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We dropped Wabs (aka Abnar) off at the vet this morning for his amputation. We've spent the last week helping him adjust to a harness, laying out yoga mats and rugs for traction on our floors, and spoiling him with treats and attention. We have a short leash on the way, a soft cone he can use, and he's stocked up with meds and food while he recovers. What else are we forgetting that'll be important in his early recovery time at home? Frankly, both his humans could use the distraction and busying ourselves with prep makes us feel better.

P.S. Thank you to the Tripawds community for being so awesome already; we've been lurking on forums and reading up on your advice to prepare as best we can for our boy.

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Welcome and bet wishes for Wabs! Sounds like you're doing your homework and he is in good hands.

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Hi wabs!!

we went through amputation very last minute last week and we were so unprepared! thank goodness for finding tripawds! 

you sound like you're on the right track. I would get a water/food dish that you can keep close by to him. our girl didn't want to get up for a couple days..

get rags ready - there is oozing. also we have been using beach towels as a sling for her when we walk her. 

a pillow and dog bed were musts for her. she didn't want to lay her head on the ground (I'm assuming uncomfortable?) so we kept her head pretty elevated. 

besides that, there's not to much more. we had a sleepless night when she came home from the amputation. whining - probably coming off anesthesia. lots of praise and encouragement. when he falls, and it will happen...as much as you want to freak out, just tell him it's ok!! and keep going. they can sense our fear and sadness so try to be so brace and positive for him! 

sending you you all the love and patience - it will get easier I promise. 

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Hi Wabs and family 🌺

You seem to have all pretty much covered, I would just add it is a good idea for your boy to wear a tshirt to protect the incision until stitches are out if he is a front legger, otherwise others have used boxer shorts for rear leggers (tail goes through the fly)

Wishing you all the best, please keep us updated on his progress when you can.

Sending you big hugs 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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Man, you've got this wired.

I too recommend the T-shirt.  We were able to use a T-shirt gathered with a hair tie at the top as a sling, and it distributed the pressure nicely when we used the top knot to support him.

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Hi there! Haven't been online in a while, so forgive me that I don't know much about you and your sweet  dog.

I'd recommend having a some layers of sheets on his bed, along with a few puppy pads.

I'm not sure if he's spending the night with the vet after the operation, but my pup came home the same day and was pretty doped up that first night. She relieved herself right where she lay - after surgery it's always good news when a dog eliminates - but I sure was glad that I had those pads underneath her bottom. It made clean up a lot easier and I just pulled the layer out from underneath her to reveal a fresh sheet with another puppy pad underneath it!

This also helps if there's any oozing so that you can easily have a clean surface under him whenever you need. Especially because there are two of you, it will probably be a little bit easier to manage. I did this after both of my dog's surgeries - when she had her front leg removed and then later when she had her hind knee repaired.

The T-shirt is always high on my list of recommendations, along with irresistible treats for pain medication. Peanut butter, cheese, something your dog loves! Not all pups are pill champ like my Izzy. She'd take the pill by itself as if it was the treat ... as long as I had something else in my hand as a chaser! 

Hope all goes smoothly!

Amy and the cutest, silliest bulldog ever, Izzyheart

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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tlahaye said
Man, you've got this wired.

I too recommend the T-shirt.  We were able to use a T-shirt gathered with a hair tie at the top as a sling, and it distributed the pressure nicely when we used the top knot to support him.  

tlahaye said
Man, you've got this wired.

I too recommend the T-shirt.  We were able to use a T-shirt gathered with a hair tie at the top as a sling, and it distributed the pressure nicely when we used the top knot to support him. 

GENIUS!!! I'm gonna do that tonight..great tip, thanks!

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Things we couldn’t have gone without:

*Raised food/water bowls

*A t-shirt, as suggested by everyone. I went with a short sleeve dri fit shirt, and it seems to be very comfortable. Definitely use a hair tie to bunch it up on bottom and keep the shirt tight to the body. Through the first week, at least, Sass has shown zero interest in the incision, so there’s been no need for the cone yet. The shirt covers it. I assume we’ll move into the cone when the hair starts to grow back and there’s itching 

*Carpet runners on the hardwood floor for a path.  Sounds like you’ve got it handled with mats/rugs

*Wagon: we live in an apartment and it’s a decent walk to get outside. It’s pretty draining for Sass to make the trek, so I make her ride in the wagon. She refuses to ride it back inside so I let her walk on her own to our door 

*Training treats: motivation is key. Sometimes snacks help 🙂

Things I got but don’t really need yet:

*Traction booties. I’m gonna let her get used to having 3 legs before asking her to also wear shoes. They’ll get used eventually I’m sure 

*Ruffwear harness : I’m not going to put this on until she’s healed up and the staples are out. 

**the grocery bag sling to help them potty is a great idea, but our dog refused to use it. Still glad I made one, though. 

Also, as has been mentioned, seems like the crying all night is pretty normal early on. Sass cried all of nights 1, 2 and 3, but has been pretty quiet since (although she’s snoring extremely loud right now)

Good luck! 

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How is Wabs doing?

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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Hi all! Thanks so much for the tips, and for checking in on us.

Wabs is doing a little better each day. We've had some rough nights -- he slipped once and hates being helped, had a potty accident or two poopicon_png, etc. -- but he's venturing further with each short walk. Right now we're trying to get him to eat more of his food; the vet recommended mixing in some plain boiled chicken or lean beef or turkey, so we'll give that a shot later today.

I'm really proud of how independent he is, and it's so good to see him snoozing peacefully. The bruising on his abdomen is slowly fading, and so far he's shown no interest in messing with his stitches. Now if only we could all get a full night's sleep!

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We get to do a HAPPY poopicon_pngpoopicon_png DANCE!!  "Accidents" count!!

Yeah, any yummy food you can think of at this point.   Scrambled eggs, bacon  cheeseburgers and even a scoop of ice oce cream for dessert!😁

Recovery  is exhausting....sometimes moreso for humans!  Try  and nap when you can.  I remember  how happy I was after several  days to finally get about five hours sleep!

Srill sloooow and easy .  

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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Napping sounds SO nice right now...

Also, knock on wood, but no oozing out of this one! I think we must've gotten lucky, or else the Amicar is really worth its weight in gold.

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So happy to hear everything is going well!! 

Yay wabs!!!! 

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Team Wabs cheering and toasting here 🥂🍾  

Wishing you a good night sleep 😴 (as soon as possible) and sending your baby lots and lots of 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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