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Walking up and down stairs after amputation? How soon?
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Maybe it would be too painful to deal with it. And the tumor can spread to the body and removing the leg would then be in vain.

A Question to those who have the flagline-harness: Is it possible to carry the dog down the stairs with this harness? Or what carrying aid is useful?

It would be ideal if it could be done like this (but not with straps over the shoulder):


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After having met an aggressive neighbor dog again, I wonder how I can best protect my dog ​​after the operation. 
Going quickly out of the way will then not be possible. And the owner of the aggressiv dog ist not cooperative.

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The video looks similar to the Custom Pet Support Suit Jerry mentioned.  It does not require the legs to go thru any”openings” per se.

While I have a ramp and my  front legger tripawd doesn’t  have to do stairs, I have used this suit when he had surgery on one of his remaining  back legs.   He needed assistance  for awhile so, he wouldn’t  try and run down the ramp and overuse that leg.

I’m old as dirt, , bad back and knees, blah, blah blah.  I was able  to assist this 70 lb boy up and down the ramp, keep him at a slower pace and prevent  him from putting  too much force on the recovering  leg.  Their are straps to go around your neck and handle as well on the harness.   

I know you want answers as to when a dog can do stairs, but as Karen said, every dog is different.  Pofi is one dog who comes to mind mastering  stairs fairly quickly….and they were very steep and a lot of them.

As far as your Leyla being able to “get away” from that aggressive dog, her speed won’t  be comprised, or very little anyway.  So is  the aggressive dog off leash???   Which just I infuriates me if that’s  the case.  Your dog isnt off leash, right??  Would definitely  get some pepper  spray or some other deterrent.  Is there any other possible route you could go?  Do you think the other person would agree to keep their dog in of you could  kind of give them a specific  time yu woild be in the area??? Sorry you have to deal with this.

I know you have a lot on your plate.  Let us know how we can help you process everything. 


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Oh gosh you’re the second person here who has a neighbor with an aggressive dog. Have you seen Totem’s story? You share a lot in common.

The Flagline is a tool to help you help your dog, but it’s not a sling or a “support.” It is however very helpful for difficult or challenging terrain.

That harness URL you sent is an interesting one. I’m not sure how it would work on a Tripawd since it has large front leg openings. And it looks hot. I’ve never seen it here in the States.

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Thank You 🙂

I think I could handle the first days up and down the stairs with a good grip.

Yes, this agressive neighbor dog is always off leash. Leyla would not be off leash after the amputation. This dog lives in the neighborhood and the owner always walks in my street. She is just as evil as her dog, so I think pepper spray would be the only option to protect my dog. So far yelling has helped but I think, that would be too much stress after the operation.

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I had to deal with renters with a dog (no fence) who charged my cats in a fenced area and chased deer. I spoke with the renter and some of them responded by controlling the dog but the male bully required other measures – calls to animal control and finally the RCMP because he became threatening. 

Please go to the aggressive dog’s house and talk to the person responsible. Explain your dog’s situation and your concern for your Leyla. Hopefully you will get a good response and you can find a solution. I find it’s easier to relate to others if I can find something we have in common, in your case it’s the love of your dogs. If it doesn’t work then find out the local bylaws and start taking action. Make sure your dog is always leashed so you can’t be accused of anything.

Before considering pepper spray you might want to find out if it’s legal where you live. In Canada it’s considered a prohibited weapon. Bear spray can be used (only on bears) but training is important as is wind direction! I had a co-worker who sat on it in his vehicle – not good… 

Another alternative could be a sonic blast horn which would startle the offending dog (and probably yours).

I hope you get some resolution so you can walk Leyla safely.


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