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My golden retrievers front leg was amputated yesterday. I don’t know when we will bring him home, but I hope soon. I went to see him last night and he acted like he wanted to try and stand up a couple times. Dr says he can come home when he can get up and walk on his own.
Any advice for when I bring him home? I’m starting to freak out.......A LOT!

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Hey there, welcome! Ok don’t freak out, breathe because we are here for you and your dog. What’s his name by the way? Why the amputation?

i am on my phone now so hard to type but try starting with Jerry’s Required Reading List for good tips. I’ll be back later and until then stay tuned for feedback from others!

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D E E P.   B R E A T H S..........B R E A T H E......

We're all right here with you, okay?

Tell us more abput your handsome pup when you can.  Name, age, why the amp, etc.  Love the avatar photo and can't wait to see more.

It takes a couple of days to get a little mobility going sometimes, especially in larger dogs, so no worries there, okay?

Most important thing uiu can do when you gonoick up your pup is be  in a strong, confident happy-to-see-you state!!  Don't even look at his incision.  He just wants ro hear what a good boy he is and he's going home!  When you do sneak a peek at the incision later, just know that the Surgeon loves to shave fur!

The first several days home and I to the first two weeks can be eough.  It is MAJOR surgery and getting the right balance of pain meds is crucial.  Most dogs come home eith Tramadol, Gabapentin, Rimadyl and an antibiotic.  The hospital meds wear off by day three soppain meds may have to be tweaked again.

REST, REST, REST!  ,SHORT POTTY BREAKS AND MORE REST!   No jumping, no stairs, no running.  If you have hardwood floors you'll need to get non-slip scatter rugs for traction .....very important.  

He may need help getting up at first so you might try a towel sling if needed.  My Happy Hannah just froze when I tried that and did better without it.  You can check into gettina a harness from our Gear Blog lafter the incision heals if necessary.   You can download Loving Life On Three Legs    We also have a TRIPAWD HELPINE  1-844 TRIPAWD 'staffed by members who've been through this.  Of course, we are not Vets and not giving Vet advice.

For now, give your pup zny yummy foods she'll eat.  Chicken, cheeseburgers, eggs and bacon, etc.  Drinking and peeing are important.  He may not poop for a vew day because of all the meds.

Remember, you are doing this FOR your pup, not TO him!!  It's kinda' hard to remember that during recovery sometimes!  You'll ge through this-!  'His sparkle will be back before you know it!!

Okay, that's a start for you!  Let us know how we can help.  Remember the deep breaths and also CHOCOLATE!!!!

STAY CONNECTED!   YOU ARE.  NOT ALONE!!

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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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Murphy was a retriever mix.  He spent 1 night in the hospital.  I took my son with me to pick him up the next day because I was worried about bringing him home - how was I going to get him out to the car? (I mean, I figured they had a stretcher or something if I needed it, but I didn't know what to expect).  Well, Murphy had his own plans, he wanted out of there!  He walked/hopped out to the car by himself!  We made the 1.5 hr drive home just fine & he walked into the house then out into the back yard like nothing was different.  

You're eventually going to want to get a harness for him, but for now you can use a cloth grocery bag - cut down the sides so that it will be a flat piece with handles, then you can use that as a sling if you need it.  He will mostly just need to rest as much as possible.  He may not eat much for awhile, or be very picky.  Murphy came home on Tramadol (a narcotic), Rimadyl (an anti-inflammatory like Motrin) and Gabapentin - this works on nerve pain.  My biggest pet peeve is when vets do not give enough pain medication!!  He should be on enough medication to last right around 2 weeks or so ... weaning down during the 2nd week, but some need them a little longer.  The combination Murphy had worked pretty well for him.  Some dogs have a Fentanyl patch, and some also take antibiotics.  You can apply an ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to the incision for about 10-15 minutes a couple of times a day.  The incision will be large and may or may not have a dressing on it.  Murphy's came of in a day or two.  Murphy didn't eat well, like many dogs.  I cooked some rice and poured chicken broth over it then added some chunks of chicken to it.  He took his pills with peanut butter most of the time.  We used a t-shirt to keep his incision covered and clean and so that he wouldn't bug it.

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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Update and more info 

his name is Leo. He is going to turn 9 on March 2nd. He is a Golden Retriever. Leg was amputated because of a soft tissue sarcoma. 

I posted my first post after waking up to a panic attack in the middle of the night. I was freaking out because I felt like I did this TO him. 

He is still at the vets office. He won’t stand up on his own. I really think a lot of the reason he won’t is because he doesn’t like assistance and he’s scared of those slippery floors. They only have ONE rug for him. He’s been there two nights now and I really think he is depressed about his leg but mostly because he’s not with ME! He’s VERY loyal to me. The vet called on Saturday and said he wouldn’t eat anything for them and asked if I could try to come feed him. He ate what I brought him to eat AND the BUFFET of food they were trying all morning to get him to eat. 

Today is Sunday so I’m so upset that I may not be able to go see him. I’ve been going every day and sitting with him for a couple of hours. I honestly think if I say “You wanna go bye byes?” that he may get up and try harder, but I am so scared of him getting hurt. That incision looks awful, but I am getting use to it. 

