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1 February 2011 - 6:15 pm
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So I just got a phone call from Dawn that adopted my little Hoppy the tripawd papillon.  He had his rear leg removed about 3 months ago due to past trauma (living in a puppymill)  He is only 5mos old and has done great with it.

All of a sudden tonight he started licking his nub and whining.  She is not sure if he could have fallen on it (since he is a wild and crazy puppy)   We both wondered if it could be phanthom pain?  But the strange thing is that he has never done this before either at my house or hers, and he has been with her since right after Christmas.

Have any of you experienced this so long after amputation?  Like I said, maybe he just hit in on the floor or something though.  Dawn may post on here too, so please excuse me if she has/does.

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1 February 2011 - 6:25 pm
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typups1 said:

We both wondered if it could be phanthom pain?

Could be. Three months is a bit late to experience phantom pain , but with such a young pup still growing, anything is possible. Be sure to review the tips for managing phantom limb pain in dogs foun in the Tripawds Downloads blog . Or, search these forums for more advice from others.

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2 February 2011 - 2:35 am
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Just a thought, with being so young could there possibly be some skin stretching issues with still growing?

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

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That's what I wondered too since he is in his long lanky stage of growing.  I am going to talk to the vet about it today at work.

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