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12 December 2018 - 8:26 am
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Hi All:

First, let me express how grateful I am for this community. My wife and I are confused and concerned all the time and what we have found here has repeatedly help settle us.

Our 10 year old Australian Shepherd is one week out of her front left leg amputation. The gabapentin is keeping her fairly knocked-out. And she doesn’t want to move much. The big activity seems to be choosing a new place to lay down. I feel we let her overdo it (she spends a good part of her time licking her front right leg). So her staying settled is helpful. Still, she gets alert and shows excitement when someone she has missed walks into the room. So, I know there’s some energy in there.

Can anyone suggest engaging games that don’t require movement? I know I shouldn’t project depression on her. But, I often feel like she wants to be doing something and can’t.

Thanks!

Gary

Samba: 10 year old female Australian Shepherd. Smart, loving, loyal, bossy.
Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
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12 December 2018 - 10:43 am
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Hi Gary,

We are so glad you found us! And Samba is a beauty! What was the reason for her amputation?

You are asking all the right questions and we have answers 🙂

Here are some ideas to help keep her mind engaged without adding a lot of impact to her body:

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Hope this helps! Please keep us posted on how she’s doing OK?

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12 December 2018 - 7:01 pm
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Omd what a beauty!! Please trust me when i tell you now… You WANT boredom right now, lol. 

Keep that beautiful baby medicated and calm.

After sutures/staples are out you can start with activity. If you try before then you might end up with more than you wished for, lol.

The links Jerry gave will be so helpful but baby steps, please. Right now you are doing exactly what needs to be done 💖

Please tell us more about your furbaby and if you can add pictures, she’s a beauty. I am a new mama to an 8 month old blue heeler 😁

With a bit more time and healing you will see your furbaby come to life and show herself, i know you’re anxious but please don’t rush it. It will happen on it’s own. 

Look forward to reading more about your story.

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13 December 2018 - 11:27 am
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Thanks much for the tips, both in what to do and how conservative to be. As we reduce her meds, she seems more alert and happy, but in no rush to be active. Like I said, I’m looking for static games. She eats lying down, even when she had four legs. So, I wonder if that food bowl would be a fun thing to start with (it probably wouldn’t arrive until after her staples come out next week, anyway).

One of our local pet PTs has her coming in for a visit on 12/27. They want to give her extra healing time before seeing her. At some point, I might take her to a pet PT pool nearby. How well do front leg amputees do with swimming?

She lost her leg to osteosarcoma. The doctors (who get great reviews and seem to be living up their reputation) say it’s a pretty aggressive cancer. Luckily, X-rays showed no sign of it in the lungs. I think the biopsy showed nothing in her lymph nodes, but I’m double checking that. We’re planning on giving chemo a try and see how she takes to it.

There is even an NIH-sponsored test that she can participate in following the chemo. She would get injected with a weakened version of a nasty bacteria. The proteins in it are similar to those in osteosarcoma. So, her body builds antibodies that attack both and hopefully buy her more time. The problem is that even with reduced strength, it makes the dogs feel pretty miserable for a while. So, we’ll see about that. I suspect it will depend on how everything leading up to that appears to be going. If anyone wants info on the test, I’m happy to share.

I didn’t want a pet. When my wife announced she was bringing home an Aussie pup, all of our friends and I announced how crazy she was to do so. We live in a city, albeit a dog-friendly one, and are busy much of the time with our very small business. Nevertheless, Samba has turned out to be a great family pet and a wonderful friend with a joyously rich personality. And, for an Aussie, she is calm. Her big pleasure is being with us. After that everything is gravy and she makes it fun.

We are doing all we know to do to enrich her life. And I hope to learn more from you guys.

Thanks again for all that help!

Gary

Samba: 10 year old female Australian Shepherd. Smart, loving, loyal, bossy.
Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
Gary, Laurie, Xander, and Julius: owners
San Francisco, CA

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Just catching up on your beautiful  Samba…..and she is so beautiful!!  I thoroughly  enjoyed reading about her and the bond she shares with you and your wife.❤

Good news about clear xrays!!  YAY!!  The injection  sounds interesting.   Sounds like you can address that later should you decide  to participate. 

Others will chime in a out their experiences  with swimming.  I know it’s  a good exercise because there is no pressure  in the joints. 

My Happy Hann had four rounds of carboplatin and had no issues.  Some dogs have a bit of nausea, but they can take Cerenia  for that.  Some are a bit lethargic for a day or so.  And some, like mu Hapoy Hannah sailed through with no side effects.  Hope rhe sane for uour Samba!

