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Great news Carol! Sounds like he is indeed on his way to lovin' life on 3 legs. Don't be surprised if the roller coaster ride continues - it did for us - but the good times are so worth it.

We have musher's secret for cold winter days, but be mindful it doesn't make his pads too slippery. If you have ice by you in the winter (can't remember where you're located), my vet told me about a great product called "Chicken Grit". Our local farm supply store carries it, but you can also find it on Amazon. Its amazing for traction on ice, and doesn't hurt their feet/pads - we'd have never survived Wisconsin winters without it.

Yes, keep in touch, and may you have smooth sailing and sunny skies ahead. GO BLITZ!

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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That is a wonderful update!  I am so glad you guys are finally catching a break and that you are finally starting to see your Blitz's personality come back.... FINALLY!!!!  I know it HAD to feel like forever, you have had a long, rough road.. longer than many, and it had to feel neverending. I hope many more of these days brighten your lives and the others will just be a part of the recovery process that are now over.

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I am so so so glad things are trending up 😉. It is really uplifting to see Blitz make it through this. What a rough journey but you made it!!! Yahooooooo! ShuShu sends one of her special one legged hugs and a kiss...my fave tripawd trick of hers!

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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I am so glad to hear this report.  Sounds like Blitz has turned a great corner.  🙂   Keep us informed on how he is doing.

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Whew! What a ride you've all been on! I'm sorry that the acupuncture had a bad effect on him, but relieved to hear he's doing soooo much better! Keep doing what you're doing to help him stay in his hoppy place and let us know how he does with the Carprophen. We'll keep our fingers, toes & tails crossed for nothin' but good times ahead 🙂

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Hearing Blitz is getting his sparkle  back is such great news!  I know we are all doing the hoppy dance for him!!😁

Patrolling  tje shoreline...watching  the fishies....all os good in the Land of Blitz!!😀

Qe need video of Blotz at the lake...oh yes we do!😎

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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Blitz- 4 weeks postop to the day. Thanks everyone, and you are right Dobemom, the rollercoaster does not end. Saturday night and all day Sunday we lost all the progress. Blitz once again crying out, moving from place to place, and just so unhappy. A relentless agonizing end to the weekend. I put him back on the Tramadol, and maybe it helps, hard to tell. When they hurt like this you just try everything. Never sure what actually did the trick. Not much sleep last night. Around 1am I gave him another dose of Tramadol and put the Thundershirt I bought on him. Not so sure it helped but after that he got some sleep. He is still resting without issue this morning, curled up in his recliner. I'm gonna wait to feed him and savor this peaceful moment for him. 

Dobemom howl long did your rollercoaster last? Was it throughout his remaining years? 

When we made this decision, I did a lot of research, or so I thought. But at the time I was looking for all the good having the amputation would do. I needed to hear he would recuperate and quality of life would prevail. Maybe I focused too much on the pros, and never listened to just how handicapped he would be. Good ole tunnel vision. We are exactly 4 weeks postop today, it feels like 4 months. I don't know that I would have made a different decision but I wish I had paid more attention to the reality, at least for this dog, amputation might not be the best choice. Maybe I was too quick to make my decision.

People who don't know need to understand that dogs will adjust to 3 legs, but that is not all of it. It is all baggage that comes with it. And then what? I know I have rejoiced his progress, but most days I am devastated by what I am putting him through. In reality, out of his 4 weeks of recovery, he has had only 2 days of happiness. And he paid dearly for both. His good day always follows with what seems like the worse. 2-3 bad days for 1 good. That is not quality. That is a heartbreaking, devastating way to live. I try to convince myself the alternative would have been at the very least, the same, but he would have his leg. Maybe if I had not taken his leg he would have had a better summer, a longer period of normalcy in his 4-5 month prognosis. 

