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Free Rehab for Three Legged Flat Coated Retriever Ella

Tripawds Community member jmckevitt is recipient #57 of the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab. Read on for details about the benefits of canine rehabilitation for three legged flat coated retriever Ella.

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Free Canine Rehab for Tripawd Ella

Ella, is a 7 year-old flat-coated retriever who is 14 days out from the amputation of her front left leg. She was diagnosed officially with osteosarcoma following the surgery, but every indication from initial x-ray was that that was going to be the likely outcome.

To be proactive even though it was a little early, we visited Dr. Lisa Star last week for an initial evaluation. Dr. Lisa is with Pets in Balance, and she visits various veterinary offices and also does home visits. We saw her at Christensen Animal hospital in Wilmette, IL.

Three Legged Flat Coated Retriever

During our appointment she did a thorough evaluation of Ella with range of motion, measurements, etc. She also did massage and instructed me how to do it, helped fit a harness for Ella, shared other options for wound care and fitted her with a carpal support brace. The massage and support brace were the most helpful at this stage of the game and the thing I learned most is how tight her muscles are going to be from using them in new ways.

In-Home Canine Rehab for Ella

Our next appointment with Dr. Lisa is this Wednesday, 5/6, in our home. We’ll learn about more exercises, evaluate our home environment with stairs, etc. and get going on some more canine rehab exercises. Dr. Lisa also recommends trying the underwater treadmill which we will do once her incision is fully healed and we get the doctor’s approval. She wasn’t sure if the oncologist would want her to do that while she is undergoing chemo since she will be susceptible to any bacteria while her immune system is low.

Three Legged Flat Coated Retriever
Ella, Three Legged Flat Coated Retriever

I heard about Tripawds via a bone cancer support group on Facebook and have found much support from online chats and e-mailing with Rene. I am eternally grateful for that.

We are getting better day by day and learning as we go. As everyone knows this is a horrible disease with impossible choices to make. All we can do is choose a path and hope and pray for the best.

Thank you Tripawds!

~ Janet & Ella (aka: jmckevitt)

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6 thoughts on “Free Rehab for Three Legged Flat Coated Retriever Ella”

  1. Ella just oozes with sweetness and gentleness. ❤ Such a pretty girl. And a well loved pip who is getting exquisite care!!

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about her evaluation and therapies she’s doing. Watching a tripawd enjoy massage purs a smile on the dog and the hoomans!

    Interested to know more about the front leg brace…reason for recommendation and if it is having a positive effect. Also, will it just be worn during recovery?

    Ella is definately getting her sparkle back! And it gets better and better!!Cheering for her!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  2. Ella is wearing the canine icer wrap (with no ice and no splint yet) that yo see in the second picture here. The blue one. It just provides some support to her remaining let and I think will help with hyperextension of her wrist. It is something she will wear on an ongoing basis. Right now we are just getting her used to wearing it and adding time each day. Once we get it on her (tricky sometimes), she doesn’t mind it at all. It’s neoprene and velcro.

  3. Hello, how are things going? just wondering what harness you got? What is the brace you mentioned? I also have a dog with limb amputated at front. cheers fiona


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