TRIPAWDS: Home to 14430 Members and 1613 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

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.
JUMP TO FORUMS

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!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN


Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



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
Ronin the Cuddler
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 19
Member Since:
28 May 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
16
6 June 2019 - 9:39 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I had no idea neuters were recommended at a year now! I will definitely look into that, do some research, and talk to our vet.

I am just beginning to look into finding a certified rehabilitation expert to work with us, but lord knows, I can’t take off any more work at the moment. Between my personal health problems and Ronin’s, I have been at a vet/doctors office more than TWENTY times in a month. (whew). Just glad we are both recovering and getting to spend regular time at home.

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17764
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
17
6 June 2019 - 9:47 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Oh my goodness!  All those appointments  would drive me nuts!  Hope everything is okay with YOU. All you’ve  been through with Ronin as you are dealing with your own health challenges can be exhausting  on so many levels!

And yeah, check out the latest on when to spray neuter woth your Bet and your own research.   To state the obvious, I’m  not a Vet and not giving  Vet advice!😉

Yay for REGULAR TiME AT HOME!!!   Nothing better than being back to a regular  routine with your dogs!

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!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 25567
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
18
6 June 2019 - 10:22 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Well we sure can’t resist his adorable face, that’s for sure! What a wonderful report, thank you for letting us know. Ronin is rock solid on his way to a hoppy life on three!

Take time to breathe and relax, that’s a lotta physician appointments for you both. Yikes! If you’d like help finding a canine rehab practitioner eventually, just holler.

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: 19
Member Since:
28 May 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
19
7 June 2019 - 6:31 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Not Ronin related, but I think my oldest, sweetest, and littlest cat is preparing to journey across the rainbow bridge . At almost 14 years old, she’s been with me nearly half my life and has been my constant companion since I went into the world on my own. My heart is breaking. She’s been doing not so well since January, when we took her in and she was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and given a week to live. The anti-nausea injection she was given allowed her to eat, and we switched her food and she went back to her old self. I knew at that time we probably didn’t have a super long time left with her.

Yesterday she began vomiting again, and can’t keep food down and has lost interest in trying. She has begun hiding, and I found her inside a box under a table in our craft room, which seems to me an indicator that she’s getting ready to pass. If anyone has any tips on helping her feel more comfortable, or helping ME feel more comfortable, I’d welcome the advice.

Our household just can’t seem to catch a break right now.

Forum Posts: 2476
Member Since:
1 October 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
20
7 June 2019 - 10:06 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I am so very sorry.  Kidney failure sucks, totally.  Do they have you giving her fluid therapy? That can give them relief but only for so long.  

If she isn’t eating and is vomiting it sounds like it may be getting worse.  I used to teach people how to give subcutaneous fluids to their pets that were in renal failure.  Some do ok for a while with fluid therapy. 

Hugs,  I hope she turns a corner and feels better soon. 

Jackie and Huck ❤

Hugs,

Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

https://paws120.....pawds.com/

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17764
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21
7 June 2019 - 10:28 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Ditto Jackie on the fluids as a possibility  for more comfortable extended time.

Regardless, you clearly have done a beautiful job of caring  for your beloved  kitty and getting him all this extra bonus time since January.  It is clear how much love you have fot uour kitty.   Fourteen years is a testament  to the care you have given.   And for whatever  it’s  worth, once some got the diagnosis  is January,  they would not have gone the extra mile you have to continue  to make sure he had extended  quality time.  

Right now your kitty is with youand NOW is all that matters.  Qhen rhe rime comes for transition, your .ove fot uour kitty will carry you through as yoj celebrate him home.  In the meantime,  don’t  waste your time focusing  on the tomorrows, just stay grounded in the today, in the present. 

Stay connected.   We are all right by your side, okay?

2ould love a picture. (or more) of your kitty…and name too!

(((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))

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!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 25567
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
22
7 June 2019 - 11:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Oh Hayley I am so sorry. Your pack has been through so much lately! My heart goes out to you. Have you talked to any pet hospice vets about her condition? Sometimes when we think it’s time, they rally and we get more quality of life together with our pets. One of these “pawspice” experts can guide you through this tough time. 

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: 19
Member Since:
28 May 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
23
7 June 2019 - 12:12 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

I didn’t even know pet hospice was a thing that existed! We did give her subc. fluids back in january, and she has done well on her own since then (eating, playing, being her normal self). I’m at that place where I don’t want to keep trying to extend her life if she’s going to be unhappy, but I also don’t want to ‘give up’ if I can give her a couple more happy months.

I think a hard conversation needs to happen between myself and my hubs about what to do next, and her quality of life. Not to get too sappy, but there were times in my life (before my husband), where it was just me, my two cat babies, and a futon mattress. They’ve been there to soak up my love, as well as to purr me through my illnesses and let me cry on them. They (and now Ronin) are absolutely my fur children. 

I’m working on mentally making peace that it may be her time to go, and she was waiting to let a new fur baby into my heart so I wouldn’t be lonely without her.

