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Hello to all at tripawds! I am so glad I found this website, I have read so many positive stories and it feels good to know I am not alone! I will soon be a tripawd parent. Stories I've read & advice given has helped me to make the hard decision and go for amputation for my gorgeous girl Tegan who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last Tuesday, she is having her front left leg removed. I have been in turmoil asking myself 'am i doing the right thing' I am so sad that she's having to loose a leg but I know now that this is the right decision for her at this time to get rid of the pain it's causing her, even though she troopers on I know it hurts, a lot! So I want to give her the chance and really hope her determination and high spirit gets her through, seeing posts on here gives me lots of hope, a lot of you have been through this already and I know it's fear of the unknown but I am so nervous about tomorrow! They have told me chemo is an option but I really don't know if I want to put her through it, she is 11 and I might not have much time do I want to risk her being poorly? I just want her pain free and happy for the time she does have left. It's so hard.

I do have other pets too and always walk tegan and her sister kiera together, I know it's going to upset her me going out without her, she goes mad so I'm thinking that she may have to go in a crate to stop her trying to rush? I don't want her to feel like I'm punishing her as we don't use a crate normally they have baskets but I also don't want her hurting herself until she's OK. 

Wish us luck as we start a new journey as part of the tripawd gang. Any words of wisdom would be greatly received.  

Beth & Tegan (and my 3 other furbabies) xx

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bdo32 said
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Hi Beth,

Welcome!  You may find that Tegan won't want to go out initially, as she'll be recovering from the surgery and drugged!  My advice is to take things very slow and easy after surgery.  She may seem her normal self initially and then not seem to be doing well after a few days.  That's what happened to Zato and I think that happens a lot.  But Zato is doing great now!  He had his surgery 3 weeks ago.  If she hits a bump in the road, get with your vet ASAP in case she needs her pain management adjusted.

We aren't doing chemo, but some do. One of the great things about this community is that we all respect each others' paths, even those that are different from our own, because all decisions are made from love!

We wish you the very best for tomorrow!  Try not to worry, and I know how hard that is.  When you pick her up, it won't be as hard to see her as you think, because you'll just be so happy she's still here.

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Former neglect case/shelter dog, adopted in 2009.  Read my story hereElder statesman of Richard & Tracy's pack!  

Diagnosis of osteosarcoma of the left proximal humerus on Oct. 29, 2016 ~ Palliative Radiation & Zoledronate Nov. 2016 thru June 2017 ~ Left foreleg amputation on June 29, 2017 ~ Homeopathy with Dr. Loops starting July 2017.

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Best wishes for the surgery and recovery! While you are waiting, if possible, would you be able to share Tegan's story with us? Tegan is a FANTASTIC name, btw!!! As for age, as many say, dogs have NO clue, and as our beloved Sally would tell you, " no expiration date stamped on their butt!!!!" Try to keep that in mind going forward: no expiration date stamped on Tegan's butt and no knowledge of age:):):)

As far as the recovery,be prepared to not sleep much for a few weeks. Other than that, being very patient while Tegan recovers from major surgery, being prepared to only go for a very short walk to the potty and back, to adjust pain meds as needed, and to wait impatiently for the staples/stitches to come out are all completely, totally normal. Many dogs do well right after surgery but then have a " dip" after days 3-5 due to hospital drugs wearing off. And, many, many, many dogs do very well and are so much better because they are not in pain.

Finally, ask folks here anything at all ( we love to talk about bathroom habits, what incision sites should look like, and pain meds;) and someone is sure to respond! There are folks here from around the world and many who are up in the middle of the night so don't wait to post if you have any questions at all! There is even a chat line/hotline. This is an exceptional community of people who truly understand what you and Tegan will be going through.

(As for chemo, dogs really don't have the same side effects we associate chemo with. But you have plenty of time to think about the next steps before any decisions are made. One great suggestion is to take a notebook or recorder when you speak with the vets and to have all your questions ready. Not because you can't think straight: simply because you may be sleep deprived;)

Tegan is soooooo, sooooo lucky to have you being brave enough to do what is best for Tegan! Again, best wishes today . We will be thinking of you with all paws crossed!!!

