Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

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Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Mary Pena » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:17 am

Hi! My dog LUCY had a terrible accident today and she is scheduled for surgery to amputate her front leg in the morning. I was asked by my vet if I wanted to put her to sleep. I thought, how absurd....MY BABY LIVED THROUGH THIS...SHE DIDN'T DIE....SHE'S LOST A LEG!!! So, I said absolutely not, schedule her for amputation but my dog will live. BTW I have 5 chihuahuas, all of whom are like my children now that all my kids have grown and left..snif snif. My question is I need to do some research on how to prepare my home and of course that means Lucy's home! I need to know what to prepare for, is there something i can attach to her leg, like a brace, a prosthetic limb, something to help her! I'm changing all my ramps to slants instead of steps? I am just not sure what to do. I'm a little nervous so i need you guys to help me. Can someone refer me to somebody???? Any recommendations, ideas, prayers especially are welcome!!! Thank you. PLEASE HELP!
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Toni » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:45 am

I have had several friends with dogs that had front leg amputations and they were fine (everything from Pugs to Labs). Seems that the current technique for amputating a front leg from a dog also removes the shoulder as this allows them to balance better (Dr. Levine, an orthopedic specialist in Minnesota, has been doing the amputations this way for at leat 10 - 15 years).
I've got a young cat that is missing her front right leg and she gets along great! She goes out and chases bugs and is a terror to the other cats.
I would think your Lucy should do just fine.
Keep us posted!
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Mary Pena » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:57 am

Thanks Toni, so far ..I can't find anything you can put on them...all the stories i've read seems like the dogs all kept living the same happy lives. I am very optimistic now and I'm just blessed she lived. I will definitely keep eveyone here posted!!! THANKS FOR ANSWERING! PRAY FOR LUCY!!!
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Cody's Mom » Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:10 am

Hi Mary Pena,

My thoughts will be with you and Lucy. Wishing Lucy a full and speedy recovery.

Take care and best of luck with surgery tomorrow.

Love, Cody's Mom
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby GabrielDeafBlindPupFamily » Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:55 am

go to top of page, and open "search" type amputation. Tripods do very very well, and you will also. You are traumatized and panicked right now, which is your right, you're a "mom" so mom, it's going to be okay, you just breathe in and breathe out and know your baby is going to be fine.
Keep us u-t-d on your days ahead and we can help you, emotionally and your baby physically. There are special slings under products on the home page which may be helpful in teaching her how to stand and walk again,but you have some time...
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tripod links and prosthetics *LINK*

Postby critters » Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:22 am

tripod links

http://www.handicappedpets.com/pandalinks.htm

http://www.handicappedpets.com/links/amputee.htm

http://www.orthopets.com/

homemade prosthetics (may be useful for ideas)

http://home.earthlink.net/~r-azar/jack.html

If you decide on prosthetics, be sure to try all the local sources, as I suggested to a previous poster. It's a lot easier to take care of fit problems locally rather than across the country, if you can.

http://www.dailyemerald.com/archive/v10 ... brity.html

Most tripods do VERY well and adjust quickly. If you wish, you could get a walking aid, but tripods don't usually need it, or not for long. I consider my tripods disfigured rather than disabled, and I bet you will too!!


http://www.handicappedpets.com/pandalinks.htm
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby connie » Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:51 am

sorry , i don't have any advice on this, but wanted you to know i am praying for your baby. i am sure you will find some great tips and advice here, these people are great, helped me a lot. good luck to you.
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Carol » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:42 am

As I've mentioned before on this board, I had a little dog that was born with a useless, withered front paw. Sparkle did just fine. When he was younger, he could run like crazy...and sometimes he would make ME crazy!! I would go out with him, turn my back, and off he would be across the street, pooping in my neighbor's garden. They weren't very appreciative of the extra fertilizer. Then I would have to play traffic cop until he got back across the street safely. He died last June at age 18, and had slowed down considerably in the previous couple years. He really only experienced difficulty getting around perhaps the last year, but managed without assistance until he suffered a heart attack a couple months prior to his death. Your dog might need some help and encouragement at first, but I think he'll be fine!!
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Re: Amputation: PLEASE HELP!!! MY DOG HAD LEG AMPUTATED

Postby Rita » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:38 pm

Mary,

Relax, your baby will be fine - honestly. Read all the posts about amputations.
Rita
 


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