TRIPAWDS: Home to 18497 Members and 1929 Blogs.

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!


Be More DogWhat does it mean to Be More Dog?

Find out in Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now by Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Get the book and find fun gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Will my dog be able to sit up with one rear leg?
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
4 November 2009 - 6:49 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I scanned the forums for something on this topic but didn't see anything. My Wiley lost his left rear leg last week, he has not sat since. Was wondering if dogs with one rear leg are able to sit, or is there a balance problem since they are lopsided? Not enough junk in the trunk to hold him steady now LOL.

Forum Posts: 224
Member Since:
4 December 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 November 2009 - 9:01 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

Hi Tyler:

Tika was a bit the same way, I think it's a combination of finding out the new center of gravity and the pain meds.

Tika is a rear amp, completely removed at the hip socket.  I can't say for sure when she started sitting normally, but it was a few weeks, and it was over a month before she figured out how to lay on that side.

Here's a video of Tika taken July this year, 7 months post-amp.

Watch and comment on YouTube

She can pretty much do anything except jump into the truck (which she tried once Oh My!), oh and scratch behind her ear on the right side.

It took her about 4 months to figure out that she could still use the other leg to scratch.

If Wiley is still hesitant after another week or so, you might need to work with him and build his confidence back up a bit.  But I bet he'll figure it all out himself.  For Tika it was, OH, HEY! I didn't realize I could still do that!

Wiley seems to be doing well, don't forget to take care of yourself dad!

–Kim and Tika

PS–Don't worry, it's not uncommon for you to question every thing and fret about the tiniest things, we've all been there.

Kim and Spirit Tika

Here and Now

Forum Posts: 12450
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 November 2009 - 9:06 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Too funny about the junk in the trunk... 🙂 Riley will certainly be able to sit up. He probably just doesn't want to yet since he is on the mend. It is still very early, he is sore, and likely stoned out of his gourd on pain meds.

Wyatt's introduction video shows him sitting (and running) just fine about a month after his amputation.

Forum Posts: 114
Member Since:
16 July 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 November 2009 - 9:06 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost


They can sit just fine, and they like to sit on the "remnant."  Wiley just needs to heal, and that could take a month before he is comfortable.  At one week he is still dealing with pain.  Once he is pain free he should be fine. There are pictures on this website of Wyatt Ray Dawg (in the Gallery) and Codie Rae sitting that will show you they like to sit on the remainder.  They learn just how stable it is to sit that way.  A little more time and he will sit like a champ.


Wherever the Wind Takes Me, Dude

Forum Posts: 450
Member Since:
25 July 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 November 2009 - 9:06 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Three legged amputee Shepherd sits

Hey Tyler, nope, it's not a problem at all once we learn the balance tricks. I learned that by sitting on my stump it's pretty easy for me to be comfortable. See?

Hang in there, Wiley will find his perfect balance too!

Wyatt Ray Dawg . . . The Tripawds Leg-A-Cy Continues!

Read all about my adventures at my Tripawds Blog

4 November 2009 - 10:48 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

My tri pug Maggie also lost her left rear leg. She spent most of the time at the beginning lying on her right side. She has a bit of her femur left so I think that was really sore. Now she sits just fine, and actually sits on that side most of the time. Her sitting balance issue came up because she learned how to shake hands with her left paw, but without her left rear kickstand she couldn't lift her paw. But she figured it out- now she just shifts her weight to her right side and shakes like always. That is when she feels like it- she is a pug and has her own agenda...icon_lol
A week in is pretty early. Once he is off the pain meds and the sutures, staples, drains or what ever are all out he will probably figure things out pretty fast.


Forum Posts: 11
Member Since:
7 November 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21 September 2010 - 7:58 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost


had rear leg and partial hip amputaion... so she only has one butt cheek.smiley  At first she couldn't do anything but lay down, then a few days after the surgery she tried to lay on the amp side..... wow that hurt, so I would help her shift to her leg side to lay down so she wouldn't aciddently land on the sore side.  She sits just fine, just a bit tilted toward the butt cheek side. She got sitting before she got that it didn't hurt to lay on it.  Now when I see pictures of rear leg dogs with the hip, I think it looks strange.  surprised

Forum Posts: 856
Member Since:
30 July 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21 September 2010 - 11:31 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Like everyone else said, they figure it out! Chloe is a rear amp and she sits a bit lopsided sometimes, but she sits up!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

Portage Lake, Maine
Forum Posts: 1019
Member Since:
8 December 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21 September 2010 - 11:55 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

It took Maggie a long time as well to be able to sit.  I think at first, it partly was freaking her out being out of balance trying to sit.  But now that I have rewarded her for sitting so much, it's her 'default' behavior cool  She'll offer sits all the time now!  Like Chloe's Mom said, it's just a tad lopsided now...Magige doesn't seem to mind anymore!  big-grin

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


Forum Posts: 930
Member Since:
26 November 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
22 September 2010 - 11:53 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

Tyler and Wiley,

Actually, there was such a discussion on this topic for front amputee, and it is about time that such a discussion was started regarding rear amputee. I would have to agree with one and all the inputs above – it is all about learing a slightly new balance. Actually, I have known dogs that sat in more of a "side saddle" position (more on the hip than the butt) even when they had all four legs. It looks very similar to Wyatt Ray above. Note the position of the fore legs and the lower body.

Based upon Miss Cherry's and Cemil's experiences, it is different for front amputee. Here the dog is used to placing the two fore legs down on either side and bracing. With only one fore leg, the dog has to place the remaining leg in the middle, literally twisting the body. While they do learn how to do this in time, Cherry did not, and Cemil does not sit as often. To them it was much more comfortable just to go from the standing position to a total down. Point here is that Wiley will learn how to sit, but may not do it as often as previously. It will all depend upon just how "comfortable" this new postion feels. We know that you will feel good when this re-learning is complete but if Wiley does not feel as comfortable in the sit, do not try to read too much into his desire to lie down and watch the world pass from the reclined position.

Thanks again for starting this discussion point.

Spirit Cherry's Dad

Forum Posts: 731
Member Since:
1 January 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
22 September 2010 - 4:42 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Holly also prefers to lay down over sitting.  She will sit on carpeted surfaces, but slippery surfaces are still tricky for her.  I think she has a hard time keeping her one rear leg in place on a slippery surface so finds it easier to lay down.  But, she can mantain a sit on a slippery surface long enough to get a treat!

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

Forum Posts: 40
Member Since:
2 November 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 November 2010 - 8:48 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Roadie had a left, rear leg amputation three weeks ago.

I have the opposite situation in that all he does is sit up.

He won't lay down at all.

It's sad b/c you can see he is nodding off because he is so tired, but when

you lay him down (show him how), he just pops back up again to sit.


Hoping your sweet dog will be sitting up again for you soon.

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 82
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1155
Members: 13572
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 17185
Posts: 240467
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.