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8 March 2018
Hello! I am the dog mom to Jasper, a 8 year old German Shepherd who I rescued from an abuse case. After having him for a year and him not walking on his front left paw and chewing at it constantly they diagnosed him with severe nerved damage in his shoulder and front leg and are going to amputate it on the 20th this month. I am a little nervous but know that he will be ok and shouldn't be in pain from me being too scared to have the surgery done. He weighs approximately 115 pounds and already doesn't use the that leg, so I think that he will adapt easily. However, any advice on how to wrap or keep the surgery area clean? He has a very obsessive personality and already chews constantly at his paw from nerve pain and we have to keep that wrapped and a muzzle on him so he doesn't chew threw to the bone... Anything specifically that you found to really help you with recover that I should purchase ahead of time?
Thank you for the advice!
Taryn and Jasper
25 April 2007
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21 May 2016
Hi Taryn and Jasper 🌺
Eurydice my beloved Great Dane lost her right front leg due to osteosarcoma and she wore a tshirt under a soft harness until stitches came out, which helped protect the wound.
After, she wore a ruffwear harness which is the best to help our babies getting in and out of cars, up and down stairs, etc.
She didn't have a go at the incision so we didn't need a cone of shame but maybe you'll need one for Jasper as extra security.
You also have to pay special attention to traction if you have hard surfaces in the house.
I used carpet and rubberunderlay undernearh and cut it to create paths troughout the house, you'll find once they're there Jasper won't venture to uncovered areas.
Yoga mats are also a very good option.
Once he has his surgery, make sure he has enough medicine to control the pain, which should include Gabapentin, a nerve blocker for phantom pain .
And please never hesitate to reach out to us, we're all here to help and guide and answer any questions you may have, big or small...
Sending you a big 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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