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17 March 2020 - 6:07 pm
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“Coming home the same day as surgery often is a little bit scary for the humans.”

Oh boy, you can say that again. Every time he moves I’m hopping up checking on him.

I notice he’s drooling a bit – I imagine that is from being under anesthetic, he could be feeling a bit queasy. He hasn’t settled down to sleep, he’s alternating between sitting up (or maybe he’s just testing his remaining leg) then laying down. 

During surgery he was given Dexdomitor, Tobugesic, Narketan and Antisedan.

We brought him home with Gabepentin for the pain and Metacam as an anti-immflamatory. 

His leg and surrounding tissue has been sent for biopsy, results should be back in ten days or so. (I told Izzy that he was donating seven toes to science, as Izzy is a polydactl) He has (had) seven toes on each front paw and five on the rear.

Thanks Sally for your kind (and reassuring words) Hugs

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Oh hey I’m glad everything went well, that’s wonderful! An uneventful surgery is a reason to celebrate smiley_clap So happy to know it got moved up (especially with everything that’s going on right now as far as the virus situation, most clinics are closed), I missed your last update.

Yeah he will be stoned tonight and quite out of it but that’s normal. He got some good pain medication it appears. You might not get any sleep tonight but remember it won’t last forever! Good job getting his recovery crate ready.

If you need anything at all you just let us know or call the Tripawds Helpline 844-TRIPAWD.

And oh now that Izzy’s graduated from the Presentation and Diagnosis forum, you can feel free to join the Three Legged Cats Discussion so others can follow along with his recovery and life on 3 legs 

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17 March 2020 - 7:24 pm
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Hi Jerry. Yes, our clinic was in the process of closing to the public when we picked Izzy up. They’re still going to be there but for anyone picking up meds or food they’ll bring it out to them. Scary thing, this virus. I’m so thankful that Izzy’s surgery was moved up to today – I figure in another couple weeks everyone will be shut down. They’ve already put the province in a state of emergency.

But I digress. I’ll start an Izzy thread in the Three Legged Cats discussion and will no doubt start an Izzy’s tale of seven toes blog as well. That way I can share some pictures too.

I am so thankful for everyone here. The more I read on your site, the better I feel. BTW, I really enjoyed Jerry’s story . Kudos to you for starting this amazing resource.

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17 March 2020 - 7:32 pm
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Even though she’s drooling, woozy, etc, she’s out of it enough to not care at all!!

Seven toes???? Adorable!!

I always advise eating lots of chocolate  the first several days of recovery. Ice cream even helps more!     You’ve got rhis, okay?  

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

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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17 March 2020 - 9:31 pm
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You just made Admin and I smile big, and I know Jerry is too. Thank you for your kind words, it means the world to know that you feel better.

Yes Izzy got in just in time I guess. What a relief. WHEW! I worry for all the animals who will get medical care put on hold.

Thanks for starting a new topic. It means a lot that you find value here, especially because although we didn’t start out as a dog and cat community, we are now and we try super hard to find good information for our feline friends. Every story adds to that information, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for contributing to it.

Let us know if you need anything at all.

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