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Great Dane rear leg amputee therapy and chemo
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15 November 2020 - 10:59 am
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Bella, our 100-ish lb (now 92 lb!), almost 9-year-old great dane has been getting around great for more than a month now but in the last 2 weeks she’s really been having trouble with that remaining rear leg. It seems be a problem of tight hip/leg muscles not getting the stretch they normally do but are there any suggestions for stretching those muscles at the front of her hip?

We do have a vet home visit this week who practices therapy as well, we’re hoping she will help!

We devised a way to get her to stretch a little by elevating her front paws on the steps (we put her food or a toy on a high step for motivation) but as a great dane, it’s not a huge stretch for her to do this.

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In other news we also learned a week ago that tumors has metastacized in her lungs ):  Just before the amputation she was all clear, but it seems cancerous cells remaining from another soft tissue sarcoma that we’d had to delay radiation on finally spread before we could start the radiation. She started chemo immediately, and will go every 3 weeks for that. Crossing our fingers. /: 

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15 November 2020 - 11:21 am
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Bella is such a beauty. She lives up to that name! I’m so sorry about the mets (stupid cancer!) but it sounds like you have a terrific plan that will give her every chance to kick cancer’s butt. GO TEAM BELLA! smiley_clap

You point out something that happens to a lot of Tripawds; they lose the extension of their legs because their muscles are contracted from moving their body in an altered gait. Our Wyatt Ray dealt with this quite often. But your instincts are spot on: there are many things you can do to loosen her muscles up, including passive range of motion exercises, gentle massage and other modalities your PT can help you with. That’s so terrific you found someone to come to your home! Don’t furget the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit if this is the first time someone’s looking at her. I hope you get some good advice and exercises to do on your own.

Meanwhile we do have some info about massage and stretching. I hesitate to give you any kind of real direction or steps to follow at this point because you really want to get a firm diagnosis from the PT before trying a move or exercises that may do more harm than good.

Here are some pointers about massage and stretching:

https://tripawd…..g/massage/

https://downloa…..stretches/

oh and our e-book Loving Life On Three Legs also has some gentle passive range of motion exercises you can try too.

Let us know how the PT visit goes!

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Very creative way to get some  DIY  PT at home!👏

Well you caught those pesky mets right away and moving forward with the chemo is a good path of treatment.

Your sweet Bella is a Tripawd Warrior and we are all cheering for her

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Thanks everyone, our PT/acupuncture home visit went well this morning. She massaged and poked Bella, and said she seems to be handling the 3-leggedness very well. It’s true, she does seem very balanced.

She encouraged us to do some stretches with Bella just 5 or 10 minutes a day and gave us some sets to do at home which are pretty much what we have read about here! Encouraging her to reach side to side for a treat, rocking back and forth and side to side, and also practicing standing from sitting (Bella’s tendency is to lay down rather than sit lately). She also showed us some massages that will help her.

Bella wants to be so active so we are looking forward to making sure she is safely active from here on out!

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Aounds like a great visit.  And you are clearly  a very good student, as is Bella!

“Safely active”…..good guideline😎

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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!

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YAY! A great visit like that is so helpful. I’ll bet Bella loved all the attention and meeting a new friend.

Glad you got the home exercises. If you are able to video/photograph you doing them at some point, we would love to see Bella’s new workout 🙂

Keep up the great work. You’re all on your way to hoppy days ahead!

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