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22 August 2011
I don't think I could do this with Cadence. I have to admit I was shocked by this, although I guess I shouldn't be considering that in this world anything is possible with all the technology we have in this world.
I feel like that it would just be sad to have Cadence there, looking like she was alive, even though she had passed. Yes physically I could pet her but there would be no response, just a blank stare and I don't think I could deal with that. Plus wouldn't this be disturbing and confusing to other pets in a household? Thoughts?
Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far!
10 December 2011
20 August 2011
nope. Not in a million years. We have been having our pets cremated and that works for us. As I told the kids when Spencer died, that is just his body. It isn't what made Spencer who he was.
In fact… I thought his ashes should have come today. hmmmm
(oh, and then we will bury them at the cabin.)
Jac and Angel Spencer. Spencer was 5.25 years old. He fought a grade 3 fibrosarcoma, started on his shoulder. Left front leg amputated in August 2011. 15 weeks of chemo finished 12/22/11 (mytox and adria). Lung mets found on x-rays 12/28/11. Started carboplatin 1/6/12. Went to Heaven on 2/27/12. I miss him like crazy every day. See his blog here: http://spencer.tripawds.com/
18 January 2012
Exceedingly creepy! Talk about having trouble letting go and moving on with life. I can't imagine walking around a corner and seeing Baby standing there after I've grieved. Do you think those folks decorate their whole room around their dog? Color, smooth/rough, long/short, etc. I once actually had a couch that looked a lot like MB Toby. Hmmmmm
I usually don't express strong opinions, because we are very accepting of one another's choices, but YUCH!
Judy and Baby
10 February 2011
There was a man here in town MANY years ago , who had a favorite pet Buffalo. It is said that the buffalo even responded to the man when called by name.When it died of natural causes, the man took it to a taxidermist and kept it. When the man died, the buffalo and land were donated to the local college for a wildlife museum. The buffalo and it’s story are the centerpiece as soon as you walk in.Kind of sad but it’s the closest thing to a zoo or natural history museum we have and as a kid I really enjoyed going there.
And NO, I would not do it. Just think how confusing the concept of death is for children then to add something like this ?????
7 January 2011
Did you look at those pictures on the link? So creepy, especially the dalmatian. It looks dead– I'd rather have the memories and the ashes, thank you very much. Expect it doesn't help the grieving process to see your freeze-dried dog curled up on it's bed either.
Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011
Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011. Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs. If love alone could have saved you…
29 October 2010
OMG, no. I would never do that. I find it extremely creepy. I couldn’t stand seeing Abby’s body lifeless when we had to let her go. She was so full of spunk and energy – ugh, I just can’t even imagine doing that.
That totally gives me the willies.
But… if there is someone on the site who thinks it’s a good idea, I’d be open to hearing why you would want to do it. To each his own, I say. (But, no, you’re never gonna find a freeze dried dog in my house!)
Jackie, Angel Abby’s mom
Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!
12 February 2010
no, no, and no…..
charon & spirit gayle
Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included). She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.
Love Never Ends
Not something I would consider.
Makes me think of that John Irving book ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’. They had a dog named Sorrow that was preserved when he died. He kept showing up in different places and frightened the Grandpa to death. After a plane crash the rescue plane saw the floating stuffed dog which lead to one of the lines I always remember “sorrow floats”.
So no, that would not work for me.
Karen and the pugapalooza
28 January 2012
6 November 2011
mmmmmmmmmm not my sort of thing but I guess we are all comforted in our grief by different things and if this makes you feel better then go for it. I couldn't handle having a lifeless version of my fur babies in my house and it certainly wouldn't help my kids either. But jezz didn't that dalmation look creepy?
4 June 2011
11 February 2011
Hmmm- Thats how my Dalmatians look 23 hrs a day…but no thanks. To each his own. I have to admit that all our past pets have been cremated but I havent been able to bring myself to bury them (Geesh-what if we move, I wouldnt want someone digging them up to plant a tree or something) So there they sit in their urns on my closet shelf.
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