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How do I deal with a second injured limb? Need some support!!
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15 May 2013 - 4:12 pm
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Hi. It's Louie's mom. Louie is an 8 month old chi-poo on the large side..he is 14lbs. He lost his right front leg to a freak accident playing in the house when he was 4 months. He had a great recovery and was doing well until a couple of weeks ago he was getting tired it seemed even on short walks.

I was really excited to start a new job on Monday and Louie and I had a wonderful morning together. His walker was due in around noon to take him out for a potty walk. Well..my heart almost stopped when I read my text message that he has a little accident while on his walk and was at the Vet! I ran out of the office to call....I imagined the worse...and pretty much got it. He dislocated his other..and ONLY front wrist and he is now in a cast. The vet also found a spot on his upper front leg where it appears that the bone has not fused fully. He said most puppies bones have fused by now. He wants to keep Louie in the splint for 2 weeks and the re-assess. His concern is that the ligaments have torn beyond repair and it may require additional surgery to fuse his good leg in one or more places.

Poor Lou is hobbling around and can barely walk with the big cast on his front leg. I have to help his do his business and the big part is..I can't take any time off to spend during the day and I am relying on paid help to care for him during business hours. I have NO choice. I live alone and have to work full time to provide for him and myself. How do I handle this emotionally?

On the pawsitive side, Louie's spirits are high. He seems happy and not in any pain, thank God! I'm just scared at the possibility that he may end up in a wheelchair before he's a year old! Any advise? I am so sad.

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15 May 2013 - 7:50 pm
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Andrea I'm so sorry! Geez what an awful situation. But hang in there, it's not permanent. The thing is, you have to take this one step at a time. It sounds like he's getting excellent care but if the vet thinks surgery is in his future, get a second opinion from another vet just to be sure. That will ease your mind about making any kind of decision when it comes to surgical treatment.

Who is caring for him? Can you work out a discounted day care boarding situation with your vet, to make sure he gets his rest and heals properly?

Emotionally.....you need to Be. More. Dog. That means, taking things one step at a time. Watching Louie's behavior and realizing that he's not letting this get him down, he's just happy to be on the road to recovery and being with you. It means taking one day at a time instead of picturing the worst. It means making the most of every day and celebrating every seemingly small step he makes during recovery.

Hang in there. Let us know what the next steps are. We hope he feels better soon!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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15 May 2013 - 9:39 pm
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Andrea, Louie is sooooo cute:-) :-) And soooo lucky to have you as is mom:-) :-)

You are both so strong and so brave!

Yeah, being on your own and having to work when you have a dog who needs your. nursing care is a challenge and I can certainly relate.

As Jerry said, try and chunk it down--dirst one step and then another.....a second trained opinion is a must!

Louie is your best role model for keeping our emotions in check. He's not worried about anything and is truly living in the moment. In this very moment, all is well.

You will be amazed---if you "put it out there"....who might show up willing to help care for Louie while you're at work....maybe a vet tech....maybe so e extended family....maybe someone who volunteers at shelters. There are doggy wheel walkers contraptios that he could use to get around while his front legs are healing.

Look at Louie right. Now. What's he doing?? Say his name and watch his tail wag:-) :-) Now go give him a hug and smile:-) :-) It will allow. Work out and he will be fine:-) :-)

Sally ans Happy Hannah

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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Thank you both for the comforting words. He is definitely getting around a bit better the past 2 days. I do have a nice gal coming in to take him outside at noon. Luckily it's been nice weather here and he loves to lay in the garden and bark at passerby! I also have a doggy stroller and he absolutely LOVES going for a stroll. It's so funny, people think I have a baby in there, but then they see Louie's smiling face and they're always surprised! I'm getting over having to justify to strangers why I am taking my puppy for a walk in a carriage! LOL! They just think I have a Diva pup on board!! Little do they know :(
But...I am feeling better. Louie goes for a bandage change today and we will see how he's progressing. I have the name of a great orthopedic surgeon at the renowned Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, so if he needs surgery I will take him there for a second opinion.
Right now he is chewing his bully stick and very happy. Because he can't run around he is really using his energy in chewing stuff!!! I can't keep enough chew toys available.

Thanks again for the words of encouragement! One day at a time!!
Andrea and Louie. Xxoo

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17 May 2013 - 5:46 am
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You sound really upbeat, I'm so glad to hear this.

Louie couldn't be in a better area for great care, hang in there, things will get better!

We'd love to see a pic of him in that stroller!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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17 May 2013 - 6:03 am
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awww what a cutie... I can't really offer any advice that Jerry and Sally haven't already said.. 

one day at a time.. things will get easier for him..  Hopefully good news will happen during the bandage change today!!

bully sticks!!!  my doggers say they are awesome!!!  lol

Christine.. with Franklin in her heart ♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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