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the cutest bow leg in town
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15 December 2012 - 3:48 pm
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Hi everyone, 

New to this site. I have a front leg amputee dog, 3yr old poodle/bichon mix (not sure, he is a rescue). We have had him for almost 2 years, from day one after surgery. He has done wonderfully and we have had no issues. He runs really fast, jumps and plays with no problem.

However, we have noticed that over the last 6 months or so, his front leg has gotten really bowed. I am not sure if this is totally normal or an issue we should be concerned of? Or are there any sort of exercises we should be doing to avoid it getting worse or having future problems. My google searching turned up nothing, but is how i found this site!

It doesn't seem to bother him, but wanted to be proactive.


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15 December 2012 - 4:44 pm
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Hey PoodlePower! Welcome, thanks for joining us. Your future posts won't require moderation.

I'm so glad to hear he's doing great on 3 legs! We have had other pups here who have bowed limbs. These search results share some of their stories. I'm pretty sure I recall that there weren't any  major issues with these dogs, but just to be safe, have you considered getting him evaluated by a certified rehab therapist? If he's really overcompensating with his gait, it could be causing issues that won't show up until later. A rehab practitioner can help you help him to avoid that situation. See our CARE interviews and videos for more info how how to find a qualified rehab vet.

Share some pics, we can't wait to see what he looks like!

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15 December 2012 - 10:33 pm
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"Shelby" is a member here, her front legs bows in a little bit.  I believe her people take her to a chiropractor every once in a while to get things "straightened out."  You might want to send them a PM, or hopefully they'll see your post and comment.

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