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Hi everyone, my Chihuahua Bella recently broke her front leg for the 2nd time. The first time it healed and was fine for about 6 months but now it´s just not healing so the vet recommended an amputation. From what i understand they will remove the whole leg evethough the break is just above her paw. i´m just stressing out but finding this website is giving me hope. I would love some advise and hear others experienses with this.

Thanks Maria

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Welcome and best wishes for Bella! Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

A complete amputation is not required if you want to consider using a prosthetic, and are willing and able to proceed with with the investment of time, effort, and money required for fitting and rehab. Find MANY posts about prosthetics in the Tripawds News blog . This is something you definitely must determine and prepare for before amputation surgery.

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For whatever it’s  worth, we’ve seen amputations be the end result  of trying to repair  damage legs with surgeries after long recoveries.  Amputation is ONE surgery  and  the roughestmmpart of recovery  is usually  done in two weeks.

Have to head to work,  just wanted to remind you we are by your side the whole way!  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!   BELLA IS GONNA ROCK AS AN ADORABLE  TRIPAWD😎


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!

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Hello and welcome.

Yes, the thought of amputation is quite shocking when you first hear it!  Back when my first Pug Maggie lost a back leg to cancer I don’t think I had ever seen a three legged dog.

If you do decide amputation is the best route then it is best if the entire leg is removed unless you are planning on a prostetic as Admin guy said above.

I’m on my second small Tripawd although both have been rear amps.  Maggie was a 17 pound pug and now I have Elly, a 15 ish pound Pug-mix.  Maggie had trouble going up more than 3 or 4 stairs but she could go down anything.  Elly flies up and down the stairs without a problem.  I do have stools or stairs on all the furniture the dogs are allowed on (I also have a quad pug boy) although they don’t always use them going down- I’m working on that with them.  For Bella, if she did become a Tripawd, keeping her from jumping down on that one front leg will be critical. 

I use a stroller or wagon for long walks or when I know that Elly might get tired.  As a 3.5 year old she will go much farther than is good for her so I do try and regulate her activity level a little.  We do lots of food games and puzzles and we are currently obsessed with Nose Work. 

How old is Bella?

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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She really is a sweethart.

She turned 2 years in April. She is really small only 4 lbs so the good thing is that she can´t climb or jump up on anything by herself but she is an active little girl.

I have her mom and dad to and she was my little surprise, they are both bigger then her. Now i am worried because they do play kind of rough at times and now i wonder if i can ever have them together again but when she´s  alone she cries. I have her in an crate right now with the splint so she can´t move around to much and her parents in an pen around her but they can go out through the doggydoor and then she gets so sad.

Are your Tripads able to play with other dogs? i´m afraid she´ll break her other front leg….. way-confused

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