You are wonderful hoomans for your Samba!!  Clearly she is very well .over and very well cared for………and she knows it!!   

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14 December 2018 - 4:10 am
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Thank you for sharing that story, gave me a great big smile! It is amazing how some things are just meant to be, even when you don’t see it coming, lol. 

My story with Huck is a little different in the sense that he was a feral cat that decided to share our yard with us, lol. He is now a healthy happy indoor only “semi-domestic” furball that had to have his amputation due to an unknown traumatic injury. We were in the process of trying to figure out how to trap, neuter, release him when he disappeared for a month and a half. I had pretty much given up hope of ever seeing him again and then one day he dragged himself back into our yard. The rest is history, lol.

So Sally and the others can guide you much better through the chemo and games to stimulate the brain instead of the body. I do have a “treat game” that keeps the kitties interested enough, maybe the food game that you are referring to is similar? Even with four, I have to keep Bo busy and stimulated. I have always taken adult rescues, so he is my first puppy and we have run the gambit with toys and treats to keep him busy, lol. It does work though, unlike the adults I have had any time I pull out a new toy it is like Christmas here, lol. And he herds his armful of toys to wherever my husband and I are, lol.

Looking forward to keeping up with your progress!

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Today is two weeks post surgery and I cannot believe the difference. My dog is back. Spunky, bossy, loving, energetic. It’s amazing.

Her front right leg is getting stronger. When hopping one house over (we’re in a city with houses right up against each other) was effort, today she popped up a hill, jumped up into the car (with guiding support), yelled gleefully at the mailman and then bounced over to him to demand affection.

She has a long way to go, I know. At this point, I think she could, at most, physically handle a one block round trip of continuous walking. But, I’m so happy to see her get around happily and almost effortlessly for short sprints.

Today was so lovely that way. I look forward to starting PT to give her some work to do.

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Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
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That is just the BEST news!!! I am so happy for you. This is where we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Samba you GO girlie! And Gary, you are doing a great job taking care of her.

Way to go!!!

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YAAAAAAAAAAY FOR SAMBA!!!😁😁😁   Seeing the sparkle come back makes it all  worthwhile!!   You painted a great visual and I thoroughly  enjoyed ‘watching” her being so joyous and  gleeful😎

Keep tjese great updates coming!  We love celebrating SAMBA being SAMBA again!

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Hello, 

Thanks for sharing your story. We are day two post-surgery. We were also extremely lucky to get a place in the listeria trial here in Jacksonville, FL. We are incredibly excited to know there is promise in the immunology treatment in conjunction with chemo and amputation. Our girl is definitely giving the vet a run for their money at the hospital. She just decided she would start using the bathroom outside, but still has not attempted to do more than stand in one place. They are working with her to get her to take some steps on her own, but we think she is scared, as she has had osteomyelitis that caused temporary paralysis a few years ago. After learning to walk again and many tumbles, she gets a little nervous when she can’t predict the situation. So it’s good to see that your Samba took a little longer to get on her feet after surgery. Good luck to her, and thanks for sharing your story. Very encouraging! 

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Scott and Jena said

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It’s now nine weeks post surgery. She’s coming back fabulously. She insists on playing. She does a great job at PT and loves doing her exercises at home (well, a bazillion treats going with it might explain some of that). Today, she insisted on going what was our standard long walk around our neighborhood. I cut it very short. There’s no way she would have made it. But, it’s a joy seeing that spunk.

Here’s a video of her playing. At this point we had been at it a while. I love how she was still a working dog. But, expressed her limit.

Gary

Samba: 10 year old female Australian Shepherd. Smart, loving, loyal, bossy.
Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
Gary, Laurie, Xander, and Julius: owners
San Francisco, CA

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OMD, she looks WONDERFUL!!! So beautiful, and spunky!!  I love it, thank you so much for sharing big-grinbig-grin

You have done a wonderful job with her, you have a lot to be proud of. She is a lucky pup heart

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Thanks, Jackie. But, she is a great dog. She’s doing the work. It’s easy for for me to do my part since she is such a joy to live with. 

Samba: 10 year old female Australian Shepherd. Smart, loving, loyal, bossy.
Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
Gary, Laurie, Xander, and Julius: owners
San Francisco, CA

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She looks great and happy!

I think I was on the road when you originally posted- not sure how I missed it until now.

I wanted to tell you that we have a pretty active Tripawds group in Nor Cal, we usually get together twice a year at the dog park in Mill Valley.  Keep an eye on the Tripawds Parties forum, we usually get together in the Spring around the first part of May.  We would love to meet your pack.

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