Our 12 1/2 year old lab, Ranger, had his front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. He is...
recovering very well but seems to like to lay outside in the cold a lot more than he use to, is this normal? Sometimes he quickly jumps up while resting, starts to pant then wants to go outside and lay on top of the snow or cold ground. Just curious if anyone else's dog does this?
Glad to hear he's doing well. How long has it been since the surgery? All dogs are so different in how they recover. Some take two weeks, others take a month. Laying on cold ground is soothing for swollen, painful areas. It sounds like he might be in pain. What pain meds is he on?
The biggest obstacle that dogs face after amputation surgery is weight. If your dog is at all overweight, he will have a harder time getting around.
Also, it takes time to build up muscle strength in the remaining limbs. He needs to learn to use those muscles differently now. You can help him along with Tripawd stretches and exercises that you can find on our site, Tripawds.com.
Please come visit us there at Tripawds, you'll find lots of great advice and support from others who have gone through recovery. Good luck to you and Ranger!
Thank you for your reply. Ranger had his leg removed on December 30, 2010. He is off all his medications and appears to have no swelling. He was 115 pounds before he started having problems with his leg. He last weighed in at about 91 pounds which isn't terribly overweight for a dog of his size. He is actually getting around very well. The desire to be in the cold is out of character for Ranger but understandable if he is trying to sooth himself in some way. I have visited the TRIPAWD web sight and am so grateful for it's existence! Thank you again for your input.
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