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Hi all I'm new to this site & Bentley's cancer. I'm struggling to find my way through this journey and to be honest i'm a nervous wreck. 

Bentley, my almost 2 1/2 yr old mixed breed is having surgery on Tuesday to remove his left front leg. He has a large sarcoma near the top of his leg (close to shoulder). Last week's xrays did not show evidence of metastases so we've opted to move forward with surgery (but it's a holiday weekend so we have to wait til tues). 

To be perfectly honest i'm scared to death about what to expect when he comes home. I've been reading the different posts on here to try & prepare myself. I'm getting some throw rugs for kitchen floor to hopefully help him with traction .  I've ordered a new orthopedic bed and have plenty of clean sheets towels etc. I haven't ordered a harness yet as he is already maneuvering quite well on 3 legs (the bad legs just kind of hangs limp). 

I know he'll have pain meds and will likely have pain (Hopefully less than he's currently experiencing) but I'm already worrying about the incision - playing the what if game - what if he falls, what if it gets infected, what if it opens up? In short I'm kind of freaking out. 

Any advice anyone can share would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks much 

Lisa & Bentley 

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27 May 2018 - 10:25 am
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Hi Lisa, welcome to the club nopawdy wants to join. Of course you are freaking out, that's totally normal. Just try your best to hold it together around Bentley, because he needs you to be strong and confident so he can too!

Have you seen Jerry's Required Reading List yet? Do hop over there to take a look, and if you haven't already checked out Three Legs and a Spare you may also want to get a copy. We cover all of the "what ifs" to help put your mind at ease. Here's a recent blog post that you may find helpful:

What to Expect on Amputation Surgery Day for Your Dog or Cat

For now, take a deep breath and enjoy the next couple of days together. Try see it as the beginning of a new journey together in which you and Bentley will form a stronger, deeper bond than you ever knew was pawsible.

Please keep us posted OK? We are here to help. You can post here, visit us in the Tripawds Chat room (I'm usually there in the morning) and also call our Tripawds Helpline if you'd like to talk.

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27 May 2018 - 11:05 am
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Hi Lisa and Bentley 🌺🐾

Hard to think of anything more shocking than hearing our babies have ostesarcoma but we have to remember they do not know this.

All they know is they have a terribly painful leg...

You’ve made the right choice, Bentley is getting rid of his pain for good!

Your boy is going to surprise you at how well he will do on three legs!

And please remember recovery doesn’t last for ever and we are all here to guide you through it. 

The incision is quite large and they do shave the whole area when preparing for surgery but in most cases there are no infections/problems with the incision healing.

In any case, it is best you should have him wearing a tshirt to protect it until stitches come out and use a cone if he tries to fiddle with them.

And if infection does occur, it is treatable with antibiotics and you’ll have others guiding you with their experience (Eurydice, like many, healed beautifully and quickly) 

I think even if he can manage well on three legs now, you should still consider getting a harness (most of us opted for a ruffwear harness ) as this can be quite useful during a Tripawds life (helps getting in and out of car, up and down stairs, etc) 

Pain medicine management is very important during recovery, you should keep a close eye on timing of pills and evaluating how he feels and, in doubt, never feel embarrassed to call your surgeon or vet. 

If he loses his apetite please know this is normal.

Anything and everything is allowed during recovery as long as he eats so get your chef’s apron on and cook away: chicken, bacon and eggs, burgers, you name it. 

Again, bare in mind lots of dogs eat beautifully and are full of beans during recovery.

Lots of dogs (like my girl) have a bit of a crush between days 3-5 but this is normal. 

If Bentley can stay at the hospital for a couple of days that wouldn’t be a bad option.

I only picked Eurydice up 3 1/2 days after surgery but that was because she was truly huge and I felt she would be better off being  cared for by professional staff than myself during the first days.

If you cannot leave him at the hospital, you’ll have the advise of others who got their  babies home the day surgery was performed or shortly after. 

Above all, try to BE PAWSITIVE sweetie!

Bentley will pick up your energy so the more pawsitive you are the sooner he will heal and be ready to start his new precious and deliriously happy life on three with his adored Mom.

You CAN do this, Bentley being so young and a small dog (it looks like it in his cute avatar picture) will most certainly sail through recovery like a champ!

