Post # 1
Well we’ve had a pretty traumatic few days with our chocolate lab Huxley. He was hit by a car on Sunday night and we almost lost him due to severe bruising and swelling around his lungs. But he stabilized and pulled through, and is doing much better!
The other big injury from the accident is something called brachial plexus avulsion (which essentially means the nerve bundle under his armpit was severed/torn) and he has lost the use of his front right leg. The vets feel it is most likely permanent and the usual course of action is to amputate the leg as it ends up getting in the way, could be easily injured (since they can’t feel it) and they may chew at it. They will wait a couple weeks to see if any sensation returns, but based on their experience, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.
We are of course heartbroken over this, but at the same time, so very lucky that he is alive!! And the critical care vet said we’d be surprised at how easily he will bounce back, and that most dogs do just fine on three legs. But we know it will be a difficult few months, and just to make things even more interesting, we’re expecting our first child at the end of January!
So I was just wondering if there are any other 3 legged dog owners out there who have been through a similar experience? If so, any tips, pointers, resources etc? Even just some inspirational stories would be great!
Post # 3
My DH’s aunt and uncle have a 3 legged dog and he’s awesome! He’s totally capable and gets around really well, and is very happy.
So sorry to hear about your pup. I can’t even imagine what you’re feeling right now. HUGS!
Post # 4
My husband is a dog trainer, and he has nothing but amazing things to say about his tripod clients! Like seriously, they have no idea they are missing one leg lol ! They will naturally compensate for it 🙂 Try not to over baby Huxley after amputation, as our human thinking would love to do but rather empower and challenge him !
For some sweet inspiration, here is a 3 legged dog recently featured in a music video doing some pretty awesome stuff 🙂 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland–118335669.html
Post # 5
@echo: aww poor Huxley. He must have given you a good scare! I don’t personally own a three legged dog but my aunt and uncle do. Her name’s Trixie and she’s also a lab (mixed). They adopted her as an adult but I think she was born that way. The good news is that dogs can still run and jump and play with 3 legs! Sorry I don’t really have any tips or resources but I hope everything turns out okay for you and Huxley!!
Post # 6
My PT/Our Sunday School teachers have a 3-legged schnauzer (car accident before they adopted him) and he gets around pretty well. Even managed to run away when the gate was left open- just didn’t move as fast as the 4-legged one but I’ve seen a 3-legged chihuahua running along his owner on our running trail.
Post # 7
Aw, thanks for all the inspirational stories and good wishes! Each one helps so very much 🙂
Post # 8
We don’t own one, but there used to be one at a golf course a friend of mine’s family worked at. The dog got around just fine, no problems!
Our dog has bi-lateral hip dysplasia though, and has had one FHO surgery (basically making him a 3 legged dog for the first few days of recovery) and he’s due to have the other leg done anytime now. Just waiting for him to ‘tell’ us he is ready.
With his last surgery, he came home not even caring about his ‘jello leg’. Unlike humans, the dog doesn’t have self pity about what happens, and they just deal with it. I joined a dog HD group when he was first diagnosed and this was one thing people brought up, as everyone feels so bad for the dog. The dog on the other hand doens’t feel bad for himself.
The day we came home, our boy was trying to ride center console in the car, and wanted to play with his little brother once home. We put him in a playpen for recovery, and he jumped out of that the first few days! Talk about having no worries about how he feels!
Post # 9
I’m so sorry about the accident but I’m so glad your pup is going to pull through! I grew up with a 3-legged dog after a car accident required amputation – also her right front leg. She was the happiest dog ever, both before and after the accident. The beautiful thing about dogs is they don’t know the difference after something like this and they don’t pity themselves like humans sometimes do. He’s going to adjust fine, and before you know it, it’ll be life as normal again…until the baby comes, that is!