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Hello all! My dog Oskar got his front left leg amputated on 4/11, and seemed to be fine when we brought him home and for the first couple of days. Now, as of three days ago, his back leg on the amputation side is limping. Is this a normal part of the recovery process? He doesn't want to get up and go outside, and when he does, he doesn't seem to want to use that leg. Could this just be coordination issues, or do I have a bigger problem on my hands?

I spoke with his vet about my concerns, and she said to bring him back in a few days if it hasn't improved to get some x-rays done. I'm a little worried. way-confused

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It could be more of a back issue rather than a leg or foot issue.  Murphy sometimes has problems with his back and has started to see a chiropractor now.  They walk differently and are using muscles in a different way, so it's not uncommon for them to have issues.  Murphy loves a good back rub!  When he lays on his side we start massaging his back and he will start stretching backwards, like a "C" ...and he moans & groans, so we know it feels good laughing

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Murphy is a 10 year old retriever mix. Front leg amputation 4/4/13 from histiocytic sarcoma. His pack includes shepherd mix Cassie, terrier mix Max & 3 cats, Jasmine, Rascal & Daisy.

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18 April 2017 - 5:39 pm
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It is so soon after his amp - maybe he overdid it a bit?  I know it is disconcerting.  Will he let you massage at all?  Maybe a heat pack for some relief?  What pain meds is he on currently?  How often and what dosages?

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On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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18 April 2017 - 6:11 pm
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Thank you both for your replies! He doesn't seem to be in pain, like there isn't a pain reflex when I touch the leg or the area around it (he loves a good scratch above his tail), but he's also quite stoic when it comes to those things (he's a Rottweiler). He just isn't really using the leg to its full capabilities. He's currently on 2 Gabapentin (300mg/ea) and 1 Carprofen (100mg) every 12 hours (9:30-9:30). He was evaluated by an orthopedic specialist at the university before his amputation, and they said everything looked great. I just can't figure it out! I'll wait a couple more days, and then we'll see what happens. His first round of chemotherapy is scheduled for the 25th, so they'll also evaluate him then.

I am a little anxious because of how aggressive Osteosarcoma is. They didn't find any visible metastasis on their ultrasound and radiographs, and the lymph node they took with his leg was clear. I don't want to think the worst, but this is my first time going through canine cancer. I love him to death and don't want him to hurt anymore than he already has. 

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18 April 2017 - 7:37 pm
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As we say soooo often around here, B R E A T H E..B R E A T H E....SLOWLY INHALE....SLOOOOOLWY EXHALE..... B R E A T H E....Then grab some CHOCOLATE!

This is waaaay to early for Oskar to be completely adjusted to mobility on three legs!

Can you ppst a video? Is he collapsing on his leg? Is he able to hold himself up? What exactly are you seeing?

And yes, we all worry like crazy around here and think worse case scenarios all the time!! It's rare that osteo goes to the next limb. Not saying it doesn't happen, but it is rare.

Aside from being soooo early in recovery and Oskar hasn't had a chance to build up his core muscles, it is possible he's tweaked something. Jist continue to give him rest, rest, rest.

Is it possible he tweaked a knee, something along those lines? Regardless, rest and the anti inflammatory will help.

Sou ds like other than this bump in the road, Oskar is ahead of the curve as far as recovery goes.

Keep us posted.....and don't forget the CHOCOLATE!

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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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You're right, benny55. I'm way over-doing it, lol. I've been pretty on edge since his diagnosis. All of this has been moving so quickly! A little over 2 weeks ago, my dog "didn't" have cancer, you know? I'll keep an eye on it and, in the meantime, I'll keep trying to help him get through this. If it gets worse, I'll post a video. I'm thinking its a balance issue. Favoring the legs on the right, and trying to figure out how his remaining left leg fits into the rhythm of things. Besides that, though, he's doing really well. I'm so proud of him heart

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Rebecca said
My dog Oskar got his front left leg amputated on 4/11...

It has only been one week. oh-my

All Tripawds will need to adjust to their new gait and stance. What Oskar needs to do first is recover from surgery...no need for anything more than very short leashed potty time. That is all. Confinement and moderation of activity are key to a complete speedy recovery. Once all healed up, then you can focus on rebuilding strength in remaining limbs before any free play or going on any sort of walks.

Take this time to read up on starter exercises you can eventually do to help Oskar rebuild his strength and confidence. Oskar likely just needs to build up some strength in that leg. (TIP: Walks do not build strength, only stamina). We recommend consulting with a certified rehab vet/tech (CCRP/CCRT) for a professional evaluation and exercises you can do at home. You may even get reimbursed by the Tripawds Foundation for your first visit! Or, consider downloading Loving Life On Three Legs, for lots of conditioning tips, exercise instructions and videos...find a coupon code for Tripawds e-books on the Start page or check out Jerry's Required Reading List for lots of helpful links, or search the Tripawds Featured Blogs for more helpful articles, videos, podcasts and more.

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Thank you for the links, admin! The university I've been taking him to has a physical therapy program for dogs. I'll speak to them about what we can do. We've been taking it super easy. We just go out to the yard when its time to go. I'm just glad that this is normal! When he was diagnosed with cancer originally, everybody thought he might've sprained something. That's still on my mind when I see him limp. We'll work on it.

