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Front wheel cart, yes or no?
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4 April 2009 - 6:04 pm
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My 9 month old pitbull very recently had her front left leg amputated (due to abuse as a puppy her elbow was fractured and never healed correctly). She is learning about life as a tripod but still struggles with balance and mobility. We are considering purchasing her a custom made front wheel cart so that she will be able to run and go for long walks. We don't plan to use the cart for most day-to-day activities, as we think it's important that she gain strength on her 3 legs. My questions are (a) would using a cart only sometimes be hard to adjust to or confusing? (b) is she truly going to benefit from using a cart (I'm told that the cart might assist in preventing overuse of her right leg and also help to keep her spine straight)? (c) overall, will a cart help or hinder this young dog?

Obviously, we want to do what is best for our dog and we will do whatever it takes. Any thoughts/suggestions from those out there with more experience would be greatly appreciated. I am thankful to have found this forum and I look forward to your responses.

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6 April 2009 - 7:02 am
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I am not a vet, however in my opinion due to the fact she is just a puppy. I feel she needs to develope her muscles. Using the cart would inhibite this and defeat the purpose of learning how to adjust to being a tripawd. My dog was 9 when he had his leg amputated and adjusted just fine. Puppies are somewhat clumsy and it is cute…

Give her a chance to adjust and guide her… you can always purchase the harness to help with her stability.

ps you may want to look into supplements to help with any inflamition that may arise due to being tripawd for her spine

Best wishes,

Kim & Buster

Kim & Angel Buster

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