Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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21 March 2009
My 3 yo boxer female was hit by a car yesterday. . . we are awaiting the final information to decide whether or not to amputate her left front leg. She was the consummate show dog and very athletic. . . what will I need to do to help her in the transition to being a 3 legged dog??? How will she assume her position in the pack??? I am just worried about her. She is full of heart and very tough. . . I just want to make sure I am making the right decision for her future happiness. . .
25 April 2007
We're so sorry to hear about your fur kid, but wow, what a lucky girl she is that she made it through the accident. We're so glad you joined us here, because you'll soon see that your gal will make it as a Tripawd more successfully than you ever imagined. Most dogs will bounce right back and need very little intervention from their pawrents, even right after surgery. There are of course things you can do to make her life easier, like using raised food bowls and making the slippery areas in your house easier to navigate. But, the one thing they do need from you though is, confidence! Be strong, be brave and show her that you believe she's going to do just fine, and she will!
We always suggest starting by reading our Top 10 Questions About Amputation posts, Part I and Part II. We tried to answer everything that most people ask in these two forum posts, but if we missed something or you're still wondering or want more info, please let us know. There's lots of pawrents here who have experienced what you're going through, and we're all hoppy to help.
Good luck with things, please keep us posted OK? We're keeping you and your boxer girl in our thoughts.