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OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

My best friend has a dog. He's had the dog FOREVER (and a day). The dog lost his one hind leg when it was a pup. She's been three legged her whole life, basically. Well, now the one hind leg is showing signs of wear. Doc says there isn't much they can do since it's her ONLY hind leg. My bud is having a hard time with this. He's talked about getting/making a cart. But I'm not sure what REAL options he has.

Anybody been through this? Suggestions?
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

That's sad to hear, but although it is a very difficult decision, I'd let nature take it's course. The dog may be in more pain than he realizes. My view is that I don't want my pet suffering - well, you know what I'm getting at.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

My family had a large breed dog when I for the longest time. It was an Old English Mastiff. Because he was so large he had some hip problems. We got him lots of medicine and it worked for a while, but then even that couldn't help him. He got to the point where he was in too much pain to even get up to eat. As hard as it was to put him to sleep it needed done. So what I'm getting at is if the dog is obviously in a lot of pain and there isn't much that can be done then maybe its time to do what is truly best for the dog.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

I have seen it done for dogs and cats that have been hit by cars and paralized in the hind legs or bad artritis back there. Don't know where any info would be. I guess the hard part would be building the harness to where it would stay on and not hurt and allow for normal bodily functions.......
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

Aside from spending $$$ having the leg fixed (ie hip replaced, etc), physical therapy or the cart, there isn't a lot that can be done. If the dog isn't in pain, *I* personally would do whatever I could since my dogs are my kids. Seems a lot of people get rid of animals as soon as they have a problem, or have to spend money on them, I wonder if they would get rid of a kid if they had to spend money on it.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

Believe me... I've been there before. And HE knows it may come to that. But (at least for right now) the dog is SUPER active, and only reason for concern is the large knot on it's ankle. I'm only asking to see if there is any options that we aren't aware of. I'm thinking a good sized helium balloon, with a harness....

And my buddy, being an racer wants to hook him up with a 10" slick.

Ok... that's silly... but honestly, I was just fishing for answers. Just to see what y'all had done, or knew of.

Thanks for the replies.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

I've already posted on this, but I didn't include the other half of it. If the dog is really active like you say then the friend should do everything in his power to make that dog happy. I felt like I lost a brother when my dog died, so don't do anything that isn't needed. As long as the tail is wagging your good to go.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

There are in fact commercially available "wagons" for disabled dogs. They are designed for a close to normal life. I'm not sure where you'd find info, but I have seen them before.

If its on the ankle, what about a leg splint to transfer the impact over a greater area?

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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

I Dog:
1. Humm... Dog walks with a limp?
2. Dog's a friend.
3. Thoughts of putting dog down.

II Me:
1. I walk with a Limp.
2. I had Parents.
3. I think they were my friends.
4. Dang, I'm glad they didn't put me down!
5. They bought me a brace!
6. 42 years later I'm still using one.

III Conclusion:
1. Friends don't shoot friends.
2. Friends find a better solution.
3. A solution exists.
4. It will take gettin' used to...
5. But it's better than a dead dog.
6. Just ask the dog in about 6 months to a year what choice he'd have made.
7. If you'd died, he'd have starved to death sleeping on your grave.
8. Can't you repay the loyality?
9. Brace that dog.
10. The experience will leave him "limp"...
11. But he'll have a leg to stand on,
12. So do the right thing.

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There's lot's of companies out there that can help, it's not cheap... but then neither's friendship.
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Re: OT - beloved pooch.....having problems.

If it were my dog I would get it a cart, I don't think that is out of line...as long as the dog seems happy, and I will be that as long as it isn't painful &amp; the dog gets to to be with his owner, he/she will be happy.

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