Hope’s front leg was amputated just a little over a month ago on June 17. At that time, we were so worried that she had given up on life, as she wouldn’t even try to get up to eat or go outside.
I can’t stress enough how post surgery drugs affect a dog. Looking back, I recognize Hope’s lack of energy was due to the pain meds which kept her drowsy.
For the last month, Hope has been going up and down MANY steps unassisted and even begs for food on her hind legs–she’s back to her old self! The twinkle is back in her eyes and her tail wags constantly. What a happy dog she is!
Even though the blogs on this website talk about how well a dog adjusts after surgery, I didn’t see that happening for Hope. Hope is a rescue dog, so we are uncertain about her age, but guess her to be around 9 years old. We felt that losing a FRONT leg at that age would create obstacles for her and imagined ourselves carrying her outside for the rest of her life. What a wonderful surprise to see her knock the other goldens and labs (all 5 of them) out of her way to get outside! And she’s become the welcome wagon for people walking past our house.
We continue to give her Standard Process Whole Body Support and fish oil, to keep her healthy. Hope weighs about 60#, which is a good weight for her, but I would like her to lose just a few pounds to lessen the stress on her legs. That might be easier said than done, because Hope loves her food!
For anyone who has given up hope, as I did in the early days, please know that things turn around quickly. Dogs really do adapt well–much better than people do. They find ways of doing all the things they used to do–they don’t give up and we can’t give up on them.
Barb and “Happy Hope”