TRIPAWDS: Home to 18733 Members and 1938 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

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.
JUMP TO FORUMS

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!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN

Be More DogWhat does it mean to Be More Dog?

Find out in Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now by Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Get the book and find fun gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



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
Amputation due to double elbow fracture from fall
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 4
Member Since:
11 November 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
11 November 2021 - 2:03 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hi all,

i  am new to this page as we are pacing the floor at home waiting for the vets to call as our big baby girl is having her front leg amputation today. 

A bit of history…. Ella is our 55kg cane corso mastiff who came to us a rescue at 6months old.  She was all skin and bones and absolutely crazy! She would fly around the place chasing her tail!! She very quickly earned the name the crazy one LOL but we absolutely love her to bits!! But her biggest down fall is her pray drive! It is incredibly strong! We live on a farm and we still don’t let her off the lead unless she is in a fenced area as she will chase anything!! 

This sets the scene for the worst day of my life! On a very hot night in July I was woken up at 2am with the most horrific screaming coming from outside! I jumped out of bed and ran to the bedroom window to see my beautiful girl Ella lying on the gravel outside the window! She had jumped out of our 1st floor bedroom window where she was sleeping with me as she smelt a fox outside!! 

I will never get the sound out of my head! I don’t know how I focused as well as I did! I grabbed the parcel shelf from the car and used it as a back board to get her on! It was dark and 2am in the Morning and I could see she was going into shock! Thank god I had a friend staying and I was not alone as we managed to get her into the car and to the vets! 

she had complex fractures of both elbows! We managed to get her to a referral veterinary hospital and they did an 8 hour operation to repair both elbows at the same time! 

fast forward 3 months and we are here… 4 failed surgeries on one side later and 2 antibiotic resistant infections and we were left with no choice other than to amputate the front left leg.  We are so sad that it had to come to this. 

our main concern is that she now has all her weight going through one leg which is still recovering from a fracture. It is healing and getting stronger but it’s not like having a good front leg. 

my question really is has anyone here experienced rehabbing a dog that has the “good” front leg fractured or anytime that has had to amputate through trauma? 

thank you in advance for any advice 

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 30786
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
11 November 2021 - 3:42 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Oh my dog! What a story! We are so glad Ella is on the mend. You have been so strong to see things through to this stage, you really have so much love for your crazy girldog!

I'm sorry she had to lose a leg. It's not what any of us ever expect, and it can be scary. Have you seen our What to Expect articles yet? I encourage you to check them out before she gets home. Our Tripawds e-book Loving Life On Three Legs is also filled with helpful info too.

my question really is has anyone here experienced rehabbing a dog that has the “good” front leg fractured or anytime that has had to amputate through trauma? 

Well, many dogs have been in similar situations. In fact we recently shared Luna's story. She fell off the roof of her house after going out and practicing her prey drive. And many dogs, unfortunately, have been in similar situations. Murphy was one of the first ones I can recall who was hit by a car and had multiple fractures and surgeries, including amputation. Dogs who had a remaining leg surgery have also undergone similar recuperation challenges. So these circumstances are not too unusual, but that doesn't make them any less challenging for you of course! 

It sounds like you already have a good rehab team for her? That will be key to a good recuperation. 

Let us know how she's doing, we'll wait for a pupdate!

Thanks for joining us (sorry you had to though). 

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

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 21259
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
11 November 2021 - 8:34 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Wow!  Talk about a prey drive, she definitely embodies  that!  You and Ella have been through so much!  You clearly are devoted  to your sweet girl and have a very loving bond.

To put in the time, the expense, the emotional stress to get her healed is not something  everyone  could do.  So give yourself credit for staying strong and determined.   And clearly  Ella is strong and determined  too.

This is not a scenario  anyone wants to deal with, but as Jerry said, similar  situations  have happened and, while recovery  is rough, it is certainly doable.  Patience, all activity  in moderation, support harnesses and Rehab are all "-tools" that can help.  

Recovery is nompicnic for a couple of weeks under any circumstances,  but Ella's situation  adds an extra layer of "ugh"!  If there is any silver lining (and I'm really stretching for a pawaitive) it's that surgery recovery, etc means she must take ot easy for two to four weeks.  That means her "good leg" continues  to have more time to heal.

There are a lot of puzzles and "-doggy mind games" you can play with Ella to keep her from being bored while recuperating. 

Jist know that we are all here for you to support  you in any way possible.  After reading some of the links Jerry gave you, if you want to make contact with any of those members  we can help.

((((((((((( hugs)))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

Forum Posts: 4
Member Since:
11 November 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
12 November 2021 - 4:46 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thank you all so much for the support it was absolutely what I needed today! We had a rough night as Ella had a bleed late last night and has been moved to ICU. The emergency surgical team stabilised her in the early hours and her surgeon is with her now deciding if they need to go back into surgery with her.  It really does seem never ending right now! But the nursing team sent us a video and her big old tail is wagging and she looks a bit sad but bright so that’s been a big help.  

i am going to spend the afternoon reading as much as I can in the resources here and ordering new harnesses and beds for her. I need to do something to take my mind off what she is going through bless her.  

Virginia




Forum Posts: 21259
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
12 November 2021 - 8:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Sending you a great big cyber hug thu cyber  land .  

I know it did you good to see a video of her tail wagging😊  Sounds like the Vet staff has already fallen in love with your sweet Ella.  I know we have ♥️

Hopefully  she doesn't have anymore issues with the vledd, but it does happen.  And it is FIXABLE.

Please know you are doing everything  humanly  ppssible  for your Ella.  This was a horrible unexpected one in a million event event that no one could have forseen.  I know some dogs have a strong prey drive and you had already taken every precaution  possible to monitor that.  But  jumping through  a window.........nope, never would have seen that coming!!!     

