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Old 09-08-2010, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Need help with my 3 legged pit

This is my first post and is pretty heffty, please bear with me. I have a 5 yr old amstaff/apbt mix, named Marley. I've had Marley since he was 8 weeks old, and he lost his leg around 6 months old due to a car accident. I was not present when the accident happened, but Marley being the tough bully he is made it back to me and I took him to the vet, and have since ampuated his rear left leg. I got him in FL while I was in college and ran him daily, as well as bought him a 20lb weighted harness to pull me on my long board as well as for daily runs/walks. Im now out of college and a professional in the nyc area. I have not had the time to exercise him that I used to have.

I would however like to ensure my best buddy's chance for a healthy life. I have recently switched him to a raw diet (1lb ground beef, fish oils, kelp, kalfa, and anti-inflammatory dog powders (I can't recall the name right now)). Is this a good diet? Are there anything I can do to improve it? make it healthier?

I also need to step up the exercise regime (or lack of). I plan to gradually build his stamina and strength through runs/walks starting at a distance of 1 mile and gradually increasing it. Is this enough to ensure his single back leg will be strong enough? I read that 70% of a dogs weight is on their front legs..therefore the lone back leg should only have to compensate an extra 15%...how can I build his back leg up to be strong ?

His current stats are 23 inches tall (at top of back, not head), 85lbs, 5 yrs old.

I believe his lack of exercise lately has caused him to become stressed leading to allergies, and what I believe is red mange(taking him to the vet this sat to diagnose). I really want to make my dog stronger and healthier. What can I do based on him having 3 legs?

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You have come to the right place with all your questions! Welcome aboard and give Marley a hug for me.
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Thanks for the welcome, and you have very beautiful pups in your avatar! In the past 2 years, I've been concentrating more on getting my career going than on being a better owner. I seriously need to correct this and find a balance that will improve both marley and me.
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Welcome, I am sorry I can not help you with the raw diet. I have been feeding mine dry dog food. I would start with some light work outs, maybe a flirt pole and not as much jumping. Get him back up on his energy level and maybe progress from there. I am not sure about how much weight can be put on him. I assume that he walks/runs/and jumps like a four legged dog.
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I have a Marley too Sorry I am no help with the raw diet but I wasted to welcome you to the group. There are many knowledgeable people here who can help out.
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Alas,I'm not any help either with the raw diet.I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and bump this up to people who are more knowledgable then me on the subject.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
 

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Thanks for all the reply's. I received a call from the vet, marley was diagnosed with hyptothyroid disease. I'm sad, and a little uneasy. I've spent most of my time at work googling the disease. Its a lifelong disease that will require daily medication. Anyone have experience with this?
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