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…I just dropped Daisy off at the vet on my way to work for her knee surgery.  I gotta tell you I'm nothing but a bundle of nerves and it is going to be hard to get any…

…work done today.

The recovery is going to be 8 weeks of restricted activity.  I know for the first 2 weeks she is only allowed to go out to potty and no more activity than that.

…to scare you but everyone calls the recovery period "the two weeks from hell".  Some have an uneventful recovery and others have it a little harder.  My Daisy's recovery was pretty uneventful but it did take her longer to get back to her normal self.  It wasn…

…my happy girl again.

Remember this is major surgery and your pup will most likely just want to lay around and not be interested in anything.  Daisy did not want to eat her regular food.  I had to hand feed her boiled chicken or hotdogs on the couch where she spent almost her entire recovery

…period so don't be surprised if your pup goes off her food.  You might have to get creative to get her to eat.

Panting.  They pant ALOT during recovery.  This is hard because panting can be caused by pain or by too much pain medicine.  Daisy panted so bad two days post surgery that it freaked me…

…to realize that it was probably just all the drugs from her surgery working out of her system.

I can't speak to the cancer part of your journey as Daisy lost her leg to arthritis.

Just remember if you have questions/concerns call your vet and always feel free to post here on the site.  We have all…

…been on this journey.

Best of luck!

Marla and Daisy

…!  I'm so happy to hear that Barret's surgery was a success and that he is coming home tonight.  I hope that Barret has an uneventful recovery.

Marla and Daisy

12 June 2013 12:36 pm
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…girl, Daisy so glads shes on the road to getting stronger. The days move slow during recovery for you watching, bur before you know it big changes will come.!

…Momma is pretty kewl too, I know you will do just fine.

We will be thinking of you and sending lots of love your way. It's a ruff surgery and recovery but you're a tough girl, you can get through this.

Marla, what are they telling you the recovery will look like? Just curious.

11 June 2013 8:51 pm
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Views: 36353

…Maria and Daisy! What a bummer! Glad though that her recovery from amputation has been stellar'(except, of course, for the knee this g)

Cannot offer ANY I sight I to that type of survey...HOWEVER--and…

…with you. I really doubt that it will be possible, but she will even get more spoiling and more loving!!

PLESE keep us posted on surgery, recovery, etc. We LOVE pictures around here ya' know. And, you also know we are all here for you.

Surrounding you with supportive energy,

Sally and

10 June 2013 5:25 pm
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Dotty had a tough time in her recovery, but in hingsight (we are two weeks post surgery today!) it was a short time that seemed to take ages to get through. I can echo what everyone…

…ran to the door yesterday shouting her head off, that's the first time she's done that since surgery. Hooray!


Pats and hugs to you and Daisy.

Victoria and Dotty

…glad your Daisy is home and on the road to recovery.

YES, all this recovery stuff that is no fun to go through is, indeed, SHORT TERM-------even though right ow it feels like forever!

I'm sure you've read enough…

…adjusts to "at home meds", she will have ups and downs for awhile. Bub boy oh by, when those UPS start kicckimg in on a consistent basis you AND Daisy will be ecstatic !

It's a little harder so etimes for front leg amps to get their. navigation figured out, but she will......

…whirlwind of information and research, and an emotional roller coaster.  We are four days post amputation surgery to remove the front left arm and Daisy is doing as well as can be expected. Today she started perking up and eating her regular meals. It seems to take her a lot of effort to get around,…

…have had to do with an injury she had years ago that I thought was just a sprain, but not sure we'll ever know. I keep reminding myself that this recovery phase is short term, and in time she'll be my energetic girl again. I am so grateful she's on the road to recovery, and in time will be pain free.

…yeah, Daisy girl , we care! We understand like no others can. We understand the anguish, the fear, the sadnessAND the joy and bliss when recovery fully kicks in!

Daisy is a larger, older girl and recovery generally can talk a little longer form them. Your vet seems very diligent and I'm…

…glad they're keeping Daisy a second night.

You are NOT all e and we all want to helpsupport you during this rough part of recovery.....and then celebrate all the victories with you! We love first poop and first pee celebrations:-)

Rest well'll need…

…your strength! Just remember, Daisy's still high as a kite on drugs and probably thinks she's home in bed with you anyway!

