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Joined: 12/31/1969
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For 10 days we are fostering a Border Collie from our County Animal Control.
She is almost the sweetest dog in the universe (my dog Abby is THE sweetest dog:)
She was found in another county and they thought she had a gun shot wound.
She was rushed to the vet and the vet found that the lame leg (hind left) was due to an old ACL injury. The injury is old enough that it can no longer be fixed and the leg has developed arthritis.
Animal control asked if the leg needed to be amputated and the vet said that he saw no reason why it would be necessary.
I have immediately started her on Glyco-Flex, which my dog Abby takes for her luxating Putella's.
Hoping that maybe she will at least put it down some, even if she doesn't regain full usage.
This is my problem... I don't know how to get over this lame leg. :'-(
It absolutely breaks my heart to look at her hopping along.
She is prefectly happy, she doesn't appear to be in pain. But, but I don't know.
I think if she was using all four legs there'd be no question, but I feel like I don't know if I can get past her disability.

Advice???

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Just treat her as you do all your pets even thought it is hard. She might not think that she is disabled and is just happy that she has a good home.

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Pulled up the article.
I really am not worried about training her, and that was what the article was about. She is well behaved and only after one day meshing very well, she is an obedient girl.

I as her human family need to find a way to see past her disability. And I don't know how. I know she needs a good loving home, and I want to be that for her if I can get past the pain of looking at her. :'-(

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Our pet training expert actually wrote an article on working with disabled dogs, http://www.pets.com/petcare/articles/train-disabled-pet-yes-you-can. She may have more advice or tips for you if you send her a comment through the article or her blog.