Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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My Italian Greyhound, Artemis (5 yrs, female spayed), just had an emergency amputation on Monday, February 5th. Her incision was healing well and then on the evening of February 10th, I noticed some discoloration around 3 of the sutures. She had a checkup the next day and the vet couldn’t tell if it was severe bruising or necrotizing tissue, and informed me to keep an eye on it for the time being. The sutures and surrounding tissue is holding, but there’s a lot of tension because she has very thin and little skin there. I’ve sent the vet additional photos from tonight, but in the last day, the discoloration (not having spread) has begun to harden and crust over. I was hoping to get a second opinion or any thoughts about what to expect or look out for moving forward, especially considering that image searches have been censored as of late, and I cannot find any similar case. She recently has become picky about her food, but I’ve been managing to get her to eat small meals here and there but nothing quite like her normal appetite which could be due to the trazadone or gabapentin. She doesn’t feel feverish and the surrounding area does not feel warm.
Saturday 2/10 Afternoon:https://ibb.co/cwb4h8p
Monday 2/12 Evening:https://ibb.co/B2nStVM
22 February 2013
Welcome Arin and Greyt Artemis. Your post has been approved and our " Volunteer" Vet will see this and respond shortly.
In the meantime, what was the reason for the emergency amputation?
Yes, the Trazedone is a sedative/anti anxiety (does nothing for pain) and the Gabapentin is for pain. She just had MAJOR surgery and may not have the best appetite at first. Keep up the small mea and feed her anyth yummy eight now she'll eat. Is she peeing and drinking okay? May take a few days for poop.
Stand by, our Vet will give her feedback. Thanks for the pictures. I think they will be helpful.
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25 April 2007
Hi Arin, welcome.
We have some photos of incisions in our Tripawds Gallery. Also see:
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She had a severe break that would have required several rounds of anesthesia and and surgeries, and with the length of recovery quoted (4-6 months), I could not see orthopedic surgery being feasible considering she was jumping and running around the day of her spay surgery.
She has always been difficult with drinking water and would only ever chug it in the night once I came home from work. Now, the only water she will drink is from her food. Otherwise, she has been peeing and pooping normally. She passed her first stool, normal size and shape, on the third night after surgery.
22 August 2008