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10 year old Boxer hind leg amputation
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30 December 2020 - 4:40 pm
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Hi All,

Update on Wally:  his heart scan was for the most part clear.  They did find a mass that the believe is a chemodectoma, which the oncologist said are common in Boxers (and other short nose breeds) and at least relative to the HSA isn’t concerning.  So the recommendation remained to amputate his leg, which they were able to fit in the schedule today.  So Wally is now a tripawd.  I talked to the surgeon about an hour ago.  Everything went fine and Wally’s doing well.  As long as he’s doing ok tomorrow then I’ll be able to bring him home later in the afternoon.

Thanks again for the support and pawsitive thoughts.

Rich and Wally

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30 December 2020 - 5:11 pm
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Alrighty!!  Getting it done Wally style!!   He was ready to embrace his tripawdness and wa tes to get all this vehind him!!  YAY FOR WALLY!!!

Wally will be well medicated  tonight and resting  well.  Now is the time for you to get a good night’s sleep too.  You are probably more exhausted than you realize.  It’s been quite stressful getting to this point. 

We’ll be waiting for news on how the homecoming  goes.  Give him lots of smooches and pets and lots of  “You’re a good boy” from his Fan Club….dat B us!!!

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

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30 December 2020 - 10:06 pm
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Other than the “chemodectoma” (a new one for me!) that is GREAT News! I’m so glad things went well and you and Wally can move forward on this journey. You are going to be so amazed by him, just wait!

Stay strong, don’t look back and follow his lead. Wally’s got a lot of cool things in store for you!

Keep us posted.

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30 December 2020 - 10:23 pm
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Good news!  I’m glad surgery is over and he is on the road to recovery.

Rest up tonight and put away any doubts you may have had.  Your boy will need you to be strong and positive and let him know everything is OK.

Let us know how he is doing when you get him home.

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 December 2020 - 7:38 am
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Hey guys.  Thanks again for the support.  You really have been a huge help!  I did a little bit of googling and the chemodectoma could be a long term concern, but the recommendation from the cardiologist is to monitor for issues and have him rechecked in 4-6 months.  So I guess it’s not really a near term concern (at least compared to the HSA).

I did get some rest last night, so that’s good as I’ll need it.  Lots to do today to get ready to bring Wally home!

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31 December 2020 - 4:02 pm
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Hi All.  Wally is back home.  Getting in the house was a bit of an adventure but after that it’s been ok. I helped him to go potty in the back yard and then helped him to his dog bed where he’s now zonked out.  I thought he might try to eat, but no interest yet (even with one of his favorite treats that I gave him).  I know that’s probably normal.

I did take the cone off of him b/c he wouldn’t lay down with it on.  I figure if he’s just resting and I can keep an eye on him then it should be fine.  I just ordered him one of the inflatable collars.  Any experience with using one of those?  Hoping to give him a more comfortable substitute than the giant plastic behemoth they sent him home with.

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31 December 2020 - 6:05 pm
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Welcome home Wally! 

Yep, life might be a little wobbly and not very appetizing for a few days but you’ll get your mojo back soon. Totally normal!

I don’t have inflatable collar experience directly, but I do know that some dogs with longer snouts can get around them so keep an eye on him. Yeah, the cone of shame is crazy isn’t it? We can put a person on the moon but not come up with a better cone. The floppy cones are OK but not  foolproof. So far that plastic one is the only thing that is … usually! There’s always one dog who can get around it. I hope Wally isn’t one of them.

Good luck with recovery! If you need anything our Helpline is available, holidays or not, 844-TRIPAWD. Keep us posted!

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31 December 2020 - 11:30 pm
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WELCOME HOME WALLY!!!  Already mobile, even with assistance,  is wonderful!

Yep, not interested in food just yet is not unusual.  Pooping may take a few days too.Drinking and peeing are important  though.

Yeah, as long as you watch him taking g the co e off while he rests, etc….but must be within  your line of sight.

Keep trying any yummy food for now.  Focus on proper nutrition can come later.  Eight now it’s important  to keep his tummy protected from all the meds.

Hoping for a restful night for all👍

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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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1 January 2021 - 9:44 am
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Good morning and Happy New Year!  

