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I never second guessed myself after Buddy recovered.  his quality of life was much better on three!

I bought a bunch a bunch of area rugs and yoga mats.  Worked really well!

Keep us posted and remember we are here for you!  you aren't alone!!


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Stella's vet sounds terrific, I'm glad to hear she's got a good team on her side.

Yes, the rugs are a Tripawd's best friend for life. There are all kinds of traction options but overall it pays to have a long path of runners throughout your house. No-slip surfaces give Tripawds confidence and are especially important as a Tripawd ages (or any senior dog for that matter). Wood floors are a slip risk for sure.

Next week we have to go to my folk's house which has slippery floors, so Wyatt Ray is getting the Paw Friction granules put on his feet. Not a long-term solution but great for things like short visits to homes with wood floors!

Here's a post about adding images to the forums. Bark if you'd like help. Can't wait to see 'em.

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Interesting day yesterday... talked to the vet, Stella's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday the 28th. Sooner than I expected, but no need to delay other than my own fears. 

And, my husband was let go from work. Not the news we needed right now!!! Looking on the bright side, if he doesn't find work quickly then he can be home for Stella's recovery. 

Any ideas for places I could check for financial assistance? We aren't income qualified for the foundation on this site... but mortgage and property taxes alone take most of my solo income... (And we don't have an extravagant house or lifestyle! Two bedroom one bath, not a mansion!). I'm going to ask my vet, but wondered if anyone here is aware of resources. 

Thank you all for the support! My fears are really popping up right now, financial of course but also strongly the fear of unknown... I suspect I'll feel much better once Stella is safely home from surgery. I appreciate knowing there are people out there who care and read our story!


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Time for some DEEP BREATHS..........B R E A T H E..........B R E A T H E.........and just know that things WILL work out, okay??

Geez, sorry about the job situation.   And good for you for finding a small silver lining in that he can be home with Stella during recovery!  He'll find some work soon and it will be better than before.

Where do you live?  I. Virginia there is a place called HELPING HANDS that does procedures like this for about a third of the cost of surgical clinics. It's also ppssible your Vet will work with you on payments.  Certainly worth asking.

Follow Stella''s lead.  She's  not worried about a thing! 🙂  She's staying in the moment and  just enjoying the bliss of being dog!  Recovery is no picnic, but ince her spsre starts to come back vigger and brighter tha before, you will be so happy....and sooooooooo relieved!

I'm guessing yiur Vet doesn't have an overnight staff since a "visiting surgeo " is doing the operation so yiu'll be taking her home the same night?   Others can tell you who have been in the same situation, that the  first 24 - 48 hours can be rough,so STAY CONNECTED!

Sending positive energy yiur way

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Yes, I agree with Sally. Definitely check with your vet and see if they can make some kind of payment arrangement. Lots of vets do, especially in special cases such as this. The rescue people suggested I make a "Go Fund Me" account, I don't really know much about that stuff but it might be something to look in to. 

Things will work out, they always do. Sometimes it is just hard to see it when you are right in the middle of it. It will be good for your husband to be home with Stella, she will need some TLC for the first couple of weeks. 

Hang in there and stay connected! Once this part is behind you things will get better.



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Is it possible that now without your hubbys income you'd qualify for the income level here now for assistance on this site?  Just throwing that out there.  Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for surgery day!  Also as others have mentioned here a lot of vets will let you arrange a payment plan!  Sending hugs and pawsitive energy that all works out!


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Here are a couple of links for potential financial assistance:



Hope you find the help you need.


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