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ACL Surgery with an Amputated front leg
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25 April 2017 - 9:26 am
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Hello!

My 6 year old pup, Abby, had her front leg amputated after an accident several years ago. This morning we found out she most likely tore her ACL in the opposite back leg. Are there options for a prosthetic or something that we can use while she heals from surgery? We are afraid that if we can’t find something, the vet will want to put her down. 

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25 April 2017 - 10:16 am
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Hi and welcome. I’m in the Tripawds Chat room right now so please hop over if you’d like. I’ll be back in a sec for some feedback.

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First, sorry to hear you’re in a tough spot. I moved your post here because we’ve had many Tripawds go through similar situations so you’re in good company and you’ll find lots more feedback. Also if you scroll through this forum’s topics you’ll see those stories so you can read more details about how others dealt with it.

OK first off, don’t panic and don’t rush to any decisions today. Now, what type of vet has diagnosed this situation? Is the vet a certified orthopedic surgeon? If not, you need to get to one. Now, if the vet IS an ortho surgeon, then please see a certified canine rehabilitation veterinarian. Another opinion can give you the perspective of a practitioner who doesn’t jump to surgery and tries other healing modalities first. Here’s a good article to read about trying other methods before surgery:

Treating Soft Tissue Injuries in Pets

My other feedback is this: if your vet jumps to a euthanasia recommendation because of this, you need a new vet. There are many options for treating this situation and tons of good vets who can help you through it. Also, you have every right in the world to take your pup somewhere else. There is no need to stick with a vet who pressures you into decisions.

Tell us more about the situation around the diagnosis so we can better assist. 

Last thing, IF surgery is necessary (and many times it isn’t, we’ve seen many Tripawds get misdiagnosed and heal up with the help of therapy), this article will give you some hope that recovery can happen:

Remaining Limb Surgery Recovery for Tripawds

I hope this helps!

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Just heard back from the vet, no torn ACL! She has moderate hip dysplasia, anyone have experience with this? 

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25 April 2017 - 4:32 pm
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My other feedback is this: if your vet jumps to a euthanasia recommendation because of this, you need a new vet. There are many options for treating this situation and tons of good vets who can help you through it. Also, you have every right in the world to take your pup somewhere else. There is no need to stick with a vet who pressures you into decisions.

Okay, glad it’s not a ACL! But HOLY MOLY!!! YES! PLEASE SEE ANOTHER VET….AN ORTHOPEDIC VET!!! 🙂

What symptoms did you puo show that made you take him to the Vet to begin with? Did the Vet offer optiins for the hip issue? Pain meds? Joint supplements, etc. Regardless, please consider going to an Orthopedic Vet if at all possible. And even IF a total hip replacement is recommended, even that is doable with a tripawd! Murphy had it done just six weeks after his amputation!!

Update when you can and tell us more about your pup.

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Yes, definitely see an orthopaedic specialist if you possibly can – and if they do recommend surgery, then I would also, if possible, try to get a second opinion. Different vets, even expert vets, can look at things in very different ways in my experience. I would also strongly second Jerry’s suggestion of seeing a rehab vet to explore non surgical options.

Hopefully Murphy’s Mum will chime in, but just thought you might be encouraged to hear about our experience. My Meg is also a front amp and, though her hips are okay, she has moderate/severe dysplasia in the elbow of her remaining front leg as well as arthritis. We see a rehab vet and work on core strength at home, supplement with fish oil and Dasuquin and keep her weight low. She takes Metacam daily and also CBD oil but is perfectly happy and active with a very good quality of life.

All best to you and Abby.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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