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10 January 2018 - 9:57 am
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Way to go Otis....  So happy that recovery is going so well, so far.  Our Bubs has had a super recovery as well.  We are 24 days post amputation and he too, like Otis, started out strong.  Keep it up there Otis, we are all rooting for you.  

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cvb5 said
Otis is home. The vet said he is so incredibly athletic that his recovery has been one of the easiest he has seen for any big dog, let alone a giant breed!

Excellent News!!! Well done Otis! 

We are going to follow the excellent advice we have received from everyone here and do our best to keep Otis contained, comfortable, and pain free over the next few weeks. The vet says Otis is going to try to overdo it, given how fast his post amp progress has been thus far, so we are going to work hard to make sure he gets the rest he needs. I will post a hop video when I take one!

Well said... it sounds like your challenge is definitely going to be getting Otis to be a good patient! 😉 He had this Tripawd thing down a long time ago Mum! Great job to both of you! 

You never believe it until you see it with your own eyes and your own dog but it really is better to hop on 3 than limp on 4! We are so happy we found Tripawds and made this decision.  

You’ve got that right!!! It really is an incredible feeling when they show you that you definitely made the right decision!!! He will be eternally grateful to you!!!

Keep up the good work and all the very best to you

Petra, Stewie and his Pride Of kittens.

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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10 January 2018 - 5:00 pm
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And, Happy, or should we say Hoppy? 6 month ampuversary to Super Stu!!

Thanks as always to everyone, hopefully our recovery will be like Bubs!

Otis took his meds and ate a full dinner. He's sleeping right now. Definitely is taking him a long time to get comfortable but once he finds the right spot, he seems good.

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Stewie says Thank you! Six months has flown by like the wind! Each day we learn to love him that much more, I never knew it was possible!

it is excellent to hear that Otis is able to find that comfy position in order to get his rest. It’s okay that it takes him a little bit, that will get easier as he adjusts and heals. Well done Mum and Otis! You’re doing great... keep up the good work and you’ll be on top of the roster for sure with Bubba!

Petra, Stewie and his Pride

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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10 January 2018 - 10:20 pm
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Welcome home Otis!

Karen

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

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Not a lot of sleep our first night home with Otis, but today he's been resting. He's confused, but we see glimmers of his normal self. He was so excited to see my dad pull in the driveway today that he wanted to hop out and go for a ride in my dad's truck. Other than that, he has been subdued and out of it. He has been outside a few times to go to the bathroom. He is eating normally. He will sleep or lie quietly for an hour or so before he gets up and repositions and then he'll whine for a while. He whined off and on through the night. As I type this, he is staring at me from his bed while whining. I miss his exuberant, happy self but I know we have to be patient. Physically, he seems great. No assistance needed and no real struggle to go to bathroom or get around. Can't wait until I can say the same about his mental state! I took off his cone but he went straight to licking the stitches, so he will be keeping the cone on until those come out. He is licking his bed a lot, which I assume is a bit of a coping strategy for not be able to lick himself. 

Sending love and good vibes out to all of our tripawd dog and cat friends-- this is really hard and it has helped so much to read about everyone else's experiences ♥️

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Hang in there, coming off of anesthesia and all of those hospital drugs can be tough stuff. That gleam is there, it's just a little shadowed right now with the meds. It'll be back before you know it! If he keeps whining or seeming uncomfortable you might want to call his doc and see if you need to tweak his meds a little. It seems to be pretty common, especially in the beginning when they are transitioning off of those wonderful hospital drugs.

Don't let him near that incision, he could do major damage in short time! They will get dry and itchy as the time passes and he will want to go at them more. Cool compresses or warm compresses might feel good on it and give him some relief. You may just have to leave the collar on and not try to take it off. The dog people here may have good advice for you.

You're doing a great job! Sending big hugs your way 💖💖

Jackie and Huck ❤️

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cvb5 said
Not a lot of sleep our first night home with Otis, but today he's been resting. He's confused, but we see glimmers of his normal self.

