GiGi is our 9 yr female Doberman. She was diagnosed with OS about 2 weeks ago. It is in her left front leg. XRays and blood test found no sign of it elsewhere. I know that is not conclusive.
At first amputation was out of the question. After visiting 2 vets, an Oncologist and reading this forumn, we have chosen amputation. I think our hesitation was a "people" thing.
She goes in tomorrow for the surgery. I know she will do well.
We have ordered slings,harness, books, etc… So I hope we are ready.
I'll keep you informed.
6 November 2011
Good luck – I'm sure it will all go well. Sounds like you are well prepared.
Sarah and Kayla
Welcome to Tripawds,
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I'm sorry you and GiGi are facing OSA, but it sounds like you are as ready as you can get.
And yes, the amputation is much harder for us two leggers to come to grips with, our pups just get on with things.
Be sure you have lots of stuff to keep you busy tomorrow- surgery day can be long. Read your new book, prep the house, lay in groceries- what ever keeps you busy. Since you've been reading the forums you know that the first couple weeks after surgery can be rough- enough to make you doubt your decision, so don't get discouraged!
Ask whatever questions you have- lots of experience here to share.
Let us know how she (and you) are doing tomorrow.
Karen and the pugapalooza
28 November 2011
Good luck!! And, get some sleep while you can!
14 May 2011
Welcome to the best community on the planet! Get some rest for the next couple days because the first 2 weeks are definitely the toughest, but you will be surprised with how resilient your pup will be.
Jenna & spirit Chili Dawg
29 October 2010
Welcome to you and Gigi. Yep, it's definitely us humans who have a harder time dealing with all this than the pups do.
Usually there is about a 2 week recovery period. Once the pups are off the meds and have their stitches out, they are usually back to their old selves. And sometimes it gets worse before it gets better, so if she seems great right after coming home and then crashes a few days in, that's perfectly normal.
Let us know how it goes!
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom
28 November 2008
Sending positive thoughts your way. Please update on GiGi's progress as you can. And keep in mind that when she does get home, she may be a little loopy from all the medicines she's on. We'll be thinking about you guys tomorrow!
1 February 2011
I'm sorry that you have found yourself here, but you won't be sorry that you did. Amputation is a terrifying prospect for us people. And when you are also facing the specter of cancer, it becomes scarier still. I'm sure GiGi will do fine through her surgery, and hope that you will keep us posted on her progress. If you have questions, you will find a wealth of information from people who've gone through what you are now facing, so don't hesitate to ask.
We'd love to see pictures of your girl, if you have a chance to post them.
Rio's momma, Micki
~ ~ Rio ~ ~
12 February 2010
welcome. we're sending our best ET juju to you and GiGi for tomorrow's surgery. sounds like you've done your homework and are as prepared as a human can be to face the future. let us know how it goes, and know that we're all here for you if you need anything.
charon & spirit gayle
25 April 2007
Hi Ront & GiGi, welcome.
You're right, the hesitation to proceed with amputation is usually a people thing. When GiGi bounces back, you'll wonder how you ever doubted that she would do great. It's such a gift to have extra pain-free, quality time with our packmates!
Good luck tomorrow, please let us know how we can help OK? Keep us posted.
25 April 2007
I think our hesitation was a "people" thing.
You're not alone here, most dogs cope much better than their people do.
Many of us have found the book Without Regret helpful in dealing with the decision to amputate. We did!
We'll be thinking of GiGi this week. Best wishes for a perfect procedure and speedy recovery.
14 August 2009
Welcome to Tripawds! I'm sorry you and Gigi find yourself here with us. It's scary, scary stuff but once you get through the amputation, it will soon be better. The pain will be gone and you'll have Gigi back to her old self!
As everyone has mentioned, we are here to help so feel free to ask questions if you need to. There will be some ups and downs during the recovery but usually the meds cause a lot of the problems because they goof them out.
Please let us know when she is out of surgery and all is well!
Good wishes coming your way!
She departed us unexpectedly January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.
She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.
18 January 2012
Best of luck to you and Gigi. When we were making the decision about Baby, we found vets to be a bit discouraging. I think they have seen some bad results that understandably affect their attitude. They spout statistics, but they don't talk about all the dogs who have success stories! There are so many wonderful stories of happy, healthy dogs after amputation we decided to give it a shot. It's been 9 days since surgery and we are so glad we had it done. Baby's recovering well and I feel good about giving her this chance. I hope you have a smooth recovery and many happy years together! Hint – we put out a call for blankets, towels and sheets from friends and family and loaded up on puppy training pads. Recovery is a bit messy due to drainage sometimes, so it helps. (We found the 'Three legs and a Spare' book we downloaded from Tripawds to be very helpful. We knew better what things would look like and what to expect.)
Rest when you can -
Judy and Baby
11 June 2011
Hi GiGi and family. So sorry you have to go through this but you have found a wonderful community to support you all!
Our 'kids are amazing at (literally) bouncing back once they are over their initial healing period.
Sending big hugs and lots of positive thoughts for tomorrow
Joanne & Lylee
Praying for Gigi's surgery to go perfectly so the healing can begin and she can start her life as a new Tripawd! I also have a 9 year old female Doberman! Her name is Emalee. She does not have cancer and is not a Tripawd. I became a member of this site because my Great Dane Valentina had OS in her front left leg and became a Tripawd. I was hesitant at first too but it was the right decision. If I had not chosen the amputation I would have lost the extra 7 months that I had with her. She had gotten so bad that it was either amputation or putting her to sleep. The 7 months that we had were just wonderful and I would still make that same decision. There will be some struggles at first but this site will be there to help you as you go through it. It was lifesaving to me. I would have gone insane without this site. Everyone here is so wonderful and you will feel the love the more you are on here. Best of luck to you and Gigi! She will surprise you and delight you. All of us here love updates so please let us know how things go tomorrow!
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