Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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4 January 2018
sorry i havent posted an update. My furry forever best friend lost her 22 month battle with cancer on september 24. She really only had a few bad days and one horrible night before i decided she was telling me that it was time to go. It was the hardest thing i have ever done in my life. As a nurse i see pain and suffering and death on a daily basis but when it its your own it breaks a part of you that will never be whole again. She had stRted getting ,ore short of breath and i decided to finally get a 9 month post amputation xray. It showed wide spread lung mets. The vet was surprised she was still alive. I took her home and did hospice with pain meds and home oxygen. I was fortunate enough with my job that i was off from work and spent her lastbweeks with her all the time. I had always said that i would fight my hardest for her as long as she told me she wanted to fight. The night before i said goodbye she was just too tired to fight anymore. The vet was amazing and she went peacefully. It took a week before i cluld even go back to work. I have two other fur kids so staying in bed crying all day was not an option. I miss her all day everyday. I still cannot talk about her without crying. I am crying as i write this.
My other tripawd Althea is doing great. She was definitely sent to me by Abby to help heal my broken heart and broken spirit. Her remaining front leg seems to be getting worse so i have an appointment in January with an orthopedic surgeon. It will most likely need to be pinned and plated so her wrist doesn’t collapse. Fingers crossed that all can be fixed since she needs that front leg. My older pitbull has accepted her as the little sister he never asked for. She has definitely helped perk him up and keep him young since he is a 9 year old grumpy man. He mourned the loss of my golden just as much as i did. He would cuddle with me and just let me sob and sob.
I chose to treat Abby’s cancer holisticly with many supplements. I had previously posted the list of her regimen. Her passing has left me with many many leftover bottles of supplements. If anyone is treating their dog holisticly and is interested in the supplements i would gladly send them to you. Everything is over the counter so i hope that does not break any of the forum rules. Some of the bottles are brand new and unopened. If anyone is interested you can email me. I will post the list of her regimen below. Let me know what you are interested in and i will see if i have any left.
This forum came into my life when all hope was lost and i thought my days couldnt get any darker. When abby broke her leg in January the vet gave me the option of amputation or the option of letting her go. They thought that since she was older and not in the best shape and already having nasal cancer that maybe amputation would be too hard on her. I will never regret going ahead with the amputation. I got another amazing 9 months. She sailed through the surgery and recovery like the true stubborn girl that she always was. If anyone is in the same situation i was …. please give your dog a chance. I know the thought of losing a limb as a human seems unimaginable and cruel but for dogs it is not. They dog just fine on three legs and it will give you more time with your best friend. My 9 months were a gift and i will forever be thankful that i had the 11 years of her in my life. She cannot and will not ever be replaced but i see her spirit living on in my new tripawd. I know she is always with me and looking over me.
🐶❤️Abby (aka Abigail, aka Momma) 3/21/2007-9/24/2018😓
If love could have saved you you would have lived forever
22 February 2013
And we cry with you as we read this. So very, cery, cery sorry your sweet, beautiful Abby had to head to the Bridge. I know this was hard form you to write, and I also know no one could jave done more for Abigail! You gave that little Warrior a fighting chance every step of the way!
And yes, when she told you she was ready to shed her earth clothes that no longer served her, she knew you loved her enough to release her.
The legacy of hope that Abby leaves with us will inspire anyone starting this journey . You spoke so eloquently abput not having any regrets and how you treasured each spectacular moment with her! Well said.
You paid tribute to this “stubborn” delightful Soul beautifully!! To overcome all the challenges put in front of her was a reflection of the love and care you gave her. That kind of bond can never be broken. 💕
Do keep us updated on Athena and your sweet Pittie. And let us know the ways Abby has connected with you. She will send you a sign that she is still DEFINITELY with you and watching over you❤
Surrounding you with love and light
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too
PS…..None of us will ever forget that Abby had THE finest ramp built especially for her than any dog could have!!
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!
25 April 2007
I’m so sorry to read the news about Abby. You both fought so hard, my deepest condolences.
She was truly a girl who defied the odds. Abby showed the vets that nobody can predict how a dog will do at her age, and her legacy touches many, many people, including all of us here. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your journey together, it’s been our honor.
And how very kind of you to offer her supplements. I hope you don’t mind I moved your post here, but the Tripawds Angel Exchange here is best place to connect with others for an exchange. All that we ask is that you don’t exchange prescription drugs or charge for anything but shipping if you prefer to cover the cost. We have turned your email into a link so that it is not exposed to the public, but registered members can also send you a Private Message via the little envelope icon to the right of your post title.