TRIPAWDS: Home to 14713 Members and 1644 Blogs.

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!


Be More DogNEW! Be More Dog – Learning to Live in The Now

Get the new book by the Tripawds founders for life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Download the e-book, and find fun Be More Dog apparel and gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
When to find a new friend for Dottie?
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 13
Member Since:
14 December 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
25 December 2018 - 11:59 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hi all! I hope your holiday has been happy as mine has been. Dottie is hopping around, getting up on her own and doing great two weeks post accident. I’m amazed by her. She asked for belly rubs today and had to be blocked from trying to go up the stairs. 

She does seem to be looking for something. I’m not sure if it is Clyde. I gave her one of his stuffed toys and she wanted to sniff and snuggle it. She has also been very interested in the neighbor dogs. 

What are your thoughts or experiences with introducing a new companion to a new tripawd? 

Here is a link to my posting of Dottie cruising outside today. 

View this post on Instagram

#dottiethetripawd cruises on three legs! Merry Christmas!

A post shared by Tara (@taraincali) on


Thank you! 

Tara and Dottie 


Forum Posts: 18047
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26 December 2018 - 8:51 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

DOTTIE!!!! DOTTIE, DOTTIE, DOTTIE!!!!  You’re  melting my heart over here sweet girl!!!  I love how Dottie stays on her carpet path for traction .  Such a smart girl!

Anytime is a good time to bring another dog into your home as far as I’m  concerned!!  Clyde will present  you with the right dog for you and for Dottie, and for that lucky doggy!  I know Dottie is missing  Clyde, as you are too.  So, I would say, start looking!  Never hurts to look😉  

Giving  Dottie another week or so to heal before bringing  in another dog is probably a good idea.  It generally  takes a dog about thirty days for muscles, etc, adjust to walking on three.

Okay, that my 2 cents!


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!

Forum Posts: 13
Member Since:
14 December 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26 December 2018 - 8:02 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thank you, Sally! 

We’ve been amazed at how well Dottie is doing. Once she felt well enough to get up she’s been quite busy and we’ve had to contain her a bit. 

We appreciate your two cents! We watched videos of dogs today and she seemed to enjoy that a lot. We prefer that she helps us select her next friend so we will probably wait a few weeks so she’s strong, steady and confident on her feet. 😊

I’ll be posting an update tomorrow after Dottie’s follow up appointment for suture removal. It’s a big day! 

Tara and Dottie 

Livermore, CA

Forum Posts: 3635
Member Since:
18 October 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26 December 2018 - 8:45 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I’m glad she is doing so well!

As far as introducing a new pack member- I think you are smart to wait until Dottie is a bit stronger.  I’m guessing that Dottie will be quite rambunctious with a new playmate and you want her to be healed up from all her injuries.

That being said…my experience has been that the next pack mate comes along on their own timeline! So if the right pup makes its presents known you will have to take them in.

I don’t really have experience with your specific situation. When Maggie had her amp I had her little sister Tani so they were already together.  When TriPugMutt Elly came to me about 3 years ago I had already had quad-Pug boy Obie for about 4 years.

Congrats on suture removal day!  And I can’t wait to see who joins your pack.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 722
Currently Online:
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1055
Members: 10087
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 15869
Posts: 222254
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.