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3 February 2017
Hi, my 6 1/2 yr.old male corgi just had a left rear amputation 2/2/16. He's doing extremely well for his first day. Mom of course is anxious and worried! He's licking his incision periodically, he has a cone. He hates it!! I might try a towel,I saw that suggestion in a post here.
25 April 2007
Mom of course is anxious and worried!
Please try to Be More Dog . The more upset you are in front of your pup, the more difficult recovery will be. Be strong and he will follow your lead. What's his name?
Hating the cone for a few days is better than the alternative, considering the damage that can be done licking, and it does not take long! You will find plenty of cone of shame alternatives in the Tripawds Gear bolg. And rear leggers can wear boxers, with the tail through the flap, to help protect the incision area.
Forget the towel, use a canvas shopping bag to make a temporary sling with handles.
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2 April 2013
There's an inflatable cone, too, if you need a cone. It's at least more comfortable. We had to get one for Cassie last year when she had surgery ...with a regular cone she kept hitting the walls lol.
3 February 2017
His name is Abner. 3 days post op, now he's not wanting to eat and is sleeping or laying down most of the time. Trying wet food so I can get his meds down him. He's going potty fine, no problems there. Tried a new squeaky toy to get him moving a little and he's just not interested. I probably need to give him time and he could be depressed. Mom maybe expecting to much so soon!
12 March 2013
You are right that he just doesn't need to be doing anything but sleeping and going out for short, leashed potty breaks. The hospital meds will be wearing off about now, and he will not be feeling as invincible as he did the first day or two. Keeping him quiet is the best thing you can do for his healing at this point. If you feel that his pain is not being adequately controlled, call your vet. There are any number of tweaks that can be done with pain meds.
Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel...and the Labradork
Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!
UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!
2 April 2013
What medications do they have Abner on? Murphy came home on Tramadol, Rimadyl & Gabapentin. Some dogs have a Fentanyl patch & some also have antibiotics. You want to make sure to space out his pain medications so that he has adequate coverage - not give them all at one time. The medications can make him sleepy, and he may not eat or drink much right now. Most of us try just about anything to get them to eat. Rest is important, so that's ok.
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