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It has now been 11 days since Marley's amputation. The first few days were the worst days of my life, but thanks to all of you I got through it and Marley is so much better. Once the pain patch came off all the crying and whining completely stopped, this is also when he first started to move and walk on his own, it made me so happy! He has been doing quite well and as far as getting around he is getting better each day. He is able to go up stairs and jump onto the couch with no problem (one day I even found him sleeping on my bed!) His wound doesn't seem to bother him much, he lays on it all the time and even likes to be rubbed around his stitches. He is drinking like normal and likes his ice cube treats, but I am having such a struggle trying to get him to eat. I have tried so many things that I feel like I don't have a ton of options left. I have tried cat food, pork tenderloin, steak, chicken, hamburger and rice, hamburger rice and carrot baked balls, science diet canned food ID (which he loves), goats milk, cheese, peanut butter, all kinds of dog treats and I'm sure I could name a few other things. There were a few things that he would eat a little of, but quickly lost interest and the ONLY way I can get him to eat anything at all is to hand feed him. I never force the food on him or in his face, I always offer it to him and then leave him alone, but he just turns his head away from it or walks away to go lay down. We also noticed that earlier this week his gums were kind of pale. So I talked to my Dr. and we took him in on Tuesday for blood work to make sure that he wasn't still anemic (a couple days after surgery he was a little anemic but the dr. thought that he would be ok and it would work it self out). So they checked his blood work and his red blood cells were still low. So we took him off of the anti inflammatory medication, and he prescribed a stomach recovery medication and prilosec. So he is now only getting those two medications and a tramadol about every 12 hours. Pain has not seemed to have been issue this entire time. I thought that maybe the stomach meds would help with his appetite but it hasn't changed much. I went to the organic pet shop yesterday and took Marley with me so he could enjoy some time out. I got some Lotus canned food which he has been eating quite a bit of, but still only by hand. He seems to like the goats milk too, but will only take it out if my hand, which is kind of hard since it' s liquid. He has been very sleepy and not interested in anything. The tail wags sometimes and when visitors come he is very happy and excited. It seems likes the first few days after the patch came off he was doing so well and now it seems like he's not feeling as good. He gets his stitches out next Tuesday, but I'm debating if I should go in before then and see if there could be something else wrong. My dr. said that if he doesn't seem to get better with the eating, then we can also check to see if he could possibly have a bladder infection from his catheter that he had. I didn't call the dr. today because he is eating out of my hand and figured I would just wait until Tuesday but I still can't help but be a little worried. His gums look pretty good now, but I think they could be pinker, so I guess what I'm getting at is that I think he still maybe a little anemic... Or I could just be jumping the gun and over thinking things because it has only been 11 days! Thanks for listening 🙂 

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Just a very quick note of something that popped into my mind right away as far as handfeeding. Colonel Mosby would only eat off a spoon and being hand feed. As it turned out, he had a sore shoulder/neck muscle (forgotten the exact specifics) and it hurt to bend his head down to eat from a bowl!!

A d the fact that Marley has been jumping on the couch and going up and down stairs, ne may be dealing with an issue simikar to Mosby's.

I would wantto get to the vottom of the anemia or, at least, have a plan of treatment figured out from the Vet. Yeah, I'd get a full blood panel done, as well as urine checked, etc. Can you check for a fever, or did the Vet check?

The Vet can also give him an appetitw stimulant thst may help. Oddly enough, a dose of subQ fluids sometimes makes them perkier and increases their appetite. Just throwing stuff out there.

Others will chime in with more suggestions. It is good that he is eating, even if he has to be handfeed! ,

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Thank you! It could very much be soreness. On Tuesday the dr. adjusted his neck, so he was indeed tense. I have been carrying him up and down the stairs again when going outside.... we haven't tried going down any stairs yet, we will wait until the wound is healed before we try that 🙂

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Marleyyyyyyyyyy...slow down just a teeny weeny bit so you can recover, you superstar, you! It sounds as if his recovery is going along quite well but that, perhaps, he is overdoing it as he learns to adjust and shift his body in new ways? If he is energetic, not so certain it is anemia but gosh I would want to have the blood test ( and urinalysis) done just for peace of mind:) Maybe he is, to some small degree, reacting to the tramadol as opioids can induce lack of appetite. If so, that will change as he is weaned off the drug. Does he have any other meds on board like gabapentin or previcox? And, Marley, do you also love Hill's A/D ( not I/D)? Because even a tiny bit of A/D is packed with calories and nutrients...We hope to hear that you ate a big breakfast this a.m Marley!!! From big spoons;)

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He is off all medications except for the pill for his stomach and tramadol every 12 hours... I will have to look and see what it is called, I think its something like carafate? Oh he does also take a 1/2 prilosec once a day too. He hasn't been too energetic, just mainly sleeping and resting all day. He did enjoy a little time on the desk yesterday in the sunshine (his favorite thing) smiley

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It does sound like he's doing very well in general - that's great! You know, a dip around now is pretty normal, especially if he's been active and is feeling sore. You're only 11 days out - I didn't think Jack looked like she was feeling totally back to herself until 3.5-4 weeks.

She also only ate out of my hand for a long time and I'm sure it was because she was sore. How are you giving him food when you feed him? Jack now eats completely laying down in her bed - you might give that a try if you haven't already. 

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I'm glad the vet had a chance to look him over. You're both covering all your bases and it does sound like Marley's body just needs a bit more time to recuperate. Remember that every dog is different so timelines vary. 

The eating thing is tricky for many dogs in this phase. Have you tried feeding him from different plates? Try paper plates to reduce the chance that Marley's nose is bothered by the lingering scents of food that the didn't like.

Are you trying to mix pills in his food? If so, don't. Mixing pills in normal food often turns a dog off from eating their main meal. Hide treats in junk food you wouldn't ordinarily entice him to eat for a main meal.

Have you seen these appetite stimulant ideas?

http://nutritio.....s=appetite

I hope something helps.

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Thank you for sending the link for appetite stimulation. I do not mix his pills in with his food. I have tried goats milk, he did drink a little this morning and ate all of his canned food from my hand 🙂

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Jack now eats completely laying down in her bed - you might give that a try if you haven't already.   

I know Jack gets a lot of good care and chiro care, but this comment reminded me of a post that someone wrote recently. They mentioned how their Tripawd only ate laying down, and after a full vet exam they came to find out he had a pinched nerve in his neck. Once the pinched nerve was resolved he started standing up again. Their comment made me have a flashback to a time when Jerry did the same, and it made me regret that we never investigated why he started doing that. Poor Jer!

 Just wanted to throw that out there.

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One thing, too, is that Tramadol often bothers some dogs - it makes their food taste bad.  Murphy never had a hard time with it, but I know some people have posted that their dogs could smell it in their food or even on their hands and then wouldn't eat.  So maybe it has to do more with the Tramadol itself than anything else.

Have you tried Gabapentin at all?

Carafate is one that helps with stomach problems, you got it smiley

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