My pretty girl had a c-section on halloween, we have two little girls, one was born with a slightly twisted back leg, The vet is having me tape them to help them straighten out. I of course had my girl spayed. My emtional issue is this. if I save the pup and straighten the leg a bit and just find it a good home, am I burdening a family with a sickly pup that could have future problems or do I just have it put to sleep. I am not a fan of the latter. I had hoped it was just twisted cause of the way it was positioned in the sac for a long period of time, but I don't think so, and I have doubts as to how well this leg is gonna straighten. I would appreciate some advise. The other girl is beautiful, and healthy.
well the one leg is twisted in and the other looks a little twisted in. If you were to hold the puppy up the back paws are almost facing each other. So I would be concerned about the other leg as well. She sure is gaining weight and sounds good, feels good. The taping seems to have helped a little but it is only the second day. I just don't think its gonna work.
i wouldn't put the pup to sleep. obviously the vet didn't think the condition was bad enough to euthanize the pup either. animals are amazing when it comes to their ability to adapt to things. im sure she will grow up and get around just fine the way she is. if you want to exhaust all options and make the best informed decision about what life may bve like for her as she grows , get a second opinion from an orthopedist.
that was pretty touching footage. And I think if this is what is meant to be then maybe its best that I do just keep her as my pet, then I'll know she is being cared for as her needs require. I don't worry so much about burdening a family, But a family starting out doing the right thing, then getting frustrated and giving up on her. It seems like no matter how much you try to place a pup in the right home, you just never know.
One of Maggie's littermates had what seemed to be a bad leg. The breeder opted to keep her. After going through physical therapy, keeping up with her exercises and having the leg taped, you can't even tell there was anything wrong with it.
Was this really a genetic issue? Or was it just how she grew in the uterus? I mean, if it was truly 'deformed' I think of something that is 'abnormal' and would still be deformed if straightened.
Don't beat yourself up if it was 'genetic'. There are no guarantees for living animals, and they don't really have a test for RANDOM genetic problems and if your girl would have had subsequent litters, chances are good that this would not have happened again.
my pug breeder told me about one puppy she had the had two deformed legs, the pup eventually could walk, and she somehow ran onto an older man in a wheelchair who needed a companion. i think he was in a nursing home, and she gave the puppy to him. he hadn't been so happy in a long time! the dog spent a lot of his time in the old guy's lap, happier than a clam for both of them. you never know what can work out. kind of like, maybe this puppy had a purpose in life.
***Edited By: pearl on 11/3/2006 9:58:11 AM*** Reason: x
gofishin I love bostons I have one they are so cute and sweet. If you decide to find her a new home when she gets old enough let me know. We have been looking for another small dog for a wile. We were looking at yorkies and Chis and all kinds of diffent dogs but it has always come abck to maby we should just get another boston.
I can promis she would be taken care of and she wouldnt be a burdin. Rocky has eplisie and I wouldnt trade him for anything.
Please dont put her to sleep. Im a big softy i know but i think she dersives a chance. there are alot of happy dogs, cats, people, even fish (you guys see that fish who couldnt swim and they had to tie a string with to the fish and to a cork so it didnt drownd?) that are not totaly normal but they are very happy.
This doesn't sound like a gentic issue at all, so I wouldn't be so concerned about that. This isn't your fault, probably nothing could have been done to prevent it.
It sounds like how she developed, my in laws had a dog whose back legs where twisted and locked. Basically unusable. But she had a normal, happy, healthy life, I doubt she knew she was at all disabled. She used to get around by walking on her front legs, she could actually run on them and build them up real strong, she was so ripped with muscle, she would play with the other dogs just the same. Anyway this wasn't a genetic problem, she was a twin and shared the same sack with her sister, but her sister crushed her and she wasn't allowed to develop properly.
If it were something severe or something that would cause problems in the future then maybe PTS would be the only sulotion, but it sounds like she will have a pretty normal life, especially if you work on getting them straight. I don't think a family would be burdoned, I know my inlaws didn't feel she was a burdon at all, they loved her to death and enjoyed her company.
No defiently dont have it put to sleep. Out of my first litter of English Bulldogs(only 3) 1 of them had really bad twisted legs but you cannot even tell her legs were messed up. Out of the last litter I had (8) 2 of them had terrible legs and the female's legs actually did out behind her when she was tiny and she could hardly crawl. But now she is a very very very active girl. She is actually probably the most active bulldog puppy I have ever seen in my life. And I did not put anything on their legs to straighten them, they just got better on their own.