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My 8year old lab had her front right leg amputated in November of 2018 after we found an osteosarcoma. We did a partial amputation, so she has a stump. She’s really doing great! But, less mobile than she used to be and is gaining some weight. We’d like to pursue a prosthetic. Anyone have experience?

The one concerning factor we have is the fact that she has developed a hygroma on the end of her stump. It’s fairly stable, hasn’t changed in size in the last few months. We’ve tried epsom salt baths, compression sleeves, and she where’s DogLeggs elbow pads 24/7. No change. Any advice?

thanks! Any and all help is much appreciated!

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Hi Laci & puppy, welcome! What’s your doggie’s name? So glad to hear she’s doing pretty well.

thanks! Any and all help is much appreciated!

You bet! First, a little about prosthetics . A prosthetic can definitely make a big difference in quality of life, but unfortunately it’s something that needs to be considered before surgery. Click on the link for more information. If your dog’s stump isn’t long enough, she may not be a good candidate.

About her mobility…have you considered taking advantage of the Tripawds Foundation Rehab Reimbursement Program? If you get your girl to a credentialed therapist, the foundation may pay for your first rehab visit ! These experts are sooo helpful in showing us how we can help our dogs stay fit as Tripawds! We can help find a therapist near you if you or your vet doesn’t know of any. I have a feeling that if you took her, you would see a big improvement in her mobility and body condition. 

As for the hygroma…are you sure that’s what it is? Has your vet looked at it? Can you share a photo with us? I ask because our Wyatt has a funky hemgioma at the end of his stump, and it’s not cancerous but there’s really not much we can do about it. Here’s a post about adding images to the Forums, let us know if you’d like help posting one or two or three, we would love to see your girl!

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