Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Sandi made it through surgery just fine. Of course my wife and I are complete wrecks…..The leg was removed all the way to the hip bone, but the Dr. did get all the cancer removed, no more radiation or chemo!!!!!
Sandi has not figured out how to get around quite yet, and we have not quite figured out how to help.. We have tried the sling around her belly, but she is just so sore….It is only her first hours home….but at least she is home!!!!
I’ll keep you posted as to how we do…Sandi will be fine….It is us "pawrents" that need the help!!!
16 February 2008
Sandi made it through surgery just fine.
That’s great to hear! Please don’t worry, you – and Sandi – will get it all figured out soon.
Just keep us updated in this thread, no need to start a new one. Thanks for the update.
1 August 2008
26 July 2008
Now that we have Sandy home and are being overly protective I was just wondering when some of you were comfortable leaving your dogs home alone.
Any advise on handling the stairs? We were told no stairs for two weeks but that is not an option since the only way in or out of the house is to use the stairs. We tried the sling without much success. My husband can carry her but I can’t.
And yes, I spell Sandy with a Y. My husbany uses the i. Sandee herself prefers two ees.
Jerry will tell you himself but there is a harness made by Ruffwear that is perfect for dogs like us. It has a handle on it & is made very strong. That will help you get up & down the stairs with help from your pawrents. My mum has already ordered one for me but I have to wait for the stitches to come out before I wear it, she says.
So glad you are doing so well & there is no more cancer. Good luck & hope to see you around on here,
Welcome home Sandee!
I lived on the second floor when I had my operation, and my dad carried me up and down for the first week or so until I showed him I could do it. Then they would use a soft towel wrapped under my belly to provide support. As soon as I got my stitches out, I started wearing the Ruff Wear harness. Now it’s part of my daily wardrobe.
Regarding staying at home alone … I was lucky enough to have pawrents who worked at home. But they would’ve been comfortable leaving me alone after a couple days. Just be sure to have your people put up "baby gates" at the top of any stairs, raise your water/food bowls off the floor, and put down runners if you have slippery floors.
A firm bed on the floor with some water nearby and you should be fine.
Sandi is starting to get around on her own, getting down steps with a little help, getting up is alot harder. This morning she even pee’d on her own with no help.
We have been using the ruffwear harness to help support her as needed. It is just amazing how she figured this out.
She just got off the heavy narcotics today, so hopefully she will get a little appetite back.
Us "pawrents" are doing better also!!!!
29 July 2008
So glad to hear that Sandi is doing well!!! After the meds begin to wear off they tend to move around better. With Nellie having only one rear leg as well, she also has more difficulty going up stairs. We sometimes use the "wheelbarrow" technique- just unweighting her back hips some to make it easier to go up but lifting her up manually, not with a harness or sling.
Their resilance is amazing! Keep us updated!!!
She just got off the heavy narcotics today…
Yay! No more crazy pink elephant visions! Soon Sandi will be regaining strength and on her way to Loving Life On Three Legs . one day at a time, baby. One day at a time.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the encouraging words and advise we got over the last 2 weeks. We were terified at the thought of amputation, and now Sandi seems to be doing just fine. She ate a little last night, and is able to get up and down stairs with little help…..amazing.
Yipee! Thank you for letting us know. Remember, we’re always here for you.
So glad to hear things are going well. Keep us posted, and do share some photos when you have a chance (I know, lots to think about right now with Sandi’s recovery and all that!).
How are you helping her get up and down the stairs? Just curious.
We are so hoppy for you both, congratulations on getting on the road to recovery.