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…her back at the vet did they check her out and give you an all clear? Where any xrays taken clear? The only thing that comes to mind is possibly phantom limb pain, but that is not usually constant- it causes sudden yelps and sometimes some spasms. Read HERE to see if that sounds like what Schimika is…

…experiencing- scroll down a ways to the Phantom Limb Pain info.  Lots of people have had good luck with gabapentin for phantom pain

Is it possible she overdid activity or fell down awkwardly? How big

15 July 2013 9:15 am
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…have research that shows how humans get relief from plp (phantom limb pain) without drugs.   Tripawds featured this at their link http://gear.tri...../#comments.    It is very easy to observe the effect as your dog

Dr. Don
29 June 2013 8:20 pm
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…are out, everything is healing nicely. I have to say that he is doing really really well!

The only problem we've been having is soreness and phantom limb pain. He continues to wake me up through the night with yelps and quivering. I'm hopeful that will decrease soon, since we're supposed to start weaning

26 June 2013 6:13 am
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24 June 2013 6:02 pm
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…t miss the tips for managing phantom limb pain in dogs in the Tripawds Downloads blog

Nekodog also wrote about phantom leg activity things that shouldnt work but do.

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14 June 2013 12:30 pm
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14 June 2013 11:46 am
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I am still curious if anyone has noticed episodes of phantom limb pain come in clusters. And if anyone has noticed an increase of phantom limb pain after activity.


Last night I gave Cora her first dose of gabapentin. I can give her 2 pills, but since this is her first  time on the

14 June 2013 10:08 am
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13 June 2013 7:12 pm
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…think Cora has phantom limb pain. I know she did after her first amputation. Then things were so chaotic it was hard to know what was going on and then she had her second amp.

…when she is sleeping. Having lived with a very severely epileptic dog, I was actually scared she was having seizures for a while. Now I think it's phantom limb pain. What is strange is that she starts biting her back leg, that's on her amp side. But then, Cora's brain isn't wired right and there's nothing there…

…) from her 2nd surgery now. And when she  has these issues, it seems to come in multiple episodes. Has anyone experienced that? Has anyone noticed phantom limb pain being worse after a lot of activity?


Any other advice or  thoughts.?

13 June 2013 1:38 pm
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Post-amputation seromas are perfectly normal. See that link for an explanation, and watch our video interview with Dr. Pam discussing seromas, phantom limb pain and other common complications for more information.

6 June 2013 7:04 pm
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The Electromagnetic Field and Phantom Limb Pain Connection in Animals, People
May 23rd, 2013 by jerry in Dog Health

…in Australia (I'm in Perth) and it was the drug we have used very successfully for neuropathic pain. Peda had quite a bit of (what we think was) phantom limb pain and we got on to it fairly quickly after surgery. It has fairly minimal side effects although can make them a little drowsy until they get used to

…Noni, thanks for joining us. I put your post here in Treatment and Recovery because your pup's issue sounds a lot like Phantom limb pain, which we have lots of information about. Phantom pain is the nervous system's reaction to the sudden loss of a body part. It's very common in dogs…

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…will help. Search the forums and the blogs for more feedback from others and don't miss these other tips and solutions...

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11 May 2013 12:55 pm
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…it so don't want to rip anything, have the wound ooze on anything, etc.  So, use your best judgement!  Oh, and J didn't have any phantom limb pains, but they are very real and some pups really have quite a time with it.  Gabapentin (sp?) seems to be the drug of choice there.

You are about

8 May 2013 8:19 pm
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…the risk of stitches breaking loose or a seroma
(fluid buildup). You really want to keep her calm and indoors to help speed up recovery.

Phantom limb pain exists in dogs but not every dog goes through it. I would ask your vet what the pre-surgery medications will be. Many times when dogs are given

1 May 2013 9:05 am
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…with a cone, but is that needed if she has some type of t-shirt or fabric to cover it?


Lastly, when my mom asked the veterinarian about phantom limb pain in dogs he said that it isn't anywhere as big of a problem in dogs at it is in humans.  He basically said that there really wasn't anything to worry…

…reading through everything on this website it seems like it really is a common problem.  If it were you, would you ask him for medication to treat phantom limb pain ahead of time so that it doesn't happen?


THANK YOU.  Sorry for all of the questions!  I really do appreciate the responses!  

30 April 2013 11:21 pm
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…  After the surgery, she went down on the pain meds.  She cut down to 100mg of Tramadol 3 times a day, and Gabapentin was added in to help deal with phantom limb pain.  We weaned off of the Gabapentin first, then cut the Tramadol a week and a half ago.  She is 4 weeks post-amp today and not in pain at all as far

29 April 2013 1:44 pm
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27 March 2013 2:21 pm
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…I was going in for surgery.  Now, 4 months later, I am doing great!  No nagging pain, although I think I might be experiencing what the humans call phantom limb pain - But we are working on that. My mom was her saddest when I was first diagnosed, I have never seen her so sad.  But she is doing better now that I

23 March 2013 9:56 pm
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…forward to her big day on Sat when she's allowed to master the staircase.  Go Beamer, go!

I think most folks here will absolutely attest that phantom limb pain is real and real for dogs.  Luckily, Jackson never expressed such symptoms.  However, he'd bump his stump and that'd clearly hurt (duh!).  He's

21 March 2013 10:55 am
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…that this was a very frustrating symptom to hear about (I got the feeling that this was not something she'd ever heard of before).  I mentioned phantom limb pain, but she basically shrugged that off as an undiagnosable, and possibly non-existent condition.  She suggested a warm compress before bed (which I…

…the whining, this time at four different occasions over the night.  My wife had read that sometimes stimulating the remaining "stump" can help with phantom limb pain as the brain tries to remap the nerves that used to exist in the missing limb, so when she started whining, I jumped out of bed and gently but firmly

21 March 2013 10:42 am
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… and thanks for joining. Sudden outbursts are indeed a symptom of phantom limb pain. What pain medication is Hobo currently taking?

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8 March 2013 9:47 am
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…more info about phantom pain
check out Dr. Pam's video discussing common post amputation complications and this document with tips for relieving phantom limb pain in dogs.

6 March 2013 12:47 pm
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…m convinced that tripods do experience phantom limb pain, but Sid is over five years post amp (like Willowsmom we adopted him as a tripod so have no knowledge of the early days) and he does this, too. 

…overall! Give Cassie a hug from all of us.

This definitely sounds like phantom pain
in my non-medical opinion. Have you seen our posts about phantom limb pain?





You'll find

…creatures and she will surely get the hang of life on three legs soon. See our video interview with doctor Dr. Pam for more information about phantom limb pain and other common complications

26 January 2013 11:57 am
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…adoption details in the Tripawd Rescue forum. Does she have a name? And do you know why she had an amputation? Crying out may also be a symptom of phantom limb pain.

24 January 2013 11:29 am
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