"Dead leg"

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So I'm currently talking to a lady who rescued a small dog, she can't keep it, and a rescue I work with is currently in the process of trying to find it a new home. 

My concerns about the dog are as follows:

She took the dog to a vet because it was limping badly. The vet says that the leg in question is dead due to nerve damage. She says the vet didn't say the leg had to be amputated, only commenting that it would "look better."

What do you all think about this? Medically speaking, shouldn't the leg be amputated because it is dead? How much would something like that cost?

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First if the dog is about to come into the rescue have the rescue's vet check the dog out to confirm anything. And any leg issue is not a reason to not take the dog in it's just a leg, hahahaha, I can safely say that since I AM a leg amputee, unless the leg issue is due to some other issue its just a leg, front or back the dog will be fine. Now as for cost - depends on whether you have a vet who understands that you are a rescue trying to help the dog and not just a client and that you need a price break; surgery cost is dependent on so many factors such as pre-op bloodwork, if xrays are needed before hand etc. I would think that it could be as little as $400 and as much as $1200 depending on what your vet is willing to do cost wise.......not sure if that helps......but I would tell the rescue to take the dog from the woman and get it evaluated and then put a "chip-in" link on their website to raise money for the surgery, that works great if its an active rescue that gets alot of visitors - if not, and it's just a local rescue placing jars at vet offices to raise funds especially at the vets office where the surgery will be done is a great way to raise funds, and you could hold a fund raiser event just to raise money for the surgery.......like having an educational table set up at petsmart etc. on the weekends and have your donation jar there with pics of the dog and what the vet has said type of thing.......have someone knowledgable to answer questions cause people will ask questions especially if they are donating money for a cause.......let us know how this turns out....

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The rescue is definitely not turning this dog away. They've dealt with worse situations. Right now we are just waiting on the lady to actually turn over the dog to them. I think she may have gotten a little attached to him. In cases like this, if the rescue takes him in, they will do a fundraiser for the dog.. the last one we did was for a german shepherd that was pulled from extremely horrible conditions- we raised the money for all her vet bills (totalling over $1400) in less than a week.

I've seen a couple of pictures of the dog- and every time I get a new one my heart breaks a little more. ):  My little sister is wanting him, but she understands that I'm not willing to take the chance with Tayoh. So we're doing everything we can for the little guy. 

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yayayayaya, sounds like a plan, glad to hear he will be in good hands, and congrats on being able to raise funds that fast for the shepherd!!! We do have some trouble raising those types of funds for the rotties which is a shame......keep me posted on how he does and post his pic we would or at least I would love to see him :))