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New diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, surgery scheduled on Friday.
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18 April 2017 - 6:44 pm
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After months and months of CT scans, vet visits, X-rays, and 2 biopsies our 6-year-old British lab Jack was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last Wednesday. Chest X-ray looks clear, so we have made the difficult decision to amputate his leg this Friday. Any advice that you all have would be much appreciated.

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18 April 2017 - 9:20 pm
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Hi Jack and Family, welcome. We're sorry you had to join this club, but we're glad you're here so we can help you along. You'll learn that to Jack, it's just a matter of getting rid of that bad leg and moving on with life. To you, it's an emotional roller coaster. Humans always take it harder than the dog or cat. So stick around, we'll help you see that there IS life after the diagnosis and amputation!

Have you stopped by Jerry's Required Reading List? Or the Tripawds Start page? Those are the first places we recommend visiting to get the best tips on surgery preparation and recovery. A few of my own include:

Tripawd-proof your home. If you have slippery floors, put down as much traction as you can. The more confident Jack is when he returns home, the happier you will all be.

Ask your vet about Jack's pain management routine. Find out what drugs he will be given, what are the potential side effects, and who to contact after hours should it appear that Jack needs more or less medication.

Be More Dog. Remember that all Jack wants is to feel good again. He won't dwell on the past, think about the future, or mourn the loss of his leg. All he wants is to keep on keepin' on and for you to be happy. Your emotions will set the tone of his recovery. The more pawsitive you are, the better off and happier he will be. 

Stay tuned for more pawesome advice from our community!

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18 April 2017 - 11:19 pm
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Hello and welcome.

I'm sorry cancer has brought you and Jack here, but this is the best place to be when facing this journey.

Is Jack losing a front or back leg?

My pug Maggie lost her rear leg to mast cell cancer, and yes it was a tough choice to make.  But once I went through the options it was really the only path for us to chose.  After surgery Maggie's prognosis was poor, 6 to 9 months with chemo.  Maggie lived almost 4 years and did not pass from mast cell cancer.  Not everyone is so lucky of course, but what I learned was to be optimistic when facing tough times.  Be realistic, but have hope!

Jerry gave you some great links and information, let us know what specific questions or concerns you have. We have been where you are now and can help get you though!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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While post amp recovery is not always a straight line or completely smooth path, I believe your Jack will surprise you!

To me, Jerry has hit the top three trifecta - traction, pain management strategy and "be more dog".  And lean on the experience and support you can find here - it is invaluable.

Lisa, Minneapolis

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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19 April 2017 - 10:51 am
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Hi Jack and family,

I am sorry you find yourselves here but now that you found us you're part of the Tripawds family and we will all help you and hold your hand and paw all the way. 

You've got great advice already, I would add wearing a TShirt to protect the incision and a soft harness over it, if Jack is losing a front leg. 

The initial days and sometimes weeks can be challenging but remember recovery doesn't last forever and Jack will surprise you and show you how great life can be on three.

In the meantime keep us updated and ask any questions, big or small, we're right by your side.

Sending you lots of hugs and cuddles to your cutie pie 😘😘💕🐶💕

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20 April 2017 - 10:14 am
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Just catching up on your very handsome boy Jack!!

You already have great jnput!! The only thing I would add is, when you gompick Jack up after surgery, just look into his druggy eyes and tell him what a good boy he is!!! Don't even bother to draw attention to his incision, he sure isn't concerned about it!!! He just wants to go home and be with you!!

STAY CONNECTED and update us when you can! Recovery is no picnic and we are here ro help and answer any questions!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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Thank you all for your advice and kind words! I'm so nervous today, but am trying to enjoy the day with him. We live in Little Rock, and his vet is in Memphis so we have an early morning tomorrow to get him there by 7 (about a 3 hour drive). They say he will go home either Saturday evening or Sunday. I think someone asked, he is having a front leg amputation.  

