Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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11 October 2020
Hi, I am very thankful that I have found this support group but also sad that I need it. I have been through a lot last few months concerning 3 out of 4 of my pets. Pepper is a mini Aussie who had 2 bones broken in her front leg that did not heal and her surgery to remove her front leg is Wednesday. She just turned 1. We are so sad even though I have read most dogs go on to live a good life. Hoping to get some encouragement.
24 September 2009
Hi Pepper and family, welcome. You're right: this is the club nopawdy wants to join, but we are so glad you found us so we can help you along on your journey to 3 legs.
As a young dog, it will be challenging to keep her calm during recovery (especially because she's an Aussie!). We recommend stocking up on interactive brain games (you can buy them or take the DIY approach, all are terrific!) to keep her mind busy so her body can heal. But rest assured, dogs are more resilient than we ever imagine so Pepper should do just fine on 3.
Don't forget to take advantage of the Tripawds Foundation 's Rehab Reimbursement Program, which will pay for her first consultation with a canine rehabilitation therapist. This is soooo important so that you can learn about appropriate exercise for her, especially as she ages. We believe it's so beneficial (even when a vet or a parent thinks their dog doesn't need it), that the Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so click on the link for details!
Also, I don't know if it's a possibility or not, but you may want to see if a prosthetic is an option for Pepper. Not sure where the break is, but if her leg is broken below the elbow joint, she could be a good candidate for a prosthesis, which would really benefit her as she ages. Did the surgeon mention this at all? I don't want to throw a wrench into your plans but just wanted to be sure you're aware that it could be a possibility.
Holler with any questions OK? We are here for you and Pepper.