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Feline leg amputation next week. Advice welcome.
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That's great she is home and doing so well. Is she only on antibiotics? What about pain? Remember, if she starts acting weird it may be due to pain and you might want to check in with the vet. Meanwhile, I'm sure she'll enjoy her special healing time with you.

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Ohhh that is great she's home! I'm happy to hear she's eating and being herself. I'm also curious if she's on pain meds. Sure hope so!

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Pepper is still doing great. She has a fentanyl patch on her front leg that should manage her pain until this coming Saturday. If she has issues with pain after that we will manage it with buprenex (which she was on before surgery) She is also taking clavamox and will start back tomorrow on doxycycline and prednisolone to manage hemobartonella (which we have been aware of since 2013). 

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21 February 2017 - 10:55 pm
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Got it this time! This is our pretty girl just after getting home.

Thanks again for all of your support, kind words and prayers.

John, Jody and Pepper

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Yeah you figured the pictures out!clap

Pepper looks great! She is a cutie! Snoozing with her cone on. Bless her heart!

They did not go crazy with the clippers BONUS! Her incision looks great.

Purrkins brother is a Tuxedo kitty too.

Great on the pain meds, you guys are prepared after the patch is off! If need be, Great job!

How are the other kitties doing since Pepper is home?

Keep healing Pepper! You and your humans are doing great!

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22 February 2017 - 10:10 am
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Sweeeet Pepper! If you have to wear a cone, at least you got a pretty one with red trim! You actua look auite cute in it!!

And yeah Holly, this surgeon knows how to use clippers with restraint! Good job!!

From those photos, it looks like she emptied her food bowl pretty good! 🙂

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Hi Everyone!

Pepper is doing great today and the biggest problem I'm having with her is trying to keep her down lol. She isn't much of a runner or a player but she loves to go and she's fiercely independent. We have her confined to the master bedroom but she's furious about it and refuses to sit still while she's in there. There isn't much to get into in her room though so she's as limited as we can make her be. Honestly, her attitude and demeanor are better than they were before surgery and if you didn't see the incision you'd assume she was totally fine. She slowed down some last night and slept really well, so I'm hoping she keeps that up. 

She's still eating like a champ, using the litter box (we have 3 out so it's a work in progress figuring out what she wants and needs, seems to change by the hour in regards to boxes). Taking her antibiotics like a pro and is extremely annoyed by all the bandages and tape covering her pain patch. I'm glad for the pain relief but will be equally glad to get that patch off and not have to keep her off the bandages nonstop. 

Pepper is not our friendliest girl or the social butterfly of our group, so she's been sequestered to the master bedroom pretty much full-time since she was diagnosed in January. Her wound was awful, she was in a terrible mood and with the collar we knew she couldn't take up for herself like she needs to when she inevitably picks a fight with another cat. So until she's released to be more active, she's staying confined to our bedroom with no feline visitors. It is very often a circus in our household lol.

We have the patch removed Saturday, stitches removed and CBC in 2 weeks (anemia got worse over the last few days so we're keeping a close eye on that) and who knows what from there. We're also awaiting lab results on the tumor and will pursue the VAS issue once we have all of that in place. Our vet is very supportive of this and forthcoming with lots of information. I am disgusted that it even happens.

So for now, aside from a dismantled house, displaced kitties who want their master bedroom access restored and a less than 2-day amputee who is furious that we've imposed limits and boundaries and ruined her daily routine -- all is well in our household and we are starting to pull the pieces together a day at a time.

Thanks again for all of the support and excellent advice. Pepper acts like nothing even happened and once John and I get a couple of naps and cry out the remainder of our stress cries now that it's over we should be well on our way. We are grateful to you all for holding our hands (and paws) through this terrible ordeal.

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Jody, John and Pepper

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22 February 2017 - 3:23 pm
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Pepper is doing fantastic ! Keep it up Pepper! 
Hoping the anemia will behave 🙏! Staying pawsitive for the pathology report and clean margins!

Purrkins jumped in the window the first day home, so you just have to try , they are still cats😉I helped him down of course , I just never expected him to be jumping in the window the first day home 👀

We brought things back into the room slowly to help him relearn before his big release day. The furniture ,his steps, his window seat etc.

All the rest yep that goes with recovery ,dismantled house, displaced kitties, angry, multicat home, little sleep, crying in relief and in gratitude ! Its a roller coaster ride to say the least.

Rest assured all the rest will fall back in to place and you will have a new normal!

Pepper will be the same kitty on 3 and will amaze you!

Just watch on Saturday to make sure Pepper stays comfortable, you have extra meds already which is fantastic!

We used a multi cat diffuser and a calming spray when Purrkins was in recovery ,the diffuser we continued for months after, it did help with the reintroduction period. Something to keep in mind anyway.

Good job you guys are doing great!!clap

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22 February 2017 - 4:11 pm
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Oh you guys thanks for the photos! May I share one in our gallery? She just looks so fantastic and will put others' fears at ease when facing the same thing.

Did she really eat all that food this soon after surgery? That is super impressive! YAY!

Well you guys are doing great, truly. Pepper is one lucky kitty to have you for her humans.

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I don't even understand how they do what they do so soon after surgery! I left her unattended for a moment yesterday and when I returned she greeted me by jumping off of the toilet seat (that's her only elevated option lol) and I almost died. She would jump right into the window, too, if she could. Then they look at you like you're insane for reacting...

Her e-collar is much softer than the one she got last month at the vet (theirs was scratching the tumor on her leg and causing it to bleed). Plus this one is much prettier and if she has to wear it, we're at least dressing it up.

The top photo of her with the kibble is the dish I packed for her to take to the vet (I sent some of everything she likes so they could try and coax her to eat while she was there). She hasn't finished it just yet. The lower photo is her wet food, which she did completely devour within an hour of being home. Our cats are all eaters -- if one stops eating we know we have a big problem lol.

Please feel free to share any photos we post. We have a lot of really good ones (I'm trying to document as much as possible so we have it to share with anyone who ends up making this decision as well). We do plan to create a blog for Pepper once things settle down a little bit. Having the support of others who've been there, done that is invaluable. It's not something you ever want for your pet or yourself, but if we can use it to make a difference for someone else, at least it's not for nothing.

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Salt 'n Pepper, you are so pretty. I'm happy to hear you are a force to be reckoned with and managing this so well.

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Hope Pepper is still healing well and behaving;)

She will soon get those pesky stitches out and be cone free,

Hang on Pepper your almost free sweet girl.

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Hi Holly and Purrkins,

Pepper is still doing really well. We have an appointment to get the stitches out on Tuesday. Her hair is starting to grow in really well. She's been in the cone for nearly seven weeks I feel certain that getting the cone off will make her the happiest girl in the world.

Thank you for checking in on her and for all of your support throughout the entire lead up to surgery and recovery. We are incredibly blessed to have found this community that is so willing got help pepper get through this. 

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Great to hear how well Pepper is doing!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 We always love good news around here!! Keep it coming!!

And YAY for the upcoming stitch removal day!!

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Wow it's been seven weeks already? Time flies! But I'm sure not for Pepper whose been wearing that cone. I think that's a new record for Tripawds, what a good kitty! 

That's terrific things are going so well. I can't wait to see more photos of your beautiful three-legged princess.

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