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Introduction to Zoey
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20 January 2009 - 5:22 pm
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I am Zoey's mom.  We have been together for a year, Valentine's Day.  We rescued her from Animal Control on a cold and rainey day.  She was shivering and still healing from a horribly preformed spay job.  She had a slight limp, which we attributed to the conditions from which she was rescued from.  But after a month, it persisted.  I had an uneasy feeling as I waited for the x-rays.  Her radius stopped growing and was bashing into her ulna with every step.  It was floating and no longer attached to her elbow joint.  Everything above the elbow joint was fine, so I couldn't justify taking the entire leg from her.  With a partial amputation at the midpoint of the humerous, she is able to maintain some of the balance I feel would have been lost with a complete amputation.  She has reached her full size and gained some additional length in her humerous.  She moves it freely and uses it to run full speed.  I am so happy to have found this site and would just like to see if anyone else out there has any experience with partial amputations?

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Hi Zoey and Mom, we are so glad you joined us here, thank you for sharing your story. Zoey sure sounds like one tough gal. What a survivor!

While most Tripawds here have had complete amputations, there are a few that have had partial amps. Most have had full amps done because they had cancer, and a full amp will help keep the cancer from spreading.

Hopefully someone else has an experience they can share here. Thanks again for joining, we look forward to hearing more about you!

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