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Puppy with Limb Difference: Amputate or Not?
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Lori
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16 March 2021 - 2:55 pm
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One of our chocolate lab puppies was born with a deformed front paw.  She has a little flap of a paw with two toe nails.  She is just a week old and my question is if it would be better to remove the little paw or just leave it.  She is healthy otherwise.

Thanks in advance.

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16 March 2021 - 9:33 pm
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Hi Lori! That's a great question. Dr. Pam will hopefully share her thoughts soon!

I'm not a vet by any stretch of the imagination, but what I've been told by canine rehab therapists is that a dog who loses a leg that young may experience mobility challenges because they haven't developed motor skills on 4 legs yet. If you did amputate, it would be wise to work with a therapist to ensure she gets off to the right start.

Also, she may be an ideal candidate for a prosthetic! See our posts about prosthetics and consider consulting with an orthopedic vet experienced with prosthetics to see if that's an option for you.

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17 March 2021 - 7:35 am
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I would wait a little to see how the pup develops. Is there a pad on the foot?

Pam

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