My friend's dog was hit by a car last week. Her rear leg was badly injured. They tried to save it but the bone just isn't healthy enough. She's due for amputation the day after tomorrow (Sept 2). My friend is a basket case.
Can anyone tell me what she should expect. This is a medium size dog. I think she weighs about 50 lbs. She's like a small ridgeback with a very sweet disposition.
I keep telling her the dog will be fine with three legs, but I'm sure she'd rather hear it from someone who has been through it.

Any idea what the recovery period is?
Thanks so much.
Jane
My friend's dog was hit by a car last week. Her rear leg was badly injured. They tried to save ... I'm sure she'd rather hear it from someone who has been through it. Any idea what the recovery period is?

The recovery period varies depending on the dog's size, health, the vet's advice, etc. You were right to tell your friend the dog would be fine. There's a 3-legged male Boxer (missing front leg) who went through the same thing not long ago. He still wiggles, romps, plays & runs like a normal Boxer would. In all likelihood your friend will miss that leg much more than the dog ever will.

Tara
Any idea what the recovery period is?

That will depend on the dog. Most are hard to keep quiet for the requisite period. A rear leg is much easier for the dog than a front. My 75 lb. dog was fine without his front leg, but the rear will be a piece of cake.
I keep telling her the dog will be fine with three legs, but I'm sure she'd rather hear it from someone who has been through it. Any idea what the recovery period is?

When I picked up a foster aussie-mix pup after a front-leg amputation surgery, he was shocky and crying in pain for a few hours. Enough to scare me in fear that his personality would be changed. But after sleeping for a couple of hours he woke up his normal happy self. He learned to maneuver the different weight distribution without the leg within 24 hours and had no real discomfort other than surgery site sensitivity. The lasting impact is that he can't swim and has to sit up to "Shake". He's been at the dog park daily with his adopters for years and regularly wins the Halloween costume contest dressed as a pirate with a peg leg and a plastic parrot on his shoulder.

Lynn K.
My friend's dog was hit by a car last week. Her rear leg was badly injured. They tried to save ... I'm sure she'd rather hear it from someone who has been through it. Any idea what the recovery period is?

No specifics, but on an Animal Planet show I saw a two-legged dog playing fetch, with no prostheses. Both legs (front and rear) were on the same side of the dog. If anybody told that dog she wouldn't be able to run, she wasn't listening. It was awesome to watch!
FurPaw

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

To reply, unleash the dog.
My friend's dog was hit by a car last week. Her rear leg was badly injured. They tried to save ... I'm sure she'd rather hear it from someone who has been through it. Any idea what the recovery period is?

She should expect a period of adjustment, probably less than two months, and then the dog will suddenly forgot that it ever had four legs.
the dog will be fine. And it will be a conversation piece.

My friend nina specializes in three leggers:
Meet thurber http://www.theslack.com/thurber.html

and peanut: http://www.theslack.com/peanut.html
I enjoyed that, Beth. Choking up a bit about Thurber and smiling big for the Peanut.
Deb
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Hank the Tank
I enjoyed that, Beth. Choking up a bit about Thurber and smiling big forthe Peanut.

Thurber was a remarkable animal. He was like Melanie's Harley - a wise, loyal and perfect companion. When he lost his leg, he apparently made a great transition from four-legger to celebrity:
http://www.theslack.com/tail.html
Actually, you can read all nina's dog articles from her archive by subject page: http://www.theslack.com/archives.html
Good News! The preliminary surgery that was done to try and save the leg has worked. Apparently the bone looks healthy enough to allow the leg to heal. Needless to say my friend is delerious with joy. She took the dog for the amputation appointment but when they removed the bandages they decided things looked really good.
Thank you all for you responses.