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My senior cat is undergoing amputation surgery in 2 days. In need of help and answers!
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1 February 2019 - 6:23 pm
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He looks great! I’ll get some pictures of the incision:) yes I got lots of headbutts🥰

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Missing some fur but that’s okay it’ll grow back💕

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Pablo’s incision is looking good so far😊 happy he’s back home!

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He was only given metacam for pain and that’s it, he also has desolveing stitches so I won’t need to remove them

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1 February 2019 - 6:53 pm
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Incision looks good. Great on the stitches! Did you read the pain management links we included? 

I hope the Metacam is enough!? Did they mention they gave him a long lasting pain injection?  They may have? 

My opinion will differ than some I don’t think it is and I’m not a vet! I know it used a lot in Canada and some are still sent home with an opioid! Some are not too. We hoped for the gabapentin on board. I pray you don’t have any issues.🙏

Meds, eat, drink, potty and lots of sleep Pablo k?
I’m sorry I have to go take care of my boys and head to bed early we have another early am and road trip tomorrow. I will check in as I can.

So glad Pablo is home!👏🏻👏🏻😁
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I’m not sure I have to ask my dad, but we did get extra doses for what he did get. Our vet said “his surgery wasn’t severe enough to need opits” but I’m not sure. My dads boss gives their dog the same medication he’s currently on so if he needs more we could always try and ask:)

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It’s really nice to see his gorgeous face, all of us are thrilled to know that he is home and in your arms again. And yeah his incision looks as lovely as it gets.

You have a lot on your hands right now, so be aware that he may or may not show feline pain indicators when the surgery medications are all out of his system. Usually that takes a few days. Modern veterinary medicine calls for more pain management than he was given for a major procedure like this. I respectfully disagree with your vet. Amputation is amputation, whether human or animal. But knowing your situation with the closest vet being three hours away, your options are limited for what you can do for him at a moment’s notice. We understand that, totally.

For many animals, an anti-inflammatory like the one he was given is adequate to mange their pain. In most, it is not. You’ll need to wait and see how he does. We will keep our fingers and paws crossed that he manages well. Please keep us posted, we are thinking of you!

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Omc i didn’t get any email alerts for any of this, shoot!

I’m totally on board with Holly and Rene. I know different places in the countries do different things but he needs MORE than that. 

Buprenofren and gabapentin need to be added to his meds. 

In a few days he may be showing the need for better pain management . The good thing is that you may be able to order it online or have your vet call it in to a local pharmacy. 

Please get in touch with them and advocate for your boy. 

Hugs to all of you ❤️❤️

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Hello everyone I talked to my dad and looked at his bill and Pablo did get a long term pain management injection:) but I will definitely listen to what Pablo is telling me. Right now he’s enjoying som tuna and tuna water laying on my bed chilling out:). He hasn’t been showing any signs of pain (he’s very vocal about everything also but I am watching for signs incase he doesn’t tell me). Strangely all his blood work was good when the vet put him under for surgery but our boy stopped breathing momentarily.(but he does this while sleeping also) so we’re watching him closely and I’m going to make sure someone’s with him 24/7 for at least a week.

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Awe poor scruffy (the 13 year old dog I got before pablo). I think he knows what’s going on because he ALWAYS acts like an excited puppy. He’s been laying outside Pablo’s enclosure since he got home I’m sitting in it right now with Pablo and I let in scruffy and scruffy making sure the other pets don’t come bother his little brother❤️. Scruffy and Pablo also have a very strong bond as I got pablo only a short time after scruffy. This is the CALMEST I’ve EVER seen scruffy.

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That is a great plan. They should not suddenly stop breathing for any reason, but some beings are more sensitive to anesthesia just like people. 

Did they tell you what the shot was? 

I’m glad he’s doing well. Please don’t forget to find out what the pain med was and ask about a prescription for gabapentin and buprenofren. Makes no difference how well the surgery went, this is major surgery and he needs proper post operative pain meds.

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My vet doesn’t give opioids he said(because some pets go through withdrawals). I can’t read the writing on the bill I’ll have to ask what the shot was. Looks like he got lots of pain killers though because surgery was $1980.00( there’s about 3 shots listed as well as what they used to put him under). Pablo has always done that (stopped breathing while sleeping) the longest he’s done it was 5 minutes.. Gee I hope he will be okay:( he’s doing really well right now though he’s gone potty (not in the litter good thing I lined the puppy pen with puppy pads!)

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Poor Pablo keeps having nitemares:(. So far he’s had 2 seizures tonight.. watching him close..

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2 seizures? Or dreams where his legs are shaking? It could be just that he is heavily medicated? If you think he had real seizures you should get in touch with his doctor.

 I am sorry you guys did not have a good night, and it is pretty common for them to have an out of litterbox elimination this early into being post op. Some of the older kitties take a few days to get their sea legs.

How is he acting now?

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Good morning! Yes he gets seizures (I still think it’s from the clavomox). Aslong as he isn’t foaming/chocking I’m not too worried..(you can’t really do anything much for them but we’re looking into CBD oils because our old dog scruffy uses them also.)

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