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Hi All,

I'm fairly new to the site. In my first post my pup (115lb, 8yr old Boerboel) had just been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. A lot has happened in the past few weeks...I found a local animal hospital that tentatively accepted her for the Elias clinical trial and she had her amputation last week Wednesday. 

This post is specifically about her recovery. As others may have experienced it's been a roller coaster. But I'm now concerned about her, mobility. She did really well the first days after she was discharged and was doing her best to move about and adjust back to  her normal routine. Taking her outside to eliminate was tough as she got winded and would not move, but we worked through it. 

But in the past 48 hours things have seemed to take a turn. She now doesn't want to walk at all. She had pre-existing osteoarthritis and when observing her upon standing, her back legs seem unsteady. Last night she tried to move once and even cried. Since she doesn't want to get up, she doesn’t want to go outside to today. Yesterday she went outside for the first time at 7:45pm And that was only because I tricked her with a car ride.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I'm concerned that maybe her osteoarthritis has exacerbated. I pray her back legs dont totally go out on her. Since she may be moving forward on the Elias study, she cant take certain medications like Adequan. But I am just so worried.

If this sounds familiar to anyone, do you think her behavior is pain related? Is this common? Shes on 100 mg of Carprofen and 600 mg of Gabopentin 2x daily. I don't give her the sedative since it was only as needed and she sleeps a lot anyway. Would appreciate any suggestions or feedback. 


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Now she won’t eat. Seeking suggestions from the group...

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Hi Johnette. I see you posted the same post here in Treatment and Recovery. We will answer you there and close this topic.

I know this is a ruff time for you. Please know there is no need to create duplicate posts, since they create more work for you and are confusing. We can best help you when there is one topic with your Forum-specific questions. Thanks for understanding.

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