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New amputee -- support for remaining hind leg
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10 November 2020 - 8:16 pm
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Hi all -- we are new to this site.  Daisy just had her amputation today -- right hind leg for osteosarcoma. Oh my what a tough decision -- now worried about everything for her.  She tore her ACL in February, 2020.  The surgeon said dogs that have torn ACL are at risk of tearing the other leg which would now be her remaining hind leg. So worried about her recuperating from the amputation surgery but don't want her to injure her remaining good hind leg.  Has anyone had any luck with some type of support / brace for hind leg?

Thanks for any insight or suggestions.  She may come home tomorrow or next day.  May check back in for help with recuperation.

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11 November 2020 - 10:04 am
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Hi Daisy and family, welcome. Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away. 

I'm sorry that you are facing osteosarcoma. Yes it is a tough decision! But if your vet didn't think she was a good candidate overall, you wouldn't have gotten the green light. 

Right now, the best thing you can do for her is to stay strong a pawsitive. Have you seen Jerry's Required Reading List or the Tripawds e-books yet? We've got lots of information you'll find useful in those materials.

Also, the #1 thing you can do to keep her strong and prevent another cruciate tear is to keep her slim. Too much weight on any dog is bad but it's especially bad for Tripawds. Work with your vet to maintain a good weight for her, and consider taking advantage of the Tripawds Foundation rehabilitation therapy program which can pay for your first rehab visit !

Keep us posted on how things are going with Daisy. We are cheering you on!

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11 November 2020 - 12:41 pm
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While there is a tendency for another tear, to occur, it may not ever happen.  Did she have TPLO surgery or the "other" one....the one where use the fishing line type?  How much does she weigh ?

As Jerry said, the Surgeon woild not have proceeded if Daisy wasn't  a good candidate.

My tripawd front legger Frankie (adopted him as a tripawd five or six years ago).  He had has the fishing kj e surgery on one rear leg and then the TPLO surgery on the other later.  

Mist want you to know that IF it happens, it's certainly  doable.  Obviously it's  ot easy handling a tripawd  during TPLO recovery, but the dogs get through it on regain mobility  just fine!

You are doing everything  right to check into any preventative resources available.  As Jerry said, try and arrange a consult  with a Certified  Rehabilitation Specialist after amputation  recovery and you will get some good tips.  Joint supplements  are also helpful.  Not sure about braces, etc. I think some Vets suggest them, some don6 think they are helpful.  

Stay connected and let is know how Daisy is doing, okay?  Is she spending  the. night at the clinic?  Update when you can.  Recovery  is no picnic for a week or two and we are here ro help in a anyway we can.

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

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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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Oh my this site is amazing.   I have read and learned so much!!  It really explained what I was going through as an Pawrent making the awful decision and prepared for Daisy coming home.  She is doing very well on day 5 post op / day 3 home. Amazing the Doggie spirit. 

Will continue to read and learn from you all !!

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15 November 2020 - 11:03 am
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Yay that's terrific she's doing well! Thank you for returning to update, we are so glad to hear this. Please let us know how we can help OK? We are sending lots of strength and healing wishes your way.

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Two weeks tomorrow since surgery.   Daisy seems to be doing very well -- wanting to resume her usual dancing at the door, moving around in the house and wants to go for longer walk than allowed.

Amazing how they learn and adapt to their new normal so quickly.

Still worried about preserving that solo hind leg.  Has anyone used or familiar with a good support brace?

Thank you !!!

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23 November 2020 - 9:44 pm
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So glad you updated....and so glad it's a good update!!  To hear Daisy is wanting to do more is such a good sign that her healing  is in track!

FWIW, when checking  into some sort of brace or sleeve for my tripawd Frankie , I know I got mixed opinions as to their effectiveness.  A Rehab Specialist  is probably your best resource to give you guidance.  Plus, of you so go that route, proper measurements are crucial.  

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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!

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24 November 2020 - 11:02 am
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YAY Daisy! Sounds like you've got your sparkle shining through again, that's terrific.

Sally's input is spot on: don't try a brace until you work with a rehab therapist to guide you on the best kind for Daisy, since all dogs are different. And remember, our Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so do take advantage of it!

Here's a Tripawd Talk Radio podcast that's all about braces and orthotics, you might want to check it out:
https://tripawd.....-tripawds/

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