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Yesterday I had him up to 9.5 hours and was trying to give the dose. then I'm not sure how much I gave bc gave it twice and missed part of it both times. So I was trying listen for any signs of pain in the night. Then gave him full dose at 3am when he was up, which is 10 hours. Now I'm going to try to wait for 3pm today and see what happens, then I have 2 more doses after that.  I hate to wait for him to experience pain bc he is still is recovery and it is better to not experience pain. But how else will I know if he still needs the meds. 

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10 December 2016 - 10:41 am
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I understand completely, I dont understand why they can't send home a tad more.That was one of my many fears him experiencing pain and sure enough we did. 

Just space out today like your planning to do and see how it goes so you can call if you need to .

So say your at 11 hours and you see signs of pain then dose him then. If not stay with your plan.

Unfortunately we dont know until we cut back whats going to happen, as horrific as that is.sad

I'm hoping it all goes fantastically for you both and you do just fine!

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10 December 2016 - 11:07 am
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Thanks. So if 12 hours is okay, do I expand it even more next time since he has only 2 doses more? So say 15 hours, then another 15 hours?

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10 December 2016 - 11:32 am
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When we got to the every 12 hours we just stayed there until it was gone. Our instructions were for every 8-12 hours. Plus we had another medication.

Hopefully Kerren will chime in and be able to tell you what she did as well.

If you get concerned or what to ask your vet more please do.

I hate to tell you something and it not go well. That is just what we did. 

Keep us posted please 

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Mona was on buprenex for about 5 or 6 days along with Meticam (anti inflammatory and pain killer). She continued on Meticam until her stitches were out. I think Lynx should have something until a final vet check.

You might what to talk to your vet before Lynx is uncomfortable. I think it's better having too much pain meds available than too little. I returned the remaining Buprenex.

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10 December 2016 - 2:46 pm
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Okay thank you. Have a call out to vet. 

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Great!

I'm sorry you have to go thru this.

It needs to change what we are sent home with ! 

Crazy 3 days after having a limb amputated and suppose to be fine on no meds.mad

Cant imagine they do that in humans.

Let us know what they say please

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Okay the vet called me back and said he may be over his initial pain bc he had a "wound soaker" anesthetic for 24 hours plus injected pain meds for 24 hours. She said to just give the last 2 doses at 12 hours. If he seems in pain, then call them for more doses. She was in on the surgery too. 

I tired to give him a dose today at 3pm but I think more ended up on his bed. I was asking her if I should give him a 2nd dose too. He still does not seem in pain and is sleeping nicely.

He does not even need a f/u appointment unless there are issues bc he has internal sutures which are self-absorbing. she said those might not absorb for several months but to keep him inactive for 10-14 days for everything to heal. 

I have to say that the time has flown by while caring for my kitty. I think I could be a stay at home cat mom if I only had the bucks lol.

big-grinbig-grin

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Ok , you have plan either way and that makes a big difference. Glad to hear he is comfortable !

Fantastic if you dont need more meds !

Thats amazing no follow up , neat on the stitches too! 

Lynx drink or link anything other then water you could mask his meds in? Tuna water , sardine water,

What about the pill pocket squish the one end closed liquid in and squish again? Just throwing ideas out there.

If you can not be nervous getting him his meds that helps too!

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He hasn't eaten anything else besides his dry food. I think the 3am dose might go better bc he seems to be up at 3am to drink and pee (I would never know this if not sleeping in his room lol). But for the last dose tomorrow afternoon, I may try the pill pocket. Thanks for all of the suggestions! 🙂 

It's also possible like the vet suggested that he may be past his initial pain. He's still sleeping nicely and I dont' really know if he got his dose 2.75 hours ago.

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11 December 2016 - 5:18 pm
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Hi Becky and Lynx ,

Checking in ,hope you guys are doing well today with your last dose of meds.

I keep forgetting to ask how Leah has been since Lynx has come home.

Hope all is well and uneventful! 

Keep healing Lynx!

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THanks for checking in. He's off his pain meds and has better appetite but still not active yet. Additionally there is a new wrinkle. He is refusing to use his litter box for #1 (#2 hasn't happened yet). It happened night before last. He got up at 3am and drank and ate a little. I didn't hear him use the litterbox. Then at 4am he started meowing because he peed all over his bed. He was laying up on the bolster away from the pee. So I changed the bed cleaned him up etc. Then I moved the litter box to be close to his bed (about 1 foot from it) in case he was having trouble finding it. Then last night there was a replay. He was up at3am to drink and didn't use the box. So I got up and manually put him in the box in case he was having trouble. He walked out of it. Then at 330am he started meowing and sure enough he had peed over the towel. So rerun. I had also put him in the box during the day yesteday just in case and he wanted to get out.

I thought Kerren had said that Mona didn't use the litterbox. Any tips?  Thanks

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Im glad he is ok without the meds! Still eating even if appetite is not great is good that should improve soon.

Did you change his litter type for him to come home from surgery. That would be my first question if not, I'm guessing its mobility issues. I wish we could cut it for you.

I'm sure Kerren will chime in and let you know on Mona.

Poor Lynx is letting you know Mom help. Poor guy! 

As for #2 Purrkins went 8 days with no BM. I gave him 1/16th tsp Miralax on the 6th day and 1/8 tsp on the 7th day. We got BM day 8💩 .

I mixed it in baby food. If you get that far without a #2 thats what we did. You might be able to sprinkle that on his dry and he wont know its flavorless.

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 Another thing would be put his old box back in with him see if he uses that even if its got higher sides! 

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Thanks for teh suggestions; I'll try them. No haven't changed the litter. 

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