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Dozer Australian shepherd should I amputate
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24 October 2023
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25 October 2023 - 12:41 pm
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Dozer has a broken leg at the back joint either do I try the surgery to fix it or amputate he's 90 lbs I'm worried he will have problems with his other leg doing all the work

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25 October 2023 - 5:53 pm
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Hello and welcome to Tripawds. Your future posts will not require moderation.

You said Dozer has a broken leg at the joint? I can't tell you what to do but some people do find that "trying to fix" something at the joint is not able to be done and requires more pain later on if they have to amputate. You did not say how he broke his leg. Was it an accident or cancer?

My Rottie, Sassy, had a right rear amputation due to cancer. She was 128 pounds. She carried herself really well. 90 pounds really isn't that heavy but I am also not sure what type of dog he is. Is he active? Does he jump a lot. The thing is dogs adapt really well. There are lots of videos in the library to watch that will show how well they do.
We have had dogs here still do rally, they were hunting dogs, they basically went back to their life.
I suggest PT/rehab. Tripawds will even pay for the first visit. Here is a link that talks about that https://tripawd.....Q3LjAuMC4w

A good place to start for some good articles is here at: Tripawds What to Expect , Jerry's Required Reading List , questions to ask your vet before surgery  (https://tripawd.....-and-cats/ and How to avoid injury to remaining legs (https://tripawd.....-and-cats/ )

These are just a few. I am sure more people will jump in with recommendations


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25 October 2023 - 7:56 pm
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Sorry you find yourself here    as you cntell frm Michells  reply you have come to the right place

for support and info 

An Orthopeic Surgeon can ber assess Dozer to make sure he"s a good  candidate for three.   As Michelle mentioned, weve had many, many dogs weigh far more than 90 lbs.  so his size should not be a


how old is Dozer?

as mentined, often repairs like this often dont work, can require several surgerie, possible infection and a ccouple months confinement

at least with amputation its one suregy. about two weeks recovery and then Dozer can be Dozer again with some modifications.

keep us posted, okay?



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26 October 2023 - 4:47 pm
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You've gotten some great input from two of our longest community members, and the more info you can share the better we can help. Also, how does your vet feel about him being a candidate for amputation surgery?

I'm really sorry about the situation you're facing. We are here for you and Dozer so let us know how we can help.

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