Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
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25 April 2007
Hi there, welcome! I see that you registered as a member after posting here, that’s great. I’ll answer your other question in that forum but meanwhile…
We have members in Virginia who can share their experiences with clinics. One thing to keep in mind is that almost every vet has experience with three-legged animals, and many end up adopting them when people can’t afford to pay for surgery. The type of vet you really want to work with is a canine rehabilitation therapist, who has a deep understanding of the biomechanics of a dog’s body and how being 3-legged affects that body. Here are some blog posts aboutthe benefits of rehab therapy for Tripawds.
Our Tripawds ebook Loving Life On Three Legs has lots of great tips about injury prevention and care, and we really encourage members to make an appointment with a rehab therapist so they can get educated about their dog’s particular needs. A therapist can tell you what your dog is and is not capable of doing, how to be safe yet let him be a dog and have fun, and how to make sure he has a long happy life on three. The best part is the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit , so be sure to check it out OK? The link goes to an article that has directories where you can search for a local therapist. If you cannot find one, let me know and I’ll help in the search.