The cost to all of this has been far more than we anticipated. We are nearing retirement years and it pains me to even give money any weight when it comes to my dog. The surgery, meds, multiple vets, many vet visits, acupuncture. All without relief. Now I should be looking at a professional in pain management and maybe rehab. In addition, he is with someone just about all the time, and that is taking a toll on the family. We take shifts so the other can get out in the yard without worrying about Blitz, or take off to run some errands.  Thank heaven I work from home. Can't imagine those that have gone through this and have to leave them.

I am so sorry to be such a yo-yo. I rejoice one day and tear it all into depression the next. Devastated once again. My facebook page looks like we are finally on the mend. I never share these heartbreaking, fearful, ugly, traumatized days with Facebook. Not all people, I am certain, will agree with our decision to amputate, especially when they hear the heartbreaking side. And I don't blame them. I may have even been one of them at one time. I would rather keep my woes to those who have been there.

I wonder if there is anyone out there, who regardless of amputation, had to make that fretful decision far sooner than they anticipated. I can't even imagine life without him, but I will never let him bare a heavy burden for my needs. Never.

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I'm so sorry Carol, i have heard a few stories of how people with dogs and cats that have had a way to go during recovery. Some had complications that were unforeseen, some had post op infections. There were other things also, like the occasional suture that was overlooked or even a reaction to dissolvable sutures that ended up having to find out, but once the problem was discovered and rectified most did just fine. 

I wish i knew what was going on with Blitz. It sounds like something but i really have no idea and i know that's not incredibly helpful for you. There are a lot of people here that once the recovery process was complete had no problems afterwards. 

Does your vet have any suggestions at all?? I really have a hard time grasping on to him just being miserable because his leg is gone. Unless he is having phantom limb problems but again that would be painful. If his leg is gone and he's not hurting he should not be crying out and acting this way.

I wish i could be more helpful, I'm really sorry that this has been such a tough road for you.

Jackie

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I just want to empathize with all of your feelings, the excruciating and the delightful.  Having a tripawd is not easy. It is not clear at all how hard it will be even if you hunt for the negatives like a lion. Not clear At all. It is, as you said, a very expensive and taxing experience (staying home, No sleep, investigations, all the appointments and specialists and medications). I know I wasn’t prepared for it at all —all the shocks and bumps (and she is already healed from the surgery!) but her lack of proper after care has caused many injuries that cause her daily pain and treatments what feels like all day everyday.  It is very very hard. You are not crazy to feel things so intensely at opposite ends of the spectrum...the “What have I done versus Yahoo” rollercoaster.  

Despite how hard it is I am not sure it’s been long enough to make a final determination or judgment on the decision you made, on quality of life and berate yourself for that decision :-/.  I also feel like the root of the pain has not been discovered. I wonder if even a phone consult with a vet in another area, a PT or the pain Mgmt expert you mentioned would help. I know the expense is mounting. Believe me I know. I think when you get results that you are not getting now, the cost will not be so upsetting. It’s so painful to put all the money out and Blitz is still hurting so. It’s like extra painful...kind of paralleling Blitz’s recovery. 

I try to hold on to sage words from when I joined, which were something along the lines of “it will get better and you will worry less”. I think you are getting great support from those who have walked this walk but it does sound like Blitz is having an exceedingly difficult time —-unless this is just how awful it can go for some :-/. Which sucks that you got dealt that hand. 

All I want for Christmas (but sooner!) is for Blitz to get better and for you to be able to leave this despair in the rear view mirror. I hope that happens. I also encourage you to hold on to your “something isn’t right” feelings and see if you can seek some better answers....that gave me peace with my last pup...fighting to make it right for him and understanding what was happening so I could have some better times before I let him go. 

Will be thinking of you in many moments of my day. 

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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I know we've  mentioned  this a couple of times, I have you brought up to the Surgeon checking out the incision  again to make sure there are no nerves still exppsed that need to be closed off.  Nkt sure of all the medical  terms.  Please get a secomd opinion if  the surgeon is not familiar  with this as a possibility!!!!!!

