Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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27 May 2019
It’s been a busy few months with a move and a new job. Gatsby is amazing.
Far from having ‘difficulties’ with 3 legs as we were warned by our vets, he is running, walking up and down steps… cheeky, rolls, chases the cats, plays ball and does everything that he did before losing his leg.
We opted not to make him have chemo, and he is healthy and happy right now.
So… limitations? He just can’t walk as far… he can still run with the other dogs in the dog park.
I was advised to have him ‘put down’ the day of the cancer diagnosis. My gut feeling was give him a go. I’m glad I trusted my gut feeling. I’m glad I trusted all the amazing people on this site.
The only thing Gatsby lost was his leg, he’s still Gatsby.
There were a tough couple of weeks. YES. He had numerous fluid bursts and a bit of bleeding. Then he healed.
If you have a large dog (Gatsby was 85kg) prior to his operation then YES they can function really well on 3 legs.
22 February 2013
JULIETTE!! OMD!!! GRINNING EAR TO EAR READING THIS GLORIOUS UPDATE!!
You tristed your inner voice. You knew your Gatsby wasn’t ready to throw in the towel! You stayed the course and you are getting glorious bonus time to make more treasured memories!!.
You and Gatsby will inspire newbies with large dogs, newbies with Vets ready to give up on their dog, you are showing everyone why we do what we do!!
Keep on rockin’ Gatsby!!! Such a great example of living I. The NOW and making every moment the best moment ever!😎
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!
1 October 2017
I am so thrilled for you. THANK YOU for hopping on over to check in ❤
So many people with large dogs are discouraged from amputation due to size, so many come in here scared out of their whits!
Gatsby’s story will indeed be a game changer for large dogs needing this surgery.
You made my night
Jackie and Huckleberry❤
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
25 April 2007
This makes us soooo hoppy! Thanks for taking time to update, we are beyond thrilled for you both! ❤️😍
Got any photos? We would love to see them!
Congrats to you and Gatsby, and on the new job too! It makes our hearts hoppy knowing another big dog is out there shattering stereotypes about Tripawds!!!
4 April 2019