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Great Pyrenees Sciatic Nerve Damage - Looking for Encouragement and Advice
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Hello all,

Recently my (then) six month old pyr was being watched by my family and was backed over. She broke her left femur and the right side of her pelvis.

Early on it was obviously that she had some nerve damage, and we were hopeful it would get better. Instead of improvement, we saw feeling in her foot decrease until she does not feel anything. She knuckles when she walks, and I’m constantly correcting that foot.

Our veterinarian has finally recommended amputation of the affected limb. It’s been the worst couple of months in my life and hearing his suggestion has only made it worse. I obviously want to do what’s best for her, but it’s hard to come to terms with what needs to be done. 

Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? She is now eight months, about 80 lbs, and excited to walk, but that leg seems to be weighing her down. 

Just looking for someone with a similar story or advice. 

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23 November 2020 - 2:51 pm
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Hi and welcome. We are so sorry about your puppy! I can’t even imagine, I’m sure everyone in your family was heartbroken! Thank goodness she survived though. What’s her name? 

It’s normal to feel nervous about the amputation decision, nobody wants their pet to lose a leg. Sometimes it’s the only viable option but dogs don’t care, they just want to get on with life. Amputation is always harder on the people.

In the meantime though, have you gotten multiple opinions on her situation? Preferably from an orthopedic vet and from a rehabilitation therapist? We were once told by a rehab therapist that in a situation like this, the pet parent should allow for at least six months of intense rehab before opting for amputation. Have you worked with a clinician yet to see if her leg mobility can be restored? 

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23 November 2020 - 11:10 pm
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Bummer that you have to deal with this, but soumds like yoir pup is quite a trooper.  What’s her name?

As Jerry said, def get an opin from an Orth Surgeon as well as a Rehab Specialist.  Information  is power and this additional  feedback will help give you reassurance if you need to,proceed with am.  We know just hearing  that word is scary.  We under.  We also understand how resilient  dogs are and how they can live life to the fullest on three.

We can provide more insight  and tips shouldnuou go that route.  For now though,  gather more information and let us know your th and how we can help further.  

We would love to see pictures of your sweet puppy.  Here’s  a link to post pictures;  adding images .


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