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Hi…we are fostering Oscar who recently had his front right leg amputated.   He was a recent surrender at our shelter.  His surgery was two weeks ago and he is healing nicely.  Oscar is super sweet but he was chained outside for 4 plus years with little to no human or dog interaction.  He is staying at our house in his own room for now.  We have 3 dogs and 1 cat.  Oscar has not warmed up to them yet and they are not at all aggressive toward him.  Oscar does signal them if they get too close.   I am wondering if he feels hurt or vulnerable and that may be the reason for the signals.  I am trying to safely integrate him at his own pace.   I could write a lot more but I thought maybe someone had some advice or knew of a previous post with the same question….THANKS !!!

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I thought maybe someone had some advice or knew of a previous post with the same question….

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Hi there, and welcome to you and Oscar!

You say his surgery was just two weeks ago? In that case, I would think it likely he may be feeling vulnerable. He is having to deal with so much change and at a time when he will not yet have fully adjusted to his tripawd gait, and may indeed be experiencing some discomfort as all muscles etc. adapt. Is he still on any pain meds? Might it be possible to take him for a consultation with a rehab vet? The Tripawds foundation may even reimburse you for the visit

In the longer term, I think it unlikely his tripawd status will affect the way he interacts with other dogs, and his reluctance and need for space and time is far more likely a consequence of his experience being chained up for four years. It’s just heartbreaking to think of him like that. Thank heavens that is behind him now, and he has you to take care of him.

Good luck with it all and please do stay connected. I’m so looking forward to seeing Oscar become more settled and confident now he is getting the help he needs.

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. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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