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Wonderful to hear from you! I'm glad things are still going in the right direction. Good luck on Thursday, please let us know what you find out.

Happy Birthday Pandora!!

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Hoppy Birthday Pandora!

If you do get an amputation for your birthday this year I hope your mom gets you something better for #15!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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HAPPY. BIRTHDAY PANDORA!! 🙂

Geez....hope you at least get a couple of licks of ice crean for your birthday!! 🙂   Surgery isn't exactly a sought after birthday present!

And yeah, like Karen said, birthday #15 better have some really good presents!way-cool

We're cheering for you sweet girl!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Hi Pandora and furmily

i am wanting to wish Pandora a super Happy 14th Birthday!!! Im sorry to be seeing you on this site lovey, but you are such a pretty little thing aren’t you!! It sounds like you are going to be good and strong for your surgery and you know that all of this Tripawd power is going to help you along with that!

I have a very big smoochable tripawd named Stewie who lives with 4 very very spoilt cats. We are all very proud of you for being so strong in finding a new home for your puppy, it can’t have been a pleasant decision! Im so sorry you all had to go through that experience! My heart goes out to you!

Wising you all the very best for you Pandora, we will keep you in our thoughts. I like Sally, hopes you got at least one lick of ice cream!

Many belly rubs to the pups and ear rubs to Pandora 

Petra, Stewie and his cool McCool Kittens

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I just told her a bunch of internet friends wished her a happy birthday and she meows her appreciations!

Amputation surgery for her birthday is a poor gift indeed.  No possible way to make it up to her, but I’ll give her all the love I can to try anyway.  🙂

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arynzmuse said

Amputation surgery for her birthday is a poor gift indeed.  No possible way to make it up to her, but I’ll give her all the love I can to try anyway.  🙂  

It isn’t her birthday on Friday first off, but even if it was, it would be the best birthday gift ever that a pawrent could give their fur baby in order to give them an extended pain free life! That is just my opinion! ❤️ 

On July 10/17 I became a Super Tripawd! You can find out more about my Pawrents Allensong but first Check out my 🎗 journey Super Stu Remember...“live in the moment!“  

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Thanks Super Stu!  I think she will feel better when she’s not got her leg in it’s current condition in the way.  🙂

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Pandora, yours is a face any mother would love to the moon and back! Thanks for those pictures. She looks like she would like to go back to sleep now!winker

Happy Birthday sweet girl and i hope you get back to feeling better in no time at all! Just make sure you listen to the ‘healing’ rules okay and don’t give Mum any pawsitude when it comes to you very critical medications okay! 

Extra chin scratches to you sweet birthday girl! 

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arynzmuse said
Oh, you guys continue to be amazing.  This last week has been stupid busy, but I wanted to make sure you knew I was still around and that I'm super appreciative of all the good advice and well wishes.

So a quick update - doggo did go home with his new family last Friday.  We're all (well, Pandora excepting) pretty sad about it, even though it's the right thing.

Pandora's being her cat-like self, sleeping, bumming around despite her gimpy leg (which doesn't seem to be getting better), and squawking at me for food.  ;D  She's honestly a ridiculously amazing little cat.  It was her birthday yesterday and she's officially 14 years old.  We gave her a couple silly toys and lots of ear scratches (which she loves).

She's getting checked out by the neurologist and the surgeon on Thursday for a likely surgery on Friday.  I'll keep you guys posted.  

Stupid busy is a great term;) Yep we understand! Glad you could make it back and let us know the plan. I know that had to be hard let Doggo go but hold on it was the best for all of you.

Happy Birthday, Pandora! Silly toys and ear scratches are great! Pandora will appreciate the one ear scratched even more after the amp. Purrkins will now just come to me and bend his head towards me asking for his ear scratched. You'll see what I mean after the amp.

Think about where she will recover at if there is a bed if you can take the mattress off the frame and directly on the floor great or stuff anything and everything under it to block access off. We used a spare room for recovery some people use dog cages. Provide a safe area for her to recover in Purrkins chose the closet for his recovery. Stock up on canned foods in case she is fussy, be ready to try different things with her if need be. We used a baby onesie instead of the cone we got approval from the surgeon I did a post on how I made Purrkins DIY Baby Onesie/T-shirts Cone of Shame Alternative 

Let us know how Thursday goes remember to take pen and paper to ask your questions or have them on your phone whatever works. Meds are on the top of that list! Oh, yay you started a blog! Good for you!! Will hop over there too!