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Not all dogs figure it out right away and get their sea legs.  It took our Max 3-4 days.  There's nothing wrong with helping them get up either for less struggle and wear and tear on new muscles being used.  Others have given you much good advice.  Stay calm and be a strong leader.  I found very early on if I panicked so did Max.  If I stayed calm and encouraging max followed suit.  Hang in there these first days are the toughest.  Once you have sweet Leo home and back under your care you'll find yourself finding a routine that works well for you.  Hugs!

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Leo was anemic and they had to give him a blood transfusion. He’s resting now and we can go see him later. 

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Hello! I hope your Leo is doing better after his transfusion.

My pup Vigo had his front right leg amputated about 2 weeks ago. I must say the first 4-5 days back home were tough. He was very confused. When he wasn't sleeping he was very restless and would get up and just stare off into space for a while. This happened a lot. He had some pain and would randomly yelp out (luckily his meds seemed to work pretty well), and was pretty wobbly. My husband and I also had a hard time with thoughts of "did we do the right thing" popping up every other minute. It can be confusing because you know you made the right choice for Leo but at the same time you see them temporarily suffer due to a choice that you made for them. I can tell you that for us, this feeling passed as soon as we saw glimmers of Vigo's personality show through every now and then. He is doing so much better and we see improvements every day. Just believe in the process and in their instincts, and try to stay calm and take care of yourself during this time! Good luck 🙂

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Hi, sorry to hear about your boy....like Linda said, some dogs take a little longer to get the hang of things, especially if he doesn't like help. Do you have a harness? (Oh, Donna already addressed this above). Is he a front or rear amp? I know it's hard to be apart from him, but you want him as ready as he can be to come home with you. And slippery floors are the worst! What is it with every vet office I've ever been in, that the floors have to be like that? There is a product, the name escapes my now, that are "booties" for dogs that look like a big balloon. They are great for friction on slippery floors, but shouldn't be left on for any extended time - I found that out the hard way when I did and my dobe's foot swelled to twice its normal size. We found the Ruffwear harness to be a lifesaver for us, and I don't know how we would have gotten by without it. Try to be calm and positive with him - easier said than done sometimes - he really will take his cues from you. Good luck, I hope he's home soon. Keep us posted.

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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LEO EATS....LEO EATS A. LOT GREAT NEWS!!!!!! 

Glad they are on top of his care and realized he needed a blood transfusion.   We've seen that happen after surgery sometimes so try not to freak out.  He's in good hands.

As everyone pointed out so well, mobility takes a bit of time for larger dogs sometimes, especially when drugged up and anemic!   And yes , some dogs do not like being "asssisted" when first trying to adjust to three legs.

Paula brought up a good idea to help him gain traction ..  The booties she's referring to PAWZ.  Alao maybe you coukd get a xouple of xheap yoga mats and take them eith you for the next visit to help him gain traction and confidence.

Leo isntw "depressed" avout the leg.  He's drugged and he's just had major surgery and just doesn't feel like partying yet!    And yes, I do agree that he's bummed about not being home so it's always good to get him home as soon as you can, SAFELY.

Update when you can and keep taking him yummy food.  We're cheering for him!  Hang in there!   He WILL get better!

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We went to see him this evening and he was very tired. I got him to eat, but he really didn’t want to. He drank a lot though. 

He fell asleep while we were there and he’s never done that. This was our third visit. We go see him once every day since his surgery. 

I’m REALLY worried I’m going to a phone call that he’s passed away sad I hope he was just tired from the blood transfusion. 

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I understand totally, and get that you are scared. Sleep is very important in recovery, so try not to worry too much. Nitro's first night home was horrible...he (maybe) slept for 15 minutes - which meant that's all we got too. I would've given anything for him to just sleep. And, Nitro wouldn't eat for the first 7 days after surgery...talk about stress! Every dog, every recovery, every situation is different. Sending prayers that he is home soon.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

P.S. the chat room here is a great place to hear from others who've been where you are, and also the helpline lets you actually speak to someone for support

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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You're in Ohio?  Do you have a Five Below near you?  Stop by there & pick up a couple of yoga mats - $5 each!  take one with you when you see him & roll it out on the floor, see if that helps.  Yes, the Pawz boots help - you can order them on Amazon, sometimes you can find them at the pet stores.  They're great for short-term use, you can't leave them on for too long because they're like balloons & snug at the top.  I wonder if they just have him so snowed with medications that he just can't get up?

btw - you'll get used to dobemom & I saying the same things ....it's a thing we do!  lol

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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Awww I know that must have been upsetting to see him so tired. But my guess is that a blood transfusion takes a lot out of a doggy. I'll bet by the time you see him again he will be perkier and ready to go home. 

Oh and yeah, the more things you can do to get your home ready, the more you can take your mind off of things until he's back in your arms. Hang in there!

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Called to check on his this morning and they said he was responsive, smiling, and wagging his tail for people. So that is a relief. They said the dr would call me later. 

I was going to bring yoga mats to our Sunday visit, but then he had the turn for the worst and dr didn’t want him to try and stand. 

I will go after work tonight to see him. The vet office is really good about letting me come and stay as long as I want. That’s nice. 

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