Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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today, meet new member daisydogger ...
Daisy the little 3 legged Princess
The life of Daisy
And we're a little late with this welcome ...
…let me just say, what a beautiful little girl you have!
I've gone though amputation but I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very speedy recovery. The first few days are especially hard. Everyone here has cried bucket loads of tears at first. But your tears will disappear and she
…two weeks can be so hard to get through but once the stitches come out then things just seem to get better and more amazing everyday!
I hope Daisy continues with a speedy and uneventful recovery!
Jo Ann & Tasha
Phantom pains haven't started but I am nervously awaiting them.
Follow Daisy's lead and try to more pawsitive. And please share more about her story.
You'll find lots of recovery and care tips in Jerry's Required Reading
…as there have been many 'dad posts!! which is awesome!)
I appreciate the responses which makes me stop and think and realize that this recovery bit is just not as easy as it might seem. There are many possible set backs which alot of you have experienced and it helps SO much for those of us…
…have a Blue Dog harness on order and am anxously awaiting that to come in. The towel and scarf bit are getting a bit old for Patou already! And Daisy's mom, don't think that I haven't already considered a wheelchair
for my big guy, as I just can't put down a dog that is still healthy. You are
…recovery roller coaster Daisy is on, sounds pretty normal. Most dogs tend to overdo it at first, and by this time she's likely getting pretty sick of the pain meds. Once off the…
…medication, she should return to her old self. Confinement is also key to a safe quick recovery.
The twitching is just mending nerves, but can often be accompanied by sudden yelps or crying out. For more information about this be sure to…
…common dog amputation questions download the new Tripawds e-book Three Legs and A Spare.
Welcome and thanks for joining, please keep us posted on Daisy's progress.
…re sorry to hear about Daisy's slow recovery. How is her weight? If the vets have ruled out any physical issues, and she it otherwise fit and trim, she may indeed just be stubborn. A daily
…nicely with the help of physical therapy sessions and everyones pawsitive thoughts. We have another Dal, Samson who is 12 yrs old. Focusing on Daisys recovery, I failed top notice a large lump forming above Sams wrist area. Went to the vet yesterday and got the devestating news of OS. I am just
…I could possibly add would be to ask if you have considered swimming to help her gain some strength? Maybe she's just lost a little strength? Is Daisy a swimmer? Even if she has never swam - maybe she would like it?? There are doggie pools in Virigina - see if there are any by you and just give…
…. If I'm in nap mode...so are they. If I'm happy and energetic, so are they....etc....if you're feeling worried and stressed about her recovery, then she might be feeling that way too.
I agree with someone else said - if they could only talk! But think of their behavoir as a mirror of…
…our own in a way and maybe that will help?
I don't feel like I offered much, but hopefully Daisy will continue to go at her own pace and be back on track very soon. I guess I would also do a follow up with my Vet too to make sure there is…
…nothing else going on medically.
Best wishes and tons of hugs and cheers for Daisy.
Heather and Spirit Zeus
…Julie and Daisy
Sorry Daisy is dilly-dallying in her recovery, but it sounds like she still enjoys things, like getting outside with her harness.
It sounds like she might just be taking her own sweet time or…
…the vet check her out, e.g., her other hind leg, just to be sure nothing else is going on. But I have a hunch you did this already.
We hope Daisy takes more promising baby steps this week.
…has retired for the evening.
Sorry about the slow recovery. Don't feel bad. If they would just talk, life would be so simple for us.
Hopefully this is just Daisy wanting to be pampered during her recovery. She's had it ruff! It does take a while to heal. Just to give it some time and perhaps like suggested pull back on the helping.
… Daisy is such a trooper! We're so glad she came through this as well as she did. That says so much about her strength and fearlessness.
What you have…
…to remember is, don't compare her recovery to others. All dogs heal at different speeds depending on what their general health was before amputation and after. Just the other day we posted…
…about recovery times that pawrents gave in our Tripawds 2010 Amputation and Cancer Care Survey, you may want to check out the post to see the wide ranges of times…
…Chloe suggested. Also, check out our posts and videos with California Animal Rehabilitation Center to learn how you can help her get strong.
Is Daisy overweight at all? Being overweight can have a serious impact on recovery.
Finally, ask yourself this; could you pawsibly be babying her too…
…can do change it.
We hope this has been helpful to you. Please, if you have more questions, ask away, that's what we're here for, we want to see Daisy getting around on her own too! Keep us posted oK? Thanks for joining.
…if your Daisy now has Lexi's Daisy's harness does that make it a "Daisy Chain" (groan)? Sorry I couldn't resist.
Here's to a speedy recovery and no more stomach dropping escapades on the stairs!
Laura and Tai Dog
…to the floor... After 3.5 weeks post amp Chloe has become a pro at the long stairway (15 wooden steps) up to my parents' room, so I am sure Daisy will surprise you when she starts getting the hang of it!
