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2 of the 3 remaining limbs have injuries
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25 June 2022 - 12:17 pm
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I just found out yesterday that Garnet (my "safe surrender" left front limb amputee Pittie) has a dysplastic left hip with severe osteoarthritis, most likely from whatever trauma that caused the amputation at 4 months old.  I also found out that she has subluxation in her right shoulder that on X-ray shows a bit of a gap at the joint and some rough edges of the bone.  

My vet recommended NSAIDs, rest and support when outside with a harness.  He said an FHO for the hip is not really an option for her as she has 2 injured limbs and won't be able to support her weight during recovery. As for the shoulder, which is causing her pain when she attempts to walk, he said there isn't much that can be done for the subluxation other than rest.

Does anyone have any experience with 2 out of 3 limbs being injured? 

Any real-life experience with quad wheelchairs or a walker similar to what babies use when learning to walk?

I have yet to have my X-rays sent to the orthopedist for consult. I was VERY overwhelmed yesterday; Garnet is the last of my pack she came home to.

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25 June 2022 - 2:39 pm
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Aww I'm sorry, poor Garnet! I know you are worried, but rest assured others have been through this and treatment was not impossible. Many vets just don't see this kind of situation, and usually it's not a hopeless one when good orthopedic and rehab care is provided.

Good move to talk to the ortho vet! Can I ask who it is?

Meanwhile check out our posts about remaining leg surgeries in Tripawds, you'll find many similar situations and you can PM those folks here if you want to talk directly with them (if they don't see this post).

Let us know how the ortho visit goes OK? 

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26 June 2022 - 8:59 am
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Garnet's Mama said
I just found out yesterday that Garnet (my "safe surrender" left front limb amputee Pittie) has a dysplastic left hip with severe osteoarthritis, most likely from whatever trauma that caused the amputation at 4 months old.  I also found out that she has subluxation in her right shoulder that on X-ray shows a bit of a gap at the joint and some rough edges of the bone.  

My vet recommended NSAIDs, rest and support when outside with a harness.  He said an FHO for the hip is not really an option for her as she has 2 injured limbs and won't be able to support her weight during recovery. As for the shoulder, which is causing her pain when she attempts to walk, he said there isn't much that can be done for the subluxation other than rest.

Does anyone have any experience with 2 out of 3 limbs being injured? 

Any real-life experience with quad wheelchairs or a walker similar to what babies use when learning to walk?

I have yet to have my X-rays sent to the orthopedist for consult. I was VERY overwhelmed yesterday; Garnet is the last of my pack she came home to.

  

I have a similar situation, I adopted Trixie a couple of weeks ago, a right front leg amputee and finally managed to get x-rays. I've just discovered that she has a pretty bad pelvic fracture on the right side so her hip joint is not normal. Her left front leg carpus (wrist) joint is out of place. I'm still trying to understand what she needs to give her more mobility and long term comfort and how to afford it. I hope folks with more experience than us share their wisdom!

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