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1 April 2019 - 7:27 am
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Hi guys! 

This is kind of a long story, but I’ll give you the cliffsnotes version. My name is Cody and I met my tri-pawd dog, Trinity, a little over a year ago. Yesterday was her anniversary of adoption! I was working in Peru and she started following me around, so I decided to take her home.  She had distemper, but with a steady diet of chicken liver and sweet potatoes, and a WHOLE lot of love, and she made it! Then we flew home to West Virginia.

Back to the tripawd part- she was so sick we weren’t even addressing her leg for a while. However, her back left leg is shortened and permanently straightened. It doesn’t cause her pain, but it is not very helpful either. Once she was well, and in the States, a vet looked analyzed it and decided it was fine as a kickstand. Recently, however, a persistent drainage situation has started and he told me to consider amputation. 

I have nothing against it and only want what’s best for her! My only fear is distemper is a virus that attacks the neurological system.  Although she is healed now,  she does have a couple neurological tics (a tongue twitch, and foot that does that DJ vinyl scratch motion when she sleeps). These tics do not bother her, but the vet is concerned some neurological damage could increase her risk under anesthesia.  She was spayed, but that is obviously a less serious surgery. 

Basically, I just want to make sure I make the right call for my girl. She has been through so much to get here and I’m worried. I don’t want to lose her after all this.

I’m so glad this site is here!! Thank you in advance for your support! 

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1 April 2019 - 10:02 am
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Aww we are glad you found us! Trinity is so adorable! OK I have more questions than answers but bear with me….

What exactly is the “drainage situation” related to? Tell us more about that. Can it be resolved without amputation or are the two situations related somehow?

Also, has she had any rehabilitation therapy on that kickstand of hers?

She could also be a good candidate for a prosthetic, so don’t jump too soon to amputation if the drainage is not related to her shortened limb. 

If she were my dog, and she has been through rehab already, I would have at least one or two opinions to help me decide on amputation. Has a neurologist assessed her yet? Or an orthopedic surgeon experienced in working with prosthetics ? Those are the two I would go to for the next step if this situation isn’t extremely urgent. I hope not! 

Give us more info and we can try to help you better. Thanks for adopting that sweet pup, she’s one lucky girl to have you!

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1 April 2019 - 9:57 pm
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Thank uoj fot rescuing  Trinity!  Clearly  she decided  you were her furever hooman when she started following  you around in Peru.❤

Be interested  in seeing your response to Jerry’s post with questions and suggestions. 

Can’t  wait to see a picture of this lucky pup!  And, if you don’t  mind, a video  of his gait would be interesting. 


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