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Old 11-04-2016, 08:40 PM
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Saying prayers to the powers that be, crossing all my fingers, and all my toes, for your sweet Ginger to get thru this with flying colors! Heal well little girl!
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:45 PM
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Subbing....sending healing wishes your way
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:04 PM
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Well, Ginger is now a tripawd! She's doing surprisingly well. She gets carried in and out since she can't manage the laminate floors and we weren't expecting at all to bring home a 3-legged pup, so we don't have rugs yet. Once she's able to be left alone we'll go get some. She hasn't had too much pain, but she was shaking from the cold (22 degrees outside) during the 5 min she was out for a potty break, but I can't put her sweater on just yet because it'll catch on the staples. But she warmed up quickly inside. She's fairly mobile outside and has gotten the hang of peeing without falling. She's sleeping most of the day, and we've been camped out in the bedroom. Her brother and sister have been very worried and are staying close to watch over her.



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Looks like she is adapting. I'm sure you made the right decision.
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Wow sounds like she's going to do great! And lots of TLC never hurts! So glad it's over for you and she is on the road to recovery!
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With dogs, it's only a disability if it's made into one. Amazing what they can overcome.

Glad to see your pup recovering, keep us updated
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I didn't have a chance to post before her surgery, but I wanted to share that I know of a senior (at least 10) lab mix who had a front leg amputated due to a large malignant tumor, and she was still doing well as of a few months ago, more than a year after her surgery. Her owners too were reluctant to do the amputation, but when they consulted with a specialist, that was the only option given the type and location of the tumor. Also, having had a dog who was missing a front leg, they really do adapt quickly, and do so much better than most people with the same

Make sure to keep and eye on her weight, as she's older, you don't want her too thin in case she gets sick, but extra weight is not good when they are less a leg, particularly the front legs because they bear more weight than rear. If she's less active due to decreased exercise, she could gain a bit, so monitor her weight. I highly recommend using a harness (I got her a ruffwear webmaster, and highly recommend it) for walking and steps, and you can "help" by keeping a light pressure on it to minimize impact on her remaining front leg when walking on hard surfaces. My dog was a tripod most of her life, and had wear and tear issues with all 3 remaining legs by the time she was old, but she was wild and crazy as a young dog, so I'm sure that didn't help. If she's not currently on a joint supplement, you may want to ask your vet if they would recommend one, as it's a good idea to try to protect her remaining legs- they do great with 3 good legs, but less so when one of those is gimpy.

Hope she continues to do well for a long time
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Hi guys! It's been 6 MONTHS since Ginger's amputation and she has done AMAZING. Winter was way easier to deal with than I thought it would be, as she had a softer cushion to land in if she fell while adapting. Now that the warmer weather is here, she hops around the yard exploring and gets around great! I am so, so grateful we went ahead with the amputation as she wouldn't be here if we didn't, and now even with 3 legs her quality of life is perfect. And we just celebrated her 15th birthday last month. And she got PIZZA!! She still has the occasional day where she takes a minute to get her bearings and get moving, but it's been a fairly smooth transition and way better than we ever expected. The people over at Tripawds.com were a huge help and Ginge even has her own blog hosted there now if you wanted to check it out! Ginger in Alaska - All about Ginger and her Alaska adventures
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Thanks for updating us! I'm so glad to hear about the happy ending, and that Ginger is doing great.
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Wow, so impressed with how Ginger has done with your help and support. Way to go Ginger!!!!!!!!!!!!
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