a reply to: lostgirl
As some members know I used to run a kennel and train dogs at an animal shelter. I met about a dozen 3 legged friends while I was there. Several were
like that when they got there but a few had to have amputations after arriving for various reasons.
I hate to use this word but, you're rather "lucky" it's on the front leg. They seem to have an easier time adjusting to front legs than the hind legs,
mostly because there's much less weight on it.
After about a week or two most of them were running, playing with other dogs, playing fetch, you name it. Hell, Raymond who still lives there, with
his 3 legged wife (yes wife, a volunteer had a JP come in and marry them) still lifts one leg to pee! He also lost his front left leg.
It's astonishing how quickly they overcome such a seemingly giant change.
That's not to say she won't have trouble at first. But she must definitely will adjust.
When I had them I would start with just real short walks around the property. Stopping as often as I felt they needed. There was 2 that needed a
little help. For this I got a really nice mesh webbed harness that covered most of the body. One with chest support is ideal so you can hold them up a
little easier while they walk.
But after a day or two they would start to understand what happened and how to deal with it.
Like I said, within a couple weeks they were moving much better, faster, even running.
It can be tough to see something so beloved go through something like that. But I would absolutely not euthanize my own dog because of it.
I wish you the best of luck. If you have any more questions I'd be happy to help in any way that I can.
ETA: something like this.
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