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Emma n Renco
28th March 2008, 11:01 AM
I feel so sad and had to write this post to see if anyone has any wisdom to stop myself going crazy.

When we got Bella she had a bad limp and the vet said that her joints dislocated when she walked. She was about 6 when we got her back in November but full of life.

Yesterday she wouldn't stand up to go for a walk, when we got her to move her bad leg was 'hanging' and if she put it down it slipped underneath her. We weren't sure if she was just stiff so we waited to see how it was today and it was worse and when I picked her up to take her out for a wee she yelped in pain and does each time - but we have to pick her up because she can't walk. We have a vets appointment at 5 and the wait is really upsetting.

Do dogs get put down for this? I feel sick with worry, as I have no idea what the vet is going to suggest... please help? :-(

Cathy Moon
28th March 2008, 11:14 AM
First, I'm so sorry this is happening to you and Bella.

If the vet cannot do anything for her, the kindest, most loving choice could be to give Bella her wings. When we are faced with choices like this, we have to consider the dog's pain and quality of life.

What I've found is our vets let us bring up the topic first, and then are very kind and patient while helping us consider all the options.

We're sending all our positive thoughts your way. :hug::flwr:

28th March 2008, 11:19 AM
Just to say I will be sending positive thoughts your way that your vet can help Bella.
I would like to think that there are alternatives to pts in this case but obviously I'm not a vet and dont know all the details - but you do see very happy three legged dogs dont you?

Anyway - hopefully this is a temporary set back and Bella will soon recover,

best wishes


Emma n Renco
28th March 2008, 11:21 AM
thank you :-) a 3 legged Bella is absolutely fine by us if she is painfree - gosh I wish I was a vet!

28th March 2008, 11:24 AM
Sending lots of good wishes to you and hugs and kisses for Bella..I will be thinking of you.

28th March 2008, 11:28 AM
I am so sorry that Bella is in pain and that in itself must hurt you so much to see her like that. I'd want to explore all the options before I made such a decision like giving Bella her wings. It seems to me that I have seen devices that are made to help a dog that loses a leg.

I'll be thinking about you and Bella and praying for you both.

28th March 2008, 11:54 AM
So sorry for you and Bella as I can understand how distressing this is. Have the vet tell you what he thinks. Dopgs do generally do very well with three legs; a front leg is harder to lose that a rear leg but wither way they do tend to adjust. If all her legs are affected and she wouldn't be able to manage then you may need to consider that. There are companies that make little wheeled strap-on carts that allow the dog to get round surprisingly well though too so that might be another alternative.

28th March 2008, 12:01 PM
That's very sad news indeed.I suggest not trying to think too far ahead until you've seen the vet and he's offered an honest opinion.I think then go with your gut instinct.If the joints dislocate on all her limbs,then there may not be very much that can be done for her long term.Until you've had the expert opinion,it's hard to say what should be done about managing her condition.

28th March 2008, 12:11 PM
I know a little boy (human!) whose arm dislocates very easily. His mum was shown how to pop it back in. If all that is needed is the joint popped back into place, I'd ask the vet if it was appropriate for you to be shown how to do it.

I will be thinking of you today, please let us know how you get on. :hug:

28th March 2008, 12:11 PM
Here are some links:


dogMOBILE http://www.dogmobile-online.com/ - make carts for dogs. UK based. Can accommodate cats too.

Doggon' Wheels http://www.doggon-uk.com/ make wheelchairs for dogs (and cats) along with a whole range of support products. Based in Woolhampton Uk, phone 0118 971 2990 or email chalek9@freegratis.net

Eddie's Wheels - carts for dogs (and cats) http://www.eddieswheels.com/ Based in US, there's an international link page for the UK and Japan. Please visit our website to see the full range of disabilities that we address with our carts - front leg issues, amputees, scoliosis, quad carts. We also offer the best warranty in the business. We have a rep in London, jim.colla@lineone.net if you have any questions, please contact him. Leslie and Eddie Grinnell

K-9 Carts http://www.k9carts.com/ - more wheels and other appliances including nursing care products to help with improved hygiene and increased mobility. Including water beds, the K9catchall and the K9Protectapet.

28th March 2008, 12:13 PM
I hope all goes well.Keep us informed

murphy's mum
28th March 2008, 12:14 PM
Thinking of you here:hug:

Sending positive vibes your way

Claire L
28th March 2008, 12:34 PM
So sorry to read about Bella, poor baby :(
Sending prayers and hugs your way. Please , if you can, let us know how you get on at the Vets. :hug::hug::hug:

28th March 2008, 12:36 PM
Just letting you know we are thinking of you and Bella and hoping for positive news at the vet. Keep us posted!!

Emma n Renco
28th March 2008, 01:00 PM
Thank you for all of your kind words, I really appreciate all of them. I will definately post an update after the vets today. No way we are giving up on this little darling without a big fight, every option will be exhausted... we love her so much. The carts are a brilliant idea - thanks for that link Karlin :-)

Daisy's Mom
28th March 2008, 02:05 PM
I know I'm a little late here, but GOOD LUCK! Hopefully it is something the vet can help her with.

I'll be looking for the update!

Cathy T
28th March 2008, 02:39 PM
Praying so hard that your vet has options for you. I can imagine how distressful this is for you. I just can't stand it when either of mine is in pain. I'll be thinking of you all day and checking in for an update. As Sins said....try not to think too far in advance, take it as it comes.

