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Amputation after being hit by a car
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Livermore, CA




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29 May 2016 - 12:01 pm
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Can you fence off a part of the yard with a x-pen or something like that so she can be off leash but contained? 

The leash sensation is a weird thing, my little puggle Elly really doesn't like the feeling of her leash dragging.  While we were working on potty training and I hooked the leash to her collar (we use a harness for walking) you would have thought I hooked her to a boat anchor!

And did you know that we celebrate a special holiday called Couch Day around here?  Usually it is when a Tripawd is first allowed back up on the couch, but in your case we can celebrate liberating the stairs from the couch big-grin

Here is the History of Couch Day.

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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30 May 2016 - 12:17 pm
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Recovery continues for the both of us. I have some health issues that cause problems with stress and you all no doubt know, this is really stressful! But, we're both doing better. In fact, she may recover faster than I will!

She's eating and drinking, but hasn't pooed yet. The vet said to try some pumpkin in her food, so I'm off to pick some up. I took her outside earlier because it seemed like she needed to go, but she just rolled in the grass and freaked me out about getting dirt in her incision. Still, watching her flop down and get back up made me feel pretty good about how she's moving.

As I mentioned earlier, I have a short (~18 inches tall) futon in the recovery room and she has decided the money I spent on her orthopedic bed (which she got pee on so no returns) was money wasted, because she WILL sleep on the futon with me. whatever She gets up and down perfectly. Since she's a front amuputee, I was worried about her getting down more than up, but she puts her front leg down, makes sure she's steady and the brings her back legs down. 

A few times she's suddenly yelped despite nothing touching the surgery site, so there might be some phantom limb pain, but nothing major. One yelp and she's fine.

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30 May 2016 - 1:19 pm
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Sounds like you are both doing great!  It is stressful, but once the staples are removed, you will be amazed at how well she does!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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30 May 2016 - 1:41 pm
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You are both doing great, keep it up!

Just use care with her getting off the bed, she may become too confident before you realize it. Tripawds are so bold sometimes!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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30 May 2016 - 2:13 pm
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That's actually how she used to get off the tall bed. Front feet, then back feet. But bold is right! i went to get her pumpkin, left her gated in the room and came back to her waiting at the back door. Stinker knocked down the gate and was quite proud of herself. Since I had to take the door out to get the gate in, may need to switch back of she manages it again. Tightened the fit for now.

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30 May 2016 - 2:57 pm
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Sounds really good so far...keep up the good work- both of you!

My pug Maggie didn't poop until day 5 or 6 post amputation.  I tried pumpkin with her at another time and she wouldn't have anything to do with it, I hope it works for you guys.

You might try a tee shirt on her to keep the incision clean- just a thought.  It would give you at least one less thing to worry about!

Karen

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

Virginia




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30 May 2016 - 5:51 pm
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Oh Sadie! You make me laugh!! I know your little antics probably scare your Mom, but the rest of us are chucking at your determination and intellect! When there's the will...Sadie will find a way!!

And your Mom has stress related health issues...And you picked her as your human in this life...and on this crazy tripawd life? Oh my goodness!! I do be@ieve, in your kwn crazy doggy enlightened way, while your Mom helps you "recover", you will definitely help her "recover" too! Way to go Sadie!!

Okay, we'll be waiting to celebrate the Hoppy Poop Dance with you soon! My Happy Hannah would have nothing to do with a sling either. Take Sadie out, try to step away and act ttotally disinterested. Give her her privacy and I bet she'll poop soon!

You both are doing great!! 🙂

Lots of hugs!

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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31 May 2016 - 4:55 am
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Poop has been achieved! With much fussing about how to squat, she made use of the wee pads the morning. Yay!

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31 May 2016 - 8:16 am
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Yaaay! Time for the poopy dance! (We need an emoticon for that don't we?!)

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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31 May 2016 - 2:10 pm
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I don't think I want to see that emoticon.   Maybe a pumpkin?

Hooray for Sadie and hooray for poop!  And hooray for pee pads and towels!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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31 May 2016 - 3:42 pm
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jerry said
Yaaay...We need an emoticon for that don't we?! 

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otisandtess said
I don't think I want to see that emoticon... 

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31 May 2016 - 5:09 pm
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Due to licking a scrape on her leg, she is currently forced to ear the cone of shame . I didn't think much of it, since it wasn't her incision, but today realized the spot is getting red and irritated. Poor thing. Hard for her to get comfortable with that thing on.

Virginia




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31 May 2016 - 5:47 pm
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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR POOP!poopicon_pngpoopicon_pngpoopicon_pngpoopicon_png

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THE POOPICON!!!!!!!! This one should win an award at the Emoticon Emmys! Good job!

A d congratulations Sadie! 'You have the diSTINKtion of being the first recipientpoopicon_png

Hugs!

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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31 May 2016 - 8:07 pm
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Yeah the cone of shame is not fun, but it's the best way to heal. We'll keep our paws crossed it happens quickly!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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2 June 2016 - 12:16 pm
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Cone makes her a bit depressed, but every time I take it off, she starts licking her leg. So, she's just going to have to live with it. In one week, we'll go in to have the incision checked and her staples potentially removed. *fingers crossed*

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