Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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My chihuahua Penny was run over by a truck last night. It is a miracle that she escaped the incident with just a mangled rear left leg. No broken bones or damage to her organs. The vet seems to be leaning toward amputation. I know that is the quick and easy solution, but I feel like we should try to save the leg first. She explained what a roller coaster it will be to heal the wound. Her skin was pulled back and muscles torn along the groin area, big gash. If she was human, I know we would definitely be trying to save the leg. But for some reason I feel conflicted about what is best for Penny in this case. I don’t want her to suffer. But at the same time lots of dogs and people face long recovery from injuries and heal successfully in the end. It’s “normal” but it still leaves me confused to have chosen this route. Maybe it’s just that I’m scared for her to have to go through all that? I don’t know… I’m sure if we have to amputate, it can be done later. Is it wrong for me to try to save her leg? Crazy question to write, I know. There is no right or wrong. I’m just tired.
Oh my gosh I’m so glad Penny survived the awful accident. It IS a miracle! Wow.
Of course you want to save her leg, who wouldn’t? As for my own insight, I can only share what I’ve seen here in 10+ years of Tripawds’ existence, and that is oftentimes, people end up amputating the dog’s leg anyways because the bones wouldn’t heal, after spending thousands of dollars trying to save it. This is especially true for miniature breeds like Chihuahuas. Their tiny bones often don’t repair so well.
BUT, as long as her pain is being managed right now, there’ no harm in getting an opinion from an orthopedic veterinarian. That can help put your mind at ease whatever you decide. Ask your vet for a referral so that you can feel better about whatever road you take.
I hope this helps! Please keep us posted and let us know what you decide.
Oh DUH! My apologies I completely missed it!
No broken bones or damage to her organs.
I hope that her skin and muscles can bounce back. She is so lucky to have a great advocate like you. Please keep us posted OK?
22 February 2013
So glad Penny will be okay! I know this has been such an exhausting ordeal, mentally and physically. Try and get some rest while Penny is at the Vet.
We’ll all be cheering for a good outcome for Penny and are here for you! Yes, saving the leg would be ideal, but should you eventually have to go the amputation route, we’ll be here for you regardless!
Do update us as you can and let us know how she’s doing.
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!
18 October 2009
I’m sorry to hear about Penny’s accident.
I wanted to share that my Tripawd Elly was hit by a car when she was 7 months old and lost her right rear leg as a result. In her case her femur was broken in several places.
Elly is a little Pug mix, she also is about 24% Chi! She is almost 4 now and living a normal life for a dog her size. I really hope that the vet’s can save Penny’s leg, but if not I’m sure she would have a great life quality as a Tripawd.
Please to keep us posted on her treatments and how the recovery is going.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls