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7 July 2018
Riot, my approximately 5-6 year old Pom/Golden Mix (we don’t know for certain what he is), was adopted from an animal shelter 4 years ago. He had always picked his leg up and carried it every couple steps only while jogging when off the leash. The vet said it could be a pulled muscle but since he never showed signs of pain, he also suggested it was just a habit from an old injury. Well, it was a hell of an old injury!
Jun 19th he jumped off the side of the deck to go after a squirrel while my Poppop was taking him outside (they “doggie sit” him every day, while I’m at work) and he landed wrong and was limping on that same leg that he sometimes picked up while jogging. I took him to the vet and she did an X-ray that showed a massive old break high on his leg near his hip that had healed all wrong (and was just terrible to look at) and a new fracture just below that. She said the best option for him would be amputation, with the previous badly healed break, it would most likely never heal correctly and just end up causing him more pain, she said he was probably feeling pains from the old break (hence he was carrying it at random).
Jun 21st he got his left rear leg amputated. My mom is a teacher and was able to come and stay with me for the last two weeks to help me look after him while I was at work. Which was a blessing. She’s gone home now and Thursday was his first day back at Grandma & Poppop’s house to be “doggie sat” while I went to work. Grandma said he’d been real lethargic, refused to eat and was moping around. He was growling at the cat (which is very out of character, he loves that cat). I have cut back his pain pills to once a day, in hopes that he might start to eat again. But the only thing I can get him it eat is a plain cheeseburger, and even then he’ll only eat half of it.
He was drinking like a camel right after his surgery, but now he hasn’t ate or drank a single thing all day. It was 1:30 PM before I could even get him to get out of bed! I agree with my grandma that he’s acting so depressed, and he was not behaving this way right after his surgery. His stitches are out now and the site looks really really good. He has had no complications at all until the last couple days he’s been really lethargic and will not eat. He has always been a very picky eater (he holds out for people food) so I’m not too shocked that he won’t eat his Bil-Jac or any other type of dog food.
Is it normal for them to behave quite normally after surgery, then to suddenly be so down in the dumps?
18 October 2009
Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.
It could be that he is still having some pain- most pups here are on pain meds at least two weeks, some will need them for three weeks or more.
Here is a good blog post on Recognizing Pain Signs.
Did he have a sudden increase in activity level? Could he have fallen and hurt himself? It takes quite awhile for new Tripawds to build up strength and endurance. Slow increase activity levels is best. My first Tripawd Maggie, a Pug who lost a back leg to mast cell cancer, took 6 months to build up to half the activity level she was at pre-surgery. Back then I didn't know how important core strength was for Tripawds. Maggie was a stubborn girl who hated change to her routine- she was a grumpy slug for 6 weeks post surgery- she had no complications but just wouldn't play with me. She got used to her new normal on her schedule and hopped happily through life for almost 4 years.
My current rear amp is a little Pug mix named Elly- I adopted her when she was about 2.5 months post surgery but she wasn't at all strong or ready for much activity. As a 10 month old pup she was full of energy so I started her on food games and puzzles to work on her balance and core. We did short walks with lots of stroller time- we gradually increase her walking time.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
1 October 2017
How is Riot feeling today? Have you tried re-adjusting his meds at all?
Jackie, David, Mitchell, Andy Oscar, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
25 April 2007
Riot and family, welcome. We hope he's feeling better but if not I would definitely talk to your vet about adjusting his pain meds, and also assessing Riot's post-amp activity.
Did your vet recommend an evaluation with a canine rehab therapist? If not, we recommend asking for one. Rehab therapy is a great way to find out what his physical challenges are and how you can best help him to overcome them and stay injury free. If your vet isn't familiar with rehab therapy, we can help you find a qualified practitioner.
7 July 2018
He has gotten a bit more smiley now that our routine is more back to normal. He still will not eat dog food and doesn’t get up unless he has to. He is overweight, and gets very short of breath just going from room to room. We are at day 20 now, my original post was off due to my calendar being set to Monday as the first day for work. He had his surgery Wednesday June 20.
The strange thing is he seems to do better as the Gabapentin wears off. About an hour after I give it to him, he starts breathing just a little heavy and starts not wanting to move. He isn’t actually sleeping the whole time anymore, he’s awake. He just doesn’t want to move around even to go to the bathroom.
He has not fallen or anything. He’s actually never alone due to his anxiety. He never leaves my side or my Poppop’s while he’s at my grandparents’ house. We still pick him up to get on the couch and up the stairs. At 25 lbs, that’s not fun, but he doesn’t even try to jump up or down off furniture at this point. He needs more time for that. Especially since it was his back leg.
His leg/hip looks really good.
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