Wish I g you the best! Sally and Happy Hannah


Recovery is tough to watch and it's no walk in the park......some have easier recoveries than others. Once full recovery Lucius in and you are blessed

…Snoop! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Before you know it he'll be hopping circles around you

Alicia and Angel Daisy

28 May 2013 8:04 pm
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…beginning - Our beloved Daisy Duke was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the end of February 2012 - we were devastated and terrified. We have been very fortunate not to have many…

…educated ourselves as much as possible so that we could be good advocates for our little girl. When the first oncologist said she had doubts about Daisy's ability to cope as a 3-legged dog, we got another one who believed in her as much as we did. Despite having had two TPLO surgeries over the…

… at almost 12 she was a lean, keen, rabbit-chasing machine It took us no time at all to decide on surgery and follow-up chemo.

Surgery & recovery - she pulled through surgery without a hitch - she had a scapulectomy so there is no stump left to get injured. We are fortunate that her surgeon…

…based at a 24 x 7 clinic so she spent 2 nights there with round the clock care. We had a fabulous nurse who advised us not to visit with her during recovery as it would just upset her when we had to leave. So she took a video do her and we also watched her from around the corner. It seemed harsh at


Here is the post on Hypertrophic Osteopathy.

I know how hard it is to get bad news on top of bad news- but try and focus all your energy on Daisy now- make every day her very best day with you.  None of us know how long we get- make the most of every moment.


Karen and Spirit

7 May 2013 9:22 am
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…to hear that Ruby is still not feeling well.  When my Daisy had her amputation (she was almost 7 years old at the time) she just laid around for three weeks.  I still had to bring her food to her with…

…thought she had given up.  I think she was going thru a kind of depression.  Most dogs here have gone thru something like that at one point during recovery.  She popped out of that during her 4th week of recovery and started going to her food dish and eating on her own and starting doing more of her …

…"normal" stuff.

Only you know Ruby best so if you feel something is just not right I would have the vet check her out again.

Marla and Daisy

… They can also become tired much more quickly since it takes more energy to hop on three legs than walk on four.  How long ago was his amputation?  Recovery is normally two weeks of restricted activity and then it takes a while to build their core strength and endurance back up.  Sounds like your pup is…

…way past that!  With my Daisy I have to hold her back because I know her limitations.  She is arthritic but when at the dog park will keep going and going (albeit slowly) to…

…would be allowing him to leap from heights such as out of the car or off the couch.  That puts a lot of stress on the remaining leg.

Marla and Daisy

26 March 2013 11:53 am
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…doped up on pain meds when they come home and sometimes act pretty spunky at first and then crash.  Ups and downs are normal.  I couldn't get my Daisy off the couch for the first week or so other than going out for potty breaks which was ok since the vet didn't want her to have any other activity…

…so it was a steady diet of boiled chicken and hot dogs in the beginning.

Trust me that we all questioned whether we did the right thing during the recovery.  Just remember you took away that awful pain from his cancerous leg.

Marla and Daisy

10 January 2013 7:15 am
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…Little Man.  It sucks having a leg there and not be able to use it.  If the bad leg is flopping around I assume his muscles have atrophied?  My Daisy had her front left leg amputated due to the elbow joint being destroyed by arthritis.  One day her joint swelled up huge and she refused to walk on…

…to try to use it a little and it hurt her so much and hindered more than helped.  There was no surgery or treatment that could fix the damage.

Daisy is an 80 lb lab/wolfhound mix.  She has arthritis in her hips and spine but her mobility hasn't been hampered too much by losing her leg.  She's…

…his smaller size on his side.  The littler tripawds I have met at the dog park zoom around and you wouldn't even know they are missing a leg!

The recovery period for amps is around 2 weeks and activity is restricted to going out to do their "business".  Normally stitches/staples come out after about 10…

…-14 days.  Daisy walked out to me the day after surgery when I took her home.  I was so amazed!

Hope our story helps you in deciding what will be right for you…

…and Little Man.

Marla and Daisy

…to hear Lacey's recovery is going so good and she's back to doing her normal activities.  I'm glad she still likes the snow.  My Daisy hates it now because of the snowballs on her paws and she thinks she can't walk LOL.

Marla and Daisy

5 January 2013 5:32 pm
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…to hear Bailey's recovery is going so great.  Front amps use momentum to propel themselves forward.  I find it hard to have Daisy on a leash because of that.  Once she gets going there's no stopping her.

