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Partial Amputation Recovery for Prosthetic
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25 January 2022 - 6:59 pm
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Hi there! Your future posts won't need approval so post away! And yes we have lots of thoughts and info for you...

Just curious but what is your dog's name? And breed type? Oh and why the amputation? The more info the more we can help 🙂

I think it's wonderful that you were thinking about a prosthetic before the amputation happened! Too many times, it's not thought of before surgery and then the dog has no chance of wearing a traditional prostheses as you are describing.

We are huge fans of well-designed, vet-approved prosthetics for Tripawds. When conditions are just right (there's enough residual limb, and the pet parent is willing to make the time and $ investment and work with a qualified orthopedic and rehab team), a prosthetic can greatly improve quality of life, especially as the pup ages. If you click on any of our links about prosthetics it will take you to the articles we have written about them so far, as well as some success stories.

It sounds like you aren't working with anyone right now for the prosthesis? If you let us know where you are located (you can private message me if you want, or post it here) I can try finding a qualified ortho vet you can reach out to for more guidance. You really want someone who has worked with prosthetics on dogs a lot, and has a go-to design team like OrthoPets to get the process started. They can also guide you on the wound healing process, which can be tricky as you've noticed. 

Do you have any photos of your dog that we can see? Just curious! Here's how adding images to the Forums works. Let me know if you'd like help.

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26 January 2022 - 8:04 pm
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I don’t know what happened but my username was somehow discontinued and my posts deleted.

My dog is a 10 year old boxer mix named Merlot. Her limb was amputated for presumed osteosarcoma; the pathology is not back yet.

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26 January 2022 - 8:08 pm
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Oh sorry about that! We get lots of spam registrations and periodically go through and delete them. I'm so happy you returned. 

How is Merlot doing now? (Great name!)

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