Welcome to Rocket’s world!
We recently adopted an 11 week old Papillon that was born with an “angel wing” on his right front leg instead of a normal leg. (sometimes we call it his chicken wing). The breeder said he has been a feisty fellow since he first started moving around and figuring out how things work. Since he knows nothing else, he has no idea that he is supposed to have four legs!
I am hoping that with this blog I can help anyone else raising a “since birth” tripawd and make navigating this joyful decision a little easier.
Except for having 3-legs, he is like any other normal puppy – goes like crazy with wild bursts of energy and the next minute sound asleep. His life consists of playing, eating, sleeping, pooping and peeing. Strangely enough, his favorite playmate is the largest dog we own who is still a puppy herself (only a year old), but weighs 25 pounds so we have to watch closely to make sure she stays gentle and doesn’t get too excited. She has been a surprising saint with all his puppy antics.
Our first challenge has been the fact that his little leg is actually there, but is deformed and wasted. When he gets to playing too hard the paw end moves too much and can occasionally cause pain. We are assuming it becomes hyper extended or bends just wrong as there are no tendons or ligaments within that bottom portion to keep it held tight. He does not like it at all when we try to cover it with something snug to hold it still and all the doggy t-shirts out there are WAY too big for him at this time. If anyone has a suggestion that will get us by until he gets big enough, it would be appreciated. He saw the orthopedic vet yesterday and he said it would be best to remove the leg once he gets big enough. My next step will be to touch bases with a rehab specialist to see what and when we should start doing things to make sure the rest of his body stays strong and healthy.
I love this community as it helped me through a difficult time with Shooter and I’m looking forward to keeping everyone updated on Rocket’s Journey!