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10.5 year old Shi Tzu with rear leg amputation
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25 August 2019 - 4:15 pm
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frontierbetty said
Do any of you think a thunder coat would be a good idea? 

That may work for some dogs. Wyatt can’t stand it! But he does not like to be hugged either.

Make sure what you think is anxiety aren’t actually pain symptoms by reviewing the various pain management posts.

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25 August 2019 - 7:59 pm
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I’m sorry Jasper is still uncomfortable. He’s just about 3 weeks out now, right?

A couple things come to mind to consider:

How is his activity level? He needs to build up activity slowly.  Could he have slipped awkwardly or fallen?  Is he doing stairs already?

Could it be that he is uncomfortable because of the pain meds? Signs of pain and side effects can be very similar.

Check the incision to make sure you can’t see any sutures left behind.

Have you tried massaging his back, hips and back leg?  Those muscles can be very sore and maybe making him uncomfortable.

I’ve never tried a thunder shirt.

And of course you can discuss with your vet.

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.

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31 August 2019 - 4:49 pm
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I took Jasper to his regular vet to since he was still so uncomfortable. They took him off galliprant and gave him rymadil, and gave him some dasoquin advanced and another supplement for his muscle growth. He seems to be a lot more relaxed now. We are trying to reduce his codeine intake and so far he is tolerating it well. So relieved. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but we got him a stroller so we can take him on a road trip with us. I feel like I need to put a sticker on it that says “amputee on board”icon_lol

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31 August 2019 - 5:21 pm
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That’s a great Jasper is doing better.

The best part of strollers is folks’ reaction when they bend over to start cooing to the “baby”! icon_lol I once approached a woman who had her dog in a pram like buggy. The dog was in a winter jack with a hood lined with white fur. As I approached I could see it had an unusual face for a baby and started laughing when I saw it was a dog. She told me she got a lot of funny reactions from people expecting to find a baby in the carriage. And yes, the dog would play it up by sleeping on its back.

So have fun and many adventures with Jasper on his road trip.

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31 August 2019 - 5:37 pm
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There are some pets in here that have taken longer to recover. Some have success with Gabapentin on a lower dose, but it sounds like the Rimadyl is working for you. I am not a vet, just trying to help. Try to remember that they are all individual just like we are. Finding that sweet spot for pain relief during recovery can be a challenge.

By the way … I got a total visual of Amputee on Board.. adorable!!

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31 August 2019 - 7:39 pm
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I’m glad Jasper is feeling better.

I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but we got him a stroller so we can take him on a road trip with us.

I felt like that when I got our first stroller!  I never imagined I would be one of those little dog parents who would use a stroller and I always felt like I had to justify why Maggie was riding while Tani was walking.  Then I got tired of the judgements and started making up answers… once when asked I said ‘I like Maggie better’ smiley7.

Now I have a fleet of strollers (actually I have 2) and have used them now for four dogs- two Tripawds, one very old lady, twice for knee surgery recoveries, and now for my old boy Obie.

Stroll with Pride!

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.

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31 August 2019 - 8:12 pm
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Oky Jasper, you started a little bit of tripawd sick humor. We  put the “fun” in dysfunction!

So, to add to the Amputee on Board, or Stroll with Pride, banner, try this.  You could rent a toddler, put him on the leash and Jasper in the stroller.  Then piggyback on Karen’s responese… “I like Jasper better”😉😉

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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31 August 2019 - 8:54 pm
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Sallyicon_exclaimicon_exclaim Where the heck do you live that you can “rent toddlers” icon_question

Too funny. Great idea though. You really do know how to put the fun in dysfunctional.smiley_clap

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1 September 2019 - 5:59 pm
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frontierbetty said
I feel like I need to put a sticker on it that says “amputee on board”

Mary and Jaspersmiley4

Good for you! Yay for pet strollers! They really are so great for dogs as they age, lose a leg, whatever. 

And we do have Tripawd on Board stickers to roll with pride!

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I hope the medication adjustment is working for Jasper. Please hop over and start a new topic in Treatment and Recovery so everyone can follow Jasper in his recovery. Thanks!

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