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28 October 2020 - 10:29 am
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Bender (Guest) said
Bender had a front leg amputation at 6 years old…  

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Guessing this is the same Bender who stole our hearts ❤❤❤   Thanks so much for your insight


and a link to his vlog


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!

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Hello all! 

so a little update. I raised jelly’s mg for Palladia. Not having too much success. I am leaning towards a round of IV chemo and if nothing improves I will be moving forward with an amputation. 

I guess my concern or questions would fall on how do I care for her post op since she’s a bully. I am trying to find every challenger somewhat so I can tackle it from the right angle. My main concern is assisting her on going to the bathroom. I have my parents as well watching her while I’m at work so any tips or guidance would be helpful. My parents are a little older so any tricks on helping her walk? Like a bedsheet to support her chest while she gets used to only having 1 back leg? 

I know on the thread you guys mentioned not getting a wheelchair yet until instructed because she would heal rather quickly etc. 

Any tips on helping her walk and helping her go to the bathroom would be greatly appreciated. 

also roughly how much is the average dollar amount of an amputation for hind legs? 

thank you all again!  

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Sounds like a plan!

Most dogs really do figure out the Tripawd walk on their own. Some will allow help and some won’t. That’s why we love the Ruffwear Webmaster Plus harness for bigger dogs because you have the ability to quickly assist if necessary, or back off if your dog isn’t having it. The Ruffwear Flagline is nice too but for a deep chested dog the Webmaster Plus is what we recommend.

Your vet won’t let him come home if he’s not mobile.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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