Acclimating Your Newly 3 Legged Companion To A Life Of Hopping Around

Acclimating Your Newly 3 Legged Companion To A Life Of Hopping Around

Me and my wife just adopted a mutt from our local shelter. We don’t know the exact copy, and we don’t care. We saw him and knew that he needed a loving family, so we stepped up to the plate. He was just so friendly, without a hint of any aggression, and already though he only had three legs, he was begging for a good home so we obliged him.

Our dog was rescued after he had been in a car accident. the accident left one leg so badly injured that it had to be amputated at the thigh. At first me and my wife were hesitant about taking home this little guy, due to our inexperience with dealing with a 3 legged dog. We were unsure of how to treat him, but that didn’t stop us from doing a lot of research on the subject and talking with our veterinarian for hours to learn all we could.

The first question that kept coming up during our research was why do amputations happen in the first place? What we found was that dogs are rarely born this way. It’s almost always the consequence of a disease or a violent accident. The most shared disease that can rule to amputation is typically bone cancer. Bone cancer can be very painful, and amputation can be the only thing that will bring some relief to the dog. already though the prospect of surgery and amputation can break a dog owners heart, more often then not it really is the best option for the dog.

Although hearing that your pet might need surgery or an amputation will undoubtedly fill your heart and mind with fear and anxiety, let me try to relieve some stress by saying three legged dogs live extremely fulfilling lives. After the rehabilitation period has ended and they get used to their new life, their attitude will never show that they could of ever had such a traumatic physical problem in the first place.

The good news is the rehabilitation period isn’t as long for a dog as it is for a human! If you’ve known a person who has lost an arm or a leg, or if you’ve just seen them on TV, either way you’ll know it’s shared for amputees to ultimately just accept what’s happened and proceed to live productive lives.

Dogs are tougher and adapt better then humans. In general after a week your dog will be emotionally and mentally healed. Physically they might limp around, but it’s obvious (to experienced dog owners at the minimum) that they don’t look at their limp and become despondent or depressed over it.

So if amputation is in your dogs future, take a moment and breathe, and remember that your dog will adapt and nevertheless be the same happy companion you’ve always known, already after the “traumatic” surgery.

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