Today’s Tripawd Tuesday wouldn’t be possible without a second opinion provided by Tripawds’ favorite fairy vet mother, Dr. Pam Wiltzius DVM of River Road Animal Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. Today we present Monbo the Mastiff!
Monbo Saved by a Second Opinion
When faced with the amputation decision, it’s critical to get a second opinion if your vet says your giant breed dog isn’t a good candidate for amputation. Large dogs are often dismissed as amputation candidates because some vets just don’t see a lot of them, while other vets see many — or even have personal experience with these heroes.
One vet who knows about giant breed Tripawds is Dr. Pam Wiltzius. She joined us in August, 2008 when her 165-pound English Mastiff Tazzie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Since then Dr. Wiltzius continues to generously share her insight with our community. Recently we met one of her patients, Christina Armijo of Puyallup, who shared her dog Monbo’s inspawrational story with us. Enjoy!
“I LOVE Dr Pam! Monbo’s first vet was uncomfortable amputating although I had said I felt it the best thing to do after I researched. He convinced me to try pain control for a few weeks but there’s no controlling that pain.
My big, rambunctious, happy, playful guy was becoming depressed, wouldn’t eat or move. That’s when I called River Road and asked for Dr Pam. She called me back right away and told me to go on Tripawds and look at the video of her dog and all the others.
She was so attentive and always just an email or phone call away as we went through the surgery as well as after. She more than did the surgery on my big guy, she helped care for him and spoil him while he recovered in their care. I was AMAZED at how compassionate all the staff are there.
It was absolutely the right decision to amputate and I’m forever grateful Dr. Pam took the time to talk to me and show me through tripawd big guys can live and enjoy life as a tri. Monbo is back to his happy, rambunctious, silly, self and doing Amazing as a tripawd. Actually swims, his favorite thing off all times, unassisted. When he sees water he actually runs to it.
I get tears of joy every time. Not sure how long I’ll have my big guy but know for sure his life will continue to be filled full of fun and adventure!
Share Your Story on Tripawd Tuesday
Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:
- In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include a photo or video.
- Include a link to your Tripawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)
All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.