TRIPAWDS: Home to 16034 Members and 1764 Blogs.

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!


Be More DogNEW! Be More Dog – Learning to Live in The Now

Get the new book by the Tripawds founders for life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Download the e-book, and find fun Be More Dog apparel and gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (973)

…. This is perfect!! Exactly how I have done it

No stump banging Ziggy! But it sounds like he is getting around just wonderfully   I am glad the phantom limb pain, or whatever pain it was is gone. Hard to tell if it was ouchy from the infection or the phantom limb but it is gone! Is he still on gabapentin? 

20 September 2020 7:26 am
Posts: 103
Views: 937

…alligator jaws" trying to clamp his mouth shut between syringes. 

One other interesting thing I've noticed - the episodes of what we thought were phantom limb pain have stopped entirely, or at least they have so far. By this point in his last recovery he'd already had several, that was one of the first things

20 September 2020 6:32 am
Posts: 103
Views: 937

…reduces nerve pain and helps prevent phantom pain in cats and dogs.
Amitriptyline is another drug for both species that can help reduce phantom limb pain, as well as anxiety.
Amantadine is also shown to be an effective pain reducer.


Cats like Leo deserve quality pain control

Dog and

16 September 2020 3:30 am
Posts: 5
Views: 64

…with me. 

Last night was difficult she began to wake up go to move and whine and freeze. She has done this a few times today. (Vet said not Phantom limb pain, just simply she’s woken up from a deep sleep and forgot her limb isn’t there). 

So today; she’s hardly moved and went outside for a toilet break

11 September 2020 6:04 pm
Posts: 33
Views: 318

…bone so he would be at high risk of pressure sores.

Incidentally I think that may also be what's causing a lot of those fits that we assumed were phantom limb pain. We kind of suspect that there are times when he's playing and lands wrong, or his brother kicks or bites him or he hops down from a low perch.

11 September 2020 2:44 pm
Posts: 103
Views: 937

…noticed a difference. She was in my face and anxious throughout the night but then perfectly fine once it was daylight. 

Her vet discussed both phantom limb pain and also a possibility of some sundowners going on. Lana would get up and walk around some at night in our bedroom before all of this but she wouldn

…of his healing process.

The happy news? Ziggy is adjusting absolutely beautifully. He's had a couple more episodes of what we guessed might be phantom limb pain and oddly he's a lot more prone to growling when he gets scared, but we figure that's because he knows he's not 100% and also possibly due to the

22 August 2020 8:11 am
Posts: 103
Views: 937

…may be phantom limb pain.  Keep an eye and if it continues call her doc. She may need medication adjustment,  ok?

Everything else still good?

18 August 2020 4:14 pm
Posts: 296
Views: 1757

…us at some point. By the way- hello and a very late welcome .

It sounds to me like Keira is showing some pain signs, and the yelping sounds like phantom limb pain.  At 5 weeks out the pain from surgery is usually gone, including phantom pain
, but we do see here in older pups that they need pain management

…meds or supplements for her arthritis? 

If she isn't taking gabapentin right now it might be helpful, it works on nerve pain which is what causes phantom limb pain.  You can discuss with your vet. 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

15 August 2020 10:21 am
Posts: 34
Views: 415

…reach through this monitor and give you a bear hug! Seriously, my heart goes out to you. So the limb goes, and the Gabapentin is to help them with phantom limb pain. It is usually temporary and the gaba helps a great deal. Some deal more than others, its a crap shot as to if this will be an issue but one good

12 August 2020 4:00 pm
Posts: 296
Views: 1757

…. Almost every time he walks, he does a little dance and starts freaking out looking behind him to the amputation spot. We’re not sure if he has phantom limb pains, his hind leg is cramping, or he has anxiety over walking. 

He also won’t eat his dog food for us. The vet recommended baby food or some wet dog

11 July 2020 5:10 pm
Posts: 15
Views: 205

…. It's so heart breaking and they are so intense. I spoke to a friend of mine who had his own leg amputated to gain some insight.  He said that yes phantom limb pain is real and can be intermittent but it seems to decrease as time goes on. He said in the first few months, they're were "weird" sensations.  They

2 July 2020 4:06 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 259

…add that to the list of 200 questions.  Please make sure he has enough meds to last about 2 weeks.  Gabapentin works well and it helps to control phantom limb pain.  You may or may not need that much for pain meds,  and you may need more.  This is where it becomes very individualized but it sounds like your

27 June 2020 7:57 pm
Posts: 159
Views: 1784

…out of concern for kidney damage.  She's getting Gabapentin twice a day.  She doesn't seem necessarily painful, although we wonder about nerve or phantom limb pain when she gets spooked for no apparent reason.  Her attitude doesn't really seem depressed she just is very wary of being out from her corner She is

28 May 2020 10:33 am
Posts: 14
Views: 271

….  The stitches/staples could be pulling or poking too.

How much does she weigh and what is the dose amount, the frequency?

