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Archive for November 7th, 2009




Rita’s Story Of Becoming a Tripawd

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Ritacoat

Rita one week post surgery and very happy!

ritasfatleg

Her leg a few months before the surgery

At age 6 Rita started to get a fatty lipoma on her back left leg. She went to the vet. many times for it over the course of those years, because it kept getting bigger and bigger.  It would become dormant and then go through a growth spurt. It started small just below the back of her knee and later spread down to the ankle and up into the hip. No vet. ever suggested doing anything about it other than to just, “watch it”.  It got to the point that she could no longer bend the knee and had trouble walking with it. And it had grown to 24 inches around the widest point. I got a referral to a wonderful Vet. and he examined her and told me that it had grown up into her pelvic cavity and was pushing on her colon (which explained her chronic constipation issues that had been going on for a year)  and that the pressure of the lipoma was damaging her sciatic nerve as well (she had just started standing on her paw bent over without knowing it)  It was never going to stop growing and the leg would eventually just drag behind her. I had the decision to do nothing and have to put her down in about a year or have her leg and part of her pelvis amputated and extend her life for a few years…. I know Rita and she loves life and had  never let that fat leg stop her so, I knew she would want to keep living longer with one less leg. And that she would be a happy dog with only three legs. She had her surgery October 15th, 2009.  She can already do everything she did before but it’s  easier without that huge leg to haul around and get in the way.  She is very happy and still loves life, she is truly amazing, I am so proud of her.


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