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1 week old German Shepherd puppy lost back paw
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29 December 2022 - 8:52 pm
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Hi everyone, I have a puppy that lost his back right paw/foot during whelping. My vet gave me the option to amputate. I would appreciate thoughts and experiences on this. I’d like to be as informed as possible before I make any decisions. Much appreciated!

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29 December 2022 - 9:30 pm
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Welcome Lynn! Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away! What's your puppy's name? I am soooooo dying to see a photo (total GSD sucker here!). This is how adding images works. Let me know if you'd like help.

SUPER smart of you to ask questions before amputating. If only the paw is gone, it sounds like a prosthetic might be an option if you can invest the time and resources into getting him to use one. It would be ideal to have a veterinary orthopedic surgeon evaluate him. Check out our prosthetics articles for more research.  

See this post for more of my thoughts about partially amputating for a prosthetic.

For a German Shepherd, it can make a huge difference in quality of life over time. You won't see the effects of life on three for a while in a dog, but eventually all pay the price for a compensated gait. A prosthetic reduces the impact of limb loss and for the right candidate it's a game changer. 

You might also want to check out our What to Know About Adopting a Tripawd articles too!

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