Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Mousie is scheduled for amputation tomorrow. It is her right back leg. How is she to itch the right side of her face with only the left leg?
25 April 2007
You're certainly not the first to ask, but the answer is simple. You're going to help her!
You'll find answers to many questions by searching these forums and bookmarking Jerry's Required Reading List for lots of advice and recovery tips.
Thnaks for joining, we look forward to hearing more about Mousie. Please consider starting a new topic in the Share Your Story forum or keeping a blog to tell everyone about her and receive feedback from others.
5 August 2010
Kobe had his right rear leg amputated in August and we do a lot of scratching for him now! He has also gotten really good at using my leg to rub against to scratch the right spot - which is also a suble hint for me to start scratching But seriously he is very resourceful and will sometimes use the arm of the couch or rub his ear on the carpet. We'll be sending good thoughts yours and Mousie's way!!
Bethany and Kobe
Good luck with surgery. Do tell us more about Mousie- what kind of dog? why the amputation?
My pug Maggie was a left rear amp. For a few weeks (or months, I can't remember) after her amp she would scratch her right chin and face with her right back leg, then turn and put her chin out on the left side, and sort of air scratch- so I would do it for her. Eventually she stopped the air scratch and just let me do it for her. She also was good at using whatever was at her level to rub her chin and face on.
Karen and the pugapalooza
14 June 2010
1. Make pathetic face at Mom.
2. Make pathetic face at Dad.
3. Rub on carpet or grass.
4. Body slam stranger; offer chin; if no success, rub chin on them.
Her snout is so teeny, my pointer finger is too big!
11 March 2010
We call it "Making up for the nubbin' rubbin'"....any time that no-leg starts moving, either my husband or I bolt over to scratch Lincoln's face or shoulder or whatever or everything.
Lincoln has not adapted, in large part, because we still do it for him.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius
1 January 2010
Holly's also a right rear amp, and at least once a day I give her a good scratching - on both sides since she sometimes still has dificulty balancing enough to get a good scratch in on her left side. She will move around until my hands are on the right spots, and she always looks at me as if to say.... "that was just what I needed!". She will also use the couch or carpeting if I get busy or I don't notice quickly enough.
Best of luck!
Holly, Zuzu and Susan
Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!