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21 June 2018 - 6:31 pm
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She got her surgery on the 14th! 

Gets her staples out on the 29th,

as of now I’m only giving her two out of the four meds they prescribed. Tramadol and trazodone were doing more harm than good at this point and the vet okayed my decision. 

Gabapentin has not been stopped or lessened and carprofen is once a day rather than twice a day now. This was after talking to the vet, I’m not making these calls on my own! 

I’m just at a loss here 🙁 it’s very discouraging. It’s almost as if that screaming is her new excited bark. 

She was doing so well with no episodes. I’m just scared it’s something brain related. 

She did jump on the furniture today with no problem! I didn’t let her, my roommate sneezed (she is DEATHLY afraid of sneezes. It’s super silly and I have no idea what caused it. Every time she hears a sneeze she runs to me at full force and buries herself in whatever crevice of my body is available) so she ran and jumped up trying to hide herself. It happened so fast but she did great! No yelps or screams or anything! 

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21 June 2018 - 7:09 pm
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Ok, i know you're keeping in touch with your vet. Every being is different, all i can suggest is continuing to keep in touch with your vet. She may just need more tweaking, it's still very early into this process for her. Amputation is major surgery and it hurts. They may suggest another medication, I'm not a vet but it really sounds like some pain may be breaking through in between doses, maybe not, just my suggestion. I know what it's like to have a furbaby bury themselves into you for comfort lol. That's not always a bad thing 😉

Check in with your doc, see what they think. But clearly be an advocate for their discomfort. Somebody has to and that somebody is you. Your doc may be great at suggesting an alternative, but i personally lived having to fight for it. Take that for what it's worth, ok? 

I hope you have a peaceful evening, please think about what i said and let me know how you do.

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21 June 2018 - 9:20 pm
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Still giggling  a bit at Romy's fear of a sneeze!😁  We have "thunder shirts" to help them ease the fear of thunderstorms  Not sure if there's  a market for a "sneeze shirt"!  

If you can, try and video one of these episodes and send to your Vet.   Post here too.  Maybe someone  has some insight.

I know it's a long shot, but sometimes  a staple is left in.  It HAS happened  before.  Not a Vet but highly  doubts this is anything "brain related".  Nerve related is also a possibility.....maybe there is a nerve ending exposed  or is jumbled up somehow.   Just throwing  a couple  of things out there.

Stay connected  and update as you can, okay?  This will get sorted out.

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21 June 2018 - 10:05 pm
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My little Tripawd is afraid (or was afraid) of pretty much everything that moved...but I don't think sneezes.  I don't think I've heard that one before- I just love the individual quirks our pups have!

I get what you are saying about Tramadol- I gave it to my TriPug Maggie once and she didn't sleep for 12 hours, and Pugs are known for sleeping!  She wasn't vocal, but really freaked out- she acted like something was following her. 

One thought on the gabapentin- my quad-Pug Tani was on it to help with her arthritis and as I remember I was told that it works better when given in conjunction with something like carprofen (aka rimadyl).  Maybe reducing the carprofen has lessened the effects of the gaba?  Tani was always on both so I don't have experience with just gaba.

It does sound like phantom limb pain from what you describe- some have more trouble with that than others.  Maggie never had phantom pain

You might try keeping a log of her episodes- maybe you would be able to identify a trigger.  Hopefully it is something that she will get past very soon.

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I know it’s the weirdest thing. As a puppy she was fine and the older she got the less tolerant she became to sneezes. It’s certain sneezes though...when I sneeze she couldn’t care less. 😂

no idea where that came from! 

The episodes have been spreading farther apart! Like I said this was the first one in two days of nothing. 

I was thinking the same about the staples. She still has all her sutures and staples in so it could very well be a possibility. 

I’m definitely going to give the vet a call tomorrow and see if they have any more insight. Like I said it seems to happen when she’s startled so maybe there’s a muscle cramping up or something when that happens. 

Thanks guys! I’m just eager to have my pup back 🙂

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21 June 2018 - 10:33 pm
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Didn't  realize all the stitches/staples were still in.  That could definitely  be the cause, especially  if it's  pretty much only when she moves quickly.   They could be catching,  or sticking her.

Really  don't  think you have anything  serious  to worry about.   Obviously  you don't  wamt her hurting though,  regardless of the cause.

Try gently  massaging  all up and down her spine. her shoulder and neck area.   If she is getting  some cramping  because  of right muscles , this should help.

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.. Just got a visual.... "Sneeze Shirt" ughugh

Massage is a great idea, also sometimes some cool or warm compresses on/around the incision help make it feel better and the bit of damp takes that tight feeling of skin pulling and eases it a little. They get quite dry and prickly feeling before it is time to come out and they may pinch a bit.

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6 July 2018 - 7:03 am
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Hi everyone! Just wanted to give an update on the pup 🙂

she got her stitches out on the 28th and has been doing FANTASTIC! It’s like she did a 180 and returned to her normal self. Begging on her hind legs, demanding attention, smiling, and even taking trips to grandmas and petco again 🙂 I’m so unbelievably happy with her progress! She’s still wearing the T-shirt as she is still super interested in her amputation site. There like one or two teeny scabs but she tends to lick the tiny nub of skin where her leg used to be and chatters afterwards. Hopefully she’s not upset 😂

but once all her fur is back she will be her beautiful self. (Even though she’s a beauty all the time) 😉

thanks for all the support guys! Here’s a pic of my babe still getting princess treatment 🙂 

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6 July 2018 - 9:19 am
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WOW!!!  She looks fabulous!!  Isn't it amazing how something like suture/staple removal can make such a world of difference??  You have done a great job with her and you hung in there like a trooper even when she worried you to death. Romy girlie.. you are BEAUTIFUL!!  

I am so happy to see this post, you made my morning!

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OOOOOMMMMMDDDDD!!!  BEST PICTURE EVVVVER!!!  😎 SOOOO CONTENT AND SOOOOO PLEASED WITH HERSELF!!😁😁😁

This update has me grinning  ear to ear 😁  Made my day!!

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She cracks me up, what a face! We are thrilled she is doing so well and getting back into her adorable groove. Thanks for the pupdate!

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That picture just embodies her personality so well. Independent but loves the attention. Definitely does things her own way. As they say aussies are the jesters of the herding breeds. (And they cannot be more correct!!) 

I’m so happy to have my pup back, zooming to the door at full speed when I get home 🙂 I know soon it will feel like she’s always had three legs and right now it’s a reminder of the horrible day witnessing her get bit by the car. But we’re in it together 🙂 don’t know what I’d do if she weren’t here! ❤️

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This is such a great story about how it get SO much better. So many on here need to see this story unfold!!! Way to go!! Awesome story. clapheart

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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7 July 2018 - 10:46 am
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OK- that picture made me think of Angel Abby.  The face is very similar and the 'pose' is just like the artwork from Abby's mom Jackie!

Here is the design:

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More info in the gift blog.

You can read more about Angel Abby here.  Abby crossed the Bridge in January 2012.

It must have been so awful to see the accident!  My current Tripawd Elly was hit by a car when she was 7 months old but she didn't join my pack until she was 10 months old so I didn't see the accident and she was fully healed (at least physically) when I adopted her at 10 months old. 

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Yay! Great news! I gotta figure out the photos because that is ShuShus favorite position too! Must be a tripawd thing!! So happy you are on the other side! Yayayayayay!

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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