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Hi all

Barney went in this morning at 7.30am and had his amputation at 11am 😢 The vet called once he had finished and advised that the op went well. I do not get Barney back for 3-4 days now 😢😔 but I know he is in the best place and they will take great after care of him. 

I am very anxious to get him back with us. I'll be needing all your help and advice when he's back. 

Thank you once again 

Naomi and Barney xx

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Wonderful news!

Now is the time to take advantage of those 3-4 days and prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically for his recovery. First, you must get some rest. It's very difficult to stay centered when you're sleep deprived. Take care of yourself so you can take care of Barney.

Prepare yourself for the new normal. Not only will he look different, but he will walk, run, eat, poop, etc., different.

Lastly, forgive yourself for not being able to cure cancer. None of this is your fault, although cancer will make you think it is and will toy with your emotions. Stay strong and be more dog.

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Yay for Barney's surgery success! Thats one big hurdle you two have overcome, congratulations!

The first time you see him try not to be sad. Remember that you are helping him live the best quality of life possible while kicking cancer's butt. Barney's going to rock it on 3, just wait.

Let us know how things are going.

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Wow is the time to take advantage of those 3-4 days and prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically for his recovery. First, you must get some rest. It's very difficult to stay centered when you're sleep deprived. Take care of yourself so you can take care of Barney.

Lastly, forgive yourself for not being able to cure cancer. None of this is your fault, although cancer will make you think it is and will toy with your emotions. Stay strong and be more dog.

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Naomi, good to hear the surgery went well. I agree with harmony 100%!! (I just couldn't have put it as well)  Manni was in the clinic for 5 days and while I was very anxious to get him back it was also a relief to know he was well cared for. Harmony's last sentence is really important. It will probably take you a while to get to that point because the first few days to weeks will be trying, but there is so much wisdom in that. Barney now has a chance to live because of you. It's not 'he now has to hop through life because of me' but you have been doing everything in your power for him. -don't forget that in the days to come. 

Any questions you have in the near future-come here , ask, let us try and help. 

All the best to Barney!!! And to a speedy recovery! 

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Manni was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Dec '15 and immediately had his right front leg amputated, followed by 5 rounds of chemo. Manni's real name is Manfred and he turns 10 on Jan 28 2017. So far we are mets-free...

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR BARNEY!! 🙂 🙂 Such a relief to hear that surgery is done and Barney is doing well!

Yes, get some rest while you can! Barney is seeing pink elephants and feeling no pain! The Vet may even decide to let Barney go home sooner and then you not get much sleep for a few nights!

A d yes, when you do pick him up just look into his happy eyes and tell him what a good voy he is! Don't even bother to look at his incision (you can sneak a peak later....and they DO shave a lot of fur)! Barney will be soooo happy to see you and he just wants to go home and get out of there!

We'll be right here to offer support and any first hand tips you may need.

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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 Naomi and Barney,

Soooooo glad to hear surgery went well !

Yes, you've got a few days to adjust to the new normal, remember Barney is going to be as happy as before and will adapt to his new life on three before you know it.

Try to be cheerful when you pick him up and don't even look at the incision, just look at his cute little face and his huge smile when he sees his Mommy!

Have you got traction covered for when he comes back home?

Eurydice (a front legger) wore a Tshirt with a soft harness over it to protect the incision until stitches came out. 

We are all here for you both so please keep us updated!

Sending you a big hug,

Teresa and Eurydice xx

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Good to hear the surgery is done and was a success- quite a feeling of relief I bet!

Rest up for the next few days so you can be positive and strong when you pick up your boy.