Pretty standard fare around here... Excellent to hear that Otis is showing you glimmers of himself through his haze of meds!

He was so excited to see my dad pull in the driveway today that he wanted to hop out and go for a ride in my dad's truck. Other than that, he has been subdued and out of it. He has been outside a few times to go to the bathroom. He is eating normally. He will sleep or lie quietly for an hour or so before he gets up and repositions and then he'll whine for a while.

That excitement of his will bring him back full force when he is ready! It’s is so lovely to hear that Otis loves your Dad so much, as to make that effort for him! Good boy Otis! You’re eating well and that is a MAJOR BONUS!!!! And going potty all by yourself!! Getting LOTS of rest!!! You are rockin’ this recovery dude! In a couple of weeks, you’re going to wonder what all this fuss was about!

He whined off and on through the night. As I type this, he is staring at me from his bed while whining. I miss his exuberant, happy self but I know we have to be patient. Physically, he seems great. No assistance needed and no real struggle to go to bathroom or get around. Can't wait until I can say the same about his mental state!

Physically it sounds like he is doing great, but he also seems to be pretty normal in his mental state. Just remember, that it is the medications that are making him ‘unlike’ himself. It is still super early in his recovery and he is resting well. Stay close to his side and give him reassurance that he is doing super well and just keep telling him you love him tons and that’s all he wants to know! Be sure to keep a calm and positive attitude around him. He is looking to you for guidance and reassurance that everything is still okay. Try not to feel sorry for him, he won’t read that message the same way!

Jackie also made a very good point in saying that if he continues to whine and you are feeling uncomfortable about it, do call your vets and ask if the meds need to be tweaked. 

I took off his cone but he went straight to licking the stitches, so he will be keeping the cone on until those come out. He is licking his bed a lot, which I assume is a bit of a coping strategy for not be able to lick himself. 

As long as his incision is looking good, then you are probably right about his constant licking. But it can become an obsessive behaviour if not kept in check...  If you are able to distract him from that constant licking, maybe with a gentle massage session....?

Stewie was also constantly licking and it was into his 3rd or 4th day that I noticed that he was starting to soak through his bandage, so I took him into the vets and he had formed a seroma . (A build up of fluid beneath the skin) I had to have the incision site drained 3 times over the course of 4-5 days.

Sending love and good vibes out to all of our tripawd dog and cat friends-- this is really hard and it has helped so much to read about everyone else's experiences ♥️  

Yeah, this part is super hard, but give Otis a couple more months and you are going to be amazed at how he has bounced back to his ‘new’ normal hoppy self! 

Love and good vibes heading back your way! Thank you!

Petra, Stewie and his Pride Of Kittensheart

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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He is licking his bed a lot, which I assume is a bit of a coping strategy for not be able to lick himself. 

Sebastian did the same thing - he's always been a lick monster (himself, people, leather couches, etc), so when he had his collar and was unable to lick himself, he licked his bed.

I remember I came home one day and saw a huge wet spot and looked all over and couldn't figure it out (I thought he might have been leaking fluid) - wasn't until I checked the video was I able to see that he created the wetspot with his tongue, lol. 

Glad to hear Otis is recovering - please post pictures and videos as he recovers. The videos are great for reminding ourselves how fast they progress and how the look in their eyes changes for the better with each passing day.

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DITTO EVERYBODY!!

Everything you've described is all so "normal"for this EARLY, EARLY, EARLY part of recovery!!   In fact, Otis may even be doi g better than most!  He has mobility, he's eating, drinking, pottying....GREAT NEWS!!! 🙂   I love that his sparkle came back though the pain and druggy haze of major surgery when your Dad pulled up.  SWEEEET!! 🙂 🙂

Patience is soooo hard during recovery.   Be sure and make note of every "little improvement", because during recovery, those "improvements" are HUGE VICTORIES!!! 🙂 🙂

Great job Otis!!

