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large dog needs front leg amputated at almost 13yrs of age. Need advice!
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Oh no, I'm sorry to read this unexpected news. Please stick around ... we will be here to lift you up and answer questions as Jeremiah continues on his journey, however long that is.

You spoil the heck outta that handsome boy and enjoy every minute with him!

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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Oh my gosh I'm really sad to hear that, I'm so sorry. And yes, please stay and ask any questions you'd like, and let us know how he's doing. We're here regardless of whether or not a member decides to amputate, we understand that sometimes it just can't happen and we'll still stand by at times like this. 

Give him extra lovin' from us OK? And oh, you may want to look into a "pawspice" vet to help you through the palliative stages of the cancer. These vets are angels, they guide folks in pain management and how to keep animals comfortable with as many quality days as possible. They're also there to help pet parents decide when the time is right to say goodbye, so I highly recommend one at a time like this. Our Tripawds Resources Page (http://tripawds...../resources) has info and directories of pawspice vets.

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Thank you! I can stick around. His vet is letting him have all the tramadol he needs and hes on rimadyl. I could make him some more cbd oil from the marijuana store (its legal here). What else is there? Not sure I want to dope him up too much. Yes I dont want him to suffer and drag it out more than whats fair. Maybe he will surprise me and go in his sleep. I certainly will spoil him as much as possible!

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Well, I can't say for sure what will help him but a pawspice vet can let you know what medications are out there that can help, as well as supplements to help any coughing or breathing issues that will come up. It's not about getting him doped up as it is about managing symptoms. With mets, usually the breathing issues come first and that's where you focus your palliative efforts (typically).

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You and Jeremiah are family now and we are still right by your side to support you and cheer for Jeremiah!! Nope, not getting rid of us now!

Okay, deep breaths....B R E A T H E.....time to turn the page to investigate other options and treatments. It may be that the amputation would have been too much for it. This may be the Universe's way of making sure that her time here is not compromised by major surgery involving a couple of weeks healing time, as well as adjusting to three legs. I probably shouldn't say this, but even though her heart "issues" haven't seemed to bother her for years, it concerned me that the surgery could be hard on her. We've seen dogs develop rapid heartbeats as a result of surgery and not always make it through.

The fact that Jeremiah is basically symptom free is really good news! And I can tell you from my experience with Happy Hannah that, even AFTER symptoms started to appear, she and I still had great extended quality time! And mets generally aren't painful per se. My Happy Hannah never developed a cough. She just got more and more tired and her breathing pattern did change some. The Prednisone helped as did some Tramadol. Of course, I know Jeremiah has that bum leg to deal with, but I think the Tramadol will help there. Check with your Vet about any bone building treatments that may be beneficial. Biophos.....biophospha....can't think of the word, but it helps with bone with amputation is not an option.

I know others here have used CBD oil and speak pretty highly about it. It's certainly worth a try, with proper guidance of course.

No one knows how much time any of us have!! We do know that we have to make everyday count!! Fill everyday with more spoiling and loving and treats and tummy rubs than you ever imagined!! Cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs and bacon, ice cream and cupcakes...and that's just for breakfast! 🙂

We hereby declare EVERYDAY IS JEREMIAH'S DAY!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Lots of love and 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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