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    Unhappy Bella can't walk :-(

    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? :-(
    Emma and Renco Harvey & Bella's mum & dad

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    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.
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    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

    Maxine

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    thank you a 3 legged Bella is absolutely fine by us if she is painfree - gosh I wish I was a vet!
    Emma and Renco Harvey & Bella's mum & dad

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    Sending lots of good wishes to you and hugs and kisses for Bella..I will be thinking of you.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Here are some links:

    CARTS AND WHEELS

    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.
    Karlin
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