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Hi there! 

My sweet pup Chama had her right rear leg amputated when she was only 2 months old, after being hit by a car. Today, after around a month of her limping on her rear leg left I took her to get some x-rays. The doctor said she’ll most likely need surgery, as her knee joint is very swollen. I’m waiting on an email from the orthopedic surgeon to confirm it. She’s 1 1/2 years old, so they’ll most likely recommend surgery because it’s the procedure that has more long term benefits, and she’s very young. 

I’d love to have a sling or a wheelchair to help her during recovery, as I can only imagine how hard that will be with basically no back legs for a few weeks. 

If you can help or know of anybody that can give Chama and me a hand, I’d appreciate it! She’s a Shepherd mix, 40 pounds and around 20 inches tall (from her shoulder/hip to the floor). 

We’d also take a small kids swimming pool or similar, actually, so we can strengthen that leg after the stitches are taken out. 

I’m super scared of going through with this, but I’m also starting to calm down after reading some of the posts in this website, including Chuy’s diary. 

Thanks so much in advance, 

Erika. 

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10 February 2020 - 5:05 pm
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Hi Erika, welcome. Please consider starting a new topic in “Hopping Around” so we can follow along with Chama’s story OK? What is the condition they diagnosed?

Wheelchairs can be great for Tripawds who need them, but you don’t want to put her in one without the guidance of a rehabilitation therapist. If you haven’t talked to one yet, your surgeon should be able to recommend one to you. Chama may not even need one during recovery. 

Did you happen to see our post “All About Remaining Leg Surgery for Three Legged Dogs“?

I’m so sorry you are dealing with this situation. We are here to help!

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Hi Erika, welcome. Please consider starting a new topic in “Hopping Around” so we can follow along with Chama’s story OK? What is the condition they diagnosed?

Wheelchairs can be great for Tripawds who need them, but you don’t want to put her in one without the guidance of a rehabilitation therapist. If you haven’t talked to one yet, your surgeon should be able to recommend one to you. Chama may not even need one during recovery. 

Did you happen to see our post “All About Remaining Leg Surgery for Three Legged Dogs“?

I’m so sorry you are dealing with this situation. We are here to help!

  

Thanks for the podcast episode, Jerry! I am listening to it now 🙂 I will also post in Hopping Around. 

Like you said, my vet recommended a sling/back legs harness for sweet Chama after surgery. So, I guess that’s what I’m looking for! 

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Oh OK, got it! I’ll look for your next post. Holler with any questions.

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