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I've mentioned in other posts that I just rescued a 9 month old tripod yesterday. This is a first for me. I just could not leave her in that awful situation she was in so...I think she's better off with me. Even if it's only until I can get her healthy and adopted out.

However, in the mean time...I put down extra area rugs for her. (I have hardwood floors). I know to keep her weight down. Is there anything else she may need...like a certain supplement for joints since she only has 1 remaining leg? It's her right rear leg that was taken off. Her remaining leg seems to be doing OK. She's a little wobbly. Her surgery was 2 months ago.

PS She has horrible - HORRIBLE tummy issues. I'm trying to figure out if it was just a lack of quality food or if she's allergic to something. Right now I have her on just plain rice and chicken I made to help bind her up a little.

Thank you for any advice.
 

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She's adorable! There's actually a Tripod dog website that I hear is good: Tripawds Blogs Community Canine Cancer Dog Amputation Recovery Tips Help Advice Information I don't think it has to be cancer related.

Keeping Your Three-Legged Dog Healthy | The Bark

Canine Amputation - Tripod Dog

The rescue I volunteer with has had some tripods - some that have gotten prosthetic and some that have not had the amputation in the right place for one. Special-Needs-Success-Page The fosters of those dogs didn't do a ton different that I know of, but the only partial legged dog I fostered had 3.75 legs and we were concerned only with her GI system while I had her. We are pretty big about healthy weight so that helps like you've said. I bet a low dose of joint supplement ongoing for life would be helpful? I have a young dog on one, and another that's been on since he was 10 months old. Both have 1 mild hip (x-rayed at time of neuter so no causative effect there unless it's instantaneous ;)).

I would probably look into a rehab type place - I am sure you have some there with the sport dog. TheraVet - Rochester Rehab, Equine and Canine Health Care gives you an idea of some of the services, and their links page might be able to help.

I am sure she is better off with you Linda! :D

With her GI issues - some GSDs don't seem to tolerate chicken for whatever reason. I have found that adding pumpkin to 1 dog's meal not only helps their poop, but you can find their poop in the group of poop more easily. :) Like you said, doing some elimination - simple bland diet, will help. If she was in a bad place it is very likely she has worms and parasites. A fecal check may be able to help you pinpoint that.

A probiotic type thing wouldn't hurt most likely. You don't have to spend a lot, or buy the vet kind either.

If it persists, then you would want to start reading at Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency but hopefully it's just a result of her bad beginning and it will straighten itself out. Thank you for helping this girl.
 

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With the food issues...do you know what she was eating before? If she wasn't being taken care of who knows what she was eating. Maybe putting her on a good food will take care of it.
 

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Thank you so much for the help and the links. She was on Royal Canin. I only feed my guys Solid Gold dry, Solid Gold canned and Solid Gold Seameal. I plan on taking her to the vet for an exam and fecal testing. This poor thing has been through so much in her short life...and she has a great spirit still! She wants so badly to play with my big guys but...they play rough. I am being very careful. She is so danity. She ran into my leg three times already, cried and tipped over. :-( Poor thing...
 
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