Generally, it is large, heavy dogs or senior dogs with problems on their other legs who have a more difficult recovery.

But we all get there in the end! 

Stay tuned, keep us posted and do not hesitate to ask any questions, big or small, we are all here for you and your boy.

Sending you lots of hugs and cuddles 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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27 May 2018 - 5:21 pm
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Hi again 

With regards to a harness, we wouldn't need that til the stitches are out correct?

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With regards to a harness, we wouldn't need that til the stitches are out correct?  

There is no need to rush. While we recommend not using the harness until the surgery has completely healed and stitches or staples are removed, we have heard of no specific cases where any harness has hampered healing, but we believe direct pressure from the straps may irritate the wound. Please consult your veterinarian with any concerns.

We suggest using a soft towel slung under the belly if additional support is required in the meantime. A reusable canvas shopping bag slit down the sides also makes a handy temporary sling. Here are instructions.

Find all harness recommendations, reviews and much more information in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

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27 May 2018 - 9:55 pm
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welcome here,,, being here has already boosted your efficiency to a higher level.  A few thoughts:

  entyce   a new oral liquid med that stimulates appetite,.. ask about it...  water drinking equally important

  My dog did poorly at the hospital,,, lites on at all times,, no down time,, etc.. Each dog is different.. 

all the best...

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Hi Lisa and Bentley 🌸🐾

My girl Eurydice wore a soft harness over a t-shirt until stitches were out but she was a huge Great Dane which means without the harness I would not have been able to help her get up and hop for toilet breaks.

Due to her size (and being a front legger) she wasn't able to get up on her own during the first stages of recovery.

Bentley is much smaller so I'd guess you won't need a harness initially.

Sending you lots of hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Just wanted to say welcome .  As you can see, you are not alone.  We all understand  the stress of getting to this point, as well as the relief when surgery is done and that  bum leg  is gone!

You've gotten great advice.  Update when surgery is done.  BREATHE!! 

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

PS   love his picture   Handsome fella'

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 Lisa and Bentley 🌸🐾,

We are all holding hands and paws with you today and sending lots of pawsitive energy for Bentley's surgery to go smoothly.

Please update when you can and be sure we are holding you both in our thoughts and hearts.

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hi Lisa and Bentley

We are all hoping that Bentley’s surgery is a complete success today and we are sending the very best wishes and prayers your way!

You have had some excellent advice from Teresa and her Spirit Eurydice, so continue to ask questions and we will continue to help you through this!

Stay strong and patient during recovery, Bailey will be watching you for direction during this difficult time for you both!

Rots Of Ruvin’ 

Petra, Stewie and his Sleepy Kittens

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Hi Lisa and Bentley!

Wishing you the best today, hang in there we are all cheering for you today 🙏💝🐶🐾🌹🌹

Will be looking for your post to let us know that Bentley came through just fine and is comfortably resting in recovery.

Hugs from all of us 💕💖💕

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Hi every-pawdy

Bentley's surgery went well! They removed the leg and scapula & he came thru like a champ! 

We visited him the last two nights and it truly is amazing how well he's already getting around!

We're bringing him home tonight so I'm a little nervous how he'll do around our other dog but I'll be monitoring their interactions very closely! 

Thank you all for your support! I'll post another update when we get him home!

Lisa & Bentley 

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GREAT NEWS!!!! Can't wait for the homecoming  update!

Just stay strong and confident and in an uplifting  pawsitive state.  Everyone  will do just fine.  Let Bentley come in and get settled.  

Around day threeish all the hospital  meds are out of their system , so if he's  a bit whiny, just work with the Vet on getting  his pain meds managed.

Rest, rest, rest, short potty breaks and more rest for the next two weeks.  And lots of cuddles and treats!

We're  right here with you,, okay?

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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Best wishes for Bentley's speedy recovery! Please keep us posted, and start here for help finding the many Tripawds resources and assistance programs.

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Fantastic news, the kind of news we love around here 🎉💗

Surgery is over and Bentley is already getting around 🐾

Now on to recovery, we’re all here to guide you if you need us! 

Pictures please, when you can, so we can kiss your boy through our screens 💻

Sending you a BIG hug and tons of cuddles to your cutie pie 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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