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…) for one week after surgery. She saw the vet again one week after and he didn’t think additional pain meds were needed. So far, I haven’t noticed phantom limb pain in her.

It was devastating learning that she had to get amputated. However, there were days I hoped we could get the amputation done sooner

2 January 2021 11:27 am
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….  She seems to be recovering well but every once in a while (not every day) she will yelp and then run across room and hide.  I’m thinking it’s phantom limb pain but does it happen weeks after surgery?  Any experience/recommendations you can share would be appreciated.

…runs away. Like out of the room across the house. It is the most horrific scream.  Nothing is touching him or his sutures. Does this sound like phantom limb pain? He is on gabapentin, carprofin and the vet added amantadine about 4 days ago.  Does this typically go away after awhile? Any ideas?

Two things

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7 December 2020 9:30 am
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6 December 2020 10:08 am
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…is very late to have phantom limb pain but it does not mean she has not tweaked a nerve or muscle. Tripawds have to get used to using their body differently so sometimes they overdo

6 December 2020 9:38 am
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…day there and only came down to get her dinner. She’s giving me kisses again, but she’s not her happy, tail wagging self. I have no idea if this is phantom limb pain or not, but I’m starting to think it could be. 

The vet who did the amputation and runs the animal hospital on this small island seems to shrug…

…what can be had here on this tiny island, but anything beyond basic veterinary care is probably not going to be possible.  I'm not sure how to help phantom limb pain or if it even IS phantom limb pain.  It's hard to get a video because it's completely and totally unpredictable, with the yelping only lasting a few

5 December 2020 4:22 pm
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…want to let your vet get a urine sample to make sure she doesn't have an infection. 

Huckleberry did not walk backwards,  but he did experience phantom limb pain for  a short period after his surgery. 

She is still very early in recovery,  and although gabapentin is fantastic for phantom limb and nerve pain

29 November 2020 5:42 pm
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…said

My cat had similar sorts of phantom limb pains after his amputation 4 months ago. My Dash kitty would flip himself over and over trying to lift his stump up. I'd say his episodes peaked about 2…

…now at 4 months I notice him suddenly flip over about 2x a week. We didn't end up changing his meds or anything because everything I could find on phantom limb pain in cats showed very limited success and that for the vast majority of cases the episodes went away on their own within a couple of months anyways.

28 November 2020 5:47 am
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…cat had similar sorts of phantom limb pains after his amputation 4 months ago. My Dash kitty would flip himself over and over trying to lift his stump up. I'd say his episodes peaked about 2…

…now at 4 months I notice him suddenly flip over about 2x a week. We didn't end up changing his meds or anything because everything I could find on phantom limb pain in cats showed very limited success and that for the vast majority of cases the episodes went away on their own within a couple of months anyways.

28 November 2020 2:26 am
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…the video, but did the amputation  leave a "stump"  or part of the leg, or is  the amputation the full leg?

There is something  we see here called phantom limb pain, or phantom  pain.  Basicaal, It's sort of when the brain is still firing  off signals to the nerves in a leg that is no longer there.  The pain

27 November 2020 9:21 am
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…. We got another prescription for gabapentin, and gave it to him regularly for a few weeks. After that we dropped the dose a bit at a time, and the phantom limb pain went away.

The best way to describe it, is that he would be in the middle of doing something, say playing with one of his new brothers or walking

15 November 2020 8:03 am
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…Alissa, Good luck to Amber.  My cat Gizmo is also recovering from surgery Day 9 post op.  Thanks for the questions I was also just wondering about phantom limb pain. I was just watching him I think try and scratch his ear with the leg thats missing.  His side was going and the he kept tilting his head. I…

…scratched it for him but was also wondering about phantom limb pain or was he just forgetting its gone.  Hope Amber feels better soon.

Best

Cassie

14 November 2020 9:40 am
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…you Jerry for this response! It is super helpful! It appears she has not experienced any phantom limb pain yet!

13 November 2020 8:57 pm
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…? That would be such a huge help to control her pain levels.

3. Having an amputee pet is completely new for me. Where can I find more info on phantom limb pain? How do I know if she is experiencing phantom limb pain?

Fear not, most of us were in the same boat. If you click on phantom leg pain
you'll

13 November 2020 5:15 pm
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…I be looking for in terms of signs of pain or discomfort?

3. Having an amputee pet is completely new for me. Where can I find more info on phantom limb pain? How do I know if she is experiencing phantom limb pain?

4. Amber is a little overweight. She is currently about 12 pounds and should ideally

13 November 2020 1:38 pm
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…one thing I worry about though is Phantom pain.  My Mom's dad was an amputee and she has told me stories my entire life about how he suffered from phantom limb pain.  How common is it with the Tripawds?  Is it manageable?

Cassie

…up like she got a shock, sometimes she turns and looks at the area like something is stabbing her.  When it would first happen I thought it might be phantom limb pain, but I don't think so now.  It's hard to find the right balance of enough exercise without overdoing.  This is why we spend a lot of time on food

…did not bother me because as a new amputee they need lots of sleep and rest. After several doses he was much less groggy and it did help him with phantom limb pain. I was able to wean him off after about 3 weeks. 

If Leyla's remaining front paw has edema (swelling), you should contact her doctor. We have

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