Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Sooo glad to hear she’s home. Chloe’s spunk will bring back her sparkle in no time!
Sometimes it just isn’t pawsible to keep a cat or dog crated when they aren’t used to it. The stress of the crating would be worse than the actual recovery pain, so I would at the very least allow her free run of a small room but minimize the dangers as best you can. What is the underside of your bed like? Are there springs where she can get caught? If so, I would consider getting some cardboard sheeting from somewhere like a U-Haul store to block off underneath.
Ditto x3, same questions as Sally and Holly. Looking forward to your check-in! Hope things are good.
16 April 2019
My cat, Raz, is a month into recovery from her rear leg amputation due to a fibrosarcoma. I got ahold of two dog crates and connected them to create a luxury apartment for her. There was plenty of room for a litter box, food/water, and multiple sleeping options. She didn’t seem to mind, and I liked how I could moniter her intake/output knowing that it was definitely her and not the other cat. I also hooked up a kitty-cam using an old iPhone that I could watch her while I was at work. 😏 A controlled environment!
I have a question though, for the experienced hoomans with ISS…are they able to test the tumor when it’s removed to see for sure if it was caused by a vaccine? I’ve just gotten a lot of wishy-washy answers when I asked about it. I took Raz for her checkup in November, and I’m pretty sure she got a rabies vaccine. Then in March she started acting strange…I’m not 100% sure where she received her vaccine, but it just seems fishy. Any insight?
I have a question though, for the experienced hoomans with ISS…are they able to test the tumor when it’s removed to see for sure if it was caused by a vaccine?
This is a great question for an all new topic so if others miss it here please consider asking it in a separate post OK? And yes the tumor can be histiologically identified as an ISS tumor by a lab. Did you not get a report?
9 May 2019
Hey everyone, sorry for such a gap in communication. Work has become quite hectic, but luckily this is a ‘no news is good news’ situation!
Chloe is doing wonderfully! She had her stitches out today and is VERY happy to be cone free(she somehow managed to get poop on her cone last night, so I’m happy too). Last week the vet cleared us to allow Chloe more movement because she had been doing so well. Taking your advice I had already allowed her to sleep on my bed at night, and after the heaviest drugs wore off her balance returned and she settled down from her nighttime screaming quickly. Providing her food throughout the night also helped. I got her some cat steps and that has facilitated easier access to the bed (although she still try’s to jump from the second step, cats!). We are already very close, but this last week of snuggling has brought us even closer, so I am very happy you guys encouraged me to let her out of the crate that was causing her so much distress.
I also had miscalculated her pain medicine! For some reason I had though it was only three days but it was actually a full TWO weeks worth of pain medication! I missed her mouth for two doses, but she didn’t seem to be in any pain the last two days, so I think it’s all worked out.
Now I just need to go about reintroducing her to my dog and building a cattio, but that all feels like child’s play compared to the medicating and strict scheduling from before.
This makes me SO HOPPY! YAY for Chloe overcoming the recovery hurdles, and double YAY for you being such a great mom and getting pet stairs and thinking about a catio. Have you seen our blogs about DIY plans for Catio Spaces? They’re pretty neat, I think Chloe would enjoy hanging out in one of these. Whatever you come up with we could love seeing photos!
You guys are doing great, congrats!
22 February 2013
Good job of hanging in there and getting through the rough patches! It such a relief when we can actually see the recovery ending and the sparkle coming back.
Thanks for the great update!😊
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!