11-08-2016, 07:44 PM
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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