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…you for giving  so much love and care to all your pups and cats.  They are so lucky  to have you as their hooman!

So glad you got some good pain meds fot Jake now.  And we, like your Bet too!!   If he is having any phantom  limb pain, the Gaba should take care of it.

Sounds  like Jake is

22 March 2019 9:19 am
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…s Pawgress! And I love that your vet isn't disregarding the phantom pain
possibility, what a great vet.

Have you read up on hyperalgesia? I think this may be exactly what your vet is referring to. Check out our…

…interview with pain management expert Dr. Petty, about halfway down ("Pain Sensitivity in Post-Op Tripawd Dogs"):

The first and most difficult to manage is the development of something called hyperalgesia—an increased…

…sensitivity to pain—that is the result of enduring, untreated pain conditions. 

8 March 2019 5:28 pm
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…update. Today was better. Sutures are out. Incision is healing nicely.

Spent some time talking with the vet in depth about Pete's pain and whining. We have concluded sometimes it is phantom pain
and sometimes it is anticipatory anxiety that something *might* hurt.

…to leave him alone as he looks for someone to comfort him. Any thoughts on what this could be? 

Maria I'm sorry to read about Morgan's ongoing pain. Rimadyl is an anti-inflammatory and if this is phantom pain
, probably won't do much good. I'm not a pharmacologist so take that for what it's…

…worth, it just that I've interviewed a lot of experts and this is not a drug that specifically alleviates phantom pain
on it's own. Typically a dog may receive a regular dose of a NSAID along with gabapentin and amantadine. Click on our pain management
link for…


Also, please don't be afraid of keeping your dog on a long-term pain medication. It's not unusual for Tripawds to need something on a daily basis. Even our Wyatt Ray
is on 3 meds daily, and he is in pretty good…

…to lab work as prescribed, he should be fine if he has to take meds long term.

Did you mention these episodes to the acupuncturist? Oftentimes phantom limb pain can be resolved with dry needle acupuncture, along with regular pain management
medications.  I would definitely talk to them about his…

…episodes so you can pinpoint the cause (pun not intended 😉 If you don't get an answer you like find a new veterinary pain management specialist. Let me know if we can help find one for you, the IVAPM website is a bit clunky.

Please consider starting a new topic all

24 February 2019 1:58 pm
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…dog Morgan is now just over 4 weeks post amputation. He was doing great, healed well and is getting around great. He didn't seem to have any real pain and shortly after his stitches were out (2 weeks post op) he was off all pain meds. Then at about three weeks he started randomly yelping. This…

…the shaking just comes on by itself. This started two days after he had accupuncture which I assume would not be the reason. He shows no signs of pain when you put pressure on the surgery site but if you apply pressure when shaking, it stops. The vet of course said put him back on Rimadyl and…

…. It really scares him and I am nervous to leave him alone as he looks for someone to comfort him. Any thoughts on what this could be? A never? Phantom pain? Did you all still need pain meds 4 weeks post op and for how long. I guess I am just not sure why it came on after he had been off them for a

24 February 2019 6:48 am
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…do the trick, he may need an additional medication like amantadine and if you are able, acupuncture can make a big difference too. Sometimes severe phantom pain
management requires multiple approaches to resolve it.

…. Honestly its been awful. then the other day he started having theses "episodes" where he will out of nowhere start crying out in excruciating pain. Its loud, he freaks out, running around like a headless chicken just howling in pain. he won't let me near him to calm him. Progressively its…

…just gotten worse. My vet said this was phantom leg pain
, and to keep giving him his medication as directed.  he is on gabapentin for this exact reason. 100 mg twice daily, but it doesn't seem to be

… on his own timeline.

I'll try to address your concerns:

arthur is only 3 weeks post op tomorrow so I am fully aware he will still be in mild pain etc and I also know that he’ll never be fully 100% again.

You are correct, three weeks isn't a long time. However, Arthur has every chance to be…

…100% happy, healthy and pain-free as a Tripawd. It will be a new normal different from his life as a four legger, but by no means will he always be in pain or hobbling around.…

… Which leads me to my thought about the pain he seems to be experiencing. He should not be having pain on a daily basis, it sounds like it needs to be alleviated and controlled with good pain management
and canine rehabilitation therapy. 

