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…the "other" one....the one where use the fishing line type?  How much does she weigh ?

As Jerry said, the Surgeon woild not have proceeded if Daisy wasn't  a good candidate.

My tripawd front legger Frankie (adopted him as a tripawd five or six years ago).  He had has the fishing kj e…

…on the other later.  

Mist want you to know that IF it happens, it's certainly  doable.  Obviously it's  ot easy handling a tripawd  during TPLO recovery, but the dogs get through it on regain mobility  just fine!

You are doing everything  right to check into any preventative resources available. …

… As Jerry said, try and arrange a consult  with a Certified  Rehabilitation Specialist after amputation  recovery and you will get some good tips.  Joint supplements  are also helpful.  Not sure about braces, etc. I think some Vets suggest them, some don6…

…think they are helpful.  

Stay connected and let is know how Daisy is doing, okay?  Is she spending  the. night at the clinic?  Update when you can.  Recovery  is no picnic for a week or two and we are here ro

11 November 2020 12:41 pm
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…glad Daisy is hime!!  I know she is too!

And yes, ditto Karen in not letting your hands touch the tramadol ot any part of food the pill is wrapped in.  As…

…through  the night without getting up.  

Stay connected  and let us know how rhings are going.   Goodness knows you have a challenging  bit of recovery time coming up,  but you and Daisy will get through it!  She's  already shown she is a strong fighter!

Can't  wait to see pictures of this cutie

11 September 2018 5:48 pm
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…time I feel down, I go back on here to read all of the words of encouragement. Thank you again for all you do...

Daisy is home and we’re on our way to healing. With all of her injuries, the vet is saying 4 weeks of bandages on and recovery, we will talk stairs after

11 September 2018 7:46 am
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…!!   What an ordeal!! Just catching  up on the adorable  and well loved Daisy!  

You've  gotten great advice, so I just want to add my love and best wishes for you and Daisy

Continue  with one step at time.  She's …

… just had major surgery  and has additional  "challenges" beyond the amputation.   It will be a slow recovery and, most likely  full of ups and downs for awhile.  You aand Daisy WILL get throug rhis though!!  She clearly  is a fighter and has lots of inner…


I'm sure the Bet will send Daisy ho e woth si e good pain meds.  Most here come home with Tramadol, Rimadyl, Gabapentin  and an antibiotic.   Some alao come home with  a pain patch

8 September 2018 11:19 am
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…her 2.5 months post amp.

Elly weighs around 15 pounds and is about 20% chi. 

Most pups here take 2 to 3 weeks to heal up from an amputation, Daisy will need more time to get back to herself.  When was her surgery? Is she home?  When Maggie had her amp our surgeon said she was only allowed…

…short, leashed potty breaks for two weeks.  Hopefully Daisy's other injuries will have a chance to heal up in that time.

Let us know how recovery is going and if you have any questions or concerns.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

6 September 2018 9:53 pm
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…and welcome. We are so sorry about Daisy but glad she is going to make it. Of course you are in shock and worried, it's not something anyone ever expects to be dealing with. Yes, I do have…

…some words of advice for ya.

First, remember that once she recovers she will still be a healthy and happy dog. Daisy will still be the dog you love, but she needs you to set the tone and be pawsitive. The more optimistic you can be about her recovery, the faster

6 September 2018 3:13 pm
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…and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I'm sorry to hear about Daisy's accident! What kind of dog is she? How big and how old?

Here is a blog post on Tripawds Recovery Shopping List- lots of info there on what…

…you need when bringing a new Tripawd home.

You will want a quiet room with good traction
for Daisy to recover, you want to keep her quiet and contained to some extent.  Our surgeon said only short, leashed potty breaks for two weeks.  With her

11 March 2018 12:43 pm
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…MOST ADORABLE PUG PAL DUDE IN THE LAND!   Your drumstick  was quite impressive!    And you certainly seemed to be a very chill Dude during all your recovery.   Frankie acts like it hurts him when I put some frozen corn on his drumstick, even though it's wrapped in a towel!  I know his leg hurts really…

…I NEED to have him start using it so he won't damage his two "good" legs!

Just a reminder that every dog is different!  I do recall Marla (Angel Daisy's mom...a front legger with same surgery) said it was far harder than the amputation recocery!

The Vet called in Gaba and I gave him the first…

…yet.  I do have to remember he has arthritis and hip dysplasia.

So there you have it!   A surgery that goes well doesn't necessarily mean the recovery will go well!  DON'T GET ME WRONG,  I KNOW IT WILL GET BETTER!   I'm just chronicling what it's taken to get to that "better" time!!  


