Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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14 April 2018
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?
25 April 2007
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 .
22 February 2013
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.
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!