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You have a plan, you’ve  done your research, youve  spoken to the experts and you will be removing that bum leg so she can have a great quality  life!!!

For whatever it’s  worth, many times, especially  with more “mature” dogs, “shadows”  are not uncommon and often mean nothing.  

It sounds like Zanzi has been evaluated and is an excellent  candidate  for the amputation.  And I’m  guessing Zanzi is in full support of getting this done and be spoil3d more than she ever thought was possible!!!   What used to be a “no-no” is a “go-go” now!!

One of my favorite stories was a human who cut the legs off her love seat sofa so her dog could get up on it with ease.  Prior to the amputation, she wasn’t allowed on the sofa😁

We’re  all on TEAM Zanzi and will be sending  pawsitive eenergy  her way!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

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Another one for Team Zanzi! OMD, what a sweet face she has! 

At Isa’s diagnosis, it wasn’t so much a “shadow” as they said she had “old lady lungs” – lots of spots and things all over but no mets – and she never did develop any. 

Oh Sally, who cut the legs off their sofa? I love that! 

Looks like Zanzi is in great shape and a pupster at 9 – she’ll do better than think possible. So much spoiling in her future!!

Hang tough and keep in touch. This is the best group ever! 

sending you tons of pawsitive energy and cyber hugs!

Teri, the Roxinator and Angel Isa

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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My goodness! Hello Pioneer Warrior WomanTeri❤

If I recall, it was Bruno Bruiser, a Bulldog.  It was shortly after I had joined five uears ago.  Very sweet dog with very sweet hoomans❤

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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You’ve got a big week coming up, and we’ll stand by your side to help you and Zanzi through it! Bark with any questions and let us know how we can help make it easier. We are thinking of you both.

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Our thoughts are with Zanzi and yourself. We’re here for you! Go Team Zanzi!

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Thank you so so much much all of you. You cannot imagine how much we both appreciate your support. This is indeed the best group ever.

We will definitely keep in touch. 

By the way says hi!

Hi all!

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Awww how sweet! 

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Melting my heart over❤❤❤   Such a sweeeet photo of your beautiful  pup!

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Today was amputation day for us.

Every went fine she recovered pretty well from anesthesia but needed 2 bags of blood. Still infusing blood to her as I write this. 

God bless, I was so nervous today. I will be picking her up on Saturday morning so she will spend 3 nights at the vet clinic. Mu question to you is this.

They prescribed Previcox and Synulox and Antirobe for anti-biotics. 4 per day for 6 days (plus 1,5 Previcox per day). Is this enough in your opinion?

Went to see her after surgery and she was of course dizzy and all but she seemed like she was trying to get up! Just about half an hour after waking her up.

Thank you all so much for your support.

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Alrighty, surgery is done!!!  Glad Zanzi is at the overnight clinic and being cared for so beautifully.   Just curious why the infusions were needed.  We see that here sometimes for a variety of reasons.

Right now she’s on good hospital meds as she shakes off the anesthesia.  

Looks to me like she has plenty  of antibiotics  prescribed for her.  Im not familiar  with these names.  Different Vets use different ones.  If I recall, the one antibiotic Happy Hannah was on was for about ten days, I think. The Pervicox  is an anti-inflammatory and a MILD help with MILD  pain, so make sure the Clinic gives you  a good supply of pain meds to take home.  Generally we see dogs come home with one a antibiotic, one anti-inflammatory and two kinds of pain pills…Gabapentin and Tramadol.   Some come home with a pain patch ( fentanyl).

Get some rest!  Your gal will be seeing pink elephants tonight and is in good hands 

Keep us updated!  

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

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Our dog, Murphy was also on antibiotics for 5 days post surgery. It seems like the general standard. Glad Zanzi came through surgery ok. Keep us posted.

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Alrighty, surgery is done!