Below are some photos of Rogue (named for the x-men, since she has little gloves on, and a white streak on her face). We call her Popo, or little pickle. She’s been my companion for so long, and I hope whatever happens that I have the peace of mind and heart to move forward the right way.

Image Enlarger

Image Enlarger

Livermore, CA




Forum Posts: 3581
Member Since:
18 October 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
24
7 June 2019 - 12:33 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

I’m sorry about Rogue, kidney failure is tough.  Tri Pug Maggie developed kidney failure and getting her to eat was a challenge.  I fed her puréed canned dog food using a syringe which she actually seemed to enjoy. She refused to eat the same stuff off a plate or from her bowl but she ate pretty happily from the syringe like a baby bird.  We did sub-q fluids at home every other day or so as well.  She tolerated that really well and I do think it helped.

i agree with you on extending her life as long as it has quality. I would not have done the fluids with Mag if it was a struggle every time and I wouldn’t have force fed her if the syringe thing didn’t work.  

Mag was on about the same timeline as your Rogue- we dealt with kidney failure for about six months, it was cancer though that sent Mag across the bridge.

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.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Forum Posts: 2476
Member Since:
1 October 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
25
7 June 2019 - 12:55 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I totally agree with you on having a talk and getting on the same page. 

Fluids for cats in renal failure need to be given consistently for the rest of her life.  Some do well,  some do not in the sense of the treatment itself.  I would warm the fluid bag in a bowl of hot water and sometimes that worked great.  

If she lets you cuddle her and give her a bolus of fluid then it might be worth a try.  If she fights you and the needle and it is a battle then you may not want to try that route.  

I agree totally that her quality of life is what’s most important.  If it’s a daily fight then in my honest opinion I would not do that. 

Also important to know that unfortunately cats are metabolically a lot different than dogs.  Not eating and dehydration will be really bad for her quickly.  I am not trying to upset you, I just think you need the honest truth.  I am so sorry that you are all going through this and my heart is just aching for you. 

If there’s anything I can do to help, you have my full support along with everybody else’s here.  I did lose a very special kitty to renal failure so I do understand what you are going through and the rest of the road.  

Hugs, 

Jackie and Huck❤

Hugs,

Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

https://paws120.....pawds.com/

Forum Posts: 2476
Member Since:
1 October 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26
7 June 2019 - 12:57 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

She is positively beautiful by the way! I hit the send button too quickly!!

Hugs,

Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

https://paws120.....pawds.com/

Forum Posts: 19
Member Since:
28 May 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
27
10 June 2019 - 7:01 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Weekedn Update:

Ronin is doing well, but still dragging/scooting around the house sometimes, which is forming a callous on his back paw. Don’t know how to get him to stop.

Rogue passed last night. The other cat is extremely upset, as they’ve lived together their whole lives. Ronin doesn’t know anything is wrong. Rollo has been whining/crying since last night and is completely despondent (that’s what you get with a dog that is incredibly emotional intuitive and also has downs). Our household is mourning.

Forum Posts: 2476
Member Since:
1 October 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
28
10 June 2019 - 7:17 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it’s devastating,  but please try to find some comfort in knowing that Rogue is pain free and whole again with his new Angel wings.  

Rollo is probably going to need lots of TLC but so will you so you comforting him will also do your heart good. 

Again,  you have me deepest condolences and please stay in touch.  We’re all here any time you talk or vent. 

🤗🤗🤗🤗❤

Jackie and Huck💖

Hugs,

Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

https://paws120.....pawds.com/

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 25567
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
29
10 June 2019 - 10:39 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Ohhhh I am so sorry to hear this sad news! You guys are all going through so much, I can’t imagine and am so sorry.

You are such a great pet parent. Rogue knew that all her life, and that is such a gift! She was surrounded by her favorite people and animals when she left, that is something that will always stay with her spirit. And now that she is an angel, that spirit will always be near you. Watch for signs, she will leave you some that are so real, so signature Rogue / Popo / Little Pickle, that there will be no doubt in your heart that she is nearby. 

May all of you find comfort in the beautiful life you had together with her. (((((hugs & condolences to all of you ))))))

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

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17764
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
30
10 June 2019 - 3:19 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I can only echo the heartfelt words from Rene and Jackie. 💖

You’ve veen throug si many different emotions  these past weeks, and now the emotion 0f grief.  And seeing Rollo grieve  so hard just deepens your sadness.  Yrs, when we love  so hard, we grieve hard. 

We know the void is rough.  We also know that the joyous times you had with Rogue while on his earthly  journey will soon help push the sadness away.

Do share more of the happy times you and Rogue created when you can.  

And I know you are working  on getting a Rehab appt for Ronin when you can.  You may even be able to find a mobile Rehab Vet who will come to the house. I think that will help him tremendously build up core strength and help him relearn how to adjust to his new gait properly.

(((((((((((((((Extra hugs)))))))))))))

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!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 597
Currently Online:
63
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1043
Members: 9802
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 15719
Posts: 220280
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG