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    hi everyone i have a 5 month old choclate lab. she broke her leg four weeks ago and still isnt able to use it even after it has been repaired today we went to the vets for an xray to find out whats going on and they have found out that when she broke her leg she damaged her nerve endings and blood vessels and blood is no longer reaching the bottom of her front leg, they are going to treat her with painkillers but there is no way of curing the actual [roblem so she will never have use of this leg they are now talking about amputation to take her out of pain. has anyone got a lab without a front leg? im really concered as to how she is going to deal with only one front leg xxxx

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    My grandpa hunted with a one legged hound with only one front leg. They get around great actually with only 3 legs. They can still run adn keep up with the dogs with 4 legs. Maybe this will make you feel better YouTube - ‪Three Legged Dog!‬‏. There is actually a 3 legged dog that is a champ in disc dog. I'm sorry your dog hurt her leg. My dog has a bad hip from being hit by a car adn i was so scared. he was at the vet for 2-3 days and i could not sleep at all.
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    First of all, I would take her to an orthopedist specialist to have her evaluated. I've known a couple of tripod dogs and they do fine. My friend's dog had its front leg amputated and I couldn't even tell, it was running all over the place.


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    I agree with going to see a specialist for a second opinion.

    I have met quite a few dogs with three legs. They live full and active lives. They can still run and play (once fully healed) and be a great family member.

    Dogs are very resilient, it won't take long for your pup to readjust and be running and getting into trouble like any other puppy
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    Tripods get along just fine There's plenty of YouTube evidence for that! I'll add another vote to see a specialist - sending lots of good thoughts for you and your puppy.

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    thank you so much for your replys, if she doesnt have her leg amputated then she will just have a useless leg so it is probably best that its amputated, i trust my vet very much as they have been dealing with my little girl since she was 8 weeks i myself have never known a dog with 3 legs so was just very concerened as she is such a bouncy playfull girl. all ur doggies are lovely xx

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    you may get some stars on the walk but that is normal heck i get them now and my dogs have 4 legs. it was funny seeing the look on peoples faces when my grandpa brought his hound out to hunt and they realized he had 3 legs.
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    aww well thank you im feeling more posotive about the whole thing now i didnt want to put her through anything that wasnt fair to her and i worried as she is going to get big that she may not cope but what u have said has helped thank you very much xxx

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    I am sure you do like and trust your vet, and I am sure he might be the best vet in the world, however I would ask him for a referal to an orthopedic vet specialist. a vet has to have a lot of general knowledge, a specialist has to know everything about one area of vetrinary medicine. You trust your vet so ask him for a referal, he will not be hurt or upset if you do. He will knkow that you have the pups best interest at heart and should be very happy to do this.
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    My pups father is a tripod and does just fine he is a Master Hunter and even though 10 years old has been the test dog at events even after losing his leg (rear).
    Light, "weedy" individuals are definitely incorrect; equally objectionable are cloddy lumbering specimens. Labrador Retrievers shall be shown in working condition well-muscled and without excess fat. Females should weigh between 55 and 70lbs and Males between 65 and 80lbs. Height females 21.5 to 23.5 inches males 22.5 to 24.5 inches at the withers.

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