Have you…

…joint stress.

it happens and he’s crying his stump trembles (no other part of his body does) but whenever I rub it he settles down. 

The pain signals
Arthur is experiencing are probably not directly related to his trembling stump. This is normal behavior for an amputee's stump, even years…

…Wyatt Ray
has a stump with a mind of its own. It is simply a disconnect of the nerves between the brain and the body. In some dogs its a sign of phantom pain
but that doesn't sound like what you are describing.

Do you have any advice on this, should I pad it, is there anything I can do to prevent…

…this? There is no point in dosing him up with pain relief in case he hurts himself, it only happens every few days.

Absolutely! Based on everything I'm reading about his activity level, and I'm…

…this is to take his activity level much, much slower, more gradually, and according to a canine rehabilitation expert's guidance. Keep in mind that pain medication is not always an "in case" of thing when it comes to new amputees. Some need ongoing medication for several weeks after surgery as their…

…get used to moving in an all new way. When combined with safer activity, and according to an expert's guidance, it's one of many parts to minimizing pain and stress in Tripawds.

Our own Wyatt Ray
takes pain medication on a daily basis, at the age of ten. It does not "dope him up" it manages the pain of being on three legs for 10 years. He started about 2 years ago. We give it to him with guidance by his rehab therapist, and it's made a

6 February 2019 11:08 am
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…but for restless leg syndrome!  I would only take it at night because of the slight drowsiness.  Gabapentin before surgery is supposed to help with phantom pain
; same for after.  My vet said it's a really safe drug for dogs and that it can be given every 8-12hrs.  What interval are you doing?  I can

4 February 2019 9:00 pm
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…it's likely not his normal seizure. Remember we cut bone, nerves, and muscles. If the nightmares/seizures continue and they are different it can be phantom limb pain and NOT uncommon in our amputees. If he is hissing and scratching that is a pain indicator.

Yep, poop will take time if by chance you

…wait for approval.

So- how active is Griffin? Our surgeon said only short, leashed potty breaks for the first two weeks post amp.

Also- what pain meds is Griffin on?

It is not unusual for there to be a 'crash' around 3 to 5 days post op.  The good surgery meds are done, and the exhausting…

…new hop starts to take it's toll.  He will get better and stronger but you are very early in recovery.

Phantom Pain
often manifests itself seeming out of the blue- but it could be part of his issue. 

Are you helping him when he is up- sounds like maybe not. …

…rugs or yoga mats.

Good timing with a vet visit tomorrow- let them know about everything your seeing and have a discussion about maybe adjusting pain meds to get Griffin comfortable.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

…to move around and is now having trouble standing after he’s been lying down.  He’s fallen over crying in what sounds more like fear/anxiety than pain?  His body actually looks all contorted as he’s going down too.  I’ve been able to catch him a few times and can calm him down a bit.  I’m not…

…sure if this phantom pain
or maybe cramps in his rear legs?  I hold him and massage his legs and then he eventually gets his balance to stand.  We see the vet for an

…? Even though you are using the gabapentin, there is a range of dosage that your vet can "tweak" and what you are describing sounds like possible phantom limb pain. I am not a vet.. but it is something to consider. 

I would definitely ask if either the dosage OR the timing of the medicine might…

…need adjusting. It is also still relatively early after surgery, and some dogs need the additional pain meds for extended periods of time? There are dogs here that have weaned off after a couple of weeks, and there are dogs that need a little more time

29 January 2019 6:12 pm
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…sorry your pup is going through this. pain management
for phantom pain
is complex and often involves different types of pain. It usually needs a multi-modal approach. So in addition to the medications I also suggest seeing a veterinary acupuncturist, which we discuss in…

…these blog posts with pain management
expert Dr. Mike Petty (who also suggests using Amantadine for relief). See:

Vet Expert Dr. Mike Petty Shares Tripawd Amputation Pain, Rehab Care

29 January 2019 5:23 pm
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…? Even though you are using the gabapentin, there is a range of dosage that your vet can "tweak" and what you are describing sounds like possible phantom limb pain. I am not a vet.. but it is something to consider. 

