The vet is recommending amputation but I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck with any sort of dog boots or prosthetics or any other solution. Again, it's just the paw and the rest of the leg is still present so at first blush amputation seemed pretty severe.
Thanks in advance for your help.
They had a website at powernubby.com which looks like it was taken down. Lindsay's email was through the website and with the site taken down I don't know how else to contact her, or I am sure she would advise you on the practicalities of having an active dog with a prosthetic.
They have videos on the Powernubby youtube channel, some youtube links are in this post. Cappy is a front amputee, but the thing it is impressive how well the prosthetic stays on and how much he can do (his leg is pretty long). The Roll Out video is incredible. There used to be a way to contact someone on youtube, I don't know if there still is. You could trying commenting on one of their videos.
Here is an archived copy of the Powernubby website, some of the photos are missing but the story about getting him the prosthetic is there.
https://web.archive.org/web/20100115071 ... nubby.com/
Here is an article about Footsie, whose leg looks the same length as your puppy's. Just click the link at the beginning of the message to see photos. Footsie's prosthetics were done by a human prosthetics maker. http://www.handicappedpet.net/helppets/ ... 086#p47086
Another article about Footsie
http://www.cbsnews.com:80/stories/2004/ ... 4713.shtml
Here is another rear amputee named Hoppy with a prosthetic hind leg
http://www.handicappedpets.com/gallery/ ... /index.htm
Hethmar in this post said her dog had used his prosthetic legs for 3 years (both his hind paws were injured) and gets the occasional blister
I have a disabled 3-legged dog who was missing one hind leg. On the other hind leg the knee does not bend and her hip had been broken and they discussed amputation. I decided not to because she was partly using it in spite of everything, so they did an FHO and saved it. In her case it was the right decision. She has her own way of getting around and she can at least scratch the back her neck somewhat, which must be a wonderful thing for a dog, and she seems happy.
You might try posting on tripawds.com if you haven't already, they also have a forum.
There are a number of places providing animal orthotics and prosthetics, if you would like links just ask. Or they can be made by a local provider who makes human devices but is willing to work with a pet, like critters said.
P.S. The dog critters is mentioning was Kuma. In this link to the news article the photo doesn't show, but below is a copy of the missing photo that the awesome newspaper staff found for us.
http://www.dailyemerald.com/archive/v10 ... brity.html