Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Our dog Molly has a bum wrist. We need to do something about it and have to choose between radial correction, which her surgeon says has a great chance of success OR amputation. Despite the obvious difference in cost, which is best for Molly? Please share any feedback you can and if you have had a similar experience, I would appreciate hearing about it.
25 April 2007
Morgana, thanks for joining us here. I wish I could tell you something about osteotomy but unfortunately I don't know much about it so I can't tell you which is best. If your vet thinks she is a good candidate, that's a good sign. But if it were me, I would definitely talk to a certified canine rehabilitation therapist for a second opinion. A lot of times surgeons aren't aware that some conditions are treatable with dedicated rehab.
You can find a certified practitioner at the Canine Rehab Institute. Just make sure that whoever you talk to has a CCRT or CCRP designation after their name, as this guarantees they are qualified to make assessments and treat conditions like this.
Meanwhile, I've posted your question on the Tripawds Facebook page, since we have a whole other group of folks there in addition to ours here who might also be able to help. Check back there in a day or so to see if anyone else has been through this.
Good luck, please let us know what you decide.
22 August 2008
Is your dog young? Did your vet say she has a growth plate abnormality? If so these pups often heal normally after the osteotomy and can have full use of the leg for their whole life. If there is another reason or the dog is older that might change the prognosis in favor of amputation.