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10 September 2018 - 12:05 pm
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Thank you for allowing me to join.  I’ve tried to do some searching for my questions, but I thought I should introduce my self and tell our Jager’s story.

He is a 9 1/2 years old Rottweiler.  Our story is a little different.  He doesn’t have bone cancer.  Two weeks ago, tomorrow, he attacked our Bull Terrier in a pretty horrible fight.  Jager is a rescue and has always been a dog we had to manage, especially with other dogs.  The two dogs have had some small tussles in the past, but this one was bad.  I got them separated and both off to the vet.  Jager had to have his dew claw bone amputated as it was broken.  Our bull terrier was mostly fine, lots of puncture wounds, but healing very well.  

So, we got Jager home and recovery was going well.  Day three, we finally decide to go out and get a quick bite.  He was left with his cone on.  Also, both boys were separated and will be for the rest of their lives.  I never ever want to experience something like that fight again!  Anyway, we got home and Jager had managed to get the cone off and pretty much destroyed his leg, down to the bone.  The wound before had been maybe 1/2 inch and was now 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.  It was just awful.  We rushed him to the ER.  They referred us to an orthopedic surgeon who, in my opinion, tried too long (3 days, with Jager in the clinic) to save his leg.  He was incredibly stressed there.  We had been consulting with our reg vet the whole time.  On the third day, the surgeon finally suggested he may need the leg amputated.  Our reg vet agreed.  We actually checked him out of the clinic and got him to our reg vet, who when she saw his leg, could not believe that the surgeon hadn’t suggested amputation the first day.  

So, his front right leg was amputated.  We are on Day 3 post op.  He is struggling to figure out how to pee without lifting his back leg and has not pooped, but from what I’ve read here, pretty normal.  We are hoping with time, he gets used to his new normal.  He is eating chicken and rice, with some regular dog food mixed in.  

Recovery for him and us will be a bit more difficult, with having to keep the two dogs separated, but we are just hoping we can get through this.

Thanks for listening 🙂  Cindy

Livermore, CA

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10 September 2018 - 1:05 pm
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

Since you are not dealing with cancer I moved your post here, I hope you don’t mind.

I’m sorry you had to find us, what a scary situation!

We do have lots of dogs here who are not dealing with cancer so you are not alone, in fact my current Tripawd lost a leg to a car accident.

You said at the begining of your post that you had some questions?  Overall it sounds like his recovery is pretty normal.

The Required Reading list may have some answers for you, otherwise ask away!

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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18 September 2018 - 10:31 am
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Thank you so much, I wasn’t sure where to put my post.  

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How is a Jager doing? 

And you ???

We are here, so don’t hesitate to come back to us with any questions.

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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