Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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7 March 2009
anyone out there know of any place that makes/sells something that i can place on his stump to protect it from hitting the ground?
he's slipped and fell a couple times, and lands on his stump (sticks out about 2 inches), and yelps and whines. I know it's gotta hurt like a bugger landing on a bone like that, and i'd like some way to absorb some of the shock if he does slip.
tia for your help!
Hey Moker, thank you for joining us here at Tripawds! We are happy to have you! Hope you don't mind that we moved your post to the “Hopping Around” forum.
What a good question, I think it's a first here. Just curious, but is your Tripawd new at living on three legs? While occasional spills do happen, perhaps he just needs more time to figure out the balancing act? Also, where is he slipping? If it's in a place in your house, you might want to put down some non-slip rugs or rubber surfaces to help him get around a little easier.
But to answer your question: we haven't heard of any assistive devices for stumps, but try these two companies to see if they can help.
Do come back and tell us what you find out!
28 October 2009
Hey, thank you! THere’s a Dogleggs for Amputee product that may be perfect.
I emailed them and asked if they could make the vest into also a support harness, since I want one of those too. May be the perfect solution for both, thanks!
Dawn and Raven
Rottie Raven, osteosarcoma at 8-1/2 years old, amputation in October '09 and in February '10 due to liver mets he went back to heaven where he came from. raven.tripawds.com
Now I have Miles, rottie mix amputee from a shelter and traveled 1500 miles to find his way here through the Rescue Railroad thanks to tripawds.com. miles.tripawds.com
3 March 2010
My Yorkie puppy’s front right leg was amputated before I adopted him. There is no stump; but, the clavicle?/shoulder? bone protrudes slightly. When he stumbles, he hits it, and yesterday he developed a hygroma over the protrusion. I’ve made a doughnut pad and placed it under his sweater to protect the shoulder.
I’m wondering also if there is a protective vest on the market. I emailed DogLeggs. Otherwise, I’ll sew one up!
14 June 2009
I am in the similar sort of pickle with my tripawd. Her back right leg is fully removed last June (picture here) and about a month ago a I noticed a grape-sized lump on the back side of her stump – right next to her bum. The lump was removed last week and the biopsy came back today. I don’t have the full name of what it was, but the vet said that it was a pressure-related growth. Because she now puts so much pressure on that area while sitting/scratching her belly, it made the cells grow weird and a lump popped up.
I’ve been trying to find/come up with an idea of something that could help her not put so much pressure on the area. Perhaps I could fashion her padded pants!
Hi Becky, thanks for joining Tripawds.
So I guess the growth wasn’t cancerous then? Whew!
I’m not sure either what might be available for her situation. Padded pants sounds darling though. Maybe you might want to talk to the Orthopets Custom Orthotic Braces and Mobility Devices people?
If you do find something, please do return and post it here, as it could certainly help someone else later on down the road.
Talk to you soon.
my dog has developed a hole on his elbow, He has occassionally had a cut there which would heal but on returning from holiday I found it had gotten much worse.
I had two eyemasks from the plane and have joined them together in a v shape. I cut the two peices of elasatic on the narrow end and swapped their positions . both elastics go over his head with his remaining leg in between them.
So far so good.
18 January 2020
I adopted a three legged husky mix from bosnia last week. Her left hind leg has been amputated about hi alf abyear ago so she has gotten quite used to the tripod life but she has the same problem. Her stump sometimes drags on the ground and gets all scratched up. I work in a 3d printer workshop so I’ve already designed a prosthetic for her but i want to wait at least a year before we try it out. Right now im working on something that will protect the stump from objects she might bump into or in case it hits the ground, if im onto something ill share it with you and maybe we can develope a project so other owners can get one for cheap.
Hi Mosi, thanks for joining. What’s your dog’s name? Please consider starting a new topic in our “Accidents and Adoptions” Forum topic so that we can follow along with your girl’s story.
Thanks for adopting this sweetie! I hope her stump doesn’t pose a problem as time goes on. Unfortunately we see this quite often, and if it does the dog or cat may need an amputation correction surgery to remove the stump. I hope not, because if she has at least two joints, she would be a good candidate for a prosthetic.
I’m glad you said you are waiting to try the prosthetic you made. Please consider consulting with a canine rehabilitation therapist before using it, as sometimes DIY prosthetics may do more harm than good. I’m sure the one you made is awesome but an expert can let you know for sure. The best part is that the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your dog’s first rehab visit ! So please take advantage of the program.
We hope to see a new post all about her, she’s a lucky girl!