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Post Amputation Bed Recommendation for Male Doberman
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1 February 2024 - 3:41 pm
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Hello all!

We just found out less than 24 hours ago that our 6.5-year-old male Doberman more than likely has bone cancer in his front right leg at his wrist. We have opted to amputate, and they will be taking chest x-rays and the biopsy at the same time. His surgery is scheduled for 2/16. We wanted to remove the pain he is in as soon as possible.

I have searched this site and forum for bed recommendations, but I could not find anything. What would you all suggest? I know we need to get him an orthopedic bed , but there are so many that I am unsure where to start.

Any recommendations would be welcomed.

Thank you everyone!

The Rainbow Bridge



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1 February 2024 - 4:54 pm
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Hi Angela,

Welcome to the club nopawdy wants to join! I'm sorry about your dog. What's his name? I hope that the pre-surgery work-up all come back with a green light. 2/16 is a ways off. Be sure to get on a cancellation list so you can do it sooner if possible. Bone cancer is terribly painful. Is he on any kind of pain relief? Meds won't manage this level of pain for too long, that's another reason why you want to get on a cancellation list.

See the link in your post for orthopedic bed ? That will take you to our Gear store with some recommendations. A lot of people love the Big Barker Bed too. 

Also, check out the Tripawds Recovery Shopping List and our What to Expect articles for more tips.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Virginia







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1 February 2024 - 8:22 pm
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Yoi are. along the right decision  to get your boy out of pain and to give him a quality  pain free life.

Gonna go. of topic a bit.  If there's a really high level of certainty from xrays and the professionals  that it is osteo, you might ask about opting out of the biopsy.  I say that merely  because often the results are inconclusive,  it's often a painful surgery and can raise the risk of a fracture  before the amputation  date.  I am certainly  not a Vet and not giving  Vet advice.  Just sharing what we see here sometimes regarding  bone biopsies 

Now, as far as beds, I wholeheartedly  recommend The  Big Barker Bed .  They DO give excellent much needed  joint support for Tripawds,  they DO keep their shape, they DO have a ten year warranty.because it's that good!.  They provide the stability a recovering  tripawd needs when first trying to get up off the bed.  No slipping or sliding  that cushier  beds do.  Their customer service is excellent!

I got my first Big Barker for my Happy Hannah (BullMastiff) to help her recover.   I had it for  probably 12-13 years. years and, honest to goodness, it never lost its shape...never sagged... always kept its form,  etc.  I subsequently got a second one in  an extra extra large size for my two dogs to sleep on together.  One is a tripawd.I have had a tempurpedic in that past and this reminds me of that mattress but for dogs.

Others will chime in with their favorites.   Yes, I'm very passionate about this dog bed from first hand experience AND very long term use.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

 

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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 February 2024 - 9:23 am
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We did opt for not doing the biospy as it did not make sense to put him through this any longer than needed. 

His name is Boom Gaspar, but we call him Gaspar for short. 

Thank you all for support.

The Rainbow Bridge



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9 February 2024 - 11:24 am
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You are so welcome! How is is pain level now? Is he on any medication? Good move not to get the bone biopsy, it IS super painful and increases the fracture risk. So when you have to wait a while for surgery, that's really stressful to try to avoid a broken leg. I hope he's doing as well as can be expected. Keep us posted!

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9 February 2024 - 12:38 pm
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His surgery is today, and we will be bringing him home tomorrow. We only have an area rug in one room in the house so we got him some non-slip socks for his feet. 

I will definitely keep everyone posted.

Virginia







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9 February 2024 - 7:49 pm
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Okay Boom Gaspar, you'll be seeing pink elephants  tonight and not feeling any pain.  .  Now is the time for your pawrents to get some good rest.

When you do go to pick up Gaspar, don't  even bother to look at his incsion or draw atten tion tomit.  He just wants to see your smiling face telling  him what a good boy he is and he's going home.

Let is know when he gets home and how things are goin, okay?  Peeing  and dri are important,  but he may, or may not jave a good appetite  for a few days.  May take him a few days to poop too.

Thanks for the update.

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!

The Rainbow Bridge



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10 February 2024 - 8:57 pm
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Paws crossed surgery went well and you are back together again! Keep us posted.

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