Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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5 June 2021
I have a one year old greyhound who lost her left hind leg at 4 months old. She does great on it but being a puppy she is playful and clumsy and being a greyhound there is not much protection for her hip on the stump side. She no has a slight fracture on her hip that side and has horrendous bruising from whacking it all the time. Obviously she is being rested at the moment but when it heals she needs to be able to be a dog. Was wondering if anyone knew of and cushioning/protection for the hip and stump for rear leg amps? Can only find stuff for front legs.
24 September 2009
Hello Hayley, this is a tough situation. We have not yet found a stump "protector" that works for a rear leg amputee other than a DIY wrap for healing in the kind of situation that you are in. Unfortunately those don't last or stay on well, and this situation is all too common, especially for younger Tripawds.
Rehab therapists tell us that when a dog loses a leg at such a young age, they lack the motor skills necessary to develop good balance and posture. Your dog is likely banging up her hip because she's not sitting as well as she could be, due to the amputation as a puppy.
But what does work to resolve the problem is a good rehabilitation therapy program that can teach her those coordination and balance skills. We really encourage you to look into it, and the Tripawds Foundation is so confident it helps that it will pay for your first rehab visit . Please take advantage of the program and let us know how things are going OK? You aren't the first person to ask this question and others can learn from your experience. Hope to see you soon!