Keep us posted on his homecoming!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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Great news re the surgery. Ditto all of the above. Meg was in for a similar time post amp and I do think that was helpful for her, though I know how eager I was to have her home. Rest up, and stay tuned. We are all thinking of you.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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Hi all

firstly, you are all lovely. Thank you for your kind kind words, they are so reassuring to me 😊

Ok, so I have spoken to the nurses twice a day and they have sent me pictures and today a video, to which we all 😭 Lots of happy tears. Barney is amazing! He is already since tuesadays op walking only on a lead! Fantastic, I am amazed guys. He is so brave and my hero x 

He is now only on 1 pain relief and antibiotics and has had his catheter removed today. He has only eaten twice since he went in to them but that is Barns he's quite the king when it comes to his food, so I already have the lamb here ready to cook for him 😀 

We have bought a harness that you all recommended and have a ramp for in and out of house and car. We have bought a lot of carpet runners and yoga rubber mats for around the house.

I know we have a new road ahead and I'm excited to be there right next to my Barney bear for him to show me ❤️ 

Thankyou all again for your advice and any further tips would be greatly appreciated 

Naomi and Barney xxx

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Boy sounds like you've covered everything!   These dogs are so amazing!  They just pick up and figure it out!  How wonderful they're sending you video updates!  Barney will be home shortly and then you get to experience spoiling your tripawd to the extreme.   Barney sounds like he's quite a character and I'm sure you'll both be happy once he's home again and under your watchful eye.  Almost there!

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Such a good update! YAY BARNEY! 🙂 Up and walking YAY! 🙂

It's wonderful that the clinic is sending you pictorial updates.

Yeah, not feeling much like eating is normal. That will change when he gets home and has homecooked meals of lamb, steak a d scrambled eggs and ice cream for dessert! 🙂

The Vet will most likely send you home with Tramadol, Rimadyl and antibiotic and Gabapentin. You may have to tweak the doses a bit depending innhiw Barney is doing. It IS MAJOR SURGERY and it hurts!

We'll be watching for more updates. Get some good zzzz's while you can! 🙂

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

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Hi all

so we are home now and Barney is seeming more like himself 😀👍 snoring away in the living room knowing he's now safe 😊 I am totally in Awe of Barney guys. He is amazing. Aww we had our first walk at home this morning and we made it to the top of the road before he sat down but still fantastic seen as it's only been 7 days. How far/long did you all walk your doggies at first? Barney is only on one tablet which is again amazing. The vets said he was very comfortable so didn't need any more 👍 

His wound is covered ATM with bandages but they are gradually peeling off as Barns scratches his stitches! He is bruised a lot all underneath 😒 But each day I am noticing this reduce. His wound was weeping a lot straight after surgery and the vets have told me that the flappy skin under his belly is the fluid/blood that will disburse over time. It hasn't leaked at all at home. 👍 

So up to now all is great in our household. 

Once again, thanks all 

Barney and Naomi xxx

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Hey! Great update!! Sounds like Barney is doing really well!! 🙂

It took about a week at least for me to get my dog going again and then we only went for about 5-10 minutes at a time. But not really because anyone recommended it, mainly because I felt that would be ok for him to manage. We gradually built up the length of our walks after that.

You do want to make sure that he doesn't open up his stitches with the scratching though. The bruising is pretty normal. Manni looked terrible at first but it gradually subsided. As long as it doesn't swell up again or turn really hot it should be ok.

all the best!!

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Great update.  Our dogs truly are amazing!  

We didn't do any more than short leashed potty breaks for the first two weeks.  It takes a while for their muscles to adjust to the new stance and gait, and you don't want to pull a muscle or cause other injury by going too fast.  Try to keep him reasonably quiet until the staples come out.  If the weather is nice, perhaps just go outside and sit with him?

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Yay for Barney's healing! That's so cool he's doing so well.

As for walks, vets tell us that dogs should be kept on very, leashed short potty walks until stitches are out. After that, just a few minutes at a time and building up to a maximum of 15-20 minutes once the dog is back to normal activity levels. Anytime a dog sits down on a walk it's their way of telling us they've overdone their activity so use care and Barney can avoid muscle strains and joint stress.

Be sure to check out our e-book, Loving Life On Three Legs, for lots of great tips about fitness, diet and more.

Also since Barney has graduated from this forum topic, please start a new one somewhere like "Treatment and Recovery" or whatever kind of issue you want to discuss, or even just to Share Your Story OK? Thanks!

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