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…tramadol and gabapentin for a lot longer than most of the other dogs here, maybe 3-4 weeks (gradually stepping down dose). He also had a lot of phantom limb pain.

 

Here's hoping that recovery gets by quickly! Good luck!

31 January 2014 7:09 am
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…s bruising is fading and she seems to be doing well.  Still has a few periods of panting, and a few squeals, which I wonder are phantom limb pains.  Will ask the vet when we go in to have stitches out.

She was quite enthusiastic on her hop down the road this morning, and wanted to go a

17 January 2014 4:45 am
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…! Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

Sudden outbursts can certainly indicate phantom limb pain. You may find these posts and videos helpful:

tips-for-managing-phantom-limb-pain-in-dogs

post-amputation-side-effects-in-dogs

14 January 2014 9:20 pm
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…like it could be the brain sending a signal to the missing limb and somewhere she was caught in the middle and surprised by how it felt. That's how phantom limb pain works in most dogs, and it can happen that soon or as late as several weeks later. If the tramadol doesn't work you may want to ask for Gabapentin,

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…which is particularly good for nerve-related pain - Sid has been put onto it, years after his amputation, because the vet thinks he is having phantom limb pain, and it's made a big difference to him.

 

Many greyhounds do not do well on opiates/opioids.  Sid can't tolerate Vetergesic

4 January 2014 4:32 pm
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…s an interesting article we received from vet oncologist Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, about phantom limb pain in humans, which hopefully will translate into new discoveries for how to heal it in both dogs and people.

Soldiers With Certain Gene Variations

3 January 2014 1:45 am
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…doesn't either.

As for the nerve sensitivity...again, that varies. Sam slept on his stump right away, and we did not have issues with any phantom limb pain.

Every dog or cat will have his or her unique set of challenges, I think. Sam didn't have some of the issues that seem fairly common...but he

…Sorry to hear bout Katy's complications. Here are some tips for managing phantom limb pain if that is the case.
Best wishes, please keep us posted!

28 December 2013 6:31 pm
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…to hear bout Katy's complications. Here are some tips for managing phantom limb pain if that is the case.

Best wishes, please keep us posted!

…- ask your vet about it. 

You can search the forums
for phantom pain
, here are some results.

Also, here is a link to some information on phantom limb pain.

Its nice to hear Walker is otherwise doing well. It's great you are in that place where you know you did the right thing! 

 

Karen

28 December 2013 10:38 am
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…so much for sharing this valuable information here, I know it will help other cat pawrents in the future when they're looking for information about phantom limb pain in amputee cats.

I'm sending all my love and well wishes that it helps, please keep us posted OK?

mkla said

When he cries out sometimes you can see the muscles contract like spasms.

Sudden outbursts and twitching like that may indicate phantom limb pain. Consider these tips to help relieve phantom pain, and ask you vet about Gabapentin or seek another opinion. Light massage and a cold compress can

…said

When he cries out sometimes you can see the muscles contract like spasms.

Sudden outbursts and twitching like that may indicate phantom limb pain. Consider these tips to help relieve phantom pain, and ask you vet about Gabapentin or seek another opinion. Light massage and a cold compress can

…consider joining and starting a new topic so we can get to know you better and do all we can to help.

It does sound like Brady is suffering from phantom limb pain, has your vet discussed this issue with you? Is he taking anything like Gabapentin, a common drug to help alleviate it?

Try to keep in mind that…

…long as you're working with your vet and providing a consistent pain relief schedule, things do get better as time goes on. Be sure to check out our phantom limb pain resources for more information.

Keep us posted!

3 December 2013 6:22 pm
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22 November 2013 9:37 am
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… but a stubborn dog will be a stubborn dog. The hardest part was finding the right combo of pain meds the first week that controlled the pain and phantom limb pain. Ice and heat packs helped too. 