Emma n Renco
28th March 2008, 03:54 PM
YIPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Your thoughts and prayers worked!

Oh gosh I am actually in tears writing this - with relief. The hip or pelvis wasn't dislocated, of all things it looks like our little lady has been getting a bit energetic and has pulled the muscles in her bad leg. Renco said she was crying in agony at the vets. The vet gave her an injection of muscle relaxant and painkillers, but says that by tomorrow she should be walking better. I feel bad for being so pesimistic but am soo happy.
Poor little Bella will get an overload of well deserved lots of cuddles now... So relieved :-) The vet said that with her legs in a bad state we will have to face the dilemma in the future which I feared was happening now and that there are plenty of options for her then just like everyone has suggested today. My birthday is tomorrow and I feel like I have just had the best present...
Thanks everyone xx

28th March 2008, 04:12 PM
Wonderful news and a lovely advanced birthday present for you! :flwr:

28th March 2008, 04:19 PM
Happy for you :D

28th March 2008, 04:21 PM
I'm so glad things turned out well for Bella. How is she now after her pain killer and muscle relaxant? I really hope she will be ok. That must be the best birthday present ever. Hope you have a nice birthday tomorrow. :hppybdy:

28th March 2008, 05:24 PM
So, so, so happy! I do agree with others though that when the time comes there are many happy little three legged dogs out there.

28th March 2008, 05:35 PM
I am so happy Bella is going to be okay. I hope the pain killers and muscle relaxants are helping her on a speedy road to recovery. :flwr:

28th March 2008, 05:36 PM
I am so happy everything turned out well. Kiss and hugs to cutiepie Bella...

28th March 2008, 06:04 PM
i am so glad that u got good news about bella!!! happy birthday tomorrow!!

28th March 2008, 06:09 PM
I'm so happy for you!!!!! Such great news!

:hppybdy::hppybdy::hppybdy: Emma!

28th March 2008, 08:37 PM
I am so pleased for you and Bella
---Aileen and the gang(Barney---Jazzie---Sam)

28th March 2008, 09:56 PM
Oh what fabulous news after such a dreadfully worrying day. Even though she may be facing some problems up the track, at least you now have time to consider the options that will be available when the time comes.

Enjoy your birthday! :)

Cathy T
28th March 2008, 10:42 PM
I'm grinning ear to ear here!! What fabulous news.....and a great birthday gift!!!:)

28th March 2008, 11:04 PM
Oh, what a relief for you!!! I truly believe in prayer. Give little Bella an extra snuggle from all of us! :hug:

Claire L
28th March 2008, 11:04 PM
I was dreading checking in here tonight but YAY! my prayers were answered :pi*no:

28th March 2008, 11:11 PM
So glad it's good news..and have a great Birthday:hppybdy:

Cathy Moon
28th March 2008, 11:39 PM
Wonderful news! Now you can relax and have a :hppybdy::jump:!!

Emma n Renco
29th March 2008, 11:34 AM
Just an update to report - Bella is 100% back to normal and is wobbling round the house as she always used to and is evidently sooo much happier now that the pain is under control... Poor little fur baby - but such a good result...

Emma xx

29th March 2008, 04:46 PM
Ohhhhh that is so wonderful to hear!!! Makes me smile...:) I hope she continues to improve!!

29th March 2008, 05:48 PM
oh that's great news - and what a wonderful birthday present! Give her a gentle hug from us!

Rupert did try a disabled cart when he had mobility difficulties almost 4 years ago, after a very severe Syringomyelia pain episode.

They need to have very strong front legs to manage a cart, but he did adjust to it quite quickly, with the aid of treats LOL.

I hope that Bella can manage without a cart in the future...

Elaine 2
29th March 2008, 05:53 PM
Thats great news, I'm pleased to hear she's better :rah:

29th March 2008, 06:33 PM
Brilliant news and a happy birthday to you too


29th March 2008, 06:48 PM
Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee GOOD NEWS>

30th March 2008, 04:04 AM
Could I suggest going to an orthopedic surgeon for a ortho review or specialist in this area before things get to a stage when they may/will need action. I recently did this with Digby as he has a hip/spine/joint problem and it was so good to have him fully examined by a spacialist in this area who had countless options for not only treatment when and if the time comes but also for preventative solutions to keep the problems at bay for as long as possible. Also then you are familiar with the set up process for when you need it.
Glad your little one is ok now, I can imagine your relief.:rah:

Emma n Renco
31st March 2008, 10:42 AM
What a great idea, will definately look into it - our vet didn't suggest that there was any prevention action that could be taken but then again we didn't think of it either.

Thanks for that advise! :-)


31st March 2008, 11:28 AM
I am so glad Bella is back to normal. I agree that you should see if there is a specialist that you can go to and see if there is any preventative measures you can take. At the very least you will be better prepared when and if Bella's leg deteriorates.

I knew a springer spaniel named Emily that got around fine on 3 legs. She was the happiest of dogs. Didn't stop her at all.

31st March 2008, 07:43 PM
just read the post just now so glad i did'nt have the long wait to see if she was going to be okay i just needed to turn the pages quick on the thread and so glad she's fine and now you can enjoy your birthday:rah::rah::rah::rah::rah::rah::rah::rah::r ah::rah::rah::rah: