TRIPAWDS: Home to 18288 Members and 1914 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN

Be More DogWhat does it mean to Be More Dog?

Find out in Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now by Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Get the book and find fun gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
London, UK


Forum Posts: 1629
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
7 January 2017 - 4:26 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

We had a bit of an alarming experience this morning, when Meg did a face plant and fell, literally face forwards, into the mud. My first thought was for her remaining front leg, as slipping is the most hazardous thing possible for her elbow, which is already compromised with dysplasia and IOHC. She was fine though, she was absolutely fine, but her beautiful soft face was all covered in mud and I found this at once both upsetting and moving, upsetting for obvious reasons, but moving because the mud seemed to me like a badge of her indomitable spirit and courage.

She definitely looked to me to see how I was responding, and I did my utmost just to seem completely unbothered and casual about it. Then she looked a few more times to check I wasn’t hiding anything, and apparently satisfied, went off in search of squirrels.

I’m quite concerned about the mud, which is really bad at the moment. I wish the temperature would dip and freeze it up. I’m not sure there’s a great deal we can do, except obviously avoid the paths most likely to be muddy, but pretty much the whole country seems under a couple of inches of mud at the moment, except for the pavements, and Meg really doesn’t like to walk far on hard surfaces and I don’t think it’s good for her either.

 I’d be interested to hear how other pawrents manage with the mud. Meg’s fine, but it was a disturbing reminder of the sword that hangs above our heads and how everything can change in an instant.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Forum Posts: 2010
Member Since:
14 February 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
7 January 2017 - 4:47 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Glad you kept those bloomers.  Great combination – mud and long bloomers.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

Forum Posts: 2010
Member Since:
14 February 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
7 January 2017 - 4:49 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I know that wasn’t the serious answer you were hoping for, but I couldn’t resist.  I think the answer is that they are dogs.  They enjoy being dogs, and we cannot treat them as fine china and wrap them in bubble wrap and pull them out once a year for the holidays.  We watch for obvious hazards and make adjustments where we can, but other than that, we just let them enjoy life.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

London, UK


Forum Posts: 1629
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
7 January 2017 - 5:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I know that wasn’t the serious answer you were hoping for

It was a great answer, and you are absolutely right. In fact, if the mud continues I may be obliged to call a second referendum. Seriously, Christine, if we can’t laugh, then what the hell is there? And you’re right about letting them be dogs as well. It’s just that Meg is such a DOG, I wish she’d be a little less capital letters about it at times….

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Forum Posts: 2010
Member Since:
14 February 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
7 January 2017 - 5:50 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Meg had a really long period of time when she couldn’t be a dog.  Can you expect anything other than a life lived with explosive joy now?

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

London, UK


Forum Posts: 1629
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
7 January 2017 - 7:00 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I love that expression. ‘Explosive joy’ just about sums it up.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Forum Posts: 340
Member Since:
2 December 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
7 January 2017 - 7:21 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Isn’t that a bit like Chaplin getting hit by a pie in the face? I say she was definitely finagling another subdued day at the beach from you! When she looked back at you, that was your clue to take out the chalkboard and record Meg 1379, and Meg’s Mum 0x0x0!!!  I mean it can’t get much clearer than that…

As for the horrific mud, other than slinging it or when life gives you mud make mud pies, we are suffering from The Great Mud Crisis of 2017 over here…CharlieBear and his pony TIGGY were sooooo hoping for snow but are now up to their ankles in the muck. I am trying to teach them the letter ” F ” to describe it, but, so far, they just look to me for more treats. 

( Now Meg, playing in the mud in your bloomers is all the more reason to c h o p    t h e m     o f f …hehehe… On the other paw, people pay gooood $$$ to take mud baths! Maybe Meg knew of its medicinal powers and is looking to package Meg’s Merry Mud!!!)

London, UK


Forum Posts: 1629
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
7 January 2017 - 7:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

You are a hoot, CharlieBear! Thank you. You always make me laugh.

laughing laughing laughing

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Virginia




Forum Posts: 21047
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
7 January 2017 - 10:54 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Okay, as you can see, when it comes to trying ro be serious about Meg and Elsie…it ain’t happening!!!
LMAO at the replies!!!

I knew when I saw the thread, I, like everyone else knew we woukd be in for some fun…until I saw the word ALARMING, then I got scared for a second…And then the replies came in and the fun began again!!

Seriously, I know this was scary and I really like how Meg looked to you for a response and you kept your “casual cool”! The look was probably, “I am NOT taking a bath and you will NOT post a picture of me in the rub! NOT!!!”

I don’t have any suggestions. I don’t know id any of the Ruffwear Gear booties are made for situations like this. I would think they, or some other manufacturer, make some that have enough tread to be non slip.

Now, mud often is the hime for worms. Hzve you checked Meg’s bloomers for worms? Perhaps she was just storing up a few so she could go fishing!! 🙂 You may check for a frog or two also!

LOVE!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

Los Angeles, CA
Forum Posts: 3554
Member Since:
13 June 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
7 January 2017 - 11:55 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

OY!!!! Face plant into the mud… maybe Meg just wanted a mud facial. I hear those beauty treatments are all the rage these days! 

So sorry about that but I do feel your anxiety over the desire to let them be a dog and live life and to want to keep them as safe as possible. It is a fine line and one I struggled with when Shelby was a tripawd (she lost her rear leg) and I would carry her more than I would let her walk. Not the best but it was how I coped!

Hugs and keep trucking along Meg… you’re great!!!

alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

London, UK


Forum Posts: 1629
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11
7 January 2017 - 3:47 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

Now, mud often is the hime for worms. Hzve you checked Meg’s bloomers for worms? Perhaps she was just storing up a few so she could go fishing!! 🙂 You may check for a frog or two also!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! HEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPP!

Th-th-this jjjjust cra-crawled out of Mmmmeg’s bbbbbloome…

Image Enlarger

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Virginia




Forum Posts: 21047
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12
7 January 2017 - 4:08 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

OOOOMMMDDD!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Is that a Prehistoric GATOR?

I think someone tried t drain the mud swamp into her bloomers!!!

Elsie Pie better take cover!! That thing looks hungry!!

Meg! Don’t you worry! No intimidation tactics can make us change our vote!! 🙂

Merry Myrtle and Frankie!

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!

Forum Posts: 2010
Member Since:
14 February 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
13
7 January 2017 - 5:06 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Yep, that’s Gator looking for critters.  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

Idaho
Forum Posts: 1601
Member Since:
12 March 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
14
7 January 2017 - 7:39 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Laughed right out loud at that one!

Kathi

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

Forum Posts: 180
Member Since:
6 August 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
15
7 January 2017 - 9:17 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Silly women…  Glad Meg is okay.  thanks for the smile.

w

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online: Michelle
Guest(s) 99
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1149
Members: 13380
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 17139
Posts: 239936
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG