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    My wife and I rescued a black lab pup from a barn 2 days ago that had an injured front leg. She had a sister as well, both were dropped off at the barn but the owner of the barn could not take proper care of them. We decided to give the injured pup a chance. After a trip to the local vet and then to a surgical specialist, we were told that the leg had a soft tissue injury where the paw hyperextends causing her to walk on the upper pad portion. The vet estimated her age to be around 4 months. The vet said he had never seen the injury in a pup so wasn't sure if casting the leg would allow enough scar tissue to build to support the leg. The other options are amputation or fusion of the joint when she reaches 10 months of age. Has anyone had this type situation and if so what were the results? We aren't sure what to do. The fusion is the most expensive operation being $2000. Please shed some light if you can...


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    I don't have any advice for you, just wanted to say thank you for rescuing her!! Someone here will be able to give you some good advice



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    Can't help much, but dogs do great with just 3 legs - just keep the dog light!

    My anke was fused as a child and I am doing fine!

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    we are leaning toward the fusing but need to start saving the money for the operation. She has such a great personality and you can't say no. We already have 4 cats that we rescued so this will probably be the last edition for awhile. Makes you want to choke those that can't take care of their animals. I'll post a picture soon. Thanks for the responses...


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    Makes you want to choke those that can't take care of their animals.
    Yup. I wish that was legal! :-\



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    This is just my personal opinion, but why not try the casting first. The cast can not be too expensive, and the fusion or amputation can always be done later if the joint does not heal. Dogs do fine with 3 legs, but the do better with 4. Believe me, I know. I have a 3 legged CBR here.

    We just had surgery on a shattered elbow on a blind golden retriever in our care. The vet said he might get arthritus in the joint later in life. I told him to fix the leg, and if he has problem 6 or 8 years down the road, we can always amputate then. At least he will be able to use it to that point.

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    Just wanted to say thank you for rescuing her. Good luck with everything. Please keep us posted.

    Teresa, mom to Brigetta and Prudence

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    How wonderful you rescued her! Good luck with whatever route you choose!
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    Joe seems to have a good point...why not try and cast it?

    Whatever you decide to do have fun with your new addition. I hope you will share pictures and stories.


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    I sent you a PM or e-mail
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