I would definitely ask if either the dosage OR the timing of the medicine might…

…need adjusting. It is also still relatively early after surgery, and some dogs need the additional pain meds for extended periods of time? There are dogs here that have weaned off after a couple of weeks, and there are dogs that need a little more time

29 January 2019 4:44 pm
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…and best wishes for Gracie!

Visit any phantom pain
link for more information and helpful treatment tips. Many members have also found Farabloc
pain relief blankets vert beneficial for alleviating phantom pain

While you wait for comments from others, use the Advanced Search above to

29 January 2019 3:05 pm
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…has been having episodes now of short yelps during different times of the day and does not matter if lying or standing. The oncology team feels its phantom pain
and I have been giving her Gabapentin and rimadyl. I also have amantadine but haven't given her that since first few days post-op. I was…

…wondering what other tripawd families have experienced with this type of pain and what has worked for them?

Thank you


29 January 2019 2:50 pm
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…far as having medicine on hand, all the vets differ. Loxicom is an nsaid. In the states it is known as Meloxicam. It is used for general aches and pains and arthritis. You can ask your vet if they will set you up with a refill, I don't know if they will or not. 

If you see sudden attention to the…

…amputation site, usually followed or accompanied by jumping, excessive grooming, and possible yelping, then you should ask for gabapentin. Phantom limb pain is very common right after surgery. We had to extend his gabapentin for a couple of weeks and after that he was ok. Every animal is…

…different, and gabapentin does have pain relieving effects. As a matter of fact, my mom had back surgery several years ago and she takes it daily. 

There are rehab specialists that you

23 January 2019 4:38 pm
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…between the UK and US because I’ve asked for a few different second opinions and have been reassured by everyone that loxicom is a super effective pain reliever for us! I’m confident he’s not in pain so I’m happy for him to remain on this as opposed to a controlled drug that would knock him out.…

… Though I’m so aware it’s only 8 days post op and I’m nervous if I take him off it completely he will feel pain and I’m not willing to take any unnecessary steps backwards at this early stage! 

Yes, I’m keen to keep some form of pain relief for him in the…

…house at all times for the weeks/months ahead in case we experience phantom pain
(please god we won’t) or just perhaps achy pains in his other limbs if we happen to overdo it when we’re back to fighting fit. None of my animals have ever had any health issues before so I’m not

22 January 2019 9:06 pm
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…sounds like the doxy is making a dent. Less straining = more comfort. That's wonderful!! 

Gabapentin does give relief. It's a great drug for phantom limb pain, and in humans (like my mom) it's a life saver. Some dogs stay on it intermittently for long term use, and for relief with aches and pains. My mom takes it twice a day after her back surgery and it makes a world of difference.

Yay for appetite!!! That's a sure sign that he's

20 January 2019 6:21 pm
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…. I didn't know if this 24/7 care was our new normal. It was so scary, for both our dog and us. 

While your vet may not feel your boy needs pain management
meds right now because of how he is presenting, perhaps think about expressing your concern that he is trying to do way too much at home…

…ask if perhaps you could try something like gabapentin to help calm/slow your boy down to prevent post-surgical injury/complications and prevent phantom nerve pain long term. It's extremely important to have a veterinarian that will partner with you in your dog's recovery. Your dog has a right to…

…quality care and as pain free recovery as possible. Remember that you are your dog's best advocate. You are his guardian. It also helps to write down the behaviors you see

19 January 2019 9:27 am
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…dog's ADVOCATE!!

Imagine for a moment that somebody took your arm because it was not fixable, then sent you home with a day or 2 of Tylenol for pain to recover with. Not happening, right?

When they are too active (and sometimes not too) it is common for them to get a seroma
. It is one of…

…the reasons we try to keep them drugged up and quiet during recovery. I would take a dopey, happy, pain free pup for a couple of weeks any time if it keeps them quiet and recovering smoothly.

These vets make me so angry sometimes. THEY should be…

…advocating a pain free, safe recovery, but they do not. Nsaid, gabapentin, and pain meds are what he should be coming home with this time. Please insist on it. The gabapentin is the go to drug for phantom limb pain. He needs to be…

…on these medicines at least until suture removal, maybe even a little longer. 

The hard thing now with breakthrough pain is getting it back under control, which hopefully they will do at the hospital. 

The anesthesia and pain killers that they give with surgery stay…

…in their system for about 4 days and they slowly wear off during that time. That is why he was so happy and pain free. After they wear off.... well you see what happens. That's why we advocate for the pain meds and to be given religiously during this time

18 January 2019 4:14 am
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… based on the behavior you're describing (restlessness, hunched over), he definitely sounds like he is exhibiting some of the pain signals dogs give. You can try to see if these massage tips help.

You may want to ask your vet if it's OK to give the Tramadol and Gabapentin…

…an evaluation. The Tripawds Foundation
will even pay for your first visit, so please take advantage of the program.

We hope an adjustment to his pain medication helps him feel better! Let us know.

11 January 2019 10:25 pm
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…and welcome!

Your new furbaby is adorable, and so very lucky! You may want to speak with your vet about another stronger pain medication as whatever anesthesia and pain meds he may have been given at the time of surgery will be out of his system soon. Gabapentin is a great…

…drug for phantom limb pain and it is definitely a great medication to have along with the NSAID, but he might need something stronger as well for a couple of weeks. 

If you

…and welcome!

Yelping randomly like he's had a shot of pain may be phantom limb pain. Lots of furbabies get along fine with a few weeks of pain management
including gabapentin for a few weeks post surgery, but some continue on with the gabapentin on a longer term. 

I smiled when you…

…in my face barking like a wild man, lol.

He may be trying to talk to you. I would strongly recommend taking to his vet about the possibilities of phantom limb pain and see if they can give you some meds to see how/ if he reacts to it. I am not a vet. But it couldn't hurt. When you see sudden signs

7 January 2019 8:17 pm
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…confined to small areas or a room that is safe during recovery is important too. 

Be ready for the caregiver to spend lots of time medicating for pain, feeding, and keeping them comfy. I always say get your house in order and have comfort food for you (chocolate and ice cream) , and good stinky…

…would highly recommend it. If not, a spare room that is kitty safe from all jumping and leaping would be great too. 

Good luck on your journey. Pain medication is a must. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Huck had antibiotics, buprenofren, and gabapentin which helps for phantom limb pain.

is on for muscle soreness, so hopefully it will work for Calvin too.

And yeah like Jackie said, twitching is usually quite different from phantom pain
. We'll keep our paws crossed that's all it is!

25 December 2018 3:50 pm
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…him being so soon out of surgery it is really hard to say. This is major surgery and the pain break through may very well be because all those beautiful hospital meds are now totally out of his system and he is relying solely on the…

…little spasms without discomfort and sudden yelping I would not be concerned, but this is very common and the gabapentin complimented by the other pain meds will come in handy. Most pets are on medications for several weeks after surgery. We did not start to wean Huck down until about a week post…

…this depends on the individual pet.

Just to clarify, Huck along with many will twitch his little bump occasionally. This is very different from phantom pain
. When he was fresh out of surgery and around where you are now it was different. He would stop whatever he was doing and start trying to

24 December 2018 1:39 pm
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…you giving him the gabapentin religiously? The gabapentin is the go to drug for phantom limb pain. There is a scale for use that your vet can give you guidance on. If you are giving it to him regularly and still having this issue please call

24 December 2018 1:14 pm
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…you all. That is an excellent point about it being harder to get on top of pain that is already there than to prevent it in the first place, and something I had forgotten in my sleep-deprived panic!

I am surprised she wasn’t…

…discharged on appropriate pain relief from the start, especially given she attends a specialist veterinary hospital. Her pre-op surgeon had mentioned there would be other drugs…

…I thought she was too drowsy, and she started screaming (I was nowhere near her surgical site or moving her in any way that would normally cause her pain). Afterwards she was fine and I couldn’t reproduce the pain by moving her, and her surgical site was non-tender. I searched the forums, and I’m…

…now wondering if this was nerve/phantom pain
that others have mentioned. I think I really need to push the gabapentin despite her alternating between heavily sedated/depressed and agitated…

…to hand feed her last night and this morning, although it could be that she is so sedated (she’s previously been keen to get up for food despite her pain). He suggested that o needed to find that happy place between pain management
and not being so sedated that she isn’t keen on eating. But she

23 December 2018 11:41 pm
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