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Dragging butt not walking,, what can we do?
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2 December 2023 - 11:25 am
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My medium size aussie had back ledt leg amputated with success.We had a great summer of walking and swimming for exercise. Now we are home to our farm property with 2 other dogs and Westley has started to not want to walk m, he just drags his butt everywhere?Any suggestions to try and help him.. I am sure physically he can do it but has gotten off track,, not sure what to do?

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2 December 2023 - 12:16 pm
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My suggestion which you can do or not but get him to the vet for an evaluation.  I hate to say it there maybe a reason why he can't walk.  We aren't vets and can't diagnose him.  Please take him to a vet.


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2 December 2023 - 5:33 pm
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Hi Paulette, I'm sorry your pup isn't moving so well. I agree, he needs to be looked at.

Many times Tripawds do so well after recovery that they overdo it and get injured. Sounds like he may be getting too much activity. Usually some pain management and rest helps but it's good to know the root cause.

After he sees your vet, an evaluation by a canine rehab therapist can help you help him stay strong and injury free. Tripawds foundation can even pay for your first visit so you've got nothing to lose. And if you'd like help finding a therapist just let us know!


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2 December 2023 - 7:34 pm
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Yeah ditto that he needs to be evaluated  by a Vet.

I the meantime it does sound like he has overdone it.  He may have pulled a sickles, have a dis issue, maybe a cruciate ligament issue……Al sorts of possibilities that are treatable 

in the meantime, massage up and down his spine, around his neck and shoulders area. Does he show any signs of tension or pain? How about if you pinch his toes, does he react, pull back? So yeah in the meantime keep him arrested and let us know what the vet says. As Jerry said, getting in touch with a rehabilitation specialist can also be a huge help in identifying the cars and coming up with a plan to get things back to normal.



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Thanks I am planning on a vet visit but for now I am trying to encourage him to get up more and he has to stay rested more and not play with his siblings.

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3 December 2023 - 12:37 pm
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Good, make that appointment tomorrow OK? As long as you keep him resting and calm that will help him start to feel better until your vet can look at him.

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