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20 December 2008 - 10:21 pm
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Oops. The amputation is scheduled for 12/29 not 1/29.

I'll let you all know how it goes.

Karen and Coda

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21 December 2008 - 7:22 pm
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karena said:

Oops. The amputation is scheduled for 12/29 not 1/29.


Thought that seemed like a long way off. Thanks for the correction, we're all sending good vibes your way!

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21 December 2008 - 10:31 pm
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We're soooo hoppy to hear the good prognosis 🙂

We will send lots of puppy prayers your way on surgery day...and up until then too...and after also 😉

Much love,

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26 December 2008 - 10:23 pm
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As Coda's surgery looms closer I'm starting to get really nervous.

Although I know this amputation is the right way to go I keep having illogicial thoughts like will Coda be wondering why we had her leg cut off.

I know these are crazy thoughts but they keep running through my mind.

Anyone else have this strange fear prior to their dogs surgery?

Karen

 

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27 December 2008 - 1:14 am
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karena said:

... will Coda be wondering why we had her leg was cut off.  


These are crazy human thought indeed. Dogs don't feel shame. In fact ... in the wild, Coda would gladly chew off his own leg if it would end his pain.

It's OK to have fear and doubt, just don't show it around Coda. That's why the forums are here, for you. At home, try to be a strong pack leader.

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30 December 2008 - 12:33 am
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Karen, we are thinking of you and Coda and hoping that everything turned out well today. Drop us a line and let us know when you get a chance. We send our love and healing wishes.

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30 December 2008 - 3:58 pm
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Thank you so much for your love and healing wishes. 

Coda had her surgery yesterday morning and stayed the night. I just brought her home about an hour ago.  

She immediately wanted to go potty so she hopped across our back deck to a flat spot we created for her in the snow.(Of course I helped her some) She held herself up while she peed.  She hopped across the deck again and laid down right inside the door obviously spent.  I've setup her bed, food and water in the livingroom so I carried her and laid her in her bed where she laid for a little bit but then she just hopped out of it and laid down on the carpet. You know how we all have a side that's most comfortable for us to lay on. Well so does she and wouldn't you know it hers is where the amputation was so she's having trouble getting comfortable and resting and she keeps trying to lie on that side.

I'm so proud of her.  The vet said she pulled him to the back door this morning when he took her out to potty.  I'm so glad we had this amputation done.  That nasty leg had to hurt her so much. 

This website has been such a blessing to me. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Karen and Coda

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30 December 2008 - 4:24 pm
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karena said:

This website has been such a blessing to me. 


Thanks karen, we're glad you found us and are very happy to hear Coda has rebounded well. Keep us posted on her progress.

Best wishes for a speedy full recovery!

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2 January 2009 - 9:42 am
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Hi Karen & Coda,

I'm really late getting into this story, so by now, Coda has had her amp surgery, correct?  I apologize for not being here to help alleviate some of your doubts about doing this great thing for Coda.  Alleviating pain is of primary concern when amputation is done.  We must always remember that dogs do not show pain like humans do, so if Coda is showing what we might think is minimal pain, it is more likely severe pain in humans.  Bone pain is extremely painful and I speak from experience.  I think you will se a much happier Coda once the limb is removed.  Of course, recovery can go really well, or it can have a few "chinks" along the way.  Dr. Pam is right that your are so lucky to be close to CSU, but Jerry's vet, Dr. Mullins, is a very good oncologist and she helped Jerry survive for almost 2 years post-op.

Please keep us posted on your progress.  We really do care about you and Coda.  Just remember to try and stay strong for her; dogs really do pick up on our emotions.  Good luck.

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2 January 2009 - 2:00 pm
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Karen and Coda

So glad to hear Coda is up and about. That is such great news. What kind of dog is Coda? Which leg was amuptated?

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Karen and Coda

So glad to hear Coda is up and about. That is such great news. What kind of dog is Coda? Which leg was amuptated?

Heidi and Titan


Coda's a German Shepard Husky mix.  She had her front right leg amputated. 

She's doing really well. She had her bandage removed yesterday and her incision looks really good, no swelling, etc. She had a slightly elevated temperature but nothing that the vet was concerned about.  I had a little scare this morning.  She went out for her potty right after waking up and when she came back in she laid down and started shaking. It was about 20 minutes before the vet's office opened up so I put her in the car and took her over there.  Of course when I arrived, the shaking had subsided and she was fully awake waging her tail.  Her temperature was normal.  She hasn't shaken since.  My husband thought maybe she was just cold. I suppose but it sure looked like more.

The vet says he's never seen a dog so eager to get up and walk after an amputation as Coda was.  When we were leaving the vets office this morning there were many pawrents in the waiting room cheering her on as she walked out the door.

I'm very pleased with the outcome of her amputation. My only concern now is if there is cancer somewhere else in her body.  She's not receiving chemo because her biopsy showed chondrosarcoma and I guess chemo is not effective for this type of cancer.  I've sadly read here of some other pawrents who have the received the bad news that there's more cancer in their babies then just the initial chodrosarcoma diagnosis.  I'm praying for these dogs and their pawrents.  Before the surgery her lungs and abdomen were clear. The vet says were done for now and there's no need to bring her back in.  I may now schedule a followup with CSU to see if they concur.

In the meanwhile I'll continue to spoil her and cherish every moment I have with her.  

Thank you for asking about her.  I'll submit a picture of her when I can figure out how to.

Karen and Coda 

 

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3 January 2009 - 7:19 pm
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Oh Karen that's so wonderful to hear! I can just see people cheering your girl on. We are also there in spirit. One more proud pawrent of a Tripawd hero. We love it!

Like you said, cherish every day and embrace all the little achievements. This cancer thing really stinks, but if at least it really does make one more appreciative of all the little moments in life, doesn't it? 

We'd love to see pics of Coda when you can. Till then, rest up and give her lots of love from us. We're here if you need anything.

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