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04-01-2014 10:43 PM How would the rebuilt go? And who is this that can do this?

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04-01-2014 10:37 PM Thank!

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02-03-2014 11:29 PM
havery I don't have much to add to what everyone else has said, but I had a shepherd/mastiff mix as a teenager. She's getting old, but my mother still has her. When she was just a year old she was hit by a car and we had to amputate a back leg. Within two days she was up and running around just fine, she was my buddy and companion on many hilly runs and frolicking in creeks and even helped me herd our goats. Actually, in the commotion of getting her healed we neglected to spay her and she fell pregnant, even huge pregnant she walked just fine. She's 11 years old now and still getting around just as well as her pack mates. She doesn't care she's missing a leg, it never bothered her. It was actually a relief it seemed, her leg was completely crushed.

Just some reassurance that if that becomes necessary, your dog won't actually suffer that much from it.

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02-03-2014 11:11 PM
gsdsar Sounds like you have a line on a good Ortho vet. I encourage you to listen them.

We have a client with a pup with a similar, but more severe issue. Same thing, mom chewed them off. The Ortho vet we referred them to, has actually rebuilt the foot.

For the first 15 mo of the dogs life she wore a prosthetic, did great on it, got regular rehab. She just had her first rebuilding surgery. It will take a number if grafts and lots of time.

If you have the financial resources to go this route then look into it. Maybe a Vet school? If not, and your pup is having issues, cuts, scrapes, lameness, then amputation may be an option. Many people really balk at amputation, but from personal experience, the dogs don't care. They do great!!!

Good luck with your pup!!!

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02-03-2014 10:58 PM If down the line we need to think about removing leg then we will deal with it then. We are going to try everything else right now and hope and pray he never has to get it removed. Thanks again everyone!!! Everyone's input was very helpful!!!

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12-30-2013 09:53 AM
Lilie OP- In my case - it is the continue abnormal wear and tear on the joints of his leg that would cause the possiblity of amputation. Not any actual damages to the paw itself.

My goal is keeping his leg for as long as possible. That could mean his entire life. I will do everything possible to keep his leg.
12-30-2013 02:52 AM
huntergreen op, i was one that said don't r/o leg amputation. my reasons are, in your post, you stated that the pup often comes in with cuts and holds the foot up. as i stated i have seen a few 3 legged dogs who appear to do fine, running, playing and walking. as for comparing a human with 2 toes to a dog, apples and oranges. i hope the boots will solve all issues, but my point was do mot rule out amputation if it improves your pups life.
12-30-2013 12:18 AM
maggie26 Glad to hear.

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12-30-2013 12:15 AM Thanks everyone for your inputs. Yes we did x-rays. We are going to see some boots for him and hope it helps out when we go out to run and play. We have a pool and he loves it during the summer and that I see helps him. I just don't see why, if the toe part is missing why I need to cut off his whole leg, if I had 2 toes then we wouldn't cut my whole leg off.

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12-26-2013 07:03 PM
Lilie My boy has two toes on his right back paw. It was the result of a whelping accident as well. As Maggie26 noted, swimming has kept him off all pain meds and he is doing well. His injury causes him to twist his leg when he walks. So we are monitoring his hip as well.

If it comes to the point where he is in pain due to continued twisting on his hip joint, we will remove his leg. I monitor his exercise, I keep him off rough surfaces and I'll crate him if he has over done it.

We put in a pond in our pasture two years ago and that has been his saving grace. He loves to swim and will just make slow laps around the pond as if he knows it's good for him.

As a puppy, our vet advised monitoring his hip through yearly x-rays. So far, we haven't had to have any taken. Our vet is pleased with his movement to date.
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