Again, thank you all! smiley

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Hi Rebeca and Oskar,

As others said, it is still early days and the heavier the dawg the more difficult to manage   (initially) weigh shifting. 

If I understood your thinking correctly, at some point you were worried osteosarcoma could be on the other leg? 

If that was the case, the answer is it is extremely rare that our babies will develop it on any of the remaining legs. 

All Oskar probably needs is time to get used to his new life, and you can rest assure he will surprise you!

Sending you a big hug and tons of cuddles to your gorgeous Rottie 😘😘😘💕🐶💕

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Oh, didn't realise Sally has mentioned the rarity of osteo migrating to another leg ...

Well, there you have it, confirmed by both of us 😄

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Thank you, eurydice heart. I'm passing those cuddles onto Oskar as we speak smiley! I feel a lot better, especially now knowing it's probably not more OSA! I'm still a little gun-shy after the whole sprain-but-actually-cancer thing, lol.

I'm sure he'll get the hang of it in due time. I just need to take a step back and not be so anxious. Thank you all for understanding big-grin

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Hi Rebecca and Oscar,

It is still early for Oscar's recovery, as others have said the most important thing is to heal from the surgery. leashed bathroom breaks is a really good idea, and it keeps them focused on the task. They always seem to think they're being punished or locked in the house and want to just go off and be a dog somewhere, without all this fuss over them. But it only takes a second out of sight, a quick scratch across the stitches, or a stumble chasing a squirrel, and its a set back. Dogs only take it easy when they can't play hard so as soon as he thinks he's good he'll forget there isn't a stabilizer on one side.

I always hear the "rare" term about cancer or at least some of them. I believe it to be random, in our case anyway, our girl Mya had surgery Aug 2 2016 and this will be her last week with us. She had put up one hell of a fight , IV chemo went well 5 rounds, ( " Dogs Rule" blog ), X-ray in October was clear. follow-up in early Jan found Metastasises in her lung and we tried oral chemo to no avail. One day a few weeks ago a couple days after a long walk { too long for Mya } on the pier and a doggy ice cream, she started showing sign of trouble standing up and shortly { days later } she could not get up on her own. By the end of march we could not even help her to stand. Her last vet visit and as well with our other dog Macleod, we decided to go with a CT scan over the X-ray as it was a lot more detailed in the image, but considerably more costly. We're glad we did because an X-ray would not have picked up on the how many cells were actually present in the lungs. after comparing the images from previous X-rays to the CT scan they discovered that there was a very faint node growing in Myas lung back in the October X-ray. Without having the CT image to locate the node it was barley visible and too faint in the first image to be picked out. ... long story short is it pays off { if you can call it a pay off }, to know going in there is already spread to other organs. If we knew in October we would not have put her through the oral chemo.

Back to the random thing, we have a pair of Alaskan Malamutes, different litters but they do have the same grandfather, Mya June 2016 had a limp, 5 weeks later Osteosarcoma and amputation now nearing the end of her journey after about 6 months of chemo. She now has suspected sarcoma in a rear leg as well. Macleod started limping early this Feb, X-ray,Blood work, Bone sample with suspected Osteosarcoma but conclusive, A Ct scan showed metastases in his lungs and he hasn't even had a confirmation of the bone cancer, never mind the surgery. A few days ago I met a couple with a Great Dane Tripawd, who has Osteosarcoma, that has been almost two years since diagnosis and a year since surgery. Oh ya i forgot ... they didn't do any chemotherapy... at all... just a natural raw diet and mix of herbs and supplements. The dog looked amazing at 10 years old too.

I'm starting to rant...

tips I have rattling around in my head : keep him cool in side the house panting always irritated Myas wound, and watch him out side , its warmer now but still windy if his temp is slightly elevated a slight breeze could give the shivers. Water, bring him the dish to have a drink even if its sitting next to him, specially while on chemo, flush the kidneys & bladder. Probably passed this point but keep him away from the shaved patches and stitches, one scratch or a few min of heavy licking could set back the progress a lot. Sleep when ever you can. leashed bathroom breaks, don't tell him its ok to just go pee in the house in a pad or paper { where he is laying etc. } unless that's what he does normally, he's likely going to hold it until he's outside or out of strength.

I hear Mya chatting must be dinner time.

We hope your journey is without many bumps in the road. Many hugs and tail wags coming your way.

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Hi Rebecca and Oskar,

Just read the post from Mya's Mom and would like to say my Eurydice is going to celebrate her 12 month ampuversary May 4th.

We found lung mets Nov 30th so it's been nearly 5 months and she is still wonderfully goofy and in "good health" 

We went for 6 rounds of carboplatin, about 2 months of metronomic therapy and 3 rounds of doxorubicin before turning in the towel and giving up chemo.

She is now doing holistic treatment and was given until the end of this month to live but it doesn't look like she's going anywhere soon.

We just have to keep our spirits up as much as we can and, above all, make our babies happy and enjoy life to the full.

There are no guarantees, with or without chemo so any pawrent's choice is a good choice.

Sending you much love and cuddles 😘😘😘💕🐶💕

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