That's great to hear it's a back leg. I have never known many dogs in real life with amputations but have seen videos of them, and dogs are able to run and move much better with one back leg than one front leg. Like horses most of their weight I think is on the front legs, so when a front leg is removed they have to really hop in front. When a back leg is removed they can pretty much run like normal.
I hope you dog and horse heal quickly and your dog stays healthy for as long as possible.
Rottimom, sounds like a very reasonable decision.....back leg, fractured, clear chest rads, I would have done the exact same thing under those circumstances, as you say it was that or euthanize her, and I wouldn't have been ready to let her go yet either, with that scenario.
Here's hoping you will have much more precious time with her, please keep us posted!
I understand your decision, sometimes its just not the moment to let them go. I am glad the rads "made the decision" for you, so to speak. That is always the best.
A little story to punctuate that point. When Baxter was five months old he mysteriously damaged his elbow and the initial rads showed a probable displaced fracture bed through the growth plate. NOT a good prognosis but we decided to take him to the orthopedic surgery center anyway and see what they had to say. Long story short, the second set of xrays showed NO fracture bed and no reason for the swelling and extreme pain he was in. He came home sedated and on pain meds. In a week it was as if whatever it was, had never happened.
We almost euthanized him when we looked at the first rads. The fracture bed was so clear and the only question was, was it completely displaced, NOT was it fractured. My initial reaction and intuition - that it was not his day to die - saved his life - and some sort of divine intervention, because radiographs dont lie and artifacts arent that huge or clear.
He is sitting next to me right now enjoy your girl, and best wishes to you both.
"Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
--- The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.
Just this morning I ran into a woman with her three-legged lab walking around a lake I go to. It is two miles around and the lab was DRAGGING her on the leash - he was practically running! He was missing a hind leg all the way up to the hip. I did notice that he was "thin" - that is, she obviously kept his weight as far down as she could to keep more stress off the other legs. You might check your guy's weight and see if you can bring it down a few pounds through diet or weight-control food. Good luck!
I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry
I was able to visit Molly today, what a shock! I did not believe she would already be standing up but the nurses said she has even been out to do her business outside! She looks very different, and is still hooked up to internal pain medications but she was very happy to see me. The vets said she is recovering as planned and as long as she doesnt take a turn for the worse she can come home tomorrow afternoon. Im a bit nervous bringing her home, but the nurses assured me she will do ok. I thnk this bothers ME more than it does HER! Im not sure what the other girls will think of her either!
The vets did tell me she will need to loose some weight. I dont think she is fat, but they said leaner will be easier on her. Im glad to hear that a 3 leg dog can still drag an owner! I hope Molly is able to run around again soon!
So glad to hear Molly is doing well. I work in an veterinary oncology office and it's truly amazing how well these guys do when they don't hurt anymore. Molly will be dragging you around in no time! As far as chemotherapy, don't make it such a big decision (ie commitment to do a full course of chemotherapy). The decision you need to make is whether or not you want to try one treatment and see how she does. If you decide to give one dose and she tolerates the chemotherapy well then you keep going. Most big dogs handle the chemotherapy very well as we just don't treat them as aggressively as people. If you try one treatment and you're not happy with how she does then you can either adjust the drug or dose to Molly's needs or stop entirely.
Molly wants to thank everyone for their support! She is doing so much better than expected. She is already able to run around with the other dogs, and although she is still figuring out how to squat and hold her balance to use the bathroom she is coping so well.
We have a meeting with the specialist cancer vet next week. Its hard to imagine this vibrant dog has anything wrong with her!
Thank you all for the encouragement, I know for her this was the right decision.