JERRY, need you to tap into that steel trap mind of yours..   I never can remember the pup's name (Taz, or Ziggy????) , a black and white young dog.  Anyway, his one front leg (or maybe it was even both front legs) were basically unusable for many months due to fractures, or deformities.just can't rem enough.  It seems like  wheels eventually  helped in her healing and quality.   He had his own blog, plus you did a special post on him.

And one more for you....Lilly, a white pittie dog who had surgery on her remaining  back leg for, if I recall, tumor removal.

These may already  be in the links Jerry gave you

I know these scenarios  aren't  exactly like Ella's, but they can give you hope and inspiration  to know you've got this!!!  And rem, everyday that passes, her remaining  front leg is getting stronger  and stronger.

Sending  lots of pawsitive energy and supportive hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 21259
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
13 November 2021 - 11:49 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

We are all holding uou in our thoughts♥️♥️.   Check in when you can, okay

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!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 30786
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
13 November 2021 - 12:50 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

Oh my gosh I missed Ella's update yesterday. Yes, how is she doing? 

 I never can remember the pup's name (Taz, or Ziggy????) , a black and white young dog.

Yes! Ziggy's story is here. 

Lilly, a white pittie dog who had surgery on her remaining  back leg for, if I recall, tumor removal.

Is this the Lilly you are thinking of?

And there's Lulu's story too. A long road that had really good outcomes.

Hope things are good with Ella! Paws crossed!

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 Posts: 4
Member Since:
11 November 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
16 November 2021 - 2:39 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hi, 

a little Ella update.  She is doing ok and has earned the name the singing seal at the veterinary hospital LOL. 

she is out of ICU and now has her own nurse. There is a slight concern about infection as part of the wound is a bit red and she has some unexplained bruising that they are looking into, but she seems in good spirits and is doing a lot of singing when she sees anyone! 

I have been busy researching the best beds for her for when she comes home.  It keeps me occupied ha ha 

Virginia




Forum Posts: 21259
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
16 November 2021 - 10:00 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thanks for taking the time to give us an update on the "singing Seal".  I know your life is upside down and in a whirlwind.right now.  I also know Ella has clearly won the hearts of her personal  nursing staff and she is in really good hands.

Sounds  like they are watching her very closely and are on top of any pote hurdles that may show up.  Possoble incision  infection s to show up every now and then, as well as unexpected  bruising g.  Again, she's in good hands and they are clearly prepared to deal with any hurdle.

Are you able to go see her, or do they not think that's  a good idea.  I know sometimes  it causes more stress as they think they are going home.  But she may be drugged just en that it will  ake her Happy as opposed  to too stressed.

Hang j  there, and thanks again so much for the update.  We are all cheer for her♥️

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 30786
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
16 November 2021 - 10:40 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thank you so much for the Ella update! What a relief your singing seal is on the mend. Any idea when she can come home? I hope it's soon.

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 Posts: 4
Member Since:
11 November 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11
23 November 2021 - 9:11 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hi,

so we have our singing seal home today! We picked her up yesterday from the hospital and it was a complete emotional overload! 

she had got upset in the kennel at the hospital the night before and had cut up all her nose bless her! I think after 12 days in the hospital she had enough! She had also been in isolation as she has tested positive for a rare antibiotic resistant infection which really is not good! But the vets have found one antibiotic that might treat it so she is on that now.  It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. 

I have to say I am not dealing with seeing her without her leg as well as I thought.  She also has a lot of unexplained bruising which is a worry and I think it could be a clotting issue but she is stable and it’s not getting any worse.  I think it might be all the emotions of the last 4 months catching up with me but I am really struggling every time I look at her! Has anyone else felt like this? 

thank you for all the support 😊

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 30786
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12
23 November 2021 - 10:59 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

YAY Ella! Welcome home!!!! I hope you are singing away with joy and hoppiness. 

I can't blame her for feeling frustrated. She has been through a lot. We hope with all our hearts that the MRSA is under control. Sounds like her vets are on it and giving her the best medicine to bounce back. The bruising is normal for a dog who had amputation surgery. Remember, many blood vessels get cut, it is a trauma to the body. If it gets worse (darker, spreads out) let the vets know. But don't panic, we see post-amputation bruising all the time.

As for your emotions, of course you feel that way. Everyone does! You've been though a lot, even more than the typical Tripawd recovery, and it's all catching up with you. Things feel overwhelming right now and when you look at her, she represents uncertainty about your future together. So tell you what. Look into her eyes. Don't focus on her missing leg. Find that spirit in her heart, see the love she is sending to you. Because that is the essence of Ella, not where her leg was. Picture a brighter future, which really is just around the corner. You can do it!

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

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 21259
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
13
23 November 2021 - 5:57 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Talk about a roller coaster ride  full of twists and turns, you've certainly  been on that ride!  Such a rotten start

 Ella is home now and she IS on the mend!!  You have done an excellent  job of getting her the attention  ahe needed so she could  have such a good homecoming. 

And please know, we are here for you.  Anytime  you need to vent or rage or cry, we are here to hold uou up.  We ALL understand  those  emotions.  You definitely  have earned the eight to have a bit of a crash or a day where everything seems grey and dark.  We promise  you the sun will come out and push the darkness  away.

I think kne reason an incision  takes some getting used to for some is because  the Surgeon shaves so much fur!  To me, that was more shock than the incision  itself. 

Glad the Vet has a handle on the infection. Hopefully  that a antibiotic will knock it out!😎

((((((((((((,((Hugs)))))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online: mcmahod5978
Guest(s) 71
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1159
Members: 13783
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 17240
Posts: 241095
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG