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Hi, I am new to the forum and I have a 3 1/2 month old dobie boy, his name is Romel or Romy for short. We adopted him from a very reputable breeder in NJ thru the DVDPA in Pennsylvania. When we went to pick him up on New Years Eve, we were told that he had probably broken his femur at some point after birth and gradually started to use the hind leg at 4 weeks. She loved her dogs and couldnt bring herself to put him to sleep. She contacted the Doberman Rescue and wanted a good home who was willing to spend time and $ on his recovery. We had him xrayed in Jan. and went to 2 specialists 4 weeks later and learned a couple of weeks ago that this was the worst case that they had come up against. He would basically have to have a circular external fixator on his thigh for 8 months (torture) and their was no guarantee of it working. We are still awaiting one more opinion from a fixator specialist in Texas, but it doesnt look good. My question is basically how will a Doberman take to 3 legs, they are so regal and proud? Has anyone out there ever owned a dobie with 3 legs? I could really do with some info, I have talked to 2 specialists , and 2 more vets. thanks
 

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Hi, I am new to the forum and I have a 3 1/2 month old dobie boy, his name is Romel or Romy for short. We adopted him from a very reputable breeder in NJ thru the DVDPA in Pennsylvania. When we went to pick him up on New Years Eve, we were told that he had probably broken his femur at some point after birth and gradually started to use the hind leg at 4 weeks. She loved her dogs and couldnt bring herself to put him to sleep. She contacted the Doberman Rescue and wanted a good home who was willing to spend time and $ on his recovery. We had him xrayed in Jan. and went to 2 specialists 4 weeks later and learned a couple of weeks ago that this was the worst case that they had come up against. He would basically have to have a circular external fixator on his thigh for 8 months (torture) and their was no guarantee of it working. We are still awaiting one more opinion from a fixator specialist in Texas, but it doesnt look good. My question is basically how will a Doberman take to 3 legs, they are so regal and proud? Has anyone out there ever owned a dobie with 3 legs? I could really do with some info, I have talked to 2 specialists , and 2 more vets. thanks
I'm pretty sure I know who this puppy is (I am a volunteer for DVDPA) - have you spoken to the breeder about this? She might be happy to talk to you about it and give her opinion.

Worst case - Dobermans can do very well as a tripod.
 

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Yes a doberman can do very well as a tripod. My sisters dobie had reconstructive surgery done on her hind leg as a puppy. Even though she did not lose the leg, for the most part she only used 3. Fastest runner I ever saw on 3 legs. She died around the age of 12 or 13.
My Sadie (doberman) had osteosaracoma and had a front leg amputated. When I came to pick her up after surgery she came out as if it was no big deal. A bitter ending though, she died of bloat. I`m still mad at the University for some bad info they gave me. Anyway I won`t go there, it makes me mad and sad at the same time.
 

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Wow, what a tough situation. Yes, I think our member Coal-s-Mom has actually had at least 2 tripods. She would be a wealth of information for how they get along should it come to that. I'm curious if any of the specialists you've seen were at major veterinary training hospitals where sometimes they've been known to brainstorm new and innovative solutions.

If faced with the situation you've laid out here, on the one hand I think I'd try the fixator first if there's any real hope for stability and function of the leg (not just for looks) but on the other hand, I can appreciate how a puppy might be better and happier the sooner he learns to function on 3 legs instead of 4.

Sounds like you're doing all you can for Romy...good for you...at the end of the day you have to make that decision and I don't envy you. How is Romy getting around now?
 

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Kudos to you for not giving up on this dobie. I have no experience with tripods but I am wishing you the best!
 

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id imagine they would do really well with 3 legs....on amimal planet I saw a italien greyhound with only 2 legs! on the same side! and it was bouncing around! Romel might even feel better...if it is what needs to be done. Keep us updated :)
 

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Yes, dogs can do very well on 3 legs. Peaches does great. She even had to deal with snow and ice for the first time this year and she made out like a champ.

I take her almost everywhere I go and people are constantly amazed at how well she does. I take her to the dog park and she does a good job keeping up with the other dogs. She does tire a little sooner than some of the other dogs. Sometimes on walks she will have to rest. She crashed into my coffee table the other night in a failed attempt at jumping on the couch, but for the most part she's like any other dog.

