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Rear leg amputation on a doberman.
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8 February 2021
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2 March 2021 - 3:50 pm
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Super advice!  Is there a particular Gatorade that I should purchase? His wound is closing up- yeah!  It's located on his back end, if he sat down, it would be on that spot.  He only sits on carpet, bedding or my legs :-).  I believe the wound is from the surgery, just an end point that didn't heal correctly.  He is amazing us each day, but his back leg is so crooked when he hops as he tries to use it as a tripawd.  Will that straighten out or remain crooked?

Thanks again for all of your advice!


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2 March 2021 - 6:26 pm
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How 'bout a photo of his sore and a video of his gait?  Lots of experience here on pretty much anythiing and everything  trpawd related.  I'm sure the location causes him an owweee whenever he sits.    What does the Vet say about the sore?  Any  antibiotics suggested?

Others can chime in on the Gatorade flavor.  I used a scoop of ice cream swirled  into Happy Hannah's water to entice her to drink.

By"crooked", do you mean her leg is sort of leaning g I. Towards the ce ter a .ittleor do you mean there is some crokkedness in the actual leg itself?  Sorry, I'm robably not making any sense at all!..When you can, a consult with a Rehab Specialist  can help assess his  gait and give you some solutions along those lines.  

I k ow it's hard to be patient,  but he's really doing very are you.👌👍

Posting pics and videos can be a little tricky sometimes as computers and tablets, etc can vary.  So let Jerry know of you need help.


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3 March 2021 - 10:04 am
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Oh gosh I think any old flavor of Gatorade will work as long as it's slightly watered down for him.

If the wound isn't oozing or warm to the touch it's probably OK. Feel free to share a photo, as well as a video of his back leg while he's moving around, if you can. Keep in mind that when a dog loses a rear leg, they're losing 50% of their ability to propel themselves forward so it's a lot of work to move, especially in the early days. Over time they get stronger but a few sessions with a rehab therapist can show you how to help him do it safely and effectively. Remember the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so consider making an appointment now since many have long waiting lists to get in and see one.

Hope things are going well. Hoppy TriDay (3/3!).

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I would love to share some pictures and a video of his walking, but I definitely need help from Jerry.  I tried to follow the directions that I was given back on February 18th, but I was hit with a virus alert while doing so.  Needless to say, I stopped immediately.  

Meanwhile, he is eating his regular meals once again and drinks water (I just feel that he doesn't drink enough).  He's becoming more and more mobile and learning how to navigate the rugs so that he doesn't slip on the floor.  He can turn around, sit down (slowly), and even get up from sleeping to a stand as long as he is just on the carpet and not in his bed.  Standing up from laying down in his bed is hard because it's pretty cushiony.  He's going in for a check up Tuesday afternoon, I'll let you know what they say.

Oh, his wound is pretty much healed.  I put an antibiotic ointment on it once to twice daily and kept that cone of shame on whenever he went to lick it.

Thanks again for your advice.

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YAY Schultz! I'm so happy things are back to a new normal. You are such a smart boy, I knew you'd figure it out! 

OH as for the bed, a firm mattress is better than a squishy, soft ones. The Urban Sprawl or Big Barker are our two favorite Tripawd beds because they are firm without being lumpy or squishy.

We are happy to help with the pictures! Glad you got the virus thing figured out. 

OK this is how adding images to the Forums works.

  • Upload pics to a photo sharing site like or your own Tripawds blog. They have to be hosted (live) somewhere other than in the forums. 
  • Once the photo is uploaded somewhere, right click and copy the Image URL or just copy the image if you’re on a phone
  • Return to your Tripawds Forum post and paste the image URL (or the image itself) in your post. It should automatically appear. 

Videos are best uploaded to YouTube. Then copy the "Share" URL located underneath the video on the bottom right corner, return here and paste the URL.

If that doesn't work, email the images to me and I can share them for you if you'd like. 

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