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Front leg amputation for 4 month old Lab/GSD(?) mix.
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There’s a video i just posted, they use a bag with handles. If you have something like that great, if not a long towel or twin sheet will work.

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paws120 said
There’s a video i just posted, they use a bag with handles. If you have something like that great, if not a long towel or twin sheet will work.  

Will that work as well being that she is a front amputee? Should we still use it in the same position just ahead of her rear legs to keep pressure off the surgical site? She has a compression wrap over it right now.

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Yes, just under her tummy in front of back legs, further up a bit if she can’t balance. Try to take up the weight so she doesn’t have to work too hard. Should make it easier for both of you. Go slow or at her pace, talk to her and tell her what a good girl she is. Be very strong and encouraging. Bring treats and reward her. Then make sure her sleeping space is all set. If you have a puppy pad to protect your rug this would be the time to get that together and then try to help her get into a comfy sleeping position. It might take a moment, follow her lead.

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5 July 2018 - 10:27 pm
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You are doing great, get through the next day or so and that will be a big step forward. If she can get some rest you may very well see more of your Poppy girl tomorrow. Anesthesia and pain meds will be in her system for the next several days. Little by little they wear off and that’s not a bad thing.

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I am going to hit the hay in a little bit, EST here. I hope you are able to get her settled in and both of you can get rest. I’ll be here for a little longer, please let me know how you do it you try to get her out to potty.

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PST is a good thing right now 😉  I’m not working tomorrow so we’ve been marathon watching The Killing series 😅🤣😂 but I’m usually the wimp in bed by 10 hahah.

I’m really hoping taking the walk outside to potty went ok.

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We got her to sit up (leaning on mom) to have some cheese and drink some water. We carried her outside to her pee spot, but no amount of treats or encouragement could get her to try to stand/sit on her own or go to the bathroom. There was some additional struggle/crying involved with moving her, but it went sort of okay with her leash and a long towel under her belly.

I think we will try again in 2-3 hours.

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6 July 2018 - 12:28 am
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paws120 said
There’s a video i just posted, they use a bag with handles. If you have something like that great, if not a long towel or twin sheet will work.  

Here’s how we made ours. And yes, it can work with a front-leg amputee.

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I think we will try again in 2-3 hours.  

Hey I’m just now catching up. Glad to hear she’s home and back with her people. If she doesn’t urinate within 12 hours let your vet know for sure. Right now, if she doesn’t seem like she has to go then I wouldn’t think you’d need to wake up at 3 am to take her out unless she’s asking.

Can I ask you a huge favor for now? Can you please start a new topic in “Treatment and Recovery“? You’ve graduated from the “Presentation and Diagnosis Phase, congrats!

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Hey I’m just now catching up. Glad to hear she’s home and back with her people. If she doesn’t urinate within 12 hours let your vet know for sure. Right now, if she doesn’t seem like she has to go then I wouldn’t think you’d need to wake up at 3 am to take her out unless she’s asking.

Can I ask you a huge favor for now? Can you please start a new topic in “Treatment and Recovery“? You’ve graduated from the “Presentation and Diagnosis Phase, congrats!  

See new thread here: http://tripawds…..mputation/

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I have no experience with the recovery portion of the program. Coop stayed with his foster for two weeks until the sutures were removed. But I am sending you lots of love and encouragement and good vibes through the universe!!!!

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Cooper is a hound-collie mix "mutt" who was badly injured as a puppy and lost his leg at 7 months of age.  We adopted him after the operation.  He's a wonderful companion and comforting presence in our family.

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Found you! Hopping over now.. I hope Poppy is a happier puppy today heartheartheart

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