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Decided to Amputate my 1year old dog after seeing this site.
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On The Road

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21 May 2012 - 1:35 pm
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darren said
...should i just fence it off or can i eventually teach him to use them?

You will definitely want to protect him during recovery by blocking off any steep steps, but once healed he should adapt to using the stairs again quickly. Many members find the Ruff Wear harness helpful for assisting their dogs on stairs and in/out of vehicles.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 May 2012 - 8:51 pm
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What a doll!!!

Karen's right...keep the stairs off limit for now.

Good luck!!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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22 May 2012 - 12:43 am
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he seems to be doing fine though the doctor told me to keep him confined in a small area so he doesn't move around alot for about 6-8 weeks. He has a screw in his hip keeping it together so i assume that is the reason for the long recovery. I think the toughest thing will be trusting someone else to watch him that closely while i am at work.

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Yikes!  A screw in his hip- on the good side?  Most of us didn't have to deal with multiple injuries-  yes I think the long recovery time is due to the other injuries and screw in the hip. 

Good to hear he is home and doing OK- with such a young pup you will probably be challenged to keep him quit for so long.


Keep us updated.


Karen and the pugapalooza

San Diego, CA
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22 May 2012 - 10:53 am
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Oh goodness. Didn't realize you were dealing w/ issues on the "good" side too. Yes, probably best to keep him quiet - but that will take some creativity. Maybe try freezing treats into a kong toy to keep him occupied when he is feeling better and spunkier?

Keep us posted.

Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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22 May 2012 - 12:36 pm
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Wow, Buddy is absolutely gorgeous.  Poor baby-- what a miserable first birthday, but I know the rest of his birthdays will be cause for great celebration 🙂  Hope he's doing well now he's home, and we look forward to hearing all about his recovery and adventures on three legs.  You must tell us which side the screw is on-- I do hope it's the bad hip so at least he won't have to put weight on it as it heals.  Miserable if he has a bad good leg as well.  I am assuming there were no other injuries?

Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011

Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011.  Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs.  If love alone could have saved you…

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22 May 2012 - 6:08 pm
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What a face Buddy has!  I'm sorry to hear he has some other issues to deal with.  I will keep those pawsitive thoughts coming your way for a good recovery.


Heather & Spirit Shadow

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     Got home from work today and buddy was laying on his dog bed relaxing and even though he got excited to see me he didnt try to run up to me like i was worried he would do. He had a fractured piece of his pelvic bone slide up toward a bundle of nerves and the screw was used to keep it in place after it was moved back. The vet said it will heal fine if he doesn't put excessive weight on it by jumping up or off of something during recovery. He's doing good right now and seems to understand he needs to rest to get better.

Madison, WI
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22 May 2012 - 8:27 pm
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Good boy, Buddy!

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at:

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     Hi guys i just wanted to let everyone know that buddy is doing awesome, he is completely healed and happy. He is able to run an jump an play fetch like he used to and he even went swimming yesterday for a few minutes which is something he was kind of scared to do even before the amputation! Thank you all for the support, i am so glad to have my dog back and for him to be as happy as he is, it is nothing short of inspirational.

Sydney, Australia
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11 July 2012 - 8:00 pm
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That is wonderful news Darren.  So glad this site could help you.

Here's hoping you have wonderful years of fun together. And if you ever have any questions you know where we are.


Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

On The Road

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12 July 2012 - 7:36 am
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Yay! Yay! and YAAAAAY!!! Thank you for coming back to update, we always appreciate knowing what happened. When you have a chance, we would love to see some pics!

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