TRIPAWDS: Home to 16188 Members and 1776 Blogs.

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!


Be More DogNEW! Be More Dog – Learning to Live in The Now

Get the new book by the Tripawds founders for life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Download the e-book, and find fun Be More Dog apparel and gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Nellie's Story: Pit-Boxer mix w/ Osteosarcoma
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 6
Member Since:
29 July 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3 August 2008 - 5:17 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Nellie was a rescue- a Boxer-Pit Bull mix that was found tied to a tree in the woods, badly mangled from being fought and heartworm positive. She was taken in by the humane society and made a public interest story to bring attention to animal abuse and dog fighting.This is how she and my husband came to each other- when he went to he shelter and they saw each other he said it was love at first sight. That was 9 years ago and she has been spoiled ever since!!!

This January we noticed that she began limping on her rear right leg occasionally. She then began cradling it when she would lie down, licking her knee and looking up at us with "those eyes". She would still run wide open, chase the cat, and stand on that leg only to pee(not very lady-like but oh well!) so we thought she was just wanting attention! But it just kept getting worse. The vet gave her a steroid injection and two rounds of oral steroids without any change before we finally pressed for an x-ray where we found Osteosarcoma. Luckily the diagnosis only came 6 weeks after the first symptom and the amputation was less than two weeks after that.

She is 11ish years old and has already been through so much! But she has bounced back from this so well. I found this web site the day that we dropped her off for surgery and it has been like a life preserver- every time I felt like I was sinking- I would come here and find a way to keep my head above water!! Thank You!!!!

The Rainbow Bridge

Forum Posts: 28040
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3 August 2008 - 8:37 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Tracy said:

I found this web site the day that we dropped her off for surgery and it has been like a life preserver…

Thank you for the kind comments. My people will appreciate that, it makes all their efforts worthwile. And thank you for registering and sharing Nellie’s inspawrational story!

Now you too are acting as that much needed life preserver for others in their time of need.

My old vet also kept prescribing different meds, insisting my limp was arthritis. Notice I say old vet. It was probably two months before my actual OS diagnosis and surgery.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Posts: 6
Member Since:
29 July 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3 August 2008 - 9:22 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

As soon as we got the initial x-ray we switched to another vet- one I had MUCH more confidence in but was MUCH farther away- another state to be exact. But it has been worth it. The care has been much better since then!! Luckily no more problems and we have been keeping all fingers and paws crossed. Glad to be here to offer any experience or advice I can!

Forum Posts: 289
Member Since:
26 July 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 August 2008 - 7:05 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Good for you for pressing for the x-ray (and switching to a vet that could help Nellie).

Every dog that "bounces back" and shows us it can be done is an inspiration.  Hugs to you and Nellie.

Forum Posts: 729
Member Since:
28 May 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4 August 2008 - 10:12 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

We love to hear all those wonderful rescue stories…how in the world anyone could treat an animal with something other than love and kindness is beyond me – thank you for being one of the saviours 🙂

We’re glad to hear that Nellie is doing so well – do you have any pictures?

Love Zeus and Mom

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

Forum Posts: 6
Member Since:
1 August 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5 August 2008 - 7:17 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Good to read your story

Anne, Butch and Faith... (Gem and Tiny in our Hearts)

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 108
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Newest Members:
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1103
Members: 11496
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 16518
Posts: 232266
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.