TRIPAWDS: Home to 15603 Members and 1726 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?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Tripawd Wrist Issues and Soft Tissue Tears
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
27 July 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26 October 2019 - 6:18 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

So I posted before how my girl had started to suddenly stop walking.  Well a few months later after trying rimadyl, gabapentin, adding glucosomine and hydraflex (to her other supplements), massages, physical therapy, xrays, swimming now, acupuncture and LOTS of rest from walks, it has been determined by her vet and physical therapist that she has soft tissue tears in her front wrists.    She has arthritis, but with she is acting now and holding herself  up, we are certain it is her wrists thag are the issue.  Xrays didn’t show arthritis in wrists, only normal spots of other parts of body.

I haven’t seen any difference with the Rimadyl.  We have stopped that.  Gabapentin has her moving more comfortably in the house.  She is back to tolerating the massages.  She isn’t a fan of the water, but the massuve panicking is gone anyway.

Her wrists still go forward more than is normal.  She wanted to walk the other day.  I attempted, only to wind up carrying her back (didn’t make it down the street).

I love walking my dogs and feel bad when she wants to walk, but just cannot.  I have a cart for her for when I walk my male.  Walking him and pushing the cart and walking her as far as she tolerates is a bit much for just me.  So I just don’t walk her.

We see the physical therapist again early this next  week.  I plan on talking wrist splints.  

The physical therapist says its hard to tell what has caused her wrist issues (arthritis from other parts of body, being a tripawd and how she holds herself, or age as she is 9).  More than likely it is everything.

Considering her age, should I just keep her comfy (no walks, occasional play dates, swims, meds, supplements, massage, acupuncture, etc.)?  Should I be worried of her forward wrists?  Will the soft tissue ever truly heal?  What are thoughts for splints?


Forum Posts: 2000
Member Since:
22 August 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
27 October 2019 - 9:06 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I have not specifically seen this with tripawds but any dog can have ligament tears/sprains.  My own large dog Julian has weak ankles and the surgeon I took him to said we had two options; arthrodesis (fusing the joint with a metal plate)  or joint supports.  I have seen other dogs do well with arthrodesis but since Julian weighs about 230# there is a high chance that the implant would break or become infected.  We had custom tarsal supports made by Therapaw and these are working well.  I still take him on walks but only 1/4 to 1/3 mile.  I take the supports off after the walk.  Sometimes I leave one on his right ankle during the day since that one is weaker but they always come off at night.  If he gets worse I will probably get a more sturdy brace (I like Orthovet).

Every dog is different so see what your rehab vet/surgeon says.  Can you post photos of the front legs?


The Rainbow Bridge

Forum Posts: 27257
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online
27 October 2019 - 5:34 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thank you for your feedback Dr. Pam! Greatly appreciated, as always. 

Nona, I’m sorry you and your pup are going through this. Have you considered a pet stroller in the meantime? 

Also, several years ago one of our members went through an arthrodesis surgery. It’s worth asking your vet about. See:


It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online: admin, jerry, Stacy, lucy1
Guest(s) 102
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1090
Members: 10965
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 16287
Posts: 228821
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.