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30 October 2019 - 8:49 pm
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hi! New here but stumbled upon site as my kitty is about to be an amputee.. she was diagnosed with a sarcoma in her front right leg joint. At moment vet didn’t see spread- but we are hoping for that to be the case before we go ahead with surgery. My question has probably been asked a million times but she is soooooo much hating the cone she is wearing from biopsy procedure. I know there are alternatives to the dreaded cone for after amputation. Any recommendations???? I want her to be as comfy as possible. Cone is making her miserable and I know she has to wear it again soon… thanks in advance! If I can do anything to make one aspect of this horror better for her then lay it on me!

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30 October 2019 - 11:27 pm
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I’m sorry you are facing cancer with your girl- is her name Ivy?

There are some alternatives to the cone of shame , but is is really important to keep her away from her incision while she heals.  When my Pug boy had knee surgery I had good luck with the inflatable donut type cone.  Some front amp kitty parents have had good luck with baby onsies.

Stay tunes- I’m sure you will get much more input from our kitty parents!

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.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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So sorry you and your little furbaby are going through this.. My Fuzz was diagnosed in August and after a whirlwind of appointments and testing and consultation had a full front right leg/scapulary amputation in late September for what post op biopsy diagnosed as osterosarcoma.  Fuzz’s huge mass was in his entire scapula thus resulting in full leg and shoulder being taken.  The hospital here sent me home with a cone, however, did not have him use it while under their 24 hour ICU post op care.  They actually advised to watch if he leaves the incision alone to not use the cone for his own comfort.  Another suggestion to have on hand was a modified infant tshirt or an actual pet/cat tshirt that could be used to cover front half of his body if he begins bothering the incision.  My Fuzz was a trooper after his surgery and proved wrong every fear I had.. he was up, eating, moving around and using the litterbox within hours of his surgery and that continued even bringing him home.  Good pain management and comfort will be key to incision care .  Fuzz came home with a fentynal patch for 5 days, 2 days of an anti-inflammatory pill and gabapentin 3x a day at .5 ml.  They suggested ice pack on incision a couple times a day post op if he was good with that (some cats are some are not and they said not a big deal if not)  but after couple tries he was not keen on that so we did pursue it further.  Fuzz never even looked at his incision and it was pretty large.  He had staples in his and they warned as the healing progressed it could be itchy or staples loosen and then he might try grooming site- nope.. I monitored him closely for many days and his incision healed so quick and never even had any seeping, bleeding, or bruising.   I included a photo I took of his incision site a few days after being home… we are now almost to the 6 week mark past surgery (Friday) and his fur is finally growing back, the incision is beautifully healed and he has adapted to his 3 legged life.. his only issues are some discomfort with spasm/possible phantom pain in the actual shoulder area and he has remained on his gabapentin for this reason- outside of those periodic episodes every so often he is literally running and jumping and climbing around here like he is not missing a limb!  Good luck and a very speedy recovery to your kitty and know that you have found the best site and people possible for any and all things related to tripawds!!!

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Fuzz’s incision

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Fuzz a couple weeks after staple remove earlier this month showing that literally nothing keeping him from his antics!

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31 October 2019 - 9:09 am
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Hi and welcome to you and Mrs Obrien! We are sorry you may be joining us, after all this is the club nopawdy wants to join. But if you do need to, we are here to help.

Have you seen our e-book “Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats “? We have lots of great tips in there about things like the cone of shame . For example, here are some articles we include in the book that talk about cone alternatives:

The Best Soft e-Collar Cone for Dogs and Cats Recovering from Surgery (I’m pretty sure they make this in an xxs for kitties)

VetGood Protective Recovery Suit for Cats

The Suitical Pet Recovery Suit Makes Amputation Healing a Snap!

Easy DIY Pet Surgery Recovery Suit Ideas for Cats and Dogs

Keep us posted on how things are going, we’ll be waiting for an update.

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31 October 2019 - 11:49 am
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Yes my little Ivy.. I will DEFINITELY do whatever it takes to keep incision clean and healthy- if it’s the cone so be it!! My vet mentioned the donut I’m wondering if that’s better- I guess since she’s still wearing the cone from biopsy I’ve noticed she really can’t lay down- head flat.. she’s gotta be uncomfortable and bows botthe time for that! Thank you for responding- I will keep updating- we have sono and tests to make sure there was no spread on Saturday so keeping fingers crossed for her!

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31 October 2019 - 11:53 am
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Thank you for this! I’m not too sure I’m responding to you guys correctly- still trying to figure the site out.. your kitty is gorgeous and I’m really impressed with recovery! Gives me hope! Fuzz is a trooper for sure. I love the onesie idea- I’m wondering if it would be enough to keep her away.. ugh I’m just so nervous- bad enough the procedure but the thought of complications is terrifying! Thank you for the pics too.. 

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31 October 2019 - 2:06 pm
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…still trying to figure the site out… 

Check out the tutorial videos for help navigating the Tripawds network and posting in the forums. And, start here for help finding the many other resources.

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Ivy is going in for a series of tests tomorrow a.m.. hoping cancer hasn’t spread past the joint! 

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We will keep our paws and fingers crossed for good news!

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1 November 2019 - 5:20 pm
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Thank you!!

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Ivy’s tests came back clear! No mets! Now the real serious thinking about what it all means starts.. I’m just so thrilled I can’t think. 

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YEAAAAH! Super hoppy for you guys! Thanks for sharing your good news.

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A little late to the party here but wanted to say welcome to you and  beautiful miss Ivy.

🎉🎉🎉Yahhh for clear scans!!!! I know what a weight off your shoulders that can be! 

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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Also late to the pawty, but just in time to say YAY FOR IVY!!! 

 ‘All clear” is grrrreat news!!!  Go ahead and enjoy being thrilled…..thinking is overrated!!😉

And love the avatar picture of Ivy.  Sweeet😊

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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OMG! How sweet are you guys?!?! Thank you!!!!! I am going to call to schedule a surgery tomorrow-get it set… this site has 100% helped me come to terms with it all… thank you again.. she came home without the cone from the biopsy and she hated the cone- we decided to sit and see if she messed with it – has totally left it alone! Vet actually commented that she was so sweet (I knew that ❤️) and let her take out the stitches without being held in place and was purring.. I know she already feels relief.. 

edited to add I would include a pic but can’t figure out how to on my phone..

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