13 December 2017 11:00 pm
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…no, Sally!  Poor Frankie.  I haven't been on for a while and just now seeing this.  I know how scary it is.  Remember my 80 lb Daisy blew her knew and had to have it repaired.

Like you there was no way I could afford TPLO.  Here in my part of the world the procedure runs about …

…be done by board certified surgeons.

My vet has done a lot of the lateral suture stabilizations with good success so I opted for that route given Daisy's activity level.  Just had to keep Daisy from running wild for about 2 months -- not that she did that anyways 🙂

I will say that Daisy's knee…

…surgery/recovery for me was waaaay worse than her amputation.  (Well you probably remember all my panicking posts here).  Not saying that to scare you but so you

11 December 2017 10:32 am
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…you for the additional information as well. It helps to hear that GSD bounce back, I still see him as my little guy, he is my youngest pup. 

Recovery: I couldn't agree more about trying to figure out how to keep Dagger calm- its by far the hardest and I think most stressful part of this whole…

…and keeping him on a restricted one. 

We crate all our pups. Well, we did. Until Dagger was diagnosed. Now we allow him to stay out and Daisy and Duke get crated, or they all stay out but Daisy and Duke stay in the dogs area that is baby gated from the rest of the house. I will crate them

6 September 2017 10:30 am
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…don't know where to start because I don't know what road we are going down. What do I ask? What do I need? How do I prepare?

I have 4 dogs - Daisy and Duke Redbone Coonhound Mix 65lbs- Dagger German Shepherd 115lbs- Tinkerbell Chihuahua Jack Russel 5lbs and a 7 year old. My Husband travels…

…out of state for work for weeks at a time, he leaves in a few days.

So I am a nervous wreck over how soon will he have surgery? How long is recovery? What all goes into recovery. How much is it on 1 person?  How to manage while I'm at work, can you leave him unattended, even crated? if so, how


This must be so stressful for you. Can you take Kira to another surgeon? Being dismissed by a Vet is never ok!

Tiffany's dog Daisy also had this issue. They ended up going in for an MRI and then performing another surgery. The doctor talked about publishing a paper on it so…

…people would know of this possible complication. Here is what she wrote: 

So Daisy went in for an MRI this morning. The surgeon called this morning to let us know they didn't find anything so while Daisy was still sedated she was…

…an abnormal bundle of nerves adhered to the back of an artery that was cut during amputation. They said they had a difficult time with anesthesia as Daisy's heart rate was up around 150 and she was hypertensive. As soon as she removed the inflamed bundle of nerves her blood pressure dropped and her…

…hopeful that indicated they had identified the source of pain. She told us she was sending the tissue sample away for biopsy. They will be keeping Daisy until Monday or Tuesday so they can manage her pain. They inserted a catheter so they can infuse pain med directly to the site.  The surgeon told

17 August 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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…everyone. My dog Daisy had her back leg removed 8 days ago due to a coyote attack. She is turning 13 in October and is a large beautiful mutt who's been my best friend for…

…remove her leg due to the holiday. I ended up taking her about 4 hours away to a great surgeon who was able to perform the surgery. 

Months ago, Daisy tore her ACL and my vet and I decided to give her pain management
instead of surgery due to her age- so much for keeping her out of surgery :/ but…

…surgeon and I decided that amputation was a safer route than trying to repair the acl and the femur break in one shot. 

Now, my big issue is her recovery. She has not wanted to stand up at all since the accident. I have a harness on her and a sling under her belly to help her, and she just won't put…

…in rainy weather and into our lawn on nice days- she's loves being outside. 

Sorry for the novel. I know you all understand how much I love Daisy and why I'll do whatever I can. 

Thank you!!


13 July 2017 7:52 pm
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…HSPPY TO NEAR DAISY IS IMPROVING!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 This has been sooooo hard for you voth!!

Sounds like they have everything under control and she'll be home tomorrow…

…. Now THAT will be a fun video to watch and see her wagging happy self back home!

Yeah, not unusual for the first chemo to ve delayed due to "recovery challenges". So you have time to just get her home and get settled and revisit that option when things calm down.

Okay Daisy! Let's get you

…m so glad she's better - that made me cry but it may help someone.  I'm just so relieved she's better - oh sweet Daisy! I can imagine how you must have felt. Zato didn't cry that long but the lip licking was like that.  My heart broke for her and for you!

It has…

…made my night that she's doing better.  Will be thrilled when she can be home with you on her road to recovery!

Tracy & Zatoichi

…name is Charlie

Are you sure you're not thinking of Oliver?