In your situation, with a pup so young, I wouldn't hesitate to amputate if needed.

I get to post pictures of her now don't I? :tongue23:



Yes, she has pink toenails.






 

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Oh Peaches is a cute... Ok as you can see dogs go great on only 3 legs.. Keep the faith and your baby will be just fine.. also good for you for caring..
 

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thanks so much for the support and concern, Romy is getting along ok, he doesnt use the leg much, its shorter and bows outward. Its such a struggle wondering what is best, we know Cornell is great (our last dog spent 10 days with a bile duct problem)and thats why we were holding out for the Texas Fixator Specialist to get back to us. I keep in touch with his breeder(who is a vet) and she trusts us to do the best, I want to keep his leg but I dont want him to go thru alot of pain. Velmadobe, he is the puppy from NJ, his dad is Foxfire's Mud Monster and his mom is Eastwick's Something Sinister, (Sophia Koster) if you ask Sharon, she will know us well. I havent been in touch with her, I was waiting till we decided. thank you everyone
 

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I get to post pictures of her now don't I? :tongue23:



Yes, she has pink toenails.






Pictures of Peaches! This is a treat indeed! CM you can post pictures of her anytime. I love her pink toe nails.

Utah1romel2-Good luck. I know this is a hard decision for you.
 

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First welcome from myself and the boys!

Here is a picture of Tomba, who was hit by a car, she lives a very happy life, she runs and play, it hurts when you see it, but it seems she is having a happy life! She is doing really great!

 

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She looks happy to me Elly.........I had to do a double take, I thought at first that was one super long tongue, until I realized it was a toy of some sort! HA!
 

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First welcome from myself and the boys!

Here is a picture of Tomba, who was hit by a car, she lives a very happy life, she runs and play, it hurts when you see it, but it seems she is having a happy life! She is doing really great!

We were at an open show on Sunday when someone came in with a 3 legged girl,it just makes me cry to see it but it also makes me proud to see these wonderful dogs beat away their problems and get on with life,not only get on with life but bloody well enjoy it!!If anyone is not inspired by that picture of Tomba playing like that then life must be bad.One reason that i keep these dogs is their unbeatable spirit and total lust for life.
 

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Yes, dogs can do very well on 3 legs. Peaches does great. She even had to deal with snow and ice for the first time this year and she made out like a champ.

I take her almost everywhere I go and people are constantly amazed at how well she does. I take her to the dog park and she does a good job keeping up with the other dogs. She does tire a little sooner than some of the other dogs. Sometimes on walks she will have to rest. She crashed into my coffee table the other night in a failed attempt at jumping on the couch, but for the most part she's like any other dog.

In your situation, with a pup so young, I wouldn't hesitate to amputate if needed.

I get to post pictures of her now don't I? :tongue23:



Yes, she has pink toenails.






And why not, this is exactly what i was talking about in my previous post,give her a big hug and kiss from uncle brum and tell her I am proud to related to her through our internet community.
 

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thanks so much for the support and concern, Romy is getting along ok, he doesnt use the leg much, its shorter and bows outward. Its such a struggle wondering what is best, we know Cornell is great (our last dog spent 10 days with a bile duct problem)and thats why we were holding out for the Texas Fixator Specialist to get back to us. I keep in touch with his breeder(who is a vet) and she trusts us to do the best, I want to keep his leg but I dont want him to go thru alot of pain. Velmadobe, he is the puppy from NJ, his dad is Foxfire's Mud Monster and his mom is Eastwick's Something Sinister, (Sophia Koster) if you ask Sharon, she will know us well. I havent been in touch with her, I was waiting till we decided. thank you everyone
I'm glad you are talking to Sophia - I knew that was the puppy you were talking about. I've seen some pictures so I have a little bit of an idea of what the leg looks like. Good luck to you - he is a lucky dog!
 

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I have seen lots of three-legged dogs (never a Dobie though) and none of them were sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. All of them were running around just like the dogs that have all their sticks.
 
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