Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
Tripawds is your home to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
Are you a fan of doodles?! Are you a fan of tripawds?! OMD, do I have the good boy for you! Dude is a 7mo. old Standard Poodle (mix?) and here’s what Hope for All Pets, Inc. in Somerset, KY has to say about him:
Dude, who was named before he came into our care, found himself in a sticky situation. Under his previous owner's care, he experienced an accident which caused a broken leg. After seeking veterinary care for him, a splint was placed on his leg in hopes of it healing. Instead of going back into the vet for follow up care, the owners attempted to splint the leg again on their own. By the time they took Dude back in for care, his leg was necrotic, and an amputation was necessary. Due to financial constraints, they opted to have him euthanized. Fortunately for Dude, the vet clinic asked the owners to allow them to find rescue placement to spare his life.
Because of this, Dude found himself in our care. We were able to provide him with the life-saving surgery and he is adjusting wonderfully with 3 legs. The lack of a leg doesn't stop Dude. He is playful, loves squeaky toys and a good game of fetch (he'll bring it back about half of the time), but he mostly enjoys spending time with people. We think that may be how he got his name, because you'll frequent find yourself turning around and stumbling over him, but it's just because he loves you so much and enjoys your company.
Since being in our care, Dude has enjoyed the company of every person (adult or child), dog, and cat that he's met. He does however still need to learn basic manners when it comes to other animals, as he thinks they all want to play and be friends the same way he does, and not all animals are receptive to this type of behavior.
Dude's estimated birthdate is March of 2023, making him roughly 7 months old, and he weighs around 30lbs at this time. We were told he is a Standard Poodle, not a mix, though we cannot confirm this information.
If you are interested in adopting Dude, please complete an application here.
Before completing an application, please be aware that because Dude may shed minimally, he will still need routine grooming and regular brushing to keep his coat in good condition. He is also a puppy, and though he is very smart and doing well with potty training, he is not yet completely potty trained. He does however keep his kennel very clean and will alert you when he needs to be taken outside.
Psst! - If Dude is taken or isn’t quite for you, perhaps consider his other tripup neighbors in KY: Gunner, Roxy, Skipper, Tootsie, and Sunny, or TN: Apple, Bad Luck Buck, Daisy, Ella, Hayleigh, Luffy, Miko, Nia, Shay, Stimpy, Sherlock Bones, Suki, Preacher, and Lamar!
* If you plan to adopt across state lines, contact the rescue ahead of your visit to learn their policies.
And if these tripawds aren’t near enough or the right fit for you, perhaps share them with someone who is?
Note: With any tripawd, it’s good to ask about the reason for the amputation if it’s unlisted, just to get a clearer picture of the pet’s health and history. “Unknown” isn’t a dealbreaker, but more info can help you as a pet parent make a more informed decision!
Natalie & Juno (aka June)
22 February 2013
25 April 2007