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25 January 2019 - 10:02 pm
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Buckeye had his front passenger side leg amputated about 4 months ago. I think, for his age, almost 15, he is doing great. He seems happier than before the amputation, and while it was a very difficult decision at the time, I can now say we made the right choice in having the leg removed.

He does have significant arthritis in his back knees and you can tell when he’s having a rough day. But recently I’ve noticed that when I pick him up, or when he’s walking, his back cracks or pops. You can’t hear it, but I can feel it. Has anyone else had this? 

He is also starting to become a little sideways hunchbacked (if that makes sense). Are these big concerns? 

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26 January 2019 - 9:43 am
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Aww so glad things are going well overall. What a senior superstar you have there!

Is he on any pain medication now?

A Tripawds’s gait will eventually result in some joint issues, but that is treatable with physical therapy pain relief like massage and acupuncture. If he hasn’t been evaluated by a therapist yet, it sounds like this would be a good time. The best part is the Tripawds Foundation may even pay for your first rehab visit

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WOW!!!  BUCKEYE IS A SENIOR TRIPAWD   ROCKSTAR!!  What an amazing  journey this fella’ is on!  Such an inspiration!   Ues, you defi ,are rhe eifht decision.   I know this extended  quality  time is so scared!  Good job!

Yeah, ditto Jerry.  Lots of gentle  massage up and down hos spine, his shoulders,  neck, etc.  Some pain meds, arthritis  meds, should help, along with a Rehab evaluation.   A lot of this probably  has to do with being such a ……hmmmm……”mature ” puppy!  

Keep us updated.


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