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When is it reasonable to expect a front amp. dog to be able to be relatively stable on is feet and walk very short distances?
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10 May 2020 - 3:35 pm
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Thank you Sally! I couldn't remember the name. The mind is the first thing to go. lol

  For the short time Brownie was taking it, it did help. FYI, it is a little pricey, but worked better then Rimidyl.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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10 May 2020 - 3:53 pm
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Hey Sally, I thought I sent you Deramaxx?

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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10 May 2020 - 4:56 pm
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YES!!!  THANKS FOR STRAIGHTENING  THST OUT!!!!    See, your memory was solid!  Deramaxx it was!!!

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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10 May 2020 - 5:10 pm
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We will get it right between the two of us.....

Sorry Laura!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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11 May 2020 - 10:35 am
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Hi Karen,

Thanks for writing. I've been speaking with my vet and I was told to reduce the pain meds. He was on 2x300 mg every 8 hours. Now I am meant to give that dose every 12 hours. She said that him still eating/drinking was a good sign, but that if things continue down this path, I should likely bring him in. I am to report back later today. And while it's true he's still eating/drinking, it's not with the same vitality/enthusiasm as he used to even recently. On the bright side, he did poop. His affect is off as well. Like he's really depressed. And who could blame him? 

He mainly knuckles his left hind foot. He seems really weak back there - like he's got no strength to stand (that or it just hurts?). He was knuckling when I went to pick him up the day after surgery. I've seen him knuckle after general anesthesia previously, so I wasn't too surprised or concerned. And then he seemed to be over it - only to have it return, which is so disheartening. 

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11 May 2020 - 10:41 am
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Hi Nancy, I am sorry to hear Brownie had to deal with that, in addition to the amputation. Yes, I have had my own fair share of back issues, so I know how painful that can be. How you describe Brownie is exactly what Dexter is doing. I am guessing he maybe threw out his back and now he's sore. I will call my vet and ask for more meds. We just finished up our Metacam so I'll need more.  Thanks so much! I hope I can find a way to help him out, poor guy!

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11 May 2020 - 10:43 am
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Hi Sally,

He was on Metacam (finished it yesterday) and gabapentin. That's it. I'll talk to the vet now about this and see if i can get a prescription for deramaxx.

Thanks so much for all the help!!! I'll keep you posted.

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11 May 2020 - 11:51 am
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Darn I'm sorry to hear he's having mobility issues. Let us know what your vet says about the knuckling and if you take him in. We'll keep our fingers & paws crossed for a better day.

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Thanks Jerry. So we went to two clinics yesterday - the first where he had his amputation and then they sent me to another, larger clinic for a second opinion. Consensus? Collective shoulder shrug on their part. They have no idea. They don't think it's a herniated disk (they felt all the way down his back and he didn't react at all). They think it's just that he's an enormous dog, recently after an amputation, and whose spine and single front leg are doing extra hard work these days. They gave me a new prescription of metacam and he's to continue with the gabapentin. He is still eating and drinking, so at least that. So the best I can do is bring him food and water, give him his meds, and keep him company. We are currently in the back yard - him on multiple comforters and under fake fleece saddle pads. It's been an unusually cold, windy, raw, rainy Spring out here in Eastern MA, which is a pity. I had hoped he'd be able to spend more of his recuperation outside, rather than cooped up inside. I just hope he turns a corner soon!

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I sure do Hope he gets to feeling better. But now you have an idea of what's going on. As you know large dogs do need a little time.

Keep us posted. 

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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12 May 2020 - 12:10 pm
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Hi again, Yes, these big dogs certainly do need more time it seems. I just feel so helpless. I wish I could figure something out to help. I genuinely appreciate all the kindness and support. 

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12 May 2020 - 12:44 pm
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When Brownie's back was hurting I would use a heating pad on low. He seemed to enjoy it. Just a thought.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

"March Saint"

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I'm so sorry you didn't get answers. Did the vets recommend rehabilitation therapy? If not, that would be my next move, and it's the best thing you can do right now. You are in a great area for care, there are quite a few practices in MA. If you'd like to PM me your address I can find one for you.

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My cat Mona is a front leg amputee and has seen a chiropractor a few times. I was shown how to massage her and need to focus on her neck and pelvis. I know it helps her because I can feel her push into my hand when I massage her. She even turns her head to look at me as if to say "push harder".

Perhaps you can find someone who provides chiropractic or another therapy to help Dexter or at the very least you could follow the massage videos provided. I also give Mona both hot and cold packs on her neck and pelvic area. She enjoys both so I don't know if one is better than the other but I suspect she prefers heat at night because she sleeps on my heated bathroom floor at night.

I hope your pup starts feeling better soon.

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Hi Jerry, Oddly, no, none of the vets have recommended therapy for him. A friend of mine suggested it and I was about to ask if anyone knew of anyplace out my way. I'd be delighted to send you my address - and thanks for going through the trouble to look this up for me!

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