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Virginia
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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR EATING!!! AND YAAAAAAAAAY FOR BARKBOX TREATS!!! That really is good news AND it IS an IMPROVEMENT!!! 🙂 🙂

Yeah, maybe she won't need that stimulant! You may already be doing this, but try several small meals a day. And, of course, make them whatever she will eat...scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken, stinky liverwurst, etc. One "store bought" food you might try...Fresh Pet in the refrigerator section. I know Whole Foods carries it and, I think Target carries it.

I think once that infection gets under control and that annoying bandage gets off, you'll see some improvement!! In fact, based in this update, sounds like you already have!!

Gonna go hop over to her blog! Hope it has pictures of her sweet self! 🙂 🙂

Hugs!

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

PS....I got my Happy Hannah a BarkBox "subscription" and she thoroughly enjoyed rooting around her box every month. The treats were always her favorite over the toys 🙂

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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I'm sorry thing are such a struggle, but don't give up!

I know it's much easier said than done, I spent 6 weeks sure I had made a bad decision in choosing amputation for my pug Maggie.  She didn't have the extra medical challenges of your girl, but she was stubborn and set in her ways.  She hated any change in her routine and so was grumpy for most of 6 weeks after surgery. She did finally start playing with me at about 6 weeks and then hopped happily through life for almost 4 years.

No wonder she was laying around and not wanting to eat- infections will do that.  It sounds like things are a little better today- yay!

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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The infection will slow her recovery, so not surprising that she is lethargic and not eating.  It's a lot for her body to deal with.  And you are still early in this whole process.  Make sure she is drinking water and peeing, and try to tempt her with really good food.  There are dogs on this site who were being hand fed scrambled eggs and boiled chicken breast for weeks after the surgery.  But don't push the activity.  Let her set the pace and don't stress about it.  For now, just get her out for potty breaks and let her sleep so she can heal.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Thanks again everyone!

Liza seems to be doing much better.  She has eaten 5 meals on her own since my last post.  Things are getting back to normal by the day and we are very thankful.  

Any suggestions for what seems like constipation?  While it's good that she's eating, it's not coming out!  My guess is the antibiotics that upset her stomach.  We use essential oils and I applied oils to her belly and that has worked in the past, but so far no luck this time.  It's been at least 3 days.  

Thank you!

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It is TOTALLY normal for a dog or cat to not have a movement for upwards of 5-7 days. I know that freaks US out but the vets say it is completely normal. Maybe let nature takes it course and readdress in two days? 

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Yeah, the meds can stop her up. A lot of members have tried a couple of teaspoons of NATURAL pumpkin puree. Not the kind with added sugar and spices, just plain pumpkin. Some have also tried a bit of olive oil.

AND YAAAAAAAAAY FOR EATING AND IMPROVING!!! 🙂 🙂

Liza with a "Z" (apologies to LiZa for calling her LiSa in the past! 🙂 🙂

Hugs!

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

Let us know when we can celebrate with a happy poopicon_pngpoopicon_png dance!

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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daniproc said
Any suggestions for what seems like constipation?

Yes, you can add a bit of olive oil to the food. But be careful what you ask for!

As Jerry's vet told us, when they need to go, they will go. Costipation is a common side-effect of the pain meds. Find many more hlpful recommendations in the Tripawds Nutrition blog and many more answers to common questions in the Tripawds e-books.

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heh. ..heh...Admin said: Costipationlaughinglaughinglaughingway-coolway-cool

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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As an update, she has been doing rather well.  We were 3 weeks yesterday and off antibiotics for about a week now.  Still isn't eating everything willingly that she used to.  She tends to not like crunchy or hard foods.  I am going to head over to the "Food" thread next and read up on some good homemade or quality wet food diets moving forward.  Right now she's loving Trader Joe's canned food, but I don't know that I feel confident in the quality, so I will do my research and move forward with something better.  I'm just glad she's willing eating SOMETHING. 

She is still "blah" around the house, but I'm giving that more time before becoming concerned.  When I say "walk" and we go out, she's the happiest pup ever.  There's an adorable video on her blog of her first post-amp walk.  We have been doing that short walk 2-3 times a day.  

My question is, how far should we go at a time?  Pre operation we would walk 3-4 miles at a time.  Right now I don't want to go too far because I don't want her to be too tired to get home.  She seems to want to keep going, though!  So...how far should we be walking?

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Hey Danielle you ask a great question for a dog who is still in recovery mode. She's been through so much so it's good you're being careful.

There is no right answer to that question, because all dogs are different. Play it safe and just go a couple of minutes at a time. If she sits down, she's gone too far. Your goal is to never let that happen. I recall our first experience allowing Jerry to overdo his first long walk and it broke our hearts, we felt like awful parents and had to go get the car to bring him home. I don't want you to have to go through that so please keep those walks very, very short. It's still very early in the recovery stage, even though I know it seems like it's been forever.

I recommend picking up one of the Tripawds e-books and perusing our Tripawds Gear or Tripawds Downloads blog for lots of tips about health and fitness. Also don't forget, if you take her to a certified rehab therapist, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab therapy consult. Having a pro evaluate her is so valuable. You'll get recommendations and tips for making sure she stays injury-free.

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