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9 April 2021 - 12:20 pm
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https://www.ins…..rchdrwkxks   Frankenstein day8 is getting back to his old self it’s crazy how smoothly everything has been not that it hasn’t been a long road from last Halloween when we found him in the woods all alone with a broken femur to breaking his fibia and tibia in the same leg two weeks ago around 5 grand later best money I’ve ever spent 

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I’m so happy things worked out so well. I think Frankenstein picked you out because he knew you would give him the quality of life he deserved. So, is that how he got his name? You found him on Halloween all broken up? Poor buddy!  And yep, he’s definitely come a very long way thanks to your care and love.

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9 April 2021 - 7:48 pm
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So glad to hear how smooth Frankenstein’s recovery jas been, especially  tjos early on.  That bum leg was probably  more painful  than he was letting on.  Of course being indernyiur good care helps too💖

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Today is the last day for meds hopefully he’s still as good as he has been He seems like he hasn’t needed meds for days but still little scary   Day 10 all is good opinions on if we should ween him of or just cold turkey he was on every 8 hours thinking every 12 and dropping dose down to.6 from .75 ml gabapentin for a few days

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Hooray! No more meds (almost)!

Glad you asked about withdrawals. You want to decrease Gabapentin gradually, don’t stop it suddenly or it can cause rebound pain. A gradual weaning over 5-7 days is usually what is recommended but do verify with your vet.

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The vet wants video of him walking and pics of the incision tomorrow so will make sure we talk about that. pretty sure all of his stitches are dissolving as to the fact I never seen one

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I really love that your vet wants to see the videos! Of course we would love to take a glimpse at them too! 🙂

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https://www.ins…..qail6a2aal   Day 12 We bumped him back up to every 8 hours lowered his does to .6 from 7.5 the 12 hours was to long I think was getting kind of skittish think maybe from pain or maybe just got to active for a day we talk to the surgeon in two days He’s walking good using the litter  box  wound looks amazing as far as I can tell

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The wound DOES look amazing. WOW! He’s a good healer.

I think that was smart to bump up his meds. Yes, 12 hours is a pretty long time apart for the dosage. You really pay close attention to him! I can see in the video his rear leg is looking a bit weak, which is to be expected at this point. All that extra effort to move around takes a toll, so the pain meds will help him feel comfortable.

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Day16 vet loved the pictures and videos stopped all meds Frankenstein is doing good can rub on the incision no tenderness seems to be doing good she said if he’s showing any signs of pain to bring him in so far so good sorry about the run on sentence I suck at grammar 

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Frankenstein is so amazing! He healed so well and even made recovery look easy. We are so hoppy for you both!

Don’t worry about grammar here, the important thing is that you shared Frankenstein’s story and as a result, are already inspiring others by giving them hope that things can get better. We are so glad you did!

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