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Rear leg amputees, I need your advice!
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I think it’s awesome that front leg amputees can wear a t-shirt to cover their surgical site, but what do those of us who are absent a hind leg do to cover up?  So far mom has tried boxer shorts (waist is too short and the elastic rubs against my bruises) and spandex lingerie-type shorts (not enough leg room).  Nothing has worked yet!

 Any suggestions are welcome! 

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Lalla didn’t wear anything. We just made sure the stitches area was kept clean. This was her vet’s recommendation.

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My DDB Mastiff Butch had the rear leg amputated and whilst he had a trouble free wound area we bought him a coat to wear which covered the wound. It looks a little like a horse coat.  He took to it straight away I think it gave him confidence and we liked the fact that other dogs weren’t sniffing directly at his wound anymore.

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Hi Mina, I just remembered there was a pic posted on Butch original topic Butch the Dogue de Bordeaux (page 5 on ‘Share your story’ forum) which shows the coat in detail, whilst you can see his wound in the pic the coat did cover it.

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The doctors didn’t give me any bandages or recommend covering my (front leg) surgery wound, and it was huge!

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Thanks for the feedback, guys.  Mom doesn’t have a problem with my wound being exposed so long as I’m not licking it, but there are times, like when she’s sleeping or in the shower, that she’d like to make sure I’m not succumbing to temptation.  Since my incision has been leaking a very small amount of blood every evening, she doesn’t want me to inadvertantly make matters worse.  She has one of those lamp shade things that I hate with a passion…I’d really rather not wear it Tongue out  

She also says I can’t lounge outside in the sunshine unless I’m on a blanket, and, as far as I’m concerned, blankets are for indoor use, not outdoor!   She’s tried everything to persuade me to stay on that blanket, but I’m not budging on this, I want to lie in the grass.  So I’m stuck indoors until mom figures something out.

Butch’s mom, I’ll have to keep the coat suggestion in mind, especially now that the temps are dipping and goodness only knows how long it will take my fur to grow back.  

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