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Mood of my pup, Belle - How can I tell if she will be ok?
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22 August 2016 - 12:53 pm
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If I read your post right, the 4;30 panting was 6 1/2 hrs past the last dose of Tramadol. Talk with your vet, but many of us had instructions for every 6 hrs. My unprofessional guess is dose every 6 hrs. .....talk to the vet zbout a more freauent dose.

Maybe you could just email a picture of the bruise to the vet rather than ankther trip in. I doubt it's anything other than a fluid pocket, but he can make a better determination.

I know it's hard nkt to worry, especw so early in recovery. The most important lesson of this journey is to BE MORE DOG! They live in the moment, they stay in the NOW, they have no worries and they don't count days on aa calendar! They let NOTHING interfere with living life to the fullest soaking up all your loving and spoiling a d yummy treats!

Give that sweet girl a hug....and give yourself o ee...you're both doing great! 🙂

Hugs!

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24 August 2016 - 11:19 pm
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Belle was out walking tonight and vomited twice. Her stool has been inconsistent in terms of texture as well.

Has this ever happened to anyone? We are essentially 14 days post op.

Thank you!

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25 August 2016 - 9:57 am
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Update on Belle.

She is at the vet. She vomited 3 times and is running a fever of 103.6. I'm very worried. Has anyone experienced this 2 weeks after amputation? 

She is on Clavamox (antibiotic) currently plus Tramadol. 

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25 August 2016 - 10:05 am
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I haven't heard of vomiting related to the surgery itself- maybe to the meds.

How long has she been on the clavamox? Antibiotics can cause diarrhea and upset stomach.  While the antibiotics kill off the bad bacteria it also kills off the good 'bugs' in the intestines and can cause issues.

Hoping the vet will have some easy answers for you.

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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25 August 2016 - 12:24 pm
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She has been on Clavamox for 2 weeks now. Waiting to hear from the vet. They are doing an ultrasound and additional tests. Her white blood cell count was elevated.

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25 August 2016 - 12:26 pm
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Yeah, I'm thinking the vomit a dd stools are meds related too.

She .ay have some gastro infection casing the issues.

Regardless, she's at the vet and lrobr getting fluids and that will help get her fever down and make her feels better. She may be switched to another antibiotic to help reduce the fever.

Hang in there! The vet will get this back under control. These things definitely happen during the recovery phase. Update when you can.

Lots of hugs!

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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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26 August 2016 - 8:06 am
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Update on Belle.

Her temp spiked to 105 overnight. They put a cooling blanket on her and continued to monitor her. It has come back down to 103 but they still do not know what's going on with her. All tests have come back normal except her white blood cell count which is at 30,000. They relayed again this could be due to some type of infection or the possibility of cancer somewhere else (which they said was less likely) due to how quickly this came on. Sadly,  I've heard that before but I'm still hoping for the best for my sweet pup.

They have switched her antibiotics up to try and get whatever the infection may be and we will know if it is working in 7 to 8 hours.

Has anyone else experienced this during the recovery process?

Thank you,

Brittney & Belle

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26 August 2016 - 9:33 am
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And we are all hoping for the best for sweet Belle too.

Certainly not an Onco, but it seems it's unlikely that it is most likey an unfectiin/virus rather than anything else.

Did they give her injectable antibiotics with this new one they're trying?

Does her incision site look good?' No signs of pneumonia? Are they giving her fluids?

Oddly enough, Pofi dog ran a fever that they couldn't really pinpoint the cause. If I'm recalling correctly, it seemed that the Tramadol .ay have been the culprit. There were no cases showing that as a possibility, but it seemed a possibility with Pofi.

Also, ask them about the possibility of MRSA or dog flu. Both can be picked up at a clinkc and MRSA can be picked up especially during surgeries. Just throwing stuff out there.

Can you go on and bring her home later today and do whatever they are doing at home?

Thanks so much for updating. We're all cheering for this precious girl! heart

Sending lots of love

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Oh gosh I'm sorry to hear this. How is she doing today?

Try not to panic. This has happened before with recovering Tripawds but the causes are all over the map so it's hard to say what this could be. I would want to know what the vet is doing to test the potential infection,  in order to find out what exactly they're dealing with. Yes, it could be MRSA, that's happened here. Has the clinic relayed to you what tests / cultures are being done? And how long they intend to wait before consulting with others to pinpoint the cause?

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I almost never go back and try and correct typos, stc...it would take all day!!

However, I meant to say it is most likely an infectio /virus as opposed to anything related to the poece of crap disease.

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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They have done an ultrasound, blood work, and xrays to check for multiple issues. All have come back with no concerns except the high white blood cell count. 

Her incision area healed wonderfully so I'm thinking that's not the issue. But her remaining leg is swollen in places but they also removed her lymph node in that leg so there is still bruising and swelling from that I assume. Not to mention the extra work it is doing can be contributing to the swelling too.

Due to her stool color (orange off and on) I'm thinking it's a liver issue but tests are not leading them to think it's that I can only assume. I would think her urine analysis, blood work or ultrasound would show abnormalities if it was her liver.

Belle is very prone to gastrointestinal issues and with the variety of foods she has been exposed to ("treats" to get her to take her meds) it could be that her tummy is very upset in combination with the meds. But, I do not think that has anything to do with her temperature fluctuating. 

I'm waiting for them to call with an update. I'll keep you all posted. 

Thank you for your continued support. We have excellent pet insurance so we are comfortable with them keeping her as long as it takes to diagnose. 

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I just talked with the vet. Her temp was 102.4 at 7pm cst. Again, every test they have run is showing no signs of anything affecting her organs. 

I went ahead and ordered another blood analysis to test for additional types of infection. I am doing anything I can to get to the bottom of this. She's my girl♡

The vet will call us in the morning with an update. 

P.S. Her liver is showing no signs of abnormalities. 

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR LOWERING TEMPERATURE! That really is great news!! Sounds like they have the right antibiotic now. And it's wonderful that all the tests are coming back good! So glad to hear this!

As you said, the tummy upset from all the meds could indeed be messing with her stool and her appetite.

You are DEFINITELY doing everything possible for your girl. Your love and devotion comes shining through!
So glad things are improving. Sorry her leg is bruised, but, as you said, that coukd be from the removal of the lymph node. Maybe icing will help that.

Keep the good news coming!

Lpts of hugs!

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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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Good news on the temp lowering and tests coming back clear.  Switching up the antibiotics seems to be helping.  Fingers crossed sweet Belle is almost over this hurdle and her white blood tests soon get back to normal!  Hugs!

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Update on Belle.

Her temp has been normal for 48 hours and she has eaten a few times. Her stool is still loose but no longer orange. Also, her white blood cell count has dropped back down to 18,000 which is MUCH better than 30,000! Normal is around 16,000 I believe.

We are having them keep her one more night just to be safe. Hopefully we are bringing her home tomorrow!

They have yet to be able to pinpoint the cause of the vomiting, fever or spike in white blood cells. 

Thanks for the good vibes everyone♡

Belle & Brittney 

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