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24 August 2017 - 1:39 am
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Thanks Karen, yes I do feel a bit better now that the decision is made. Thanks for the good suggestions, I did start a bit of a list of the pros and cons in my head so will write it all down!

I'll keep my mind open on the drugs, the vet I'm dealing with seems very good and said they'll keep Badger for two or three days depending on how he is going. They have constant nursing staff there so will observe him and with some luck maybe his meds will be sorted out by the time he comes home. From your experience is most of the meds tweaking in the first couple of days?

Yes he's already on meloxicam and gabapentin and I saw the latter is recommended on this site before surgery to reduce the odds of getting nerve pain. He's doing well on both, the meloxicam was fine for quite a while until he started getting restless at night as the leg pain got worse. He's only been on the gabapentin for about 3 days but seems fine on it, sparky during the day and now settles quickly at night for a good night's sleep. By putting him on that it seems the vet might have been prepping him for surgery just in case. It was helpful to see recommendations here on wheening him off it when it's time not just stopping it, I will talk to the vet about that.

The spinning you mentioned for Maggie is interesting, Badger does that too in addition to always sneezing just before he poops! It's weird but very handy to get an audible warning from him so I don't miss a poo collection. Will be interesting to see how he copes at first during the twirl. This afternoon he peed lifting his bad leg much more so no doubt he'll get there.

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24 August 2017 - 1:46 am
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Badger

 Just figured out how to post a pic, here's my lovely dog.

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24 August 2017 - 10:25 am
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Lovely indeed! What a sweetheart. I'm glad you figure out how to post photos, congrats!

So about the pain meds... usually we find out during the first week what will make our pets crazy, super sleepy or just right. You will probably need some kind of fine tuning so it helps to keep a good eye on his behavior. But since he's already doing so well on Gabapentin, he may not have any issues at all. Sounds like he's getting great care. You are both in good hands and paws 🙂

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Okay, okay, I'm in love!!!! 🙂    Badgeer is soooooo handsome!!!   His coloring mis spectacular! 🙂

You've gotten such great inpirt from everyone!  Is this a great "family"'or what?

One thing to add to your list:  CHOCOLATE!!!  LOTS AND LOTS OF CHOCOLATE!! 🙂   Take as much and as often as needed! 🙂

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24 August 2017 - 5:41 pm
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To clarify - Sally is prescribing the chocolate for YOU, not Badger LOL

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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Ha ha, thanks yes that's a great idea I shall buy a tonne of chocolate. Thanks for the pain meds info, I will keep a close eye on him.

Sally yes this is a fabulous forum, thanks so much to everyone for sharing all your knowledge and experience! I'm so glad I posted here.

Yeah he is a stealer of hearts this little dog, he is a beautiful boy, inside and out.

I'm about to take him up to the Blue Mountains for a couple of days for some nice walks and some fresh air before the surgery, he loves it up there.

I will prep the house on Sunday, planning to move a mattress down on to the floor so he can sleep by me when he gets back, will do that so he gets a night there before he goes in for surgery. No doubt I'll paste more questions soon! smiley

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Update on Badger: he went in for surgery yesterday. It went well, and he went straight onto some strong pain relief by infusion (drip) as well as having a local at the site of surgery. He has a urine catheter in at the moment so he doesn't have to get up to pee, and he's on a heated bed (it's winter here). So he is comfortable, and I drank red wine last night so I was comfortable too 🙂

They are keeping him in at least until tomorrow which is standard for this vet hospital apparently, later today they will attempt to wean him off the stronger drugs back to injectable pain relief and see how he goes. They seem to have a good focus on pain relief and at the moment he is drowsy and comfortable.

He got up OK and went for a walk outside, he had assistance with a sling but mostly because he is drowsy, they said he seemed to cope pretty well since he'd been on three legs for so long so are hoping that once he's on lighter pain relief he'll get around ok.

I really want to visit him but there's not much point when he is doped up I guess. Also he'll want to come home with me so it might be kinder to him if I don't visit.

They said he hasn't eaten much yet but it's less than 24 hours since surgery so is that pretty normal?

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28 August 2017 - 7:44 pm
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Great update- such a relief when the surgery is done! He sounds like he is doing very well for surgery day.

For me- I would never visit a pup who was staying overnight or even two nights at the hospital.  I always thought it would be disruptive and my pup would think I was there to take them home.

The meds will cause a pup to not want to eat- not unusual at all.  He may eat better when he gets home or he may not want to eat for a few days.  Have a few of his favorites on hand so you can get some food in him, and you will need some treats to get his meds down.

Let us know when you get your beautiful boy home.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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28 August 2017 - 8:20 pm
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Thanks Karen!

Glad you feel the same, I'll refrain from visiting then as leaving again without him would stress him. No doubt he's got a few of the vet nurses under his paw by now and is being well looked after.

Thanks for the advice on food, I"ll get some of his favs ready for his return and it's good to know it's normal if he doesn't eat for a few days. Should be no problem with the meds hopefully, he loves his food and is a cheesaholic, and hiding them in mince works too or at least it did before his op.

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR BADGER!!!!!!  SURGERY IS DONE!!!!! 🙂    Now you gerpt some good resrpt!!! 🙂

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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28 August 2017 - 10:34 pm
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That's wonderful Badger got through the surgery! I know it's hard not to visit but your instincts are good, doing so usually causes more stress for the new Tripawd. Don't worry, he'll be SO happy to see you when he gets to go home, he won't even remember you didn't visit when he was all doped up!

And yes appetite loss is very normal, even for the first week or so. Pain meds pack a whallop but that's good, you want him to be nice and rested and doped up 😉

Here's to you two, the newest addition to the Tripawds community! Keep us posted.

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Thanks guys, for all the reassurance! I can't wait to see him again, the house feels so empty.

Am going through some photos to keep me going. Here's another one, posing for a photo looking shy but secretly pleased with himself after he found a fresh scat. I miss those big brown eyes...

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Okay, some gremlins got into my previous post overnight. So what I wanted to say was

YAAAAAAAAAY FOR BADGER!!!   SURGERY IS OVER!!! 🙂 🙂  Good job Badger! 🙂

That picture of himis sooooo cute!  He's a very handsome boy!  Yeah, you can tell he's a real charmer! 🙂

So aounds like Badger will be home today!   Stay connected and let us know how itsq going!

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Thanks Sally! Yeah YAY to Badger for getting through it! I'll get an update this morning on how he is doing and when he can come home.

He is indeed super super cute, and he works that all the time! He is very used to being adored by everyone, which I hope is getting him lots of attention at the vet.

Will let you know how we go.big-blink

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Sorry to be late to the party - hooray for Badger! I'm wondering if you've gotten an update yet? It's afternoon now and inquiring minds want to know!

Izzy came home the day of surgery and greedily ate the half portion of kibble offered. Every dog is different ... mine was ALWAYS a pig. 😀 Just remember that, even though Badger is spending a night or two with the vet, there will still be an adjustment period. The vet has those heavy IV meds, so I'm guessing there may be a bit of lethargy and general drowsiness at first. That can make walking humorous/scary as hell ... don't be overly worried if Badger is a bit stumbley.

We'll be here when the poopicon_png seems to be hitting the fan ... don't be afraid to vent when it's hard or frightening. We've all been there. Some of us needed more re-assurance than others (I'm looking at me, here) laughing

Keep us posted when you can!

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