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So.. I have been dealing with Mitchell’s passing. And it has been tough, a lot tougher than I imagined it would be. It has brought up a lot of anger over how that first surgery for cruciate ligament changed our lives. Going through old photos, seeing the “before” Mitch and the “after” Mitch. It just sucks. And it makes me realize how long ago we really lost him 😭😭 I have no doubt in my mind that something happened during that first surgery. And nobody had the balls to tell me. I think he lost oxygen, or his heart, for a bit and then was resuscitated. He was never the same dog after that.
And.. in the middle of all the last three weeks I am also dealing with dental work. (I am petrified of dentists) I had an hour session today and of course pain. It has truly become a gut wrenching phobia.
I get home with a half numb mouth and David is talking about the painting / spackling he is doing. He is doing a great job, and this is his therapy going through the loss of Mitch. I’m in the kitchen, he is at his computer and all of a sudden he is looking at Bo funny. I’m like “what’s wrong?” he said he’s acting funny. I come into the room (our downstairs is a totally open floor with no separation of rooms) and there Bo is.. head bobbing, opens mouth, no sound. Tongue out.. still no sound… shit!!!! He couldn’t breathe!! F#@K!!!! I take his head and open his mouth, gums are beginning to pale. Stick half my hand slow and steady with fingers stretched.. I feel something. OMG not now, please. Open mouth again, fingers down, I cannot grab it. I have done a throat sweep on a person before, a little girl. She bit my freaking hand but I got it. I can’t get this. I gave him a hug.. nope.. not right. Dammit I have been taught this, breathe… I got up on my knees and hugged just below the ribs. Nothing. Again…harder… he screeched and started heaving… up comes some undigested large piece of meat? He started breathing ok. OMG!!! Tongue twitching in and out a little like he was going to heave again but he didn’t. Gums and tongue pink. He was scared AF, so was I. Of course he had to go out after this .. it literally scared the out of him. I cleaned up everything he vomited, and of course now my knees go weak and I wanna puke, laugh, cry, knees weak… yeah.. I am trying to unwind now.
Please little black cloud.. go away now!!!! I honest to God don’t think I can handle any more. If this is one of those “Be More Dog ” lessons, I got it!!! I love the furbabies that I have left, I love my husband, I love my family… I don’t need any more of life’s freaking lessons…enough already.
Thanks for listening, I am going to have a bourbon now and try to unwind with my happy, pink gummed, breathing puppy now that I have scared the crap out of him.
4 April 2019
Thanks, hopefully three is a done deal. I think my heart has taken about all it can take.
16 October 2012
I am so sorry to hear this Jackie. I am glad you were there to get that meat out. Sending you hugs and prayers.
Michelle & Angels Sassy & Bosch
Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013
05/04/2006 - Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19 fought cancer for 4 months.
"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."
25 April 2007
Wooooaaaah Jackie, that is just NOT what anyone needs ever but especially now. I’m so glad Bo is OK.
Dental work IS scary! I have a friend who pioneered self-hypnosis to ease dental phobias. I can connect you with him if you’d like, I think he has recordings available for purchase.
Try to relax, breathe, everything is OK now. (((hugs)))
Thanks, omgoodess what a week and it’s only Tuesday lol. Thanks Michelle. Just trying to get through this…i don’t need any extra excitement right now, man!
My boy finally had enough of me and went to the other couch…i think my hot flashes made him too hot, lol.
I could definitely look in to that. After going through several dentists here i finally met one i trust. I had my first meal tonight that didn’t hurt chewing. I think im super hyper sensitive after these last several visits, and he’s been a saint thank goodness.
Bo is sound asleep. Just like his normal self. Im so thankful for a brain and common sense right now. I’ve had enough excitement for a day, lol.
I think this even made David’s knees weak…. he’s been watching Bo like a hawk.
22 February 2013
WOW!! JUST WOW!! Rant?? You have just earned a well deserved title of “Best Reason to Rant” Champion!!
You clearly saved Bo’s life!! OMD!!! What a scary time! Good for you for keeping your focus, not giving up and drawing on all your knowledge and not stopping until you got him stable again!!!
Mitchell must have thought this was a great way to let you know he is still watching over you and Bo, even though he wasnt his BFF while in his earth clothes. He probably thought this was quite humorous! Silly Mitchell!
And then the Dentist on top of everything else?? Hope you had lots of bourbon!!!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
24 June 2019
Life pawsitively needs to calm down, lol. The rest of the night did calm down and we spoiled our pup. David made wonderful burgers on the grill and although I am not a fan of sharing meals with pups, Bo helped me with my burger (yes… he did, lol) I won’t make a habit of it…
He is totally fine this morning, like nothing ever happened. Maybe Mitchell just made sure we were in the right places at the right time.. I don’t even want to think about that happening a few hours earlier when I was at the dentist and David was at the grocery.. nope, not going to go there.
1 October 2017
Hugs. Just hugs and more hugs for you.
I am positive Mitch is making sure you’re all fine.
Fallon 8/28/06--9/6/18. My Heart.
Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.
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26 June 2019
Oh jackie! Big hugs, lots of big hugs! How terrifying,Thank goodness you were there for Bo! And dental work on top of everything. Im Also not a big fan of the dentist so i can sympathize on that one.
Sometimes i wish life would just say “ok, now is not the time!” I hope today is a little more mundane for the whole family ❤
Bev & Moe
Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾
My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.
26 January 2017
That was terrifying just reading it; I can’t imagine how you must have felt Jackie.
Glad you were able to get it and Bo is OK. You definitely deserve some good fortune.
David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)
Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.
He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know.
18 May 2014
Oh Jackie! my heart was in my throat as I read this! At least you knew right away what was going on….I think I would’ve been so freaked out I wouldn’t have known what to do (besides panic). So happy and thankful that all is well – you really DO NOT need any more stress right now.
Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro
Nitro 11 1/2 yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms. Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"
"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior