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Hey all! I need help, I'm wondering if any of your tripawds have had this problem. My pup Moose is four years old and had his left hind leg amputated about one month ago because of Osteosarcoma. Twice in the last week he has fallen on the amputated side, and it looks to me like he has some bruising on that side. He screamed really loud both times he fell and i've never heard him yell like that...he seemed to be in so much pain.
Have any of your dogs had this problem?? The screaming is what really concerned me and i feel like he doesn't have much padding on the amputated side...ive been looking for some product to help that but have found nothing.
thanks in advance,
Kelly, Moose & Cub
Hi Kelly, welcome. Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away.
What kind of dog is Moose? Poor guy is so young to be diagnosed, I'm so sorry!
It's hard to say what is causing Moose to fall over but it does sound like he is having a weakness issue. What is his daily activity like? Often times dogs get too much activity too soon before building up strength. This type of weakness is normal so early in a Tripawd life as a parent learns what is appropriate activity and what is not. It's a learning curve for us.
One month is not a long time, although Moose will probably say otherwise! His imbalance and weakness is something that can be treated with rehabilitation therapy exercises prescribed by a professional therapist. The Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so please take advantage of the program. Check out all of the canine rehab therapy success stories from program participants!
Hi Jerry, thank you! Moose is a Siberian Husky 🙂 so he's pretty active as you can imagine.
I was considering hydrotherapy so I will definitely be asking his vet about that...thanks for the tip on slowly building up his activity level, i think he got too excited too soon after having that horrible tumor removed!
and thank you for the resources that is so awesome! i'm happy to be here
A Husky? Oh yeah! Hard to keep one of those pupperz from overdoing it! They are very resilient that's for sure.
Yes talk to your vet and if they don't know about rehab, let us know and we can help you find a practitioner. Also check out our e-book Loving Life On Three Legs for lots more tips.
We are happy you are here too!
22 February 2013
Can only ditto Jerry, who always has best insight and links and suggestions!!
Just quick question....the yelping was as a result of the fall, correct? Not a yelping as he was falling??
And if you do see bruising or discoloration, try sending a poc to the Vet. They may suggest ice pack, or warm compresses...or nothing at all!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
PS....and yes, Huskies are such high energy smart dogs. He very well could be overdoing things
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!