Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Hello, my 3 yr old, 225lbs English Mastiff is currently being assessed for either a very large ruptured hygroma or a tumor. All his bloodwork and xray are fine not showing any underlying issues. The options will be to amputate with probably a high amputation, surgical repair if it is just a hygroma no guarantee of it healing or returning or to let him go. This is a terrible situation as the quote for the surgical repair is 7900. I’m not sure he would be a candidate for a prosthetic but I have an appt for him at a prosthetic rehab facility next week. We should have biopsy results on monday. I should say he is not overweight just large. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks you.
Hello there and welcome to you and Cooper. We are so sorry you guys are going through this ruff time. We will keep our paws crossed that this is an easier repair than the vets think. We hope you get some good news back!
In the meantime if amputation is necessary then you have come to the right place. We have lots of examples of Mastiffs who have done really well on three legs. Here are just a few that have blogged or been featured in our blogs (you’ll need to scroll through the search results for all of them):
To get a real idea of What to Expect, check out Jerry’s Required Reading List for some tips and thoughts about life on three legs.
I’m curious what does your vet think about Cooper’s candidacy as a Tripawd? Just because he’s a big boy that shouldn’t rule him out so if your vet is at all reluctant than I would encourage you to get multiple opinions. He’s a young guy with lots of happy times left in him so stay strong and know that we’re here for you.
Coopers surgeon has been wonderful. She is willing to proceed with either a surgical repair including wound vac if it is just a hygroma. But once again we run risk of it not healing due to its location. If we opt for an amputation she is fully willing to work with the prosthetics doctor to have the best fit possible if he is a candidate.
Oh that is awesome! How cool you’re working with such a forward-thinking vet, especially when it comes to prosthetics . We will keep our paws crossed that he’s a candidate, please keep us posted on how that evaluation goes OK?