There IS an underlying  issue that needs to be properly identified and addressed. 

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 Benny55, how does a vet determine if there are nerves that were not closed off? Is this a second surgery?

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Hi Carol - so sorry to hear this turn of events. I'm sorry you are second-guessing your decision to amputate, for how much stress you are feeling, and how miserable Blitz feels.

Unfortunately, the rollercoaster continued for us the entire 3+ years, it seems; but for very different reasons. More about that in a second....so he had a GREAT day, fishing by the water. YAY!!! Maybe, just maybe, he overdid it a bit, and the next day or two he was like a human weekend warrior who overdoes it - he was sore, and seemed to be backsliding. In my heart, I feel like he needs the correct combination and dosage of meds (I know the consensus might be that he should be off meds by now), and needs to take it slow and easy for a time. I could be way off base, but that's what I think. I know you're feeling the pinch of the cost of recovery - especially if you feel it's all hopeless right now. Have you done any research about a vet who does chiropractic adjustments in your area? I mean a vet who is trained and licensed in this specialty. There are some here who don't believe in this, but I will tell you in all honesty, Nitro WOULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED without this. We didn't find our holistic vet until he was about 4 weeks post amp, and he was in a lot of pain - mostly in his neck/back area. Even after the first visit, we saw a noticeable difference. Maybe Blitz has some kind of pinched nerve or something that is inhibiting his ability to recover. 

Next, I know how stressful this is - I lived with that stress for 3 years, and it does take it's toll; how is your outward attitude around him? Do you feel you are able to be positive and upbeat in his presence, or is this terrible stress you're under transmitting to him, even subconsciously? They are SO in tune to our feelings, seeing things in us that we don't even know we are projecting. I remember in the early days of recovery, feeling like it was dragging on so slowly, like he would NEVER get through it. "Why is it taking so long?" The time could never pass quickly enough for me (but as his life was nearing its end, it moved way too fast).

Back to our rollercoaster....we had many, many ups and downs over the course of 3+ years. As he mastered the "tripawd thing", he was faced with new challenges along the way. Old age, failing kidneys, arthritis in his hind end, decreasing mobility, loss of appetite...we experienced all of this with him. And all of this was as stressful as his early days of a difficult recovery from surgery. And you know what? As hard as all of it was, from the beginning to the end, the alternative was a thousand times worse....if we had chosen to end his life instead of proceeding with the surgery, I would've never known what a warrior he was, what a warrior I was. The bond we formed the last 3 years of his life is priceless...

Now all of this rambling leads to this...you know Blitz better than anyone. Only you can know what is the right path to follow. My story is not necessarily your story, and no one here will fault you for any decision you make. Right now you are sleep-deprived, out of your mind with worry, and stressed beyond belief. Sending you prayers that you can figure out what is going on with him.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

p.s. as always, feel free to give me a call if you need to vent...I sincerely mean this

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benny55 said
I know we've  mentioned  this a couple of times, I have you brought up to the Surgeon checking out the incision  again to make sure there are no nerves still exppsed that need to be closed off.

As was the case with Ollie. Here is his story:

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Wow. Just read Ollie’s story. That is a pretty similar sounding story!! The videos on page 5 might be really helpful for the Blitz pack to see to see if it’s at all similar? Learning so much. 

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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Thank you Rene for sharing this. Also, I just want to say.....Carol, remember how you felt on Friday, when Blitz was having a super fantastic day. Try to keep this feeling in mind as you move towards an explanation/resolution of his issues right now. You've seen a glimpse of what life can be like for him once you figure out what the problem is. Don't give up hope - hope kept me going for a long, long time with Nitro. Speaking of, I've asked Nitro to whisper in Blitz's ear to tell him it will be ok, and to send some of his positive warrior energy your way - to give you strength and courage to move forward. Hugs to you friend!

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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