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Rear Leg Tripawd Having Cruciate Repair Surgery
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11 December 2018 - 4:48 pm
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My tripawd dog has recently had his knee blown out and doc said it was a torn ligament. It’s his only remaining back leg and at first it was unnoticeable. then it gradually got worse with more frequent vet visits and more pain med prescriptions. It has gotten to the point that he has basically become immobile with dragging his one back leg. I got him a wheelchair so it helps to give him a little exercise but he’s getting surgery tomorrow. I am not sure really what to expect but I hope he can walk again after this. I used to take him on hikes, walks, runs, etc. 

It’s really heartbreaking to see him like this. Last surgery he’s had was getting his leg removed (got him fixed at the same time). It was tough but he recovered when he was about a year old. He’s now 11 yrs old and I can’t let him live the rest of his life immobile. Money and credit debt is worth the companionship that he gives me. It might be a long recovering process but I am hoping that this has a good turn around. Poor guy. First his right leg now his only remaining back leg. 

Anyone know how good the turnout with a 3 legged pup’s recovery after ACL surgery?

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11 December 2018 - 5:15 pm
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Hi Trina, thanks for hopping over here. We are sorry about your dog but you are definitely not alone. Many Tripawds have gone through a remaining limb surgery. Here are some posts that should give you an idea of waht to expect:

What to Know About Remaining Limb Surgery on a Tripawd

Also, hop on over to Frankie’s recent cruciate repair surgery tale, he just had his second repair surgery today so he and your dog are on the same timeline!

So it sounds like overall he’s done well as a Tripawd right? Eleven years on three is pretty amazing. I’m sorry he’s going through this now but he has every chance in the world at a full recovery! Has your vet recommended rehab therapy yet? I hope so! Remember that the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit so that should offset the costs a bit.

What is your dog’s name? We would love to see some photos. Here are instructions for adding images to the Forums, let us know if you’d like help OK? 

Good luck tomorrow, we send all we’ve got for a speedy recovery! Please let us know how he’s doing.

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Just catching up.  By now I guess yoir sweet voy has had his surgery 

Cruciate  repair surgery is pretty darn rough on a tripawd.  Some say rougher than recovery from amputation .  And to have it on the remaining  back leg is a big deal!!!!  That said, it can certainly be successful though! You’ll need lots of patience for the recovery and some good pain management .

Do you jave access to a Rehab Specialist?  The are invaluable  when it comes to helping get tjat leg baxk in good working order.

Will be back later to check in.  STAY CONNECTED  and let is know as questions arise  okay?


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Im so sorry to hear about everything your dog has gone through. We’ve been going through alot ourselves and thought i would come here for some guidance. 

How is your dog doing post op? im afraid my dog may need an acl surgery on her remaining rear leg as well and its overwhelming wondering how she will do. 

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