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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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Everyone has reminded me to be patient, and I needed that reminder. We also switched up his pain meds as suggested and  staggered them so that they didn't all wear off at same time and that has helped him a lot. The whining it turns out is also because Otis wants to be on the couch! This morning around 4am he was whining and then he tried to sneak on there! Poor guy, can't wait to indulge his desire to sleep on the couch when he gets his stitches out. It wasn't until we learned that he had osteosarcoma that we let him get on the couch and he absolutely loves it. Otis has always thought of himself as a 120 pound lapdog so being on the couch with us makes him so happy!

Other than that, this morning he didn't feel like hopping to his food bowl, so he was served breakfast in bed. Continues to eat and drink like normal and as you all have said, that is something to celebrate! I noticed Bubba and Sebastian were both wearing what looked like comfortable clothing for front leg tripawds. Any recommendations? Otis has two Penrose drains in his incision so as those drain our vet told us not to cover the wound with anything because the fluid would stick to the shirt and skin, but he gets his drains taken out on Monday.

Happy weekend tripawds!

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Way to go Otis!!!  You keep rocking it boy.  Bubbs also had a Penrose drain and our vet recommended T-shirts.  The T-shirts helped absorb the drainage and we would have to change his shirts a few times a day.  We fed and watered Bubba in bed for every feeding.  Mainly due to the crazy enormous cone.  

For the T-shirts we would just fold them up towards his shoulder or use a rubber band to make sure they weren't hanging down for him to get caught up in when he got up.  So nothing fancy for clothing here.  Always listen to your vet's advise.  Bubba still wears a t-shirt, 27 days later.  His hair is still growing back.  Once it has grown out enough then we will retire the shirts.

Keep moving in the right direction Otis boy.  And Bubba is over 100# too and thinks he's a lap dog.laughingbig-grinheart

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For the first few days, Stewie had a (army fatigue style and a purple) bandage wrapped around him. Then our vet had us put his t-shirt on him and like Bubba, we had to change if a few times a day. (Stewie did not have a drain and a seroma formed that needed to be drained) we also tied it up top with an elastic band. 

Please do check with your vet in any changes that you want to make, as they are fully aware of your individual situation.

Otis lovey, it won’t be long before you can navigate the couch once again... what a tease heh, let you up and then tell you, no not right now! Sheeesh, I would be complaining to management if I were you!

Petra, Stewie and his Pride 😉 

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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Dogs and cpuches were vorn to be together!!!   Once a dog is avle to get back on THEIR couch, the healing really speeds up!!

One of my favortie"dog/couch" stories was told by Bulldog Bruno's Mom.   They cut the legs off their loveseat so Bruno could get up on it easily! 🙂 🙂  You may not need to go to that extreme, but you could take a cushion off so Otis cpuld "step up" on kt more easily.  Then he could oooch over to the other cushions so he could get comfy and snuggly with you!

So hes k deedh, a couple of thi gs to ccelebrate!

FEELING GOOD ENOUGH THAT HE WANTS TO BE BACK ON HIS COUCH!!  YAAAAAAAAAY! 🙂 🙂 🙂

EATING AND DRINKING WELL!!  YAAAAAAAAAY!! 🙂

PIN SEEMS TO BE MANAGED BETTER!!! YAAAAAAAAAY!! 🙂

Hugs!

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cvb5 said
I noticed Bubba and Sebastian were both wearing what looked like comfortable clothing for front leg tripawds. Any recommendations? 

Sebastian swapped out between boys size shirts - I think he was most comfortable in a sleeveless compression shirt. It was form fitting (not super tight) and I think he really appreciated that whenever he went to bathroom. The few times he wore t-shirts, if we hadn't rolled it up right before he went outside, there were times he would get himself wet and he didn't like that. He didn't complain, but you could tell, lol.

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