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18 August 2020 - 1:08 pm
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Cats are great jumpers icon_lol https://www.fac…..3807362303

I agree with Jackie that a warm, damp cloth is best. Mona loved it!

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18 August 2020 - 1:52 pm
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ok thanks to both of you!

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18 August 2020 - 3:33 pm
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You mentioned Pittens is a little jumpy in Strummer’s thread.  Can you describe better please?

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18 August 2020 - 3:43 pm
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oh noooo I didnt realize it was Strummers. 

She is lying down and then a sudden jerk like if you got bit .3x today

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18 August 2020 - 4:14 pm
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That may be phantom limb pain.  Keep an eye and if it continues call her doc. She may need medication adjustment,  ok?

Everything else still good?

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18 August 2020 - 4:16 pm
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ok. I will do that. Yes so far good. no poop. But good everything else. 

gabapentin is for this ..not the buprenex right. I run out of Buprenex tmrw

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18 August 2020 - 4:55 pm
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Honestly, it is really hard to tell if it is phantom limb, or breakthrough pain. These next couple of days are going to be critical to watch her and see how she does without hospital meds. 

If she is in the middle of doing something and all of a sudden pays attention to the incision site, if she is laying and comfortable and all of a sudden pays attention to the incision site… it is usually based on the attention to where their leg was. 

Hard to know which it is so pay close attention and keep in touch with her doc, ok?

Not trying to be difficult but the signs can be similar yet different. Vocalization, hiding, lack of eating/drinking can just be signals of pain without phantom limb. 

If we had a video of her in the middle of it, would be so much more helpful.

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18 August 2020 - 5:03 pm
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Thank you so much!!! yes It happens so suddenyl and fast but will try to get a video. 

Thank you!

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19 August 2020 - 9:14 am
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after surgery..

 did everyones vet check in? 

I really have met some.disgraceful professionals. Im feeling that ongoing. are just has to be at AMC…even for my other two and their yearly . Just wanted to know what everyones experience has been



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19 August 2020 - 10:28 am
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Vets and surgeons are probably too busy to “check-in”. When they’ve had a concern I’ve had a technician call to see how things are going and would relay the info to the vet. I’ve only had a vet phone me directly with new information or to discuss next steps. 

Mona had her amputation on a Friday and spent the night with the vet. The next day he told me he’d see Mona when it was time for her stitches to come out and to phone the emergency number or his cell if I had concerns. 

It sounds like you found a great surgeon and Pittens is doing really well!

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19 August 2020 - 10:36 am
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Thanks Kerren! Yes I found an excellent surgeon and terrible vets! 

I feel that I should just make the trip to AMC even for their yearly exams ….Brooklyn has been a failure with vets. One vet who came recommended only supplied 3 days of pain meds when It should have been 30…she lackadaisically called on a Monday with no apology or asking how Pittens was and said “oh well ,the girls up front must have put 3 instead of 30 days” and then chuckled. Pittens was out of meds a whole weekend and she was fully aware of the crisis state. Another vet claimed to do a biopsy and I found out it qas a cytology yet charhed me nicely and when asked for the grade…she wrote grades dont come.in biopsy reports…she flat out lied and then was unreachable. 

So Im bufferring the tomorrows to not fall into the desperation I was in before.

Pittens is doing so well. She is really something else. Calm as ever. Today will say alot and the days going forward as the hospital meds would have worn off and today is the last day of Buprenophrine. Fingers and soul and heart crossed for a continued good road of recovery!

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19 August 2020 - 11:13 am
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PITTENS HAS POOPED!

ive never ever been so thrilled for cleaning the litter. 

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19 August 2020 - 12:55 pm
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how long did everyone wait to resume normal meaning jot confined in a room etc? what are the indicators that say ok

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19 August 2020 - 1:58 pm
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Yay for 💩💩💩!

Another hurdle complete 😊

Most of the furbabies have staples or sutures in these procedures.  With that said, sutures are usually removed in 2 weeks. 

Probably sometime 2-3 weeks is when they start getting into more of their normal routine and gain access to other rooms.  

With her being older and a front amputee I would go slowly.  Definitely check with your vet around the time you show her incision,  and take it from there. 

She’s doing so well,  i can’t even explain how wonderful this is.  I hope this gives you a fairly decent time  frame to shoot for.

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19 August 2020 - 2:57 pm
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Hi !

i just spoke with the dr at AMC. She said the sudden twitch is most probably the meds. I havent seen it today. She said exactly what you said Jackie about opening the home for her …to give it that 2 to 3 weeks. 

I actually am liking this set up. I swear I feel I am catching up on much needed sleep from months! 

I LOVE POOP officially today LOL. 

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