Keep up the good work Bailey!  You'll be back to your routine in no…


Marla and Daisy

3 January 2013 6:36 am
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Views: 746

…s tough to have to make a decision on the fly like that.  What kind of dog is Bailey?  He looks like a big boy in your avatar.  My 80 lb. Daisy lost her left front leg to arthritis.  She also has arthritis in her hips and spine.  I worried about mobility post amp but she has done…

…) with lots of rest on the way (usually done at the dog park so she doesn't have to be on a leash).  Hopping takes much more energy.  I purchased Daisy the DoggyRide stroller so when we wanted to go further she can just ride, although she doesn't really like it.  She won't get in on her own (I have…

…to heft all 80 lbs of her into it LOL).

Is Bailey on any type of pain meds for his achy back legs?  Daisy gets Meloxicam or Derramax daily for her arthritis which really helps her.  I also give her a glucosimine/chondrotin supplement for her remaining…


Wishing Bailey the best in his recovery.  The next couple of weeks could be rough.  Daisy's recovery was pretty uneventful except for the funk she went thru during week 3 but others on here have had much tougher recoveries.

Marla and Daisy


29 December 2012 2:22 pm
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Views: 1346

…to hear the surgery went well.  Saturday will seem like an eternity.  I brought Daisy home the day after her surgery but was afraid I wouldn't be able to handle her so soon after recovery.  Heck she came hoping out and greeted me like…

…nothing happened.  I'm sure Jill will be excited to see you!

Marla and Daisy

12 December 2012 4:10 pm
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Views: 2335

…got really "depressed" during her third week of recovery.  Would not get off the couch.  Just laid there and slept alot and acted uninterested in anything (even me!).  I think that is a normal part of…

…the recovery and most pups on here have gone thru something similar post amp.

I am by no means an expert but his heavy breathing could just be because he is…


I've also read that licking can sometimes be a way that animals soothe themselves.  Maybe Achilles is feeling a little insecure?  It took Daisy about a month to be back to her more "normal" self.

Marla and Daisy

12 December 2012 3:58 pm
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Views: 2226

…don't have any pics of Daisy's recovery room.  I basically just gated her off in the living room to keep my other dog and cat from pestering her when I wasn't able to be home.  I had set…

…normally sleeps at night.  She is such a creature of habit that we just had to do our normal routine.

Good luck with Hank's surgery!

Marla and Daisy

5 December 2012 6:04 am
Posts: 8
Views: 874

…cancer.  She is so young!  What does your vet think about amputation?  Does he/she think she can handle it with her size?  My lab/wolfhound mix Daisy was 82 lbs at the time of her amputation.  She has done pretty well considering she has pretty bad arthritis (why she lost her leg).  The recovery period is normally 2-3 weeks.  Front leg amputees can still take walks (and run and swim, too).

I cannot speak to chemo as I was fortunate not…

…to have to deal with cancer.  Hopefully those with cancer/chemo experience will chime in.

Best of luck...

Marla and Daisy


Glad to hear Tassie's recovery is going well and she did not have to lose her leg.  I don't have any experience with cancer -- my Daisy is an amp due to arthritis.  I think others on here have dealt with STS so hopefully they will chime in with their experiences.

Marla and Daisy

Thanks for your reply Marla, so glad Daisy is doing well.............. 

25 November 2012 10:39 pm
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…to hear Tassie's recovery is going well and she did not have to lose her leg.  I don't have any experience with cancer -- my Daisy is an amp due to arthritis.  I think others on here have dealt with STS so hopefully they will chime in with their experiences.

Marla and Daisy

25 November 2012 7:32 pm
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Views: 3703

…s vet had me limit her activity to only going out to do her business on a leash and right back in the house.  Well the leash part didn't work as Daisy would not go until I took it off her.  She is such a creature of habit that any changes in her routine really throws her off.  I also tried the…

…. Most dogs will also go thru a period of depression where they seem uninterested in anything.  That's totally normal.

Best of luck with Divot's recovery!

Marla and Daisy

21 November 2012 3:22 pm
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Views: 2244

…adapt to their new normal pretty quickly for the most part.  But they each definitely have their own pace through recovery and embracing the new norm.

Since there was some weakness prior to the amputation, you may want to look into a wheel chair
device to help him get…

…around easier.  I know Daisy the dalmation has a chair, and I'm thinking there may be others.

17 November 2012 3:03 pm
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…happy your recovery is going great so far.  I found that Daisy actually did better during her recovery when I let her do her normal routine.  Lazing around outside sounds like a good plan!

Marla and Daisy

17 November 2012 12:13 pm
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