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2 June 2016 - 12:55 pm
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If you haven't already tried it, how 'bout th softer donut cone. Looks like a small inner tube. Many dogs adjust to that easier than the cone the vets give. I'll try and find a link for it.

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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2 June 2016 - 12:58 pm
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Okay...here's the link...hopefully! http://gear.tri.....-e-collar/

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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2 June 2016 - 1:18 pm
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Have you tried the T-Shirt option?   Since she is obviously interested in the site, I would not leave her in the T-Shirt if you are not around, but it might be a nice way to get her out of the cone at times when you can watch her.

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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2 June 2016 - 2:05 pm
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Don't miss these various recommendations in the Tripawds Gear blog :

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2 June 2016 - 6:20 pm
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Actually, she hasn't touched the incision at all. However, she has some scraps on her legs from the accident that she has licked the scabs off of if I leave the cone off. 🙁 She is wearing a shirt to protect the incision against general dirt, etc, and it does protect the one site she immediately starts licking when I take the cone off so she can eat. Between the shirt and the cone, the scraps should finally heal up along with her incision.

I should add that when I try to put the cone back on her after eating, I can see she's getting used to moving around on three legs. She is VERY quick to try to dodge the dreaded cone. 🙂 

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2 June 2016 - 6:23 pm
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Oh, and I had to take the gate down on the recovery room and put the door back. I figured out how she was knocking it down. She'd get up on her back legs, hook her front log over the gate, and let her weight do the rest. The stinker.whatever

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A stinker, but a very very smart stinker!  When my Tess went through cruciate repair, I borrowed a kennel - metal, professional quality.  The first day I went to work I came home to find the kennel door open and Tess laying on my mattress.  It happened again the second day and I realized she was just unlocking it to let herself out.  Bought a second lock to better secure it and came home to find Tess on the mattress and the kennel ripped to shreds.  I suspect Otis helped with that.  As much as we want to protect them, sometimes they just know what they want!

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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She seems much more comfortable in the closed room than she was with the gate. Less whining when i leave her there alone. Which is good, because I go back to work on Monday. 

In other news, we are now one week post amp, and making steady progress in healing. She's been off her fentanyl patch for a couple days, with only tramadol, but no signs of additional pain. Incision shows only minimal, healing-type puffiness. She's moving well and been pretty steady for the most part. 

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3 June 2016 - 7:33 am
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That's great you found out where she's happiest. All dogs are different, some need to "den" more tahn others.

Hoppy ampuversary! She's really making great pawgress!

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3 June 2016 - 8:05 am
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Glad to hear she's doing so well. And itsw still very early in recovery! It appears the pain is being managed too. All good!

She's one smart and determined pul! 'Great personality...very determined to get on with living life to the fullest!

Great job!

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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At the moment, living life to the fullest consists mainly of sleeping on my futon and occasionally on me. I've been practicing leaving her on her own as I have to go back to work Monday. This week I was supposed to be on a family vacation -- she got hit when she spooked going to the boarding kennel. A bummer I missed out on seeing my niece and nephew, but apparently, they had a couple meltdowns from the change in schedule and my niece managed to get sick and puke a disturbingly large amount for such a small child. Ew. Don't regret missing that.

My folks will be back this weekend and help me get a few more things set up for Sadie, such as figuring out the best way to gate the stairs, so she can have some space to roam. She may like snoozing on the bed, but long term, won't do much for her recovery or her mobility.

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4 June 2016 - 6:25 am
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Oh my gosh that's what caused the accident? Wow, I'm so sorry!

Glad you'll have some help there. Are your stairs too wide for baby gates?

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4 June 2016 - 8:49 am
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My stairs may actually be too narrow for many baby gates. The main thing will be getting it secured so she can't pull it down. 

After she had a restless night (her Tramadol has been reduced from two pills to one and half), debating if I'm ready to sleep in my actual bedroom, not in Sadie's room downstairs. You worry about something happening, you know? 

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4 June 2016 - 7:59 pm
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Of course you worry! I remember it well.

We use one of those basic, $20 baby gates, the one with a wood frame and the white grating, in our fifth wheel. The stairs going up to the bedroom are very narrow and it works well. You might want to try that.

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Well, I slept upstairs and Sadie slept downstairs and we both survived the night. She barked for about 10 seconds in the middle of the night, but that was it. I made sure to come downstairs first thing to rescue her from loneliness. 

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