specialist if you haven't already. That can make all the difference. And be sure to browse this Forum, where you'll find many examples of older dogs on three legs.

I hope this helps. Stay tuned for others to chime in OK? 

1 September 2017 7:00 pm
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…! I know it's hard not to be nervous but when you have backing like that, it makes a huge difference. She may take some time to recovery, as most older, larger dogs do, but she will get there. The recovery may be full of a few ups and downs but in general most dogs, even older ones with mild

24 July 2017 8:44 am
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…well he will do. When you get a moment tell us more about him, how old is, his name and we would love to have some pictures too

I'm sorry that his older brother had to go to the Rainbow Bridge
. clearly he is going to be a great guardian angel for his pack.

Lots of hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy

17 June 2017 11:21 pm
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