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Your Roxie is just beautiful!  So glad the surgery went well and now healing can begin.  The first couple of weeks can sometimes be a bit of a roller coaster ride, but Roxie is a tough girl and she should come through just fine and be fully herself in no time.

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So happy Roxie is doing so well and back home under your watchful Mommy eye!  Great job beautiful girl!  It really is amazing how completely resilient these furfaces are!  

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Today was okay for the most part, but she had her first tumble. I had her lift harness on to take her potty, but when I opened the door, she shot out ahead of me and fell on the first step 🙁  I quickly got her back up and assisted her down the remaining steps, but then she sat and refused to go out in the yard. I gave her time until she stood and wanted to go back inside, and I haven't been able to get her to go out since.

Any advice? I know it's normal to not have a bowel movement for a few days, but she hasn't peed since being home.

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Okay, the peeing is important.  To not have gone since she got home yesterday is something that needs to be addressed.  If you are comfortable doing this, you can try and express her bladder.  There are videos on YouTube, and I think here in the site, showing you how to do it.I'm not a Vet and not trying to alarm you, but you may want to call an ER Vet and let them know it's been more than 24 hrs and ask it waiting until tomorrow to get her to her regular Vet is okay.

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Pooping delay...no.problem.  May take several more days for her to poop.

Face plants do happen and it does shake their confidence sometimes.  She may even equate the harness with what made her fall...or may the stair itself.   Also, some dogs just don't want to do their business with the harness on.  If you can get her safely down the stairs without the harness, but with a leash, perhaps she'll potty then.

Hang in there!  You're in the roughest part of the recovery for the next several days.  Stay connected and let us know how she's doing.

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Aww I'm so sorry. I remember the first time Jerry stumbled and it was more upsetting for me than him. Don't worry, she'll forget about it soon. Try to push your fears aside next time she goes out, keep her leashed and slow on the exit and you should be fine.

Yes, you do want her to pee so make sure to let your vet know if she hasn't by now. There are ways to express her bladder that you can try yourself too. See:

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28 July 2017 - 6:57 pm
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Great news! The problem was the harness and I realized she backed away from the door every time she saw it, so I held her collar gently with one hand and scooped my arm under her belly to help her down the steps.  After that, she went out in the yard, got into position with no problem and did her business.   We did have to sit in the carport for a few minutes for her to get her energy back up to get back in the house, but now I know how we have to get her outside.

She had a little redness around the stitches this morning. Not angry red, but I called the vet regardless. He said to take the t-shirt off of her as that was probably causing some irritation.  

Overall, still doing great though. I'm so proud of her! I woke up in the middle of the night concerned because I hadn't heard her at all and looked over to see her sprawled out on her new ortho-bed, smiling in her sleep.

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28 July 2017 - 7:07 pm
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Stumbling and being upset/confused by it is pretty normal after amp surgery.  It took my Sketch several weeks not to be upset when he stumbled until he finally just accepted it was OK... and as his body adjusted to life on 3 legs the stumbling has become a thing of the past.  These first couple of weeks post amp can be a challenge emotionally and physically but Roxie will come through with flying colors.

Hope the peeing issue has resolved for Roxie.

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Almost two weeks out, Roxie continues to amaze me! The wound looks a lot better and we go Tuesday to get the stitches out. I do think he'll have to restitch one part where there's a small hole and it still bleeds a little, but when I called, the office told me that's normal so we'll see. She can't wait to get rid of the cone (inflatable ring type now), but she still will try to get to the stitches without it on.

Her appetite is back, and she is starting to show more interest in playing with the other dog again. Now, keep in mind, by playing, I mean she barks at Lilly while Lilly runs around pretending she's being chased. In time, I'm sure Roxie will chase her again like old times, but since she's still healing, I'm glad she knows her limits.

And.....this weekend she conquered the steps!! She can come up the porch steps like she never lost a leg! Getting down takes her a little longer, but she can do it (and insists on doing it on her own).

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR ROXIE!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂    SOOOOO many things to celebrate with this amazing girl!! 🙂   And it's still VERY early in recovery and it still gets sooooo much better!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂    I love how Roxie "plays" with Lilly...Roxie style!!! 🙂    We would looooove to see pictures and video!! 🙂   Hint!! 

Keep these great updates coming!!!    

And, btw, Roxie deserves a scoop of ice cream for all her victories!!! 🙂  

Hugs! 

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Wheeeee! Roxie you are ROCKIN the recovery! That's terrific news, I'm so glad things are looking up. 

You may want to ask the vet about a topical anti-itch cream or spray to use on the wound, that should help with the itchy incision area.

Tell Lilly to look out, Roxie is back!

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Awww...great update!  WTG, Roxie!!!  Dogs are such amazing creatures, they take whatever life hands them and just keep on rocking.  I bet Roxie and Lilly will be racing around as if nothing had happened in a couple of months.  

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 I'm having a minor freak out moment.  On Tuesday, as we were leaving to have sutures removed of course, Roxie fell and ripped open that tiny hole I mentioned before.  She ended up needing staples, but everything was fine, and the vet still removed the lower sutures. Fast forward to today, and I notice the deep red spot on the area where the sutures were removed. Of course, I didn't notice until well after the vet closed.  I don't think it's an emergency because it's not inflamed or pussy, and doesn't seem to be bothering her, but maybe someone can offer a suggestion until I call the vet in the morning?

I have a picture, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to post it even though I have before.

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Oh dear Roxie! I'm sorry darling!

i wish I could offer some advice regarding her sore spot, but it's good that it isn't bothering her!

As far as pictures, I know admin has some really good pointers and one of them was to use Instagram. Once it's in there, you can copy the URL onto the page. Hopefully it works and then someone can look at the picture and maybe offer some experienced advice.

looking forward to hearing the better side of things! 

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Stewie adopted his Pack in 2015. He has 3 feline siblings, Mr. Spike🐾 Chester Molester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾He was diagnosed with OSC on July 5th 2017 and had his left front leg amputated on July 10th 2017. He is our Tripawds Super Hero!🐾❤️                                         http://stewie20.....pawds.com/

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Here's a link you can go through toseehow tompost a picture.   You jave to have a "host"  site for them first......like Igmur.   Whatever you do DO NOT USE PHOTOBUCKET!!!!   

To add ro Petra's info here's another link that maybe helpful too.

http://tripawds.....-photos-1/

I don't rhinknyou jave anything tomworry about.  If it's not oozing and not opened up, I would think waiting to talk with the Vet in the morning wouldn't be a problem.  Of course, I'm not a Vet and not giving Vet advice.

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Awww Roxie sounds like a rock-star.  Wish I could meet her.  I can testify to the fact that senior dogs do just fine as tripawds.  The healing process can be a bit rough...as many will share.  It's just so awesome to see them adjust to three legs (no painful leg anymore). Enjoy each and every moment as much as you can.  It can be a bit of a roller-coaster but each week gets better. Sending you both hugs.

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