I had considered posting a video of one of Daisy's episodes but ultimately decided not to. If you think it might be helpful in some way to other members I will certainly do so. I just might need a

… poor Daisy, and poor you. This does sound tough. I'm really hoping she's feeling better today. Remember, every day that goes by a another step on the road to…

recovery, and to Daisy getting her sparkle back. I have never heard of the face/ears swelling reaction. Could it be some sort of allergic response to medication? Is she…

…terribly likely, I'll admit. Did the vets not have any suggestion as to what it could be?

Thinking of you and sending all positive wishes that Daisy will be feeling much more comfortable soon.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

…....sorry sweet Daisy is have such a rough time. The first two weeks, especially the first week, can be hard to endure. You're already stressed out, exhausted and…

…emotionally drained...And now you have to see Daisy having pain while recovering from MAJOR surgery!

The pain patch itself can mske dogs a bit whacky and yelpy. The burts of crying coukd also…

…it. We do see it here and usually the Gabapentin helps keep things settled down.

Gabapentin is good, along with the Rimadyl. I assume he has Daisy on an a antibiotic also. The other pain med we almost always see dogs on (in conjunction with the Gabapentin) is Tramadol. So you may want to…

…a long shot, vut just thought I'd throw it out there Hopefully the Benadryl will take care of that. Keep the Vet in the loop on that.

How is Daisy doing as far as drinking and peeing? Pooping and eating may be a vit off for a few days. That's "normal".

I knkw this initial period is…

…scary. It took me about three weeks before I coukd say I did this FOR my Hzppy Hannah and not TO her! Once recovery was over though and her sparkle and zest for life came back....yeah....we had a SPECTACULAR time!!


…! We are here with you, somlet us know how we can help. And let us know when Daisy has first poop We celebrate anything around here! 🙂

Lots of hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Daisy doesn't care about days on a calendar and certainly doesn't have a timeframe on her butt!

Daisy lives in the moment and to Daisy, every moment with you is a lifetime!!

Just make every moment count! Love in the NOW with no worries about the tomorrows!

Glad to hear Daisy is doing well. It's still early in recovery and it srill gets bettrr and better! 🙂

We would love to see some pictures!


Sally and

8 May 2017 11:55 pm
Topic: 4 yr old lab
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We know getting to the point of finally make a decision (a FORCED CHOICE decision) is stressful beyond words!

The second guessing along with the recovery..especially the cirst couple of weeks! I may have mentioned earlier, it took me three weeks before I could finally say I did this FOR my Happy…

…Hannah and not TO her!!

For a senior with a scapulectomy, adjusting to three legs, one week isSTILL very early in recovery!

How is Zeus's pain being managed? What is Zeus tar and how often? Eating, drinking? Able to walk at all het? Zeus should still be…

…resting and only getting up for a short potty break and then back to bed.

I know that Daisy Duke had a scapulectomy and had a helluva first week recovery! She stayed st rhe hospital two days a d it seemed as though her recovery was goi g downhill from there for awhile. It IS major surgery, and to…

…!! Don't waste o e second of your time worrying about your tomorrows! You have TODAY and nothing is going to rob you of your todays!

A d btw, Daisy Duke had a great QUALITY life for over a YEAR before she transitioned!

We're here with you and we certainly are cheering for spunky Zeus!!!

1 January 2017 8:41 pm
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…rock on three legs!!

I just went through amputation with my dog, Daisy, which is what brought me to these forums. (And she's recovering very well from the ordeal.) However, it was my three-legged cats that…

…completely took away any hesitation I had about removing Daisy's leg.  I found Merlin and his brother Rasputin in the barn as kittens. Both were missing the same part of a hind leg on the same side of their…

…He plays.  He makes wild leaps from one piece of furniture to the other. He's all cat.

Now, granted, he didn't have to go through amputation and recovery.  That is an ordeal, no way around it.  But once recovery is over, cats do very well on three legs. 

Merlin was left with his stumpy.  For

3 October 2016 10:30 am
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And I completely get your logic and decisions here and it isn't particularly important to know what STS type - mere curiosity on my part.  Daisy is so lucky to have found her way to you after being abandoned.  VERY lucky.

On the Gabapentin - Pofi is a slim dog, but at age 12, I wouldn't…

…difference for him in pain management
- we started it about 2 weeks prior to surgery and continued for a month after.  He had a relatively smooth recovery and I really worked to "stay ahead" of pain.

2 October 2016 2:48 pm
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…Claire wnd Daisy!

WOW! You brought her home five hours after surgery! You are a strong woman! 🙂

I love hearing avour Daisy and her attachment to the couch...and belly rubs! She sounds like sicrh a sweetheart!

I'm really glad you have her pain managed with so…

…soreness. I knkw she loves her couch, but she really should be doi g NO jumping up or down.

