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ski/hunt 01-25-2013 01:32 PM

I know of a guy who has a hog hunting dog with a missing rear leg. It is one of his better dogs and ironically is one of the faster bay dogs he has.
Your dog should do fine!! I'd take my dog with 3 any day, when you consider the alternative.....

onewheat 01-25-2013 02:04 PM

My cousin is a vet and she had to remove her Doberman's rear leg due to bone cancer. Piper did just fine on the remaining three until cancer consumed the rest of his body several years later. Dogs are the best - they deserve anything they need. :twocents:

milkmania 01-25-2013 02:39 PM

gid,
you say you got no kids...
I know a lot of people without kids and their dogs become their kids, symbolically. That being said, if you can afford it and money's not the issue(none of my business), and the dog is in fairly early stages of life, I'd vote to go for it! Now, on a 12-14 year old dog, it'd be a different story, but it's also on a dog you've had for 12+ years. Ultimately, you know what Bullwinkle means to you and your wife, no matter what we say. You're just needing reassurance :)

gid 01-25-2013 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by milkmania (Post 904412)
gid,
you say you got no kids...
I know a lot of people without kids and their dogs become their kids, symbolically. That being said, if you can afford it and money's not the issue(none of my business), and the dog is in fairly early stages of life, I'd vote to go for it! Now, on a 12-14 year old dog, it'd be a different story, but it's also on a dog you've had for 12+ years. Ultimately, you know what Bullwinkle means to you and your wife, no matter what we say. You're just needing reassurance :)

Thanks, and yes they are our 'kids'. Bullwinkle is only 2 yrs old, very fit, no fat, was running 2 miles everyday with me.
The love and kindness a dog can show is amazing; how can they never have a bad day, worry, fret, pout, complain - just want to love you every time you come in the door. :D

We are not rich by any means but cost is not a factor to us just him being pain free is. (% free credit card here I come) The first surgery on Tues costs about 4k + being at the vet this whole time and now amputation. I am guessing 6-7K total. To me, priceless, if we get to lay in bed on the weekend mornings. His soul is so giving and sweet. $$ comes and goes in our lives.
ps - His brother (the last two of the litter) Rocky has been looking for him every day.

milkmania 01-25-2013 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by gid (Post 904421)
Thanks, and yes they are our 'kids'. Bullwinkle is only 2 yrs old, very fit, no fat, was running 2 miles everyday with me.
The love and kindness a dog can show is amazing; how can they never have a bad day, worry, fret, pout, complain - just want to love you every time you come in the door. :D

We are not rich by any means but cost is not a factor to us just him being pain free is. (% free credit card here I come) The first surgery on Tues costs about 4k + being at the vet this whole time and now amputation. I am guessing 6-7K total. To me, priceless, if we get to lay in bed on the weekend mornings. His soul is so giving and sweet. $$ comes and goes in our lives.
ps - His brother (the last two of the litter) Rocky has been looking for him every day.

Life gives us challenges every day, it's what we do with those challenges that define us :)
I just made that up, hehe8p

ski_king 01-25-2013 03:47 PM

I have know a few people that had 3 legged dogs. They did fine after the recovery, but dont let them get too heavy (fat) as it is too much for the remaining hip.

The plus side is he can no longer lift his leg to pee on your tires.

woobiedmd 01-25-2013 04:08 PM

I'll agree with everyone else that your dog will do fine on three legs. My chocolate lab Woobie lost his back leg several years ago. He was as fast on three legs as four. The hardest part was we had to change his name to "Tripod"! Best of luck to you! Who wants to list the top ten reasons why dogs are better than women?;)

milkmania 01-25-2013 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by woobiedmd (Post 904439)
I'll agree with everyone else that your dog will do fine on three legs. My chocolate lab Woobie lost his back leg several years ago. He was as fast on three legs as four. The hardest part was we had to change his name to "Tripod"! Best of luck to you! Who wants to list the top ten reasons why dogs are better than women?;)

you go right ahead, I'll watchhttp://68.178.167.89/smf/Smileys/default/unsure.gif

park190 01-25-2013 05:12 PM

I'm VERY sorry to hear of this tragedy gid. Unfortunately, three legged canines are more apparent than people think and most do very well after surgery. It will take time, dedication and rehabilitation commitment on account of all you; however, those are great bonding moments to say the least. Within weeks of surgery you'll start to see the glow in your dogs eyes again and you'll rememeber why you made the decision. It may be a struggle at first but hang in there. Summer will be here before you know it, the pooch will be having fun again and you won't look back on the decision...not trying to be sappy by any means, this is just coming from someone who's almost 40 and our two canines are our "kids" too. I wish you the best of luck!

cwarndahl 01-25-2013 07:48 PM

Last year charlie was hit by a truck. the surgery to save her rear leg was almost 5000. fortunately i had money saved for a new interior for my MC, well of course my dog is my kid and worth anything i can do for her. so i did pay the money, but the vet and the specialist both suggested on removing her leg. i got to meet several dogs with 3 legs and they were all great. (they really wanted me to loose the leg.) the recovery for her was about 7 months, the amount of pins in her leg make it an awkward leg to use at any speed over walking, (plus after 7 moths of being only on 3 i think she learned to use 3) jumping climbing and swimming with me on the boat. so she only uses 3 legs above a walk. she can still jump 6 feet and clear any fence that holds her in. (which at home she will not ump a fence until i leave) which she loves to jump and climb which was why i spent the money to save the leg, just to find she can still chase a squirell up a tree and i mean way up like a cat. when she swims she drags the leg most of the time. when she runs she does it on 3 legs. the saved leg is more in her way and she prefers to be 3 legged dog now. she still has the leg of course but runs most of her life on 3. i guess im trying to say anything that effects her quality of life now she does on 3 legs, i now have no doubt she would have been fine on 3, and she would have had the same quality of life she was used to. and as her owner i want to give her the same quality of life she gives me which is awesome. so i hope this helps.


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