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Our dog, Tex, got his leg amputated on April 11th due to osteosarcoma. His recovery was pretty smooth and he is basically back to normal. He had his first Chemo treatment on May 6th and handled it like a champ. We noticed a couple days ago that it seems like he is trying to move the missing limb, so his hip area is just like flexing. Is this him just trying to move the leg to itch himself or if this a sign of phantom limb/pain? We figured if he was going to have phantom limb it would have shown up much sooner than this. He seems to only do this when he is laying down relaxing. He doesn’t even really seem to know its happening, he isnt looking back to where the limb used to be or anything like that.
Hi Tex and family, welcome! Glad to hear things are going well otherwise.
Does Tex yelp or cry out when his leg twitches? If he isn’t showing any pain signals like that, odds are that is just the nerve responding to brain signals. Our Wyatt Ray ’s stump twitches often the way you describe and he’s been a Tripawd almost his entire 10 years.
I’m guessing what you’re seeing is normal but when you are concerned it’s always best to have your vet assess him for pain.
22 February 2013
Yep, agree with Jerry.
As you thought, it could also be that he has an itch somewhere and is trying to use that “leg” to scratch it. Be sure and give him good scratches all over several times a day, especially around the ears, head, chin, neck and shoulder where he can no longer reach on that side.
Woild love yo see a picture of Tex!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Thank you, everyone! No…he does not show any signs if being in pain at all. He also tends to get seasonal allergies, he is getting an allergy shot on Monday (been giving zyrtec but its probably not cutting it) so that could also be whats making him extra itchy. I will make sure to give him extra good scratches! For some reason, I cannot figure out how to add his photo to this posting? Maybe its because I am using a phone. I clicked on the “attach photo” button but it doesnt allow me to access my phones gallery?
25 April 2007
he does not show any signs if being in pain at all…
Many people tend to overlook common lesser known pet pain indicators. Check the many pain management posts and podcasts for more helpful information to identify and treat pain.
For some reason, I cannot figure out how to add his photo to this posting? Maybe its because I am using a phone. I clicked on the “attach photo” button but it doesnt allow me to access my phones gallery?
It works on phones. This post explains how adding images to the Forums works.
Basically you need to upload your phone photos to a hosting site like Imgur, Facebooger or places like that. Copy the image URL, then return here to paste the URL into your Forum post. Make sense? If not let me know, we are happy to help.
How did the vet visit go? Were you able to talk to the vet about Tex’s twitching?