I took 3 days off work, however went back to work after only 2 days off because being around him 24/7 was

11 November 2013 2:02 pm
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…are such tough little dogs that nothing will keep her down. Shooter was only on pain meds for about a week and a half and most of that was for phantom limb pain, but he seemed to get past that fairly quickly. We did have to do massage therapy for the change in muscle use as he would get spasms, but I was

25 October 2013 7:28 am
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…are such tough little dogs that nothing will keep her down. Shooter was only on pain meds for about a week and a half and most of that was for phantom limb pain, but he seemed to get past that fairly quickly. We did have to do massage therapy for the change in muscle use as he would get spasms, but I was

…amputation because they removed part of his chest and pectoral muscles too. My vet didn't give Gabapentin initially, but when I saw his symptoms of phantom limb pain, I asked for it and they were happy to comply. 

I know it is hard to stay positive, I've been in your shoes. I won't say it will be a piece of

…back. 

He is about 20 lbs and was on a pretty hefty dosage of pain meds by the end of the first week. They started him out on a low dose but his phantom limb pain (I think - it was... he would yelp and stiffen up out of nowhere) was preventing any of us from getting rest so after lots of phone calls and a…

…. He was on the tramadol for 2 weeks before I tapered that down and stopped it altogether on week 4. He was on Gabapentin for 8 weeks to control the phantom limb pain. He also had Rimadyl for the first week along with an antibiotic. 

For the first few days after coming home I used an ice pack, that seemed to…

…know if these meds are available at regular pharmacies?  Can I ask for a prescription and then pick it up when and if I need it?  I worry about the phantom limb pain, as I don't think they will give me that med to bring home on Saturday.

 

Do you think Maggie will need pain meds for as long as Barret did

24 October 2013 7:39 am
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…back. 

He is about 20 lbs and was on a pretty hefty dosage of pain meds by the end of the first week. They started him out on a low dose but his phantom limb pain (I think - it was... he would yelp and stiffen up out of nowhere) was preventing any of us from getting rest so after lots of phone calls and a…

…. He was on the tramadol for 2 weeks before I tapered that down and stopped it altogether on week 4. He was on Gabapentin for 8 weeks to control the phantom limb pain. He also had Rimadyl for the first week along with an antibiotic. 

For the first few days after coming home I used an ice pack, that seemed to

…around. For that reason, we only had relatively low doses of tramadol and piroxicam post-op. 

Later on, we never ended up having any issues with phantom limb pain, and as we progressed, did acupuncture and laser therapy to deal with arthritis pain, so never had the occasion to try it then, either.

17 October 2013 6:46 am
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…are normal.  Nerves are dealing with their new normal.  Nerves are firing at random times, too.  A lot of those contractions could arguably be phantom limb pain.  For Jackson, they never bothered him.  His stump would twitch and bounce around, but he'd sleep through it.  No problem.  Problems happened

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30 September 2013 10:56 am
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…(and poor guy got WAY less drugs).

Re: Gabepentin...all of our vets agreed that it was a last resort sort of thing (b/c Sam had no phantom limb pain). And indeed, we never needed it.

27 September 2013 9:13 pm
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…and adjust. You have given Ranger a chance to beat cancer and have more time with you- don't lose sight of that.

I'm not sure if kitties get phantom limb pain, but it sort of sounds like maybe Ranger is experiencing that. Other members have had good luck with Gabapentin to settle down that nerve pain.

krun15
5 September 2013 10:06 pm
Topic: Please Help!
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…m late to the welcoming party! I have a younger amputee (4 years) and found my Barret bounced back pretty fast. Nighttime crying and some phantom limb pain was the worst part and lasted weeks, but it does get better. As far as traction
I have small antiskid rugs at the tops and bottoms of all my

5 September 2013 4:01 pm
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…also has/does experience heavy panting. Besides the pain meds, I think a lot was related to phantom limb pain. Now he is affected by the prednisone
he has to take every day.

12 August 2013 8:47 pm
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…loss of a leg.  My Franklin lost his front left leg.. and he walked, well hopped to the car a day later.. he never had infection, he never had phantom limb pain, he was the perfect patient.  He was a trooper.. and so dang cute it should have been against the law!!

Good luck with Toby.. the first week

30 July 2013 9:07 pm
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