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23 April 2012 - 7:50 am
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hi we r the proud owners of a rear amputation boxer frank 2 yrs old (lol) he had a accident in october when he bolted was hit by car resulting in his rear amputation but also his front right leg was broken

the vets pinned the front paw but tried to save hind leg to no avail he manages around house fine but have noticed that when i walk him his remaning hind leg keeps giving way more

so adfter resting when i walk him he pulls quite a lot and am wondering if thats the cause of his stiffness in the back leg after he has lay down we have put him on a diet as admittidley i have spoilt him we took him to park a few weeks ago as he adores playing with his ball with the kids

when we got home he whined as i still have his pain killers i gave him some and massarged his leg within a hour he was playing with toys but as he is active dog and hops about most of the day even just following myself or kids

if you have any ideas will be grateful many thanks x x

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Hi there, welcome to Tripawds. I'm so glad your pup survived that awful accident.

You're smart to be watching his weight, because the more overweight a Tripawd is the harder it is on their joints.

As for the pulling, that could be due to the fact that Tripawds need to move a little faster because they need to keep momentum going in order to balance. But that doesn't excuse him from minding his manners. You may want to talk to our dog training expert friends at for some obedience tips.

Keep an eye on his activity and don't let him overdo it. These tips from California Animal Rehabilitation Therapy can help reduce his chance of overuse injuries. 

Tell us more about him, we're glad you found us.

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tankyou will have a good look at those sites have found not walking him properly is helping as i live in a cul de sac i take him out to play with the kids he is in heaven we take his lead with us so he thinks its a walk but as we are only out front he can go in when he wants it seems to be working managing about 25 mins of playing with them without his hind leg giving way i let him have rest then massarge it ive noticed it seems to be helping so maybe one day we can do the school runs again as it takes a hour there and back way too far for him when i get him to play for over a hour then we may attempt it 

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Hmmm, your photo link didn't work. What URL were you trying to include

Yes, take it slow and don't let him get to the point where his leg gives out. If that happens, he's overdone it and you need to start all over again with just a few minutes of playtime at a time. 

I don't want you to be disappointed but an hour walk each way is a LOT for any Tripawd, no matter their age or how much energy s/he has and many cannot go that far. Even if they attempt to, it's very exhausting and although they will do it, they will pay later with aches and pains.

Rehab vets recommend shorter, more frequent walks. So instead of one long walk once a day, a couple of 15 minute walks is plenty. They also recommend not taking a Tripawd on a walk longer than 20 minutes.

Go slow, there's plenty of time to build his strength up.

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