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8 August 2018 - 5:34 pm
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Late to the Welcoming  Pawty, but you've  gotten such great support and insight,  all I can say is DITTO!

Surrounding  you with our support and healing energy!  And same for Sebastian and Mango too!

Stay connected!  We are qll all right by your side, okay?

Extra hugs!

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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Welcome. Sorry to meet under these circumstances but you are in the best place possible. Your golden is adorable. I also have a golden who had her right front leg amputated. It is so rough that 2 out of 3 golden will get cancer. I lost my other golden to a burst heart tumor. A front leg on a bigger dog like a golden is rough but it is doable. What is your home situation? What type of floors? Any steps? How is his mobility prior to surgery? Is he a proper weight? I know it is so hard to keep goldens thin, especially when they are older and become couch potatos. I was a vet tech and i am a registered nurse and i still was so upset when i saw my golden immediately after surgery. They shave a very large area for a front amputation and it is hard to see your furry teddy bear missig all that fur. Try not to focus on it. I put t-shirts on my golden after surgery so i didnt look at it. I didnt buy expensive dog clothes. I just used short sleeve shirts i had. Usually a womens small or a kids extra large will fit an average size golden. You can cut the part above his back and tie it in a knot if it is hanging too low on his belly. You dont want him peeing on it. Fromt leg amputees cant usually get to their incision to mess with it so my girl didnt wear a cone amd the t-shirt help ed her not to rub it on the carpet. She did lick at the shaved part on ther other leg from the iv site. Just keep an eye on it. How many days is he staying in the hospital? I took my girl home the same night because the hospital i had it done at didnt have overnight care and i have the experience and background to care for her at home. I would not recommend that to anyone else. Pain control once he comes home is the most important thing. Eating and peeing/pooping comes with time. All the advice you are getting her is so great. I found this site the day before my golden had her surgery. It was a life saver. My girl had a complete fracture and that is how i found out about her bone tumor. I really had no indication it was there prior to the break. Dogs are very stoic and hide their pain so well. I wasnt sure i was making the best decision for her by putting her thru surgery and recovery but she looked at me and said she wanted to fight. I didnt have the tumor typed but the vet was pretty sure it was Osteosarcoma or fibrosarcoma. I chose not to do any radiation or chemo. This is her second cancer. She also has nasal Osteosarcoma. I put her on a holistic regimen after her nasal cancer diagnosis. She is 21 months nasal cancer diagnosis and 8 months post amputation. The first few weeks are rough. I am not going to lie, there will come a point that you wonder if you made the right decision. But come to the site and we will get you thru it. Looking at my golden now i cant imagine not giving her a chance to fight. She is thriving and still has such a great quality of life. She basically does all the same things she did with four legs but now she is pain free. I will be thinking of yoir golden and the other two babies having their surgery on Thursday. Is so great that you will all be going thru it togeather. Support is what you need right now.   

Hello! Thank you for the info! Luckily, Kurt is a great weight according to the vet and surgeon. He was moving around well and not using the leg too much which they said was helpful for a faster recovery.

We do have hardwood all through our home and live in a split level so stairs are pretty much required. I've already purchased rugs to create a path to all his favorite spots. And we've figured out how to get through the first week or so without the stairs but we are hopeful he'll be able to do stairs after he recovers from the surgery. 

I'm nervous about the incision (I have a weak stomach) but I've been looking up pictures as suggested! The vet said they will probably use staplesugh. But he'll be in a T-shirt as soon as he gets home so I'm not too worried. 

Lastly, he is going to stay at least 1 night and then depending on how he's doing, he'll either come home tomorrow or Saturday. 

Thanks again for insight and well wishesheart

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Wishing a full and speedy recovery for Kurtis. Sounds like you're on top of everything for when he comes home. You'll have some tough times over the next week or two, but you'll be amazed at how quickly he recovers and how well he adapts. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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I hope Kurt did well today. Keeping his feet trimmed and his nails cut are also important. As you know golden feet can get very furry in between the pads on the bottom. I live in a split level as well. Going up for a front amputee is pretty easy, its going down that is hard for them. I knew my golden would struggle so the day after her surgery my dad came and built ramps for the inside steps and the steps off my deck. It was pretty easy with two by fours and ply wood. I used carpet to cover the inside ramp and the outside ramp i covered in artificial grass. She uses them perfectly now. Dont stress too much about the incision. If you seem worried about it kurt will pick up on that. It will be bruised and have a little bit of drainage. Just put the tshirt on him and move on. For me the biggest shock was all the missing fur. But it grew back and thats the one great thing about goldens being so fluffy. Once her fur grew back i dont even see the scar now. Sometimes when she lays down it just looks like her paw is curled under her, not missing. Make sure you have some good yummy food on hand for when he comes home. He may not eat for a few days and thats ok. But you may need the food to hide the pills in. Tramadol is a very bitter tasting pill so dogs often dont like taking it. Try balling it up in cheese or meat. I did well with hot dogs. I would give her a few empty non pills pieces. Then the pills ones and then just keep giving her more regular ones fast. She would be so busy eating them that she often didnt notice the pill. Small meatballs work well too. Either ground beef, turkey or chicken. Drinking after surgery is important. If he doesnt want to drink you can try chicken broth, melted water ice or ice cream. Anything to get fluids in him. Keep us posted and let us know what problems you encounter, not matter how small. We have all been thru this before and have tils and tricks for everything. 

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