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22 September 2020 - 7:24 am
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I see much discussion about arthritis in tripawds.  Since Totem was only 3-1/2 months old when his hind leg was amputated Im just curious if arthritis is inevitable and if so how many years might he be pain free?  


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22 September 2020 - 9:56 am
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Hmmmm....I don't  think there is any specific timeframe arthritis MAY  show up in Tripawds.  AND, I don't  think it's neccesarily  a given that a tripawd will get arthritis.  Of course, most dogs do get "as they age type arthritis",. 

Now, that doesn't   they might be more "prone" to it, just like a larger dog. Ight ve, or a dog who has been extremely  active and hard on their joints, etc.

I think Wyatt is almost twelve, amd he didn't  start showing signs until the last two  years  maybe?  Rene can fill you in, but I don't  think it's been j til the last year or so that they"ve had to be more aggressive with treatment.

I have an adopted Teipawd who jas been a three legger for about seven years????  Not exactly  sure how old he is or why the amputation.   Anyway, this dog is a crazy wild play full out boy who has gone on escape adventures  that involved miles and miles of running  and exploring and gone for several days and nights.  He has also had three differe t operation s on his two remaining  legs.  So yes, he is showing  signs of arthritis.  

Guess just trying to say, EVERY DOG IS DIFFERENT You give supplements, curtail any wild extended, crazy escapade like my Frankie pulled, take precautions etc.  

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22 September 2020 - 10:42 pm
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Agree, all dogs are different and you as a parent can only do what you can to minimize the risk. We have been told by ortho vets that Tripawds are more prone to arthritis at a younger age but there are plenty of things you can be doing to ensure that Totem has a long, happy, pain-free life. And I know you are already doing it so keep up the great work!

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