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20 July 2017 - 10:08 am
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NOPE, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

So sorry you find yiurself jere. As you can see though from all the great support already, there is no better place to be for information and understanding. And we sure do understand! It is such an intense time full of fear and uncertainties. I was so scared I even cancelled my Happy Hannah's first scheduled surgery appointment!!! I jad NOT fpu d this wonderful community yet though!!

Just a couple of quick thoughts......B R E A T H E........B R E A T H E.......And keep things chunked down. You can deal with follow up treatments later.

And most dogs genrally give the "recovering patient" space. They'll want to sniff all the hospital smells and generally just sort of stay away. Give Tegan some ti e when she gets home to settle down and then just see how Kiera does.

Tegan needs complete rest and only short, short, short leashed potty breaks a d then back in for more rest. No jumping, no stairs, etc. Sometimes because they have so many pain meds in them from the hospital, they feel a bit "better" than they will after those meds are out of their system.

Your vet will send yoy home with Tramadol, Rimadyl, and antibiotic and probably Gabapentin. It may take a little tweaking to get the doses and frequency right .

If you have hardwoods you'll want non -slip scatter rugs for traction.

When you go to pick Tegan up, don't even pay any attention to his incision. Just look into his druggy eyes and tell him what a good boy he is and give him kisses and take him home!!! 🙂

STAY CONNECTED!!! Recovery is no picnw! It is major surgery and they are dealing with that, plus adjusting to three legs!! Sloooow and easy, okay? And more pics when you have time!

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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Thank you all so much for your comments, this is a great community and I would have been lost without it over the last few weeks! 

I dropped Tegan at the vets this morning and tried not to get upset as I know I'm doing the right thing but the tears came anyway, I knew she was in good hands! The vet phoned this afternoon to say the operation had gone well with no complications (phew) I called later to check on her and she had already been up walking!! Wow!! You go girl!! They are keeping her in to monitor and I should hopefully have her home tomorrow. 

I'm sure I'll be asking alsorts over the coming weeks while we adjust to her living life on 3 legs, I have every faith in her! 

Thanks again for the advice I'll be sure to take things slow and steady and I'll look out for the 'dip' now I kinda know what to expect, sleepless nights are fine I'm still up in the night with my youngest daughter 😂

Again so glad I found this site!! 

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I'm gad you got good news and I know you'll be so happy to have her home tomorrow 🙂

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Former neglect case/shelter dog, adopted in 2009.  Read my story hereElder statesman of Richard & Tracy's pack!  

Diagnosis of osteosarcoma of the left proximal humerus on Oct. 29, 2016 ~ Palliative Radiation & Zoledronate Nov. 2016 thru June 2017 ~ Left foreleg amputation on June 29, 2017 ~ Homeopathy with Dr. Loops starting July 2017.

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Alrighty, surgery is done!!!!

Update us when you have a moment to catch yiur breath!! We are here for you and with you!

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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Just thought I'd give an update, I went to collect Tegan yesterday afternoon, I had prepared myself but when she came in hopping, tail wagging, bright as ever I barely even noticed the missing leg I was just so happy to see her!! She has truly amazed me and the vets say she's been a model patient 😊

Since being home she is happy in the cage and can rest well in there, I've put an old duvet in and some covers, to get her comfy which I'm changing as there is some leakage but nothing too heavy, she has been up and out to the loo, the back steps we have are a little bit of a problem but I'm helping her down them and she's doing her business fine, she is an absolute trooper and just getting on with it as best she can! I think shes happy all that pain has gone! We haven't had any whining just lots of panting, I phoned the vets about it and she has more pain Meds to help settle her and they are helping, it's nice to see her settled and rested, she does keep getting up for a bit of a wonder now n then and goes back to her bed, bless her. I'm leaving the cage open while we are in to help make her feel more comfortable. The kids have been great with her too, just got a pic of my youngest giving her stroke on the nose 😍

All in all things are positive at the mo, I hope it stays that way and she can be happy and pain free as our gorgeous tripawd!

Still watching out for the dip and know we are still very early days for her recovery, we are back at the vets on Monday for a check up. 

Thank you it's nice to know I have this support here. 

Xx

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