Today we talk to Rachel about life with Tux, her three legged French Bulldog. Rachel tells us what it's like raising a puppy who lost his leg, shares their daily routine and talks about behavioural issues.
Could you tell us how Tux lost his leg?
Tux was 5 months old when he broke his leg trying to jump up onto the sofa. Initially the break was misdiagnosed as a pulled muscle and a few weeks later scans revealed that he had fractured his joint. Further tests also identified a genetic bone condition called Incomplete Ossification of Humeral Condyle (IOHC). Several second opinions confirmed that the pinning surgery required to save his leg was high risk with a low chance of success. The decision was made to put him out of his pain and opt for amputation.
He is now almost 3 months post surgery and you’d never know that he’d been any different. He’s the most loving happy little pup and doesn’t let him impact him in anyway what so ever!
Could you tell us what a regular day with Tux is like?
When we get up in the morning I carry Tux down the stairs as he can’t get down alone. We head out for a walk and I grab a coffee before starting work on my nutrition business. As I’m self employed this usually means that I'm snuggled up on the sofa with my laptop and a blanket with Tux and the house bunny named Pat!
The afternoon is usually much the same as my morning. In the evening we have family time, dinner, and we walk Tux again with the kids. Depending on the season we might be having a relaxed, cosy winter's evening inside, or a dinner outside in the garden during summer.
On the weekend Tux and the family have fun hiking and exploring, or going to the lake. We try to get outdoors as much as possible.
What products, tips or tricks have helped Tux?
Disabled puppies can sometimes get stuck up stairs. Tux can make it up the stairs but he can’t get down. It is a good idea to have chew toys laid around to keep him entertained and prevent personal items from getting destroyed!
We also give him the supplement glucosamine to help him strengthen his joints.
We do plan on getting tux in the pool and swimming once we can find a safe life jacket for him as he loves baths and water! Tux will be getting a doggy trainer soon to learn better manners and behaviour. He isn’t naughty, just a little behind in his training due to his op and he needs that extra motivation to listen and break bad habits.
What advice would you offer to someone facing a similar situation?
Go with what your heart says and don’t put too much pressure on yourself when considering different surgery options. Sometimes the hardest option is the best.
You need to be prepared to have more patience and understanding with amputee dogs. Tux's op set him back so I always have to consider this when trying to train him. As long as your dog is loved and has a good chance of enjoying life don’t give up on them. Disabled or not they are special and will make your life so much more brighter with them around. You are their world and hey reward you by showing it.
I feel like having a dog that’s been through so much makes you appreciate them so much more and you see how awesome their spirits are. A few humans could take inspiration from these special animals!
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