Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Hey I read your post good luck with Colin we are on the West Coast near Greymouth.
Our girl Kayla lost her leg after she destroyed the elbow - We too could have fixed it but would have had to go to CHCH and spent thousands which we didn't have and there was a chance that it wouldn't work. She adjusted really well after the op and is now a normal naughty puppy. Your boy may take a bit longer recovering as he is a bit older but generally its about two weeks recovery.
Not much chance for a play date for the dogs then 😉
How did Kayla damage her leg? Colin's just seemed to be a freak accident - he likes to 'ride' our puppy a lot and we think the puppy must have just moved the wrong way and popped out the joint. Is Kayla missing the front or the back leg?
Everyone says they bounce back really quickly after surgery, so that's good to hear, two weeks doesn't sound too bad. I keep hope we're doing the right thing by amputating - it seems such a drastic way to fix a dislocation, but we can't afford thousands to get it fixed in ChCH, but equally he is still enjoying his life, and we just can't face losing him when there's another option.
Will let you know how things go
Amputation does seem really drastic but once he is recovered you will wonder what you ever worried about they really do bounce back so fast. Kayla broke her front right leg when she jumped out the back of our ute which she has done before but she twisted it when she landed and just destroyed the elbow and there was no way we could afford to possibly fix it in CHCH. We were feeling much the same as you are about it all, but there honestly isn't anything to worry about, 4 or 5 days after her op Kayla was back to digging holes in the garden (though its pretty funny to watch a dog with only one front leg dig holes) and while your boy might take a bit longer than her to recover as she was just a pup and Colin is a bit older he will be back to his old self in no time. So try not to worry about your decision as is really isn't as drastic as it seems at the moment, you'll be amazed they really are norrmal dogs and can do everything a 4 legged dog can.
Good luck with everything and make sure you keep us posted.
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