Sorry to hear about the sutures, Chloe had staples and they worked out fine for her,…
…their body reacts to things. Better to have gotten it fixed so that it can heal better than to not do anything about it.
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Home soon and back on that road to recovery.
…to get to bed, 4:30AM comes really early, but had to reply to this one.
Sending you and Daisy tons of good thoughts. Daisy is in the best possible place right now. That fever needs to come down and the anitbiotics need to have time to attack the infection. As you've…
…already been told, please get some rest and try to relax while you have the opportunity. Recovery is still ahead of you when she gets home.
…either-but the IV fluids will do her a world of good.
Take the time to catch up on your sleep and errands so you are ready to get back to her recovery when she gets home- if you can that is with the rest of your pack, what a houseful!
Hang in there- hopefully with a day or two of fluids and…
…anitbiotics Daisy will be back on the road to recovery.
As others have said, the recovery period(usually a couple of weeks) can be a real 8itch!!! Rest assured, we've all had similar struggles, so you're in good company(or is it bad…
…? That's what I did...and shortened my days up at work alot for a while as Maggie wasn't doing well.
Good luck...we're pulling for you and Daisy! Stay strong!!
Tracy, Maggie's Mom
…Candace and Daisy!! My boy, Zeke, is 4 weeks post-amp on Monday, front left leg. He had the surgery on a Monday and didn't come home until Thursday, he had a lot…
…the best advice I was given by everyone here is to remain calm, be patient and stay positive! Being positive is HUGE. The key is time with their recovery and each day, she should get better. Utilize this website as much as possible because the best advice and tips comes from those that have been…
…through it. There really isn't a "handbook" for us, unfortunately and you have to learn as you go. Good luck, Daisy will be in my thoughts, I hope she recovers well. Hang in there!!!!
…having an amputation, they would still be in ICU! It's a major surgery so just take it hour by hour. Don't judge by her past behavior – this is recovery with drugs in her system!
Hang in there! It will get better – we promise!
By the way, where in Oklahoma?
…t miss Daisy's video! And be sure to grab the tissue.
Cometdog made this beautiful tribute for the recent generous campaign contribution from Darlinda
I did the same thing, put together a blog and missed the forum concept.
When we launched the blogs to easily share photos and document recovery, certain factions may have arised – ahem, you know who you are – but we all love each other and their dogs. One good suggestion is to start a forum…
…topic like Daisy did and remember to update it every time you publish a new blog post.
…to the community! Since your dog is so young, her recovery should be a piece of cake. She'll not remember that she was any other way, and your "can do" attitude will let her know that nothing is beyond her…
…limits! As far as limiting her activities, will she take her cues from you? With Daisy (who was going up and down stairs on day 3 post amp), if I lay down to rest, so would she. That type of thing had to be my priority during the
…know that I could ever give up a dog that I had shared a home with, so I'm probably not a good candidate! For now, all my time and attention goes to Daisy.
Daisy was on Previcox for pain for a couple months preceding surgery. When I brought her home, I was told to keep her on that along with…
…with the third day I actually forgot to give it to her. When I realized it, I observed her closely, and she didn't seem to need it. Her speedy recovery for a 12-yr-old lab was pretty amazing; but then, I had people praying her whole and pain-free and sending her healing energy, and I believe that…
…had a lot to do with the ease with which she recovered. (Complete story at http://daisy.tripawds.com.)
Keep us posted!
…his or her own pace. Just take your cues from him while maintaining an upbeat and encouraging attitude. If you're OK, he'll be OK. My yellow lab, Daisy, had her surgery just after turning 12, and her recovery has been nothing short of amazing. If you'd like to read about her, especially how she's…
…doing 5 weeks post amp, go to my blog: http://daisy.tripawds.com. You'll see a picture of her after she's been swimming.
Keep in touch!
…site after surgery. I remember the setting well. We have a split-level home, and I had decided that the landing between the two levels would be Daisy's place for a few days post op, as she weighs too much for me to carry and my strong son was on a fishing trip (the surgery was a sudden decision)…
…and spend the first couple nights with her as well. (I rarely left her side those first few days.) So, I was spending time on my laptop while Daisy slept, and that's when I found Tripawds. I am so happy I did!
Daisy is 12, and I didn't know what to expect regarding her recovery, mainly due to…
…her age. Healthwise, she was in excellent shape. Unlike some dogs, Daisy had a relatively easy recovery, even those first two weeks. She was off pain meds after day 3, and she also went up the stairs on her own that day. Scared me to death, but what a…
…surgery for 5 1/2 months. If you'd like to read about my reasons and what I did during that time, please see the current post of my blog at http://daisy.tripawds.com.
And remember: No choice is wrong. It just takes you down a different path.
…Daisy's mom has taken the Tasha Challenge! Many thanks to Lexi for supporting Tripawds with a cost effective four-month subscription!
Drop by Daisy's blog to leave a comment of thanks, and if you haven't yet contributed to the 2010 Tripawds Community Campaign yet, consider joining Tasha and Daisy