my greyhound broke her leg this morning and I've just heard back from the vets. Our options are: 1. a vastly long, complicated and expensive operation that she may or may not come out of and may or may not work. 2. amputation 3. euthanasia.
I've never been one for long, distressing operations/treatment when it comes to animals so I'm realistically looking at options 2 or 3.
So my question is do any of you have any experience of greyhounds with only three legs, bearing in mind that she will lose a front leg? I just can't see it working as she is a big, lanky dog. I'm also worried about quality of life - she loves to run, in some ways it is her reason for living.
You could contact someone like Evesham Greyhound/lurcher rescue, as they'll have lots of experience in dogs with amputations - they have a vvv cute lurcher with a rear one in atm who isn't letting it impede her. But dogs cope really well generally losing a leg - they justbounce along somehow!
Dibbler - you and I are both glued to Fairy's story then.
Callisto, so sorry to hear this. I'd go for amputation without a second's hesitation. I have had the privilege of knowing quite a few amps (both greys and lurchers). Generally they do brilliantly and can still run, steal things and have a wonderful quality of life. One of the greys I know with three legs ran off with a full chip pan of oil that he managed to steal from a supposedly safe place on top of the stove.
There's a huge amount of info about grey amps on Greytalk (the online board/forum for greyhound owners). Depending on what rescue your hound came from, they may be also familiar, and can advise further.
I know both. Met a fabulous lurcher at the Evesham GLR Christmas fair who had lost a front leg in a road accident - gorgeous dog and great quality of life. Obviously it's a huge decision, but if it was one of mine and they were otherwise in good health and a reasonable age, I'd go for it. The only time I wouldn't - would be for bone cancer. What does your vet advise?
Callisto - yes, I met someone from LL who has a grey with a front leg amputation - he gets on OK. He's lost his later in life so its more difficult to adapt, but he's clearly still fine and doesn't let it stop him getting around. Particularly if she's a lighter grey, she will probably adapt fine.
Aargh, Callisto, that's not very helpful is it? OK, thinking systematically then, do you live somewhere like the side of a steep hill with masses and masses of steps where an amp would struggle or do you have a flatter more amp friendly home? Are you willing to do the intensive nursing when she comes out of vet and help with wound management? Would you be willing to take her to hydrotherapy to help her regain strength/balance? Are you willing to have an "odd" or disabled dog? Not everyone is. Is your grey healthy and fit at the moment? PTS could still be an option furhter down the line - you are not ruling that out if you decide QOL is not good enough. Are there other questions we can ask that would help?
This is one of the LL dogs: Tip I've been on a walk with him and he was so happy to be out you wouldn't notice that he didn't have the leg. He was let off the lead though because it was more easy to unbalance him.
My mum and dad's dog is a lurcher with three legs after a front amputation about 5 years ago.
She recovered very quickly indeed and the scar has never seemed to trouble her. Her body reshaped itself over the years and she is now tripod shaped. She is AS FAST and AS MANOUVERABLE as my four legged lurcher, and if you put the two of them together her enthusiasm for life would make you think mine was the one who had been horribly abused and lost a limb.
You could also look at lurcherlink's forum - a lot of tripods on there and a lot of positive stories. It's a heartbreaking hting to have to do and I really sympathise, but please don't worry - outcomes are generally very good. Lucy has no idea at all that she is anything other than perfect and lives the absolute life of riley.
sorry - crossposted with scuttle and mistle. Meant to add: we live in Cumbria with a lot of hilly walks, up a lot of steps. The only thing that caused a problem was laminate flooring, but a lot of lurchers struggle with that. Luccy would laugh in your face at the idea she's disabled!