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29 November 2017 - 5:03 pm
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We are so happy to have Stella back home where she belongs! She whined almost constantly at the vets while we were talking about after care, and kept crying during the car ride. But, as soon as we got home she quieted. She had some water, and has been sleeping deeply. I think the meds are working!

It's emotional, but the longer we sit and watch her breathe the better we feel. It's going to be so tough to leave for work tomorrow! I'm glad my husband will be home with her.

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WELCOME HOME XTELLA!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂   HOME XWEET HOME IS WHERE THE DOG IS!! 🙂

As yoh already know, potty breaks then rest...potty breaks then rest....

She may not poop for a few days because of all the meds.  She may, or may not, be eating much.  Drinking and peeing are imlortanq though.

Let us know if you have any questions, okay?  

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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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30 November 2017 - 11:03 am
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It is a long road to recovery but she will do great! 

Happy to hear that the surgery went smoothly. 

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30 November 2017 - 1:50 pm
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Welcome home sweetie pie 🎉🎉

How marvellous to have the family together again, hey?

I'm thrilled to hear she's back and keep sending pawsitive healing thoughts towards your baby 🎀💕

Sendjng you a happy hug and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Sigh, it has been a long 24 hours! She ate a bit last night, but not much today... and it's hard to give her the pills when she won't eat! I think the fentanyl patch is making her a little loopy.

She's moaning a bit... I'll feel better when she feels better!

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The patch can defiw make them loopy and wuite whiny.  Although my Happy Hannah didn't have the patch, she was very whiney for the first coupld of nights and very restless.  Just could not get comfortable  enough to sleep at all!  

There's actually a difference between the crying from pain and the cryiing from being whacked from the patch that a Vet pointed out for a member here.  I just wish I could remember the description of the distinction!     I think it was something along the kines of pain is more whining and the patch reaction is more loud yealing, high pitches, etc.  Can't remember for sure though.

It did take me about three weeks before I could say I did this FOR my Happy Hannah and not TO her!

When does the patch come off?  Is she o. Tramadol, Gabapentin, Rimadyl and an antbiotic?  If she continues to seem too loopy, you could ask theVet about takinv the patch off a day or so early and just work with the other meds.

Hang in there!  Recovw doesn't last furever!!

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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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Good morning!

I hope you have been able to get some rest. Sally is right, they can get really whiney with the meds. I think some of that is part of your puppy and her personality. When Mitch had cruciate ligament surgery I found out that he has a ZERO threshold for pain, and whining became his second favorite thing in the world to do, hahah. That patch will weaken over the next few days and it really is a great pain medication. Her appetite should start to come back slowly too. It's gonna be really slow, Huckleberry didn't really want to eat much with all those meds so try small amounts, warm them up, and hand feed her if you have to. You can try pill pockets for the meds, most dogs like those, even my fussy Mitchell will eat a pill pocket lol. That canned A/D is not for kitties only, it is a post operative stinky yummy food that even the pickiest of furbabies have a hard time turning their nose up to. You can get it at your vets office. Maybe if you try a couple of cans it will remind her that she is hungry, she was just too loopy to remember. Sending you all hugs, hang in there, this will get easier. 

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How's she doing today? I hope she's getting some sparkle back. As the Fentanyl wears off you should see it return little by little.

Yep, lots of dogs can have that reaction to pain meds. You may want to check out this blog post for tips on giving meds without food:

Pill Taking Treats, Strategies and Secret Recipes

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1 December 2017 - 2:36 pm
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Right.

Roll up your sleeves and go to the kitchen, chef 👩🏼‍🍳

Everything is allowed now (apart from chocolate and other dangerous food) 

Eggs 🥚 boiled, grilled, fried meat, meat in the oven 🍗🍖raw meat, sausages🌭 bacon🥓 salmon, tuna 🐟, cheese 🧀, croissants 🥐 you name it, you can try it all (and more) with sweet Stella.

During the first stages of recovery ALL is allowed as long as they eat it 😋

I am sure many here even have their private recipes to share 😉

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Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Thanks! My husband had luck giving her morning and midday pills, but she doesn't want to eat tonight. Maybe I'll see if he has a special trick when he gets home! 

He made Mac and cheese, which she loves! Guess that worked earlier... I've tried that, tuna, and stinky cat food (that usually does it), but she's turning her head away right now. Funny - the only thing she took was a piece of vegetable I was cutting for dinner - they both love that! - she rolled it around and chewed on it but didn't actually eat. Mel took steak out of the freezer, so that might be next!

She's drinking and peeing, and was happy to see me when I got home from work (she stood up and came toward the door), we are getting tiny increments of progress. She moaned a lot the first night, but seemed to get better sleep last night. The fentanyl patch can come off this weekend. She's also getting an antibiotic, carprofen and gabapentin.

I took the bandage off and got my first look... it looks pretty clean and not inflamed, but the staples and bruising are pretty dramatic! It looks a little swollen at the end nearer her neck, but that might just be fluid. I'll keep an eye on it for any changes. Now she's in a clean t shirt.

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That's great news! I know the appetite isn't great but the rest sounds fantastic.  You'll get her to eat,  it will just take some doing.  She's drinking,  that's important!  It sounds all in all like she's doing well,  I'm glad for you! You're on a bit of a rollercoaster now so keep in touch and don't forget to breatheheart

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Haha, guess Papa has the magic touch! When he came home he gave her pills squashed into pieces of Mac and cheese... when she turned her head away to refuse, he made a show of eating a couple pieces himself (without pills haha) and then she ate it!

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I LOVE it! She's a daddy's girl for sure,  doesn't it kill you??? David has that way also,  most times lol. Sometimes I win laughing Stella girlie responded,  that's what counts! You watch,  as she finishes each med her appetite will get stronger.  Honestly I think this was hardest for me.  I doubted even things that I was sure of.  Keep up the good work pawrents,  hugs and headbutts to all of you❤❤❤

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That made me laugh... hugs and headbutts! Guessing you mean the kind my Kali (cat) gives me when she's so inclined. 

I appreciate the responses! Lots of good information, and the general support makes us feel less like we're swimming in an unknown sea with sharks and kracken, and more like we're traveling a strange path but accompanied by friends. It means a lot, thank you!

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Ooh yes,  Huckleberry demands headbutts now,  lol. I think it's his way of saying "I love you" He is tough on the outside,  and mush on the inside laughing I have the war wounds to prove it lol, but he's getting better clap I rode the rollercoaster,  in a different way than you but nonetheless it was just as intense and draining. You are getting through the tough part,  before you know it this will all be in the past.  I'm grateful for the support I received here and glad to be able to help if i can.  Hugs to you and your crew,  may you all get good rest tonight ❤❤

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Jackie, David, and Huckleberry

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