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Rear leg tripawd with front leg problem--Please Help
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28 November 2020 - 8:02 am
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This morning, my dog got up the stairs fine, he is a left-rear amputee. Now he is holding his front right paw and can't put pressure on it. I didn't hear him in pain if anything happened, but now he can't walk well. He is trying to walk, but can't, and is groaning. Any suggestions or thoughts? He seems neurologically fine. I am crying for my brave older dog.

We are going to the vet in half an hour or so.

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28 November 2020 - 1:50 pm
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Hi Lisa and pup, welcome. What's your doggie's name? Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away. 

I'm hoping that your vet was able to figure out why your pup is in pain. There are so many reasons why something like that can happen. And I'm also keeping my paws crossed that it was just something relatively simple like a cut or thorn or something. What did they say?

Tell us more about your dog! You mentioned he's older, how old is he? Also I see that you joined in June, was that when the amputation happened? Why did he lose a leg? We look forward to getting to know you guys.

Oh gosh so many questions, I hope I didn't overwhelm you! Let us know what the vet says OK? 

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 Jerry - Hey there I am having same problems with my poor bud. My guy is about 8, a Belgian Malinois and missing his back left leg, gosh for 4 yrs now! Anyhow, he is very high energy (we actually had repaired a bad break but the titanium rod snapped, thus we amputated - way easier recovery) but he's pretty hard on his body.

Its a catch 22.. he's miserable if we restrict him, but also tends to over do it if we dont. ugh.  He is hobbling so strangely and I think it could be his front left shoulder. He's whimpering occasionally 🙁 we have stairs to our yard and sometimes he will tear down them running. I have a vet appt on Tuesday just for checkups/vaccinations before boarding him for a week.

We also have another Mal, who's 5 yrs old and has her spare, lol but I feel like its almost hard on him because she can gogogo and he can.. but shouldn't. These strains are happening more frequently and my fear is he's going to end up hurt too bad and theres nothing we will be able to do about it. I've even thought about finding him a home without stairs because I just dont like to see him so hurt or restricted icon_cry

I will keep posted on the vet visit. In the meantime, any advise on care for these super crazy endless energy tripawds living in home with stairs? lol. Also thanks for all you do for this community. Literally couldn't have gotten through our amputation without this site! and so very sorry to hear about your Wyattsp_hearticon2  

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seligator said
 Jerry - Hey there I am having same problems with my poor bud.


Hey there! I'm so glad you decided to post, and I hope you'll consider starting an all new topic in this Forum that's just about your pup(s), cause they deserve one of their very own 🙂  I would usually move a new topic to it's own post but I'd really like to find out what happened with the OP and her pup! 

I'm sorry your guy is hurting. What's his name?Hopefully your vet will be able to pinpoint the cause of your dog's injury and if not please consider taking advantage of the Tripawds Foundation Rehabilitation Therapy Reimbursement Program, which can pay for your first rehab visit . These experts can often figure out why a dog is in pain and how to address it. 

Yes it IS tough to have a high energy Tripawd and a high energy quadpawd in the same house, especially a hard working breed like a Mal. Both need exercise but they need different types. And spending a large percentage of time working their brains over their minds is just as beneficial as a hard physical play session. Have you considered getting them into canine nosework? Mals are such great dogs for that sport, they were born to do it! These types of interactive brain games keep a dog's mind busy without working their bodies too hard. In the end, it's equally as tiring and just as satisfying.

OK these are my tips for now. Promise me you'll update in a new topic so we can follow along with you guys OK? And thank you for your kind words about the community and our beloved Wyatt Ray , it's like getting a virtual hug to start our week. You are so kind!

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