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My dog named lucky tore his CCL last night. I got lucky seven years ago when I saw him get hit by a car down in Phoenix. To make that story short now he’s my dog minus one front leg. Anyway, last night when I called him to go outside he came running around the corner from the living room to the kitchen and slipped on the hardwood floors. He went down but got right back up and came outside but within just maybe 40 or 50 feet I could tell something was wrong. I ended up carrying him back into the house and after a visit to the vet this morning he has a torn CCL on his left rear leg. He is missing a front right leg so he is trying to balance on his left front leg and his rear right leg and not put any weight on the rear left leg. We’re faced right now with the deciding on should we have surgery for him or not. I am all for it, but my biggest concern is he’s already short one leg. Is he able to get over the recovery of this operation. Does anyone have any experience with this? Lucky is a pitbull mix and weighs 54 lbs. he is in good physical condition except for this injury.
Hi Lucky and family, welcome. We are so sorry you are dealing with this tough situation. Our Fairy Vet Mother Dr. Pam has lots of experience in this area and she should be here soon to share her feedback.
Meanwhile, you may want to check out a blog post about Tripawd injuries to remaining limbs. In short, yes, it is possible for him to have a good recovery provided that your surgeon is good and your rehab team is too. This article explains more:
22 August 2008
Oooooh you talked to Murphy's surgeon? He's pretty awesome. That's the kind of vet I would want if our Wyatt Ray needed a surgery like this. Are you in Idaho?
Poor pup. Make sure he's got some good pain medication OK? Not just Tramadol either, but something stronger for acute pain. Ask your vet today and keep us posted.