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Stella Blue eight months post amputation
Stella is doing well, and we are happy she is still here to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine! Her surgery was just before Thanksgiving 2017, and at the time our vet said six months would be lucky. Guess we're lucky! She is slowing down, more apt (More)
Stella and the Snow Cat
Stella is doing great! Her surgery was mid November. Her hair is growing back, and she's playing and sleeping on the couch, just like a dog! Today she helped me make a snow cat (really she was trying to play with a big ball), lots of fun. (More)
Stella two months post surgery
Stella is doing well! We're trying a harness this weekend, since her incision is fully healed and hair is growing back. Here she is watching our bonfire from a safe distance. (I'm not writing more, wrote a long post then somehow lost it.) (More)
Happy Holidays from Stella and Family
I think Stella's dreaming of flying before a certain sleigh... On Dasher, on Dancer, on Stella, on Vixen! Sorry I can't seem to post the video of Stella playing rock, I will later if it can! It's quite a sight. Goodnight all... and to all a go (More)
Stella update
Here's a picture of Stella doing quite well in the snow, just over two weeks post amputation. She's wearing a shirt in the house, but the air and sunshine do her good! (More)

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Hooray Missy! Looks like she landed right where she needed to be. Stories like this makes me grateful that animals have the ability to live in the moment, not in the sad past or the unknown future. Wish I would do that too! (More)
This is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Of course you would do the best you can for him... But sometimes it's nice to hear an independent and unexpected acknowledgement of that fact. He looks like such a happy boy! (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. My Jaxson is 9 years old and very active. Playful, loves to run, hike and jump fences. He had osteosarcoma in his leg and was in very severe pain. But he just had surgery 3 days ago, amputating his rear right leg. He still has not started using his other rear leg or even putting weight on it. He acts as tho he can’t even feel anything back there. He even drags his butt sometimes. When we take him outside, in a sling, he just drags the leg. He went a long time before having the amputation. I would think he had enough strength to pick his back end up, but no. Is this normal? It sure does not seem that way at all. Maybe we are being too pushy? Trying to see results too quickly? He even seems discouraged and depressed. We are seeing the vet today about this issue. Just thought I’d get a little advice from someone who has been they this. Please, I’d love to hear any experiences. ❤️

    • Best wishes for Jaxson. Every dog’s recovery is different, and overdoing it too soon can certainly cause mobility issues. Confinemnt and moderation are key to a speedy recovery, and proper rehab is important. You will find plenty of tips in the Tripawds e-books or by searching the blogs and forums. And you can call the toll-free Tripawds Helpline anytime! Start here for help finding the many Tripawds resources.

      Our best advice is to consult with a certified rehab vet/tech for an orthopedic evaluation, treatment recommendations and strengthening exercises you can do at home. Visit a CCRT or CCCRP and the Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab!

  2. I am fostering a 5 year old dobe that was hit by a car last year. The rescue tried several surgeries to save the leg but we lost that battle last week. She has had a year to get used to having only three good legs but the amputation has definitely been a change. Any tips on how to help a big dog relearn how to get up, get around and how to potty will be greatly appreciated.

    • You will find many helpful rehab tips and videos by searching the blogs and forums, or save time by downloading Loving Life on Three Legs. The absolute best recommendation is to consult with a certified rehab therapist for an orthopedic evaluation, treatment recommendations and strengthening exercises you can do at home. Visit a CCRT or CCCRP and the Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab!

  3. My three year old Maltese was hit by a school bus and lost his leg because of it. He is taking pain medication as he had surgery just five days ago. I know the medicine makes them sleepy but he hardly wants to get out of his kennel. He has only slept in it a night, otherwise he has gone with me everywhere. Now that’s the only place he wants to be. Is this normal? When should I be concerned? Do you think he’s ok?

    • Hi coopersmom, sorry to hear about your pup but so glad that he survived the accident! Five days isn’t a long time after surgery but if he is behaving oddly I would ask your vet to adjust his pain medication. He may need more or less, but what you are describing sounds like he isn’t getting enough. Also please consider joining our Discussion Forums for more insight from the community. See you there!

  4. Darling Wyatt, you sure are a Wonder Dawg!! You know no limits my friend!! You really had your Mum and Dad scared though!!! Thank goodness there is no surgery in your future!!! Keep keeping well my darling boy!
    Hugs and love all around ♥️ ♥️ ♥️


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