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Amputation after being hit by a car
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8 June 2016 - 2:14 pm
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I have this bizarre fear that the hair won't grow back and she'll look like that forever. Which is silly, as it's already growing back, but we humans only pretend to be logical.

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8 June 2016 - 3:51 pm
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Yep, too good to be true. I got home form work and she'd gotten the t-shirt off and her incision was red and irritated. Either licking or scratching at it. Shirt and ecollar both went back on her. Not sure why she's bothered by it 11 days post-op suddenly.

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8 June 2016 - 5:25 pm
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As the incision is healing it doestend ro get itchy. It's just like when humans get a scratch and it starts ro heal and dry up and maybe get a little scabby, it itches!

Her fur will grow backway-cool

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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9 June 2016 - 7:41 am
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The red has faded this morning, to a much more normal healing pink. Making sure there is no loose fabric seems to help keep the shirt on her. Sadie continues to be her happy snuggly self and just keeps being more and more her as she heals. She is now returning to her tendancy to smack me in the face with her remaining front leg.

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9 June 2016 - 9:18 am
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Love it when the sparkle comes back and the old routines start to emerge! Nothing better than a paw smack across the face to say "Mom, I'm baaack!"

Glad the red spot is starting to disappear. Sou ds like Sadie is havi g a good recovery. YAY! 🙂

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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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9 June 2016 - 2:42 pm
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Yipee! That's really great news! Go Sadie!

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10 June 2016 - 11:51 am
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Today is two weeks post-op. Due to a scheduling issue, she's not getting the staples out until Monday, but she's basically through the most intense part of her recovery. 

She fusses a little more when she goes potty, since her balance is a little less stable, but she can run fine and jumped up on me when I came home yesterday, so she's figured out that part. 

I have a recommendation for a rehab specialist. Same person recommended by multiple people, so that's a good sign. I'm curious about when people met with a rehab specialist? It's extra complicated with Sadie, because she is shy with new people. We'll see how she does at the vet Monday and work from there. Rehab may be a little overly stressful for her at this time. 

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11 June 2016 - 7:06 pm
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So today I got the last of the carpet runners put down and let her wander in and out of "her" room. The first thing she did was go stick her head through the "small pet" door in the gate on the basement stairs to fuss at the cat. Thankfully, she didn't get her head stuck. Did have one moment that had me doing panicked squawking when she took a corner to fast and fell, but she was fine. Looking forward to Monday (there's something you rarely say!) and no more staples.

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11 June 2016 - 11:02 pm
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HAPPY TWO WEEK AMPUVERSARY SADIE! 🙂

And YAAAAAAAAAY for sparkle coming baxk! I know seeing her wanting to fuss at the cat was uplifting! Maybe not so much for the cat though!

And yeah, a few face plants will happen, but she's still figuring her gait out. The slip ups will be less and less.

You're doing great Sadie!

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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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Okay, this is just really cool. When Sadie was hit, it was an hour (rush hour traffic) to the emergency vet who had an orthopedic surgeon on staff who could handle her injury. So we ended up going to the nearest vet to get her stable and confirm that there were no serious injuries beyond the leg. Yesterday I got a card from them, signed by the whole staff, noting that they were really sorry about what happened and how sweet Sadie was the whole time they were treating her, despite the awful injury. Going to have to call them tomorrow an let them know sh'es doing great. Makes me wish the clinic wasn't 45 minutes away from my house, because they were amazing. 

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12 June 2016 - 10:04 am
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That is pretty wonderful - so glad they were exceptional in the moment and even after.  That is special!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

Blog: Pofi, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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12 June 2016 - 2:42 pm
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Wow that IS cool! What a great clinic!

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12 June 2016 - 3:34 pm
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I know we have some people in the Twin Cities area, so let me note this was the East Side clinic in Apple Valley, if you're looking for a good vet in the south suburbs.

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13 June 2016 - 12:13 pm
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Staples are out! WooHoo! The low end of the incision is still not 100% healed and has some flabby skin that will hopefully tighten up over time. the vet did recommend wearing the shirt for another week to give it time to heal up completely. He said her weight was perfect and that she looks to be moving really well and she can begin low level activity.

The bad news was she was very stressed by strange people and balked at going into the clinic. A vet tech had to come out and carry her inside. And the poor thing peed she was so nervous about a stranger picking her up. Then, when the vet came in, she hid behind the tech (they removed the staples in the back, not with me there, or she would have hid behind me). When it was time to leave, the vet had to leave the room and move out of sight before she would get up to leave.

Looks like the future involves routine trips to go sit in the parking lot of Petco and the vet's office and feed her lots of treats to build up her comfort levels.

Virginia




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13 June 2016 - 9:17 pm
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WOOF!!! WOOF!! YAAAAAAAAAY FOR STITCHES OUT!! 🙂

Sprry she had such a traumatic day, poor thing. Sometimes I think when they go in for stitch removal, they think the vet might take another leg by mistake! I love that she wasn't budging until the vet got out of her sight! She sounds like such a character with a lot of spunk!

Yes indeedy, lots and lots of extra treats!

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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