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New amputation for 9 month old goldendoodle - human struggling more than Sadie
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13 May 2019 - 7:30 am
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Hi I am Karrie and and I Sadie’s human  –  Sadie’s left front leg was amputated last Thursday so I am extremely new to this.  She was in our backyard one minute and hit by car in front of our house the next.  She is recovering very well, her human is struggling though.  I am grateful to find this website and support group.

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13 May 2019 - 8:16 am
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Welcome to the club nobody ever wants to join, and best wishes for Sadie’s speedy recovery. Your future forum posts will not require approval.

Most dogs manage better than their people. This is why the best advice is to Be More Dog , and that’s not just some silly saying. While you wait for more feedback from others, listen the Be More Dog podcast for details, and tips for coping with recovery and care.

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Sorry you and your sweet Sadie find yourselves  here.  It IS the best place for support, information and understanding!  This  is traumatic…..far moreso for you than your sweet Sadie.  Not saying recovery  is easy for a couple of weeks.  She’s  just been through major surgery and I’m  sure lots of muscle strain and tightness all over her cute GoldenDoodle self!

She will most likely come home witn Tramadol,  Gabapentin,  and antibiotic  and Rimadyl.  You can work closely woth uour Bet on pain management should they need tweaking.

Sadie does have youth on her side as far as recovery goes and has far as getting mobile “fairly quickly”.   She will need rest, rest, rest, and short potty breaks and then more resr fot rhe first two weeks.  I have a feeling  that mah ve jard ro hild rhis firl back as she starts feeling  better and better!  If you have hardwood  floors, you’ll  want nonslip  scatter rubs for traction .No jumping or stair climbing for awhile.

When is Sadie coming  home?  We want to celebrate  that event with you and continue to support  you as Sadie gets all her sparkle back!!  

STAY CONNECTED and let us know as any questions  pop up, okay?


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

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I am sorry to hear about Sadie’s accident.  Sally is right.  The younger they are the faster it seems like they rebound.  Rest is very important during recovery.  Try not to let her over do it as that will set her back.  The first few weeks seem the roughest.  Usually about the time they get the sutures out is the time you start to see the sparkle return to their eyes.   Just remember though there are still internal sutures healing as well.  Try to keep her as quiet as you can for a little bit. 

Make sure to post any questions that you may have.


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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

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Thank you so much. I truly appreciate this support system. 

-Karrie (sadie’s human)

Livermore, CA

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Hi and welcome.

I’m sorry to hear about Sadie’s accident.  My current Tripawd Elly is a little Pug mix who was hit by a car when she was 7 months old and lost a rear leg.  I got her when she was 10 months old.  She was afraid of cars when I got her but with some work she got over that.  She is now getting close to 4.5 years old.

You got some great advice above, do you have any specific questions?

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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