Wally seems to be doing pretty well.  He did “talk” me into letting him up on the couch last night, which is where he rested most of the night and slept. Figure as long as I’m there to pick him up onto/off it that it’ll be find. I (very uncomfortably) slept on the couch with him.  I might need to figure out something else here today b/c it was a pretty bad nights sleep for me.

Wally actually started eating last night (yay!).  I had some wings and a Papadia delivered and some bites of chicken were too good to pass up.  After that I fixed up his dinner and he ate his moist food (I mix in some moist with his kibble to wet his appetite), and this morning he ate pretty much as normal.  He’s also taking his pills with cream cheese fine.  

He hasn’t been drinking a ton, but he has been drinking some water.  He hasn’t peed since right after getting home, but it’s raining (of course) so when we’ve gone out he just wanted to turn around and come back in.  He’s always been able to hold it for a long time, so hoping that’s what is going on.  I’ll try to get him up to go out again before too long.

Well I have to get cleaned up and get some things done around the house.  Wish me luck that Wally doesn’t freak out too much when the cone goes on……..

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1 January 2021 - 10:25 am
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Great that he’s eating! Some dogs take a bit longer to get their appetite  back. Hopefully he’ll have a good pee today.

And yes, you do have to co tort yourself I to a pretzel when sleeping g with your dog on a couch.😉  But I’m so glad being up there with you at least gave Wally a good night’s sleep.    Hope you can figure  out a way for you to get a vetter night’s sleep. Many of us put a mattress on the floor and sleep with them that way,  

And  good luck with the cone!  I was soooo very lucky in that my Happy Hannah never needed a cone.  You can leave it off IF you are there in the room watching.

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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1 January 2021 - 12:17 pm
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OH my dog that vision of you two on the couch just makes me smile! Too cute. Yeah, lots of people do drag a mattress on the floor during recovery, no shame in that.

Good luck today! Sounds like things are headed in the right direction for the recovery and this new year!

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I used the inflatable donut type cone when quad Pug Boy was recovering from his two knee surgeries.  I also made ‘pants’ for him so the incision was covered.  Obie has a bit of a snout (for a Pug) and was not able to reach his knees with the donut cone.

Depending on Wally’s snout length the donut my work fine.  When TriPug Maggie had her rear amp she didn’t need a cone at all- between her smushy Pug face and her Buddha belly she couldn’t reach her incision smiley4.

Maggie’s amp incision and both of Obie’s knee incisions were closed with those dissolve-able sutures that you can’t see so they may not have become too itchy. 

When Obie was recovering from his knee surgeries I put my mattress on the floor- both of the dogs slept with me at night.  With the mattress on the floor I didn’t have to worry about him jumping up or down and we could all sleep more or less normally.

Good to hear Wally is home and doing well so far.

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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1 January 2021 - 8:44 pm
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Hi guys,

I tried to upload a selfy I just took of Wally and I on the couch but couldn’t figure out how to upload it (looks like you have to post it somewhere and link it??).  If I get it figured out I’ll post it.

Anyway, we had a positive day.  Wally’s eating and drinking well and has been hopping along pretty well.  I’m still supporting with a sling but for the most part he’s been bearing most of the weight.  He also peed a couple of times (both outside) so good news there.  

We did have a little incident as when I was in the shower upstairs (I have an older cap cod style home with the bathroom upstairs) Wally got up from his dog bed, walked to the steps (~15 feet), pushed the laundry basket I put in the way of the steps out of the way, and was about to give the stairs a go when I got out of the shower.  So I had to rush down the steps, get him back in his bed, and took the cone off wearing just a bath towel, lol.  I have a pet gate up now that a friend brought over, so I don’t think I have to worry about the steps but I’m going to have to do a better job of making sure he can’t go climbing on things if I leave the room.

Also, I did drag my guest bed mattress down the living room, so hopefully I’ll get a better nights sleep tonight.

Thanks again for the help and advice and have a great night!

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I am sooooo love with Wally!!💖   I love his determination and spunk!!!   

All I can do is give you this link for adding images . Screens look different , icon s look different, “terminology” is different depending on if you have tavlets, smart phones, computers, etc, etc.  Someone will be along to get it straight for you.

Cannot wait to see photos!!!

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Hey how’d it go last night? Were you able to get some R&R?

I know what those Cape Cod homes are like, that’s so awesome you caught him before he was going to do the stairs, they can be really steep and slippery. Good job with the baby gate

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