Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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As far as recovery goes after amp- I've been through it with Tripug Maggie who was THE drama queen! Elly was amputated before I adopted her so was healed though not…
…he pain quite well I think, we had no medical issues, no phantom pain
, but she would not play with me for 6 weeks after surgery! During her recovery I was sure I had made a mistake choosing amputation- she was just not herself. In hindsight it made sense- she was the definition of a stubborn
…and stop the repairs is different for everyone, and you've clearly reached yours.
Yes, from what we've read here is that TPLO is a way harder recovery than amputation! So after all that you've been through, amputation recovery should be relatively easy. And the fact that he's a Husky, and has
…he’ll go nuts if he has phantom limb pain, or just tenderness in general. I’ve seen a lot of people say that an amp surgery seems to be an easier recovery than a tplo, but I don’t know if they mean in recovery or overall.
It sounds like you have been though quite a lot as well. I’m glad to hear
…he has some arthritis, but wow has he come a long way from that awful, terrifying period where we were facing down a major surgery and months of hard recovery.
…on Monday and was home by Tuesday afternoon. She is a life loving energetic labrador who was reported by the surgery team to have a excellent recovery post surgery and had great promise to do well since she preferred to walk on her own without help and was so "spunky". Since being home, Zoy is
…no, Sally! Poor Frankie. I haven't been on for a while and just now seeing this. I know how scary it is. Remember my 80 lb Daisy blew her knew and had to have it repaired.
Like you there was no way I could afford TPLO. Here in my part of the world the procedure runs about …
…be done by board certified surgeons.
My vet has done a lot of the lateral suture stabilizations with good success so I opted for that route given Daisy's activity level. Just had to keep Daisy from running wild for about 2 months -- not that she did that anyways 🙂
I will say that Daisy's knee…
…surgery/recovery for me was waaaay worse than her amputation. (Well you probably remember all my panicking posts here). Not saying that to scare you but so you
…as that really is the gold standard surgery for that type of injury. It makes the knee much more stable and, from what I understand, is an easier recovery than just a regular old repair. That said, Izzy was already an old dog and wasn't super active. The tplo surgery was also far more expensive then…
…to do the basic repair surgery which, in a younger or more active dog, would have higher risk of failure than the tplo. She did warn me that the recovery would be more difficult, which seems completely counter-intuitive, but proved true. Izzy had an easier time with her amputation then with the knee…
…repair and supposedly, the TPLO would have been a smoother recovery.
Cissy can still enjoy life on three legs, even with a knee repair, but she will need help with walking and going potty in the interim. I would…
…you have. I don't know how old Cissy is but that might impact which repair you should choose. The tplo is supposed to be a fairly straightforward recovery but Cissy will definitely need some help for a little while.
We are here to help! Wishing you and your pup the best!
Amy & my big,
…🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 TO SEE THE TURN AROUND IN YOU AND CLOUDERS HAS A HIGE GRIN PLASTERED ALL OVER MY FACE!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 We can talk all day long avout how rough recovery is at first......we can talk all day long avout how it does get better, sloooowly vut surely....but until you see the sparkle come back for…
…to believe a single word we say!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
And it's still so very early so she still has to take it slow, vut she is really, really rockin' this recovery beyond perfectly!!! 🙂
TAZZIE is such a true ROCK STAR who came here years ago. She continues to show everyone that size doesn't matter when
…ll have the least regret with in the long run. Your girl has already shown she's a fighter with all she's been through. Many have said here TPLO recovery is worse than amputation recovery. Your girl may well surprise you! Keep us posted, we're here to support you in whatever decision you make!
…sorry to hear about Nona and the challenges she faces. That will be a ruff recovery indeed, but many members have shared similar experiences here and in the Tripawds Blogs
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…limb surgery and recovery.
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…to do. He has a YouTube channel that you can check out. It's called "Murphy the Three Legged Dog". We did a fairly good job of following his recovery. Some of the videos were lost due to a glitch with YouTube, but the majority of them are still there.
All told, Murph was on leash restriction