Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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It’s soooo jard to be patient and wait for recovery to take it’s course….but it will! Slow and easy.
Oh definitely. Especially when you have no idea what to expect. I watch her hopping around and I fund myself wondering if she hope the particular way she does because that’s how they do when it’s still a new thing, or if the remaining leg is hurting, especially with the other patella issue
22 February 2013
Thisnis soooo early, so very early in recovery, it is hard to tell what’s a “temporary adjustment gait” versus anything else. The pain meds will definitely make her a little unbalanced. My non-Vet opinion would be that you WILL see her adjustmto her gait in a more “normal way in the weeks to come. OBVIOUSLY, if you have any concerns, contact your Vet.
We have such a great knowledgeable kitty family here, why don’t you video her and post it here. Again, I really think itsw too early to judge her gait as “normal” yet.
Many Vets say it takes about two weeks to geth past the recovery of the surgery itself and about thirty days to adjust properly to the new way of being mobile. Tripawds use speed to help keep their balance when they walk, probably moreso in dogs than cats, but you might notice she goes faster than before.
You’re doing a great job!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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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!
Yeah it is early days still, I think it’s just where I have no experience of any of this so not sure what I should be expecting.
I will see if I can work out how to upload videos and photos. I’m still learning quite how to use this site and it’s little features to it’s full advantage 🙂
She’s still pretty slow but I’m sure that’ll come with time
Thanks, that means a lot. Don’t feel like I am, but I’m sure that’s normal too
It is still very early, and I am not a doctor at all, but I wonder how much the lack of hydration coupled with the Metacam might be effecting those numbers. Did the doc say anything about rechecking down the road a ways? It might just be a little of everything right now and those numbers may or may not be temporary, I hope they are.
Sounds like she is doing well all in all. Give her some time to adjust and find her balance and I bet you will be pleased. Cats are so smart, and she still has drugs in her system that may make her “off”.
Can’t wait to see her, please keep us posted!
Jackie and Huckleberry
I will see if I can work out how to upload videos and photos…
Here are detailed instructions for adding photos to forum posts . If you don’t already share photos online somewhere, you can start a free Tripawds blog any time and upload them there. Need further help? Post in the Tech Support forum and we’ll be happy to help!
The easiest way to share videos, is to upload them to Youtube first (or Vimeo, etc.) then you can just paste the share link to embed the movie in your post.
I’ve started a blog and uploaded some photos and a video
Consider updating your Forums Profile, and adding a link to your blog in your signature so others know how to find it.
I think I’ve done it…
Yay!! Omc she is just beautiful, good job!! It is so wonderful to get to see the kitty behind the conversation!
Thank you for taking the time to learn how to post pictures and blog, just fantastic!
Jackie and Huck ❤️
YAAAAY ! Great job! On the blog and pictures & signature!
OMC Penny your are an ADORABLE girl! Thanks, admin PURRFECT yes!😎
I do not know how long it stays in the system or how long it takes to leave. Are you still giving it to Penny? I’m sorry the levels are not what you were hoping for I would recheck blood levels in 3 months MAX. I’m not a Vet or giving Vet advice this is me speaking as a cat owner to another cat owner and what I would do. See what changes. Then go from there. What is the Vet suggesting?
As far as her gait have, you looked at videos on youtube?
Jackie, maybe you can add one for her of Huckleberry’s hop?
I can show you Purrkins and that won’t help you since he is a front leg amp.
Purrkins got his new hop going day 3 and then each day got better after that.
All this is new for all of us we all learn as we go, that is why we stay to help others we have been there too! You are doing great so never doubt that! Hang in there and know recovery does not last furever!
I love the ramps too !! That will be a great help!
Holly & Purrkins
She’s my little beauty. She’s a very timid amd frightened cat but so affectionate too.
I hadn’t thought to look on YouTube but will do that in the morning.
The vet has suggested that we skip the pain meds tonight and see if we can see a difference in her behaviour tomorrow to see if she’s still in a lot of pain. Didn’t sound ideal to me, but I can also see the logic. Because she spent so many days not doing anything I haven’t really got an activity scale for her to work from. If that goes well we can give it every other day and slowly wean her off. She can go back on it if we think she needs it. I don’t know the length of time others are on it but I think they’re concerned about her kidneys with taking the metacam.
They want me to take a urine sample to her next check up in 2 weeks (sooner if she goes downhill) so they can test the concentration of it. That’s all the plan is so far
Yes the ramp is purrrfect!! It’s even good looking
I do agree with Holly in repeating testing after recovery. Try to keep her well hydrated, even if you keep her on more wet food and less dry I think that will help. It will also help flush her system medication wise. Let me go find some Huckleberry videos, maybe that will help you out. He is a rear amp but I still think it will help.
Jackie and Huck ❤️
This is after staples were out, about 4 weeks post surgery.
I would keep her on wet food, find any wet cat food she likes and eats that will help!
Great, they are keeping an eye on her than! They could have given a different type of pain meds. I hope tonight goes ok!🙏🤞🏻
I understand what they are are thinking on if the Metacam is causing her being depressed and not wanting to eat but I feel like they could have given you something else! If it does not go well, please ask for a different type of drug.
Everyone’s meds are not the same, and I believe too many come home without enough and we were one of those! Purrkins total meds and time are below.
- 14 days Gabapentin 100 mg capsule – one capsule by mouth every 8 hours
- 12 days Buprenorphine 0.3 mg every 8-12 hours