Leg amputation

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Leg amputation

Postby Nigel97 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:32 am

I was hoping to get some opinions, support, or information about amputations. We have to either amputate his leg halfway up the thigh or euthanize. He’s around 8 years old and doesn’t show any signs of being distressed even with the abscess he has growing on his knee. We’re obviously wanting to amputate but we’re very nervous about the process. Will this be the right decision for him? Do you think it’ll be too hard on him? What’s the healing process like? We want what’s best for him, even if that unfortunately means having to loose our little buddy. We all feel very lost but have to make a decision fairly quick. Any and all comments are appreciated.
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby AHBD » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:06 pm

Sorry to hear about your guy . My boys are over 8 yrs. old and still spry + healthy so if your dragon is healthy it should be no problem. They do fine with 3 legs and recover pretty quickly from surgery [ usually ] Keep in mind that every operation on a human or animal carries the risk of death but it's very low if you have a good vet/ Dr. and are reasonably good health. Do you have pics of him , and what is his name ? Here's how to post pics :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Nigel97 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:44 pm

His name is Nigel, I believe you actually commented on my other post about his leg infection recommending amputation. I really appreciate your knowledge and support through this website! I’ll attach pictures of what his leg looks like now (with some corn starch on it) and what it looked like a couple months ago as well as a picture of him himself. He was able to shed the abscess the first time around but it came back pretty aggressively, hence us considering amputation. He doesn’t have any other health concerns that I’m aware about. He has the same mannerisms as usual and seems very healthy aside from his leg.

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Re: Leg amputation

Postby AHBD » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:58 pm

Oh yes I remember Nigel ! He looks pretty good and it seems like he is relatively healthy. Be sure to let the vet know everything that you mentioned here . What a sweet boy you have !
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby loljelloclowdz » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:59 pm

This is because you had the worst pet sitter on the planet, right? He’ll be fine with it amputated, but I’d personally lop off someone’s finger if they ever let Mari get like that just as an extra treat.
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Drache613 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:34 am

Hello,

Oh bless Nigel, he is doing super right now, he looks really happy! I am glad to see his vast
improvement there but sorry he will lose his leg. I agree, he looks healthy so amputating his
leg at his age should be fine. It will be an adjustment for him, but if he is in good health otherwise
then he can definitely handle it.
It will just be an excuse for you to spoil him more... When are you planning on having this done?

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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Drache613 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:35 am

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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Nigel97 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:28 pm

loljelloclowdz wrote:This is because you had the worst pet sitter on the planet, right? He’ll be fine with it amputated, but I’d personally lop off someone’s finger if they ever let Mari get like that just as an extra treat.

Yes that’s right. Ooooh trust me, I’m having a hard time not doing anything of the sort
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Nigel97 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:30 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

Oh bless Nigel, he is doing super right now, he looks really happy! I am glad to see his vast
improvement there but sorry he will lose his leg. I agree, he looks healthy so amputating his
leg at his age should be fine. It will be an adjustment for him, but if he is in good health otherwise
then he can definitely handle it.
It will just be an excuse for you to spoil him more... When are you planning on having this done?

Tracie


Thankyou for the reply! That makes me so happy to hear. Of course we see him everyday so it’s hard to see just HOW much better he’s looking... the appointment is scheduled for the 27th, so just over a week from now
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby Nigel97 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:56 pm

Just a small update for everyone; Nigel’s surgery was on Tuesday. He’s been eating well since and obviously shows signs of discomfort, but so far so good! Going to keep the good energy flowing his way. I’ll continue to post more update over the next few weeks

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Re: Leg amputation

Postby AHBD » Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:19 pm

Hey that's so good to hear ! Hopefully he just keeps going strong . :)
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Re: Leg amputation

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:55 am

Sending good vibes for Nigel - so glad the surgery went well! :)
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