I went by Target today and got some extra runners for our house as we have mostly hard woods. We also ordered him one of the web master harnesses that was recommend on this site. I was able to take off work all next week to to take care of him, so I'm thankful for that. 

I started making his food after we found out his diagnosis last week because I read that grains feed cancer, does anyone else do this? I wanted something high in protein and superfoods, so my first shot at it was some boiled organic chicken breasts, small amount of brown rice, kale, green beans, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, parsley, tumeric and some coconut oil. He goes nuts for it and I feel like his energy has been better this week. 

I'm mostly dreading the drop off tomorrow, but I know this is the best of an impossible decision to make for him. We meet with the oncologist in about two weeks to discuss chemo options. Thank you all for your support, I will keep you posted on his progress.

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I, too, am sorry you find yourself here but you are going to get a ton of support from us! My girl lost her leg do a different kind of cancer (and a back leg) but I can tell you the that recovery might be tough.

Since you are three hours from your vet that is doing the surgery and Jack will be coming home soon, is there a more local vet that you can call upon if you have questions or issues? Make sure they give you lots of strong painkillers too. Some dogs only come home w/the equivalent to tylenol (eek). 

How nice that you get to spend the week with him too!!! Make sure get your rest while he's in the hospital... you will need it!

That meal sounds delicious!!! What a lucky dog! I also cooked for Shelby ... crock pot meals were our friend and she didn't mind leftovers! 

Hugs!!! And keep us posted!

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Thank you all so much for your prayers and for thinking of jack yesterday! We dropped him off at 7am and two emergencies bumped him so he didn't go into the OR until around 230 pm. This momma was a wreck. Surgery went great and they had him up walking with assistance around 11 last night. We just talked to the Dr. and they are discharging him at 2 pm today. I can't wait to see him and kiss his face! He's going home with a fentanyl patch, previcox, and gabapentin. He will be back on his tramadol after the patch comes off on Monday. I know we have a long week ahead of us, but I'm so glad that this part is over. I will keep you all updated on his progress this week!

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR JACK!!! GREAT NEWS!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Up and walking YAY!!! 🙂

STAY CONNECTED!!!! This recovery can be a vit scary and unnerving but we'll help you through it!

Sounds likethey have a good pain plan. The latch can make dogs a bit whacky and vocal sometimes, but that's okay!

Update when we can!

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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Whooohooooooooooooo 🎉🎉🎉

Surgery is done and Jack got up for his first walk 👍🏽

We are SO pleased to hear these news !

You must feel relieved now that your cutie is out of surgery 🦋

Keep the updates coming, we want to hear all about your boy's progress.

Sending you a big bear hug and tons of cuddles 😘😘😘😘

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What a relief! That's wonderful news, thanks for letting us know. If you have any questions or anything at all, you know where to find us. Best wishes for a hoppy homecoming!

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We picked up our buddy at 2 pm yesterday, and like I said before we had a 3 hour drive from Memphis back to Little Rock. He did ok for the first 20ish minutes and then started crying and yelping uncontrollably. I called the vet and asked if we should turn around, and they said it's likely all the meds he's on. After about 30 minutes of that, we pulled over and got him out. He peed about a gallon and then went right to sleep in the car the rest of the way! I'm thinking he just had to pee really bad and was uncomfortable and didn't know why.

He rested pretty well last night. Went out to potty a few times with assistance with his sling they sent home with us. This morning he ate some tuna in oil and took his medicine. Still hasn't drank any water but we will work on that today. I can definitely tell he  is pretty unsteady/confused from all his medicine. I'm hoping this will get better once his fentanyl patch comes off on Tuesday, but I'm thankful it's giving him good pain control for now. I'm so proud of him, he's such a trooper. 

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Welcoem Home Jack! Take it easy for a while and please keep us posted.

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Welcome home, Handsome Jack. Thinking of you and sending all best for a speedy recovery!

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