Sorry not much help. Just want to let you and Daisy know we are here for you any way we can. Ha g in tbere! Recovery doesn't last forever! You'll see her sparkle come back slowly but surely!!

1 October 2016 12:13 am
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…nice that your church is helping you and Daisy Mae!

Stay connected and let us help you with any questions you have during recovery. It can be a pretty exhausting time for a week or two!

The patch will help with the pain right after surgery. It doesn't kick in right away…

…and often Gabapentin. Once the hospital meds wear off, it can be a little tricky working out the doses of the pain meds.

When you pick up Daisy Mae up, don't even look at her incision! She won't! Just kiss her and give her hugs a dd tell her what a good girl she is!

Looks like Daisy

…Mae is going to rock this tripawd thing just fine!

Stay connected! We'll help you through this recovery stuff!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

21 September 2016 8:26 pm
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…understand the financial constraints, but just put that in the back burner for now if possible.

Generally, the Ortho Surgeon can help determine in Daisy Mae is a good ccandidate for lofe on three legs. From your description, it sounds like she is! As you will see under the Size and Age Matter…

…surgery. She was up and walking the morning after surgery and practically ran to the car when I came to pick her up! Make no mistake about it, recovery was no picnic and some dogs take several days to get mobile.

Happy Hannah was a rear legger and she wasn't able to go UP stairs (I built a…

…Coo hound a dd he sails up and down a lot of steep stairs everyday!!

Many, many dogs do not need gear at all. In the very beginning, should Daisy Mae. need assistance, you can use a towel or modify a canvas tote bag.

As far as the floors, non slip scatter rugs or yoga mats are pretty…

…much a necessity for traction

Please keep us informed and let us know how we can help. And we would LOVE to see pictures of Daisy! 'Her avatar is adorable!!

Lots of hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

19 September 2016 3:40 pm
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…you for posting your story.  My Daisy has a Chondrosarcoma in her left hip.  It does not appear to involve bone, but the oncologist conferred with the surgeon and he is recommending part…

…entire hind leg.  I am very concerned about the removal of the pelvis.  Please share your experience with this aspect of Scout's post-operative recovery.

…and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

My pug Maggie had mast cell cancer, but Mag sounds a bit like your girl Daisy.  Mag's tumor was in her knee- she never limped or showed signs of pain. When I found the tumor I knew it was a recurrence of her cancer, but I…

….  She was also weird about linoleum floors- wouldn't walk on them.  I was worried about how she would deal with the amp.  And early on in her recovery my fears were realized- Mag didn't have any medical issues but she didn't play with me for 6 weeks after surgery.  Most pups here are back to

7 September 2016 9:11 pm
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…take it one day at a time. I don't have any words of wisdom regarding breakups but I've been thru knee surgery with a big (80 lb) 3 legged dog!

Daisy was about 8 years old when she initially tore her cruciate ligament in her right knee (she was a left front amp). The vet had me do conservative…

…for me. I simply could not afford TPLO (about $3000 where I live) and the tightrope procedure was not much cheaper.

For me the knee surgery recovery was much harder than Daisy's amp because I had to assist her in walking and pottying, etc. My vet also kept Daisy a few extra days in the hospital…

…since she was a tripawd and I think she sensed I was a little terrified. Daisy was actually able to walk right away with assistance much to my surprise but I guess that is actually normal.

Hopefully conservative management…

…will get thru it even if you don't think so now. I managed by myself with 2 dogs and 2 cats underfoot!

Best of luck,

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

…sorry you are going thru this.  It is always scary to have one of their remaining legs injured since they no longer have their spare!  My Daisy also tore her acl on her right rear knee and it fully ruptured about 6 months later.

She was a front amp and ALWAYS used that back leg to get up…

…surgery.  The cost of the TPLO surgery was out of reach for me even though that would have been the best option for her size.

I will tell you the recovery from Daisy's knee was much rougher than her amputation recovery.  It was pretty much crate rest except for going outside to potty and range of…

…it was painful.  She already had enough of a struggle with her arthritic hips being so bad and only 3 legs!

Good luck

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

…Tripawds so much! Your words and wisdom are such a huge help. Lily is my hero, as are all your furbabies. Marla, I'm so sorry about your sweet Daisy. It's such a hard decision, and they are so precious to us. Michelle, it's so good to hear from you. I've been asking Lily all day to send me a…

…sign that she's all right. Did Sassy send you signs? I'm doing so much better, but it's been a tricky recovery.Thanks soooo much! Thank you Deb and Linda for your kind words. Thank you, Bonnie, she was my hero too. I kept telling her that this week. I so

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