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Mabel’s story
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Hi I have a six month old collie called Mabel who is day two as tri pawed. She broke her leg when out for a walk and the break was so severe the vet couldn’t operate to pin it. She is a tri colour collie and we absolutely adore her. We have got a huge crate for her so she has a safe area. She also had a large collar to stop her licking her wound but she has tried to do so. This is all a bit raw for me and I’m still tearful but Mabel is marvellous she is still so puppyish 

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Hello Mabel and family, welcome to the club nopawdy wants to join. We are so sorry about the accident, what a terrible shock! Thankfully it sounds like she is getting great care from her vets and you. Good job! Do you have any questions we can answer? Let us know, we are here to help.

Collies are such sweet, smart dogs. What leg did she break? Front or rear? At her age, there’s no reason why she won’t do well on three legs. Be sure to check out Jerry’s Required Reading List to get many of your questions answered oK? And you can always ask us.

We look forward to hearing more about your journey together.

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Sorry you find yourself here, but there is no better place to be for support and information.  I know it’s har6 to  believe right now,  but amputation  is not going to hold your girl back at all (after recovery).   Weve  seen far too often where several painful surgeries, long recoveries,  infection, etc.  were used to try and “save” a leg, only ending  up in amputation anyway.

Can’t  wait to see pictures of your beautiful  Mabel.  Check out this link for adding images .

What pain meds is Mabel on?   Most come home with Tramadol, Gabapentin,  Rimadyl and an antibiotic.   Recovery  is tough for about two weeks.  Rest, rest, rest, short leashed potty breaks and more resr.  No jumping,  no stairs.  Scatter rugs fot traction ig you have hardwood floors.

 Mabel may not poop for several  days due to meds, that’s  normal.  She may not want to eat as much.  Drinking  and peeing are important.

If we can help you in anyway navigate  through  recovery, let us know!  We are here for you and Mabel, okay?

Try and get some rest yourself!  And eat chocolate! It helps!!!


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Hello and welcome to you and Mabel.

I’m sorry you are dealing with amputation but as you can see Mabel is just dealing with her new normal!  We often see here that the youngsters seem to bounce back pretty quickly.

My current Tripawd Elly lost a rear leg after being hit by a car when she was 7 months old.  She is a small Pug mix who is now 4.5 years old and doing well.  We play lots of food games and puzzles, do trick and obedience training, and do some exercises for her core and leg strength and balance.  Knowing she will be on three for most all of her life I am a little careful about what I let her do- for example we don’t go on long walks. I also try to limit the burst activities and limit her jumping to high off the one back leg.  That being said, she was a 10 month old puppy when I got her and sometimes there was no restricting her!

Be patient during recovery and try to keep her resting.  Pretty soon she will be all healed up and ready to go.

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.

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