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16 January 2022
Just joined this forum after somebody suggested it to me! I have a 8-10yr (not sure how old he is because we got him from the local SPCA) old male GSD. He was recently diagnosed with Soft tissue Sarcoma in his left hind leg. After much thought we decided to follow through with the amputation since he still was very energetic and his diagnosis never seemed to slow him down.
so a little back story on him that we know about: he was picked up as a stray in Lake County, CA during the bad wild fires about 3yrs ago. The SPCA moved him to a local shelter and we met him and fell in love. He knew sit, stay, shake, was house trained and never chewed up anything in the house when we were gone. The more time we spent with him, the more attached he got to us (mostly my wife than me)
he’s always been like our shadow when we would go anywhere, he would get up and go with us. Walking into the other room? He’s there. Going to the bathroom? He ls waiting outside the door. As Covid hit he got extremely attached when my wife started working from home. He follows her everywhere.
Now that he’s got 1 less leg, we are more concerned with his constant up and down, hopping, and following where we go. It seems like it’s gotten worse since he can’t go on longer walks because his mobility isn’t quite there yet.
our vet prescribed acepromazine along with some pain killers but even a half suggested dose causes him to be totally out of it. His walking gets worse but he still doesn’t try to stop following us. We were also given some doggie Zanax, but that doesn’t seem to work for his anxiety at all.
When I say his walking gets worse, I mean he still
tries to follow us but he isn’t balanced anymore, he falls over and slips out, causing him to Bambi on the hardwood floor.
we don’t know what to do, and are looking for any suggestions that might help calm him enough so he doesn’t follow us and fall down.
24 September 2009
Hi and welcome! Sorry it took a while to get your first post approved, your next ones won't need to wait.
Thank you for giving this sweet boy a loving home! I'm so glad you found us, we have a ton of ideas for you. We have a soft spot for GSDs in our family so here are some ideas:
GSDs are Velcro dogs. There is no need to zonk him with sedatives to keep him from wanting to be with you if the behavior isn't causing problems. I'm not sure why your vet would prescribe them but as you can see they're not helping.
First please make sure you have traction throughout your home. Slippery floors are a Tripawds worst enemy. Carpet runners are cheap and he is smart enough to know he should use them.
Also keep the fur between his toes clipped. Consider using Dr Buzby's Toe Grips, they are a lifesaver.
It also sounds like he can use some strengthening and balance work. Did you know the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit ? Yes! Please take advantage of the program so you can help him get strong and avoid injury.
Check out our Wyatt Ray 's story to learn about raising a senior GSD
And finally do consider checking out the book Loving Life On Three Legs . It's focused on post amputation life and filled with tons of ideas for you.
Oh what's you doggie's name?