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Oh yes... good call Holly!! if you can have her recover in a room that you can take the mattress OFF the frame and have it on the floor for sure do that first! Holly told me about that when Huck had his surgery. He was in a ginormous dog crate so I didn't think too much of it at first, was being too busy worrying about everything else. Eventually Huck started coming out of the crate... and headed for under the bed. I tried pillows, comforters.. forgetaboutit! We ended up having to take the mattress off the frame and then it was perfect. Huck could get up on the nice soft bed but he could not hide underneath it.

I know you don't think it's much of a gift, but when that painful leg is gone she is going to be one happy girl. You will see a big difference once she get's through recovery. You might want to get several wonderfully stinky smelly foods that she will find irresistible to keep on hand, her appetite might be a little "off" between surgery, anesthesia, and medications. 

Like Holly said, make sure you are all over the pain medication. Too many either send them with none or just 3 days worth. That is totally crazy. I think most of us here found somewhere around 2 weeks of pain meds and gabapentin to keep them comfortable.  

I saw your new blog, love it!

Jackie and Huckleberry 

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Purrkins was on Buprenorphine for 12 days and Gabapentin for 14 days. Then we took Purrkins for acupuncture to help him get off his pain meds! We would not have been sent home with Gabapentin had we not insisted on it. We were only sent home with three days worth of the Buprenorphine, and I stretched that six days and had to call and get another Buprenorphine when Purrkins was in pain meowing growling and hissing at me. Which was no issue the surgeon agreed we needed more pain meds.

What I have learned since I would have started the Gaba beforehand! I would have insisted on more than three days worth of the Buprenorphine! We are in a society that abuses drugs and sadly that effects our animals! The Buprenorphine was guarded when it was walked to me. The vet student was not allowed to stop from the pharmacy to me it was unreal! I was so naive and had no idea this was an issue then!

Most cats are not sent home with that much pain meds it is common to be sent home with three days worth or a long-lasting injection or even less that is what we see too often, and I will never understand how we can take a limb and be ok with 3 days. If the animal is not showing signs, that doesn't mean they are not in pain, that is a typical animal response NOT to show weakness! I can only imagine how much pain Purrkins was in when he was growling and hissing at me (NEVER PURRKINS) that should never happen to any of our animals!

Interestingly I just had a conversation with our regular Vet on teeth cleaning etc. and he was sending Buprenorphine home if they do any cleaning underneath the gums after such a procedure as it should be. Also, we had an experience with a cat bite on a cat, and they were sent home with 3 days worth of pain meds. So you get my point here, taking a limb and three days of pain meds? Makes zero sense. 

It is our job to go in armed and educated and advocate for our animals the best we can. We all learn the hard way going thru this, but that is why this site is so helpful you hear all of our experience, and what we learned, so you don't have to learn that is our hope! 

I documented all of Purrkins recovery on Purrkins blog if you want to look at it when you have time.

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Hi you guys -

This has to be quick, but yeah, the appointment today went as expected.  There's no progress noted with her ability to feel her paw, so we're proceeding with amputation tomorrow.

I'm completely not okay.  But that's a whole 'nother thing.

Quick logistic question - apparently Pandora has a heart murmur.  No one has mentioned this to me before.  They could do an echocardiogram before surgery to get more information, but the risk under anesthesia sounds fairly low and the chances of them doing anything different are low so I told them I would pass on it to not traumatize her further, keep things moving, and honestly, save money.  Is this choice reasonable or dumb as nails?  Does anyone have any experience with this? 

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Not real insight I to the murmur issue.  I'm sure if the Bets thought it was a big deal, they would advise accordingly. My dog Bob "sometimes" has a "murmur"  sound at Vet visits when being checked over...And sometimes he doesn't!  So may e thate the czse with Pandora!

YOU'RE SOING THE RIGHT THING!!  Update us when surgery is done.

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I agree that if it sounded really concerning they would probably insist. This really isn't a casual optional surgery, I would have passed as well. I'm not a cheapskate but she needs this surgery one way or the other. I have seen plenty do fine with murmurs and surgery.

Keeping you in my thoughts,

Jackie and Huck ❤️

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Did they tell you the grade of the heart murmur?
I guess to me it would depend on grade and what they are suggesting since your putting her under. I assume they are willing to do the surgery since she is there?

Heart murmurs are graded Purrkins was just diagnosed with one at his last oncology checkup and it just appeared Purrkins was a grade II they go to VI we are to follow up with echo in the future.

Would it change the outcome? I would opt to do what you can while under if that is at all possible. Money is a factor for most of us. I would want numbers and possibilities and know my risk of either choice and make the best gut instinct decision I could live with and make happen.

Please do not forget you are doing this for Pandora, not to her.
She will recover and hop on better without the bum leg in tow.
She will not look back but look forward so do the same for Pandora and yourself!

Hugs,
Holly & Purrkins❤️

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