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My excellent buddy Taj will under go a THR on Feb. 25th. He is a rear leg amputee due to an early (before 8 weeks old) injury. He’s been a tripawd for 7 years. He will be 11 on the first of April. He subluxated his only hip in Nov. and in the course of diagnosis it was discovered that from wear and tear he was fairly dispastic in that hip. He has been scooting around since. Lately he can stand up on his own sometimes. Cannot walk very far.
I am looking for information from the Tripaws community about other rear leg Tripawds who have had THR. Our vet says that if we can keep him from slipping and re-subluxating it while healing, he should have a good out come. He was a young, active 10 year old beforthis happened and still has an excellent outlook on life.
Any good outcomes out there? He could have several good years left if we can get him active again.
Hello Taj and family, welcome. Sorry I missed you in the Tripawds Chat room the other day. We generally can be found in there during the mornings and early afternoons, Pacific time. You can also call the Tripawds Helpline too so don’t forget.
Meanwhile, I’m sorry to hear about the surgery but fear not! Many other Tripawds have been through this. It’s a big worry of all of us who have long-term Tripawds, but the good news is that recovery, while not the easiest thing to go through, is not impossible either.
Here are some links you may be interested in. These articles cover some Tripawds who have been through a THR and others who have been through FHO and also TPLO surgeries. Different situations but similar recoveries.
Has your vet lined Taj up for rehabilitation therapy? It’s crucial for recovery so be sure to get that referral if they haven’t arranged it already.
Also, what kind of recovery help will you have during Taj’s recovery? Are there other people in the house who can help out? Oh and don’t forget to add traction to all your floors if you haven’t already.
My guess is that your vet has experience doing this surgery on a Tripawd since they’re optimistic about it. That’s pawesome!
I hope this helps. Stay tuned for feedback from others. Oh and Please keep in touch and let us know how things are going, as we are always interested in remaining limb surgery recoveries, so that we can share information with others.
Thanks for the positivity and links. I have faith in his attitude and yes, my husband and I will do our best to keep him safe and recovering well. We have tile and hardwood floors with non-slip area rugs everywhere. We are working with a vet that pretty musch all he does is THRs.
The second guessing is the hardest. How much to put him through.
You are so welcome. It sounds like you’re all set for the recuperation phase, good job!
I think you’ll be really happy with the decision as long as your support team is good and he has excellent therapy to help. You may want to check out Murphy’s story, his mom Kathi can tell you lots about how his surgery went. Feel free to PM her:
22 February 2013
Just wanted to add best wishes for yourTaj.❤
Yes, as you can see from Jerry’s links, this is doable!! Recovery will be slow and require lots and lots of patience and hard work on your part. Continue to stay focused on the outcome and know that everyday in recovery will be a day to victory for Taj!
Tripawd Murphy’s success will help inspire you. He had two committed hoomans devoted to doing whatever it took to ensure success.
While my Frankie’s situation was different, his story may still help you recognize recovery is hard and long, but definitely doable! And the outcome is well worth it!!!
You probably already are doing this, but be sure and check into joint supplements. If he’s showing any signs of arthritis, you might check jnto Adequan injections.
And congratulations on Mr. Taj rocking three legs for all this time!!! Good job!
Let us know how we can help support you, okay? Keep us posted on this very special boy!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Thank you all. We really appreciate the encouragement. Slow and steady wins the race. The hardest part is knowing that he will have an even harder time for a bit. But we do know from experience that when the pain goes, he just carries on and gets back to happy go lucky life. That’s what we want for him. I have and will be trolling for boredom busters and I’m also sure there will be things that we don’t even know we should be prepping for. Great to have this wealth of info to draw from.
Aww we are so glad that you found what you needed here. If there is anything else we can to do make this easier let us know.
And you never know, he’s been through so much already that he may just surprise you with how quickly and easily he recovers! Stay pawsitive and keep us posted.