my dog has osteosarcoma.
April 29, 2005 7:14 PM Subscribe
My dog has just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front right leg, and has to have her leg amputated. We live in the second story apartment, with no elevator. I need to figure out how to help her up and down the stairs. She's a Rottweiler/Lab mix (100lbs) so she's too big to carry. Currently, I put her in a Ruffwear harness and hold up her chest a bit when we go down the stairs to ease the pressure on her leg, but I don't think this harness will fit her once her leg has been removed. Does anyone know of a harness that is secure and comfortable for a dog with only one front leg? I need to be able to grab it from her back (ideally between her shoulder blades) and that the force is evenly distributed across her chest. All the harnesses I can think of fit "under the armpits", so to speak. Other suggestions are welcomed, as well. Yes, moving to another apartment is medium term option, but I need to figure out a short term solution. (Our front door is on the first floor, which opens to an internal stairway. I've thought about building a ramp down to the front door, but there are still 10 stairs from the door to the street.) Thanks for your help.