Also, check out phantom limb pain.  I think you'll find her behavior similar.   It comes on quickly and the dog will yelp and try to move away from the pain.  It usually lasts at

17 May 2020 10:43 am
Posts: 43
Views: 570

…in any pain when these episodes occur - just startled and then able to settle quickly.  I reached out to his surgeon who said it doesn't sound like phantom limb pain, but it is hard to tell since our pups can't speak to us.  I am trying to track the episodes now to see if I can pinpoint a particular time of day

10 May 2020 12:30 pm
Posts: 435
Views: 5037

…amp site. 

You might try a little massage around his neck and shoulders when it happens.

I read somewhere (although I can't find it now) that phantom limb pain can happen for years although that might be in people- so I've always wondered if Elly still gets jabs of pain now and then.  It could happen while

9 May 2020 2:32 pm
Posts: 435
Views: 5037

…reassurance and sometimes not.  This is a recent development and was not a behavior he has exhibited previously.  I thought perhaps this could be phantom limb pain, but again, he doesn't appear to be in any pain, doesn't make noise, and isn't showing any other symptoms, such as licking or muscle spasms.  Any

9 May 2020 10:44 am
Posts: 435
Views: 5037

…& Jerry, I can't thank you guys enough. Genie had some issues with phantom limb pain. She would suddenly wake up from rest and run with her tail inwards like she is terrified of something. She would lick her suture area on and off

… the pain managed. 

Okay, take some deep breaths and know that she is zonked out now and NOT in pain! 

Check out this link to phantom pain
Phantom limb pain is something  that occurs sometimes  after limb amputation. The cut nerves are still firing  off signals to a leg that is no longer there and it

…(sp??).  Drinking amd peeing are important,  but pooping and eating  sometimes are a little off.  "Jolting up" is often a sign of painful phantom limb pain syndrome and the Gabapentin will help with that.

Did they take her temperature?  While no outward signs of infection I'm really glad they FINALLY

6 April 2020 5:14 pm
Posts: 9
Views: 210


The first month or so post-op was very difficult.  He was obviously in pain and when we ran out of pain killers, he would have phantom limb pains frequently.  The meds and the pain made him not want to eat and just getting him to drink a little bit of water was a huge ordeal.  We turned to

9 March 2020 10:21 pm
Posts: 7
Views: 296

…according to what I have been able to research.  She is still acting like she is in pain.  This has been attributed to frustration and/or phantom limb pain.  She is walking backward, which I've been told is normal?   However, she isn't making much progress toward recovering.  She just does not appear

18 February 2020 7:01 pm
Posts: 50
Views: 841

…love your sense of humor. So sorry you had those phantom limb pains yesterday, but it sounds like your pawrents are all over it. Not only are we counting on one paw but we have toes left now!

And to make it

22 November 2019 4:03 am
Posts: 39
Views: 758

… some gate off an area. 

Discuss pain management
early if you can. They should get antibiotics, some kind of pain medication, and gabapentin for phantom limb pain. I say this now because too many people are sent home with nothing or next to nothing and most of these furbabies do best with a good pain regimen

20 November 2019 4:12 am
Posts: 27
Views: 657

….  They can give you oral doses that you just drop on the gums every 8 hours or so for when the hospital drugs wear off. Gabapentin helps them with phantom limb pain and the combination works very well at keeping their pain managed. 

Most pets are on painkillers and gabapentin for 2-3 weeks,  some animals

12 November 2019 6:37 pm
Topic: Mrs. O'Brien
Posts: 121
Views: 1587

…usually have the antibiotics you spoke of,  pain meds like buprenorphine, and gabapentin for phantom limb pain

Where are you from? 

12 November 2019 5:57 pm
Topic: Mrs. O'Brien
Posts: 121
Views: 1587

…when you were out. It's obvious you are doing everything you can.

Here are a couple of possibilities (some repeats from Jerry and Sally):

phantom limb pain. Nerves were cut. I witnessed a couple of strange growls and hisses from Mona. My other cat Eli even thought it was weird because he ran to me

20 October 2019 7:59 pm
Posts: 6
Views: 251

…had to not prescribe it? If he/she feels it is safe, it is a real go to drug for post amp patients as it blocks nerve receptors and helps prevent phantom limb pain. It surely cannot hurt to ask, right? 

I hope you get a good report today, will check back periodically for updates. Hang in there!


9 October 2019 7:17 am
Posts: 35
Views: 785

…going to your regular Bet, as well as getting a third opinion! Shhh....secret.....I'm  not very impressed with the Surge saying it could be phantom limb pain snd YOU had to suggest Gabapentin!

Now, back to that suture at the incision.  Like Jackie, I thought that had been addressed also.  To me, that

18 September 2019 7:58 pm
Posts: 47
Views: 1281
Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online: admin, jerry, benny55, marnie
Guest(s) 121
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1098
Members: 11362
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 16464
Posts: 231446
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.