Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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We JUST brought Bella home from the hospital, she spent 2 nights there after the rear leg amputation. She is 8.5 years old and 100 lbs and needed an additional night's stay to get back on her feet but so far she is eating and drinking well!
We managed to get her out of the car and walk her into the house pretty ok holding a soft sling under her belly so we could catch her when her 1 back leg started to give way. She is pretty good at hopping the 2 wide steps up to our front porch, luckily that's all the steps she has to manage. Definitely going to get some more rugs and rug pads today but she's resting well on a cushiony old quilt she already liked laying on. She also has a 4" memory foam bed.
She was in a lot of pain before. She has a soft cell sarcoma in her ankle joint and it had led to painful inflammation and infection. The wound after biopsy could not heal well due to the joint location and size of swelling already, and, after some exasperating delays and ultimately it was determined that amputation was the way to go. Luckily we'd found Tripawds and were inspired that she would be aok on 3 legs -- we're getting there!
18 October 2009
Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.
Glad to hear things are going well so far!
The first couple weeks of recovery can sometimes be challenging with our pups dealing with pain meds and their new gait. New Tripawds often get exhausted a few days in because they are using muscles in new ways and hopping on 3 is much harder than even limping on 4. But don't worry- her strength and balance will get better as she heals up.
Keep track of every little victory along this healing path and soon Bella will have her sparkle back!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
27 October 2020
Sage the Great Dane said
Hey there! I hope Bella is doing well! Our Great Dane Sage had her surgery (front right leg) 3 days ago and also had to spend two nights in the hospital. I hope Bella is recovering nicely! This is a great community here - let us know if you need anything!
That's so nice of you to ask! I hope she's good too, we are looking forward to an update.
Sorry I haven't logged on to reply! Bella is doing pretty great! In just 3 1/2 weeks she's playing with sticks, walking around a whole block, and barking at everyone who walks past -- back to normal pretty much.
There are still days where she seems much more tired and having trouble holding herself up to get up stairs and walk in the street, but she seems to regain her footing later in the day. She also has a problem with the pinky claw on her back leg digging into the pad next to it, that seems to be improving though we definitely worry about infection or any problems with that leg now!
will see if i can share this video of her in action:
YAY Bella! Thank you for taking time to update!
Darn I can't see the video. Where did you upload it?
This is how adding images and videos to the Forums works.
- Upload pics to a photo sharing site like imgur.com or your own Tripawds blog!
- Right click and copy the Image URL or just copy the image if you’re on a phone
- Return to your Tripawds Forum post and paste the image URL (or the image itself) in your post. It should automatically appear.
If you’d like help figuring out the process let me know, I'm happy to help and would love to see her.
22 February 2013
That video has me grinning ear ro ewr!! One of the many things I love about it is she is so happy getting that stick and could care less about having three legs! She's just being herself👍
Yeah. stairs take a whole knew set of muscles, a ,or of newly developed core muscles, plus just trying to figure out how to do stairs on three. When hoomans have challenges with stairs (especially as they get older) they railings to hold onto to help pull up o and can do one step at a time. Dogs need more monentum...more flow without stopping.
And yes, as you already know, three weeks is still early in recovery.
Thanks so much for checking in and sharing that joyful video😁
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!