Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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I’m shaking my head here, my kitty was a great staple remover. It’s good you are going in tomorrow. Let them look and assess her. Can you put a t-shirt on her AND the cone? Maybe between the both she won’t do any more harm. Like Paula said it’s still early, she’s had lot of different meds, anesthesia, you’ll see your girl a whole lot better once this part is behind you.
25 April 2007
So Gracie is hanging in there, she’s probably better than me…
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22 February 2013
GRACIE!!! LEAVE THOSE STITCHES ALONE!!! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MESS WITH THOSE YOUNG LADY!!
Your Vet most likely will want to do some restitching. Just depends on how much heale has taken place.
In additiw to the tee shirt suggestion, perhaps an inflatable donut collar will work better. Seems like some dogs have even worn a cone AND an iinflatable collar!
No dog or human feels like doing a jigright after MAJOR surgery. She’s still very much in recovw mode and just doesn’t feel so great yet. She will though!! We’ve all been where you are and patience is NOT somew anymof us did very well while our dogs werenw feeling very well!
Let us know how it goes tomorrow!
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!
I brought Gracie to the vet today to get her checked again. They said she is healing very good. They said she has stitches on the inside too. They left it alone and gave me another weeks worth of antibiotics. They also told me that the end of her tail may fall off (about an inch) bc there is no blood supply from being injured from the attack. I bought a newborn onesie at target today so that’s what she is wearing to try to prevent her from licking the wound. She looks like a baby but still so sad. I’m really so devastated by what happened.
18 May 2014
What happend to Gracie was tragic, but it could’ve been so, so much worse. You still have her with you, and once she’s recovered, she will amaze you with how well dogs can do on 3 legs. Hang in there, it WILL get better. I bet she’s adorable with that onesie on!
Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro
Nitro 11 1/2 yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms. Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"
"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior
I couldn’t have said it better Paula! And also…if the tip falls off , she still has a tail, and didn’t need another amputation!!! She can still wag it and it won’t hinder her balance. Positive here…you hang in there! You still have your baby, count the wins not the losses. She will be herself before you know it, then you’ll be worried about her doing too much! Breathe..
After her sutures are out and she’s off medications you should see a big difference. Her recovery may be a bit longer than some you see in here if she is still bruised and sore from the attack. She may have some ouchies that you cannot see. Have you figured out how to load pictures? We would love to see her
Jackie and Huckleberry ❤❤
18 October 2009
Our surgeon told us that Maggie was only allowed short, leashed potty breaks until the two week post op mark. That generally coincides with the sutures or staples coming out, Mag had dissolving sutures so didn’t need anything removed.
Maggie was hopping on her own the day of surgery, she was also a rear amp. She didn’t get very far, a few hops then she would sit down. Can Gracie get around on her own now? You said she may lose some of her tail- does she have any other injuries? Additional injuries could slow down her recovery.
Such a devastating event- it will take you awhile to get over it I would think- but remember to be upbeat and positive around Gracie- it will help her with her recovery.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
Gracie seems to be a bit happier. She has been wagging her tail which is great to see. She has been moving better and quicker the last few days. We are away in NH at Loon MTN and she is a bit out of sorts in the hotel room! Back to the vet this Saturday to get all 3 of her remaking stitches out. Looking forward to saying goodbye to the cone.
I’m glad she’s starting to feel better! You may need to leave her collar on for a bit after sutures are out so she doesn’t bother her incision. Loon Mtn, wow that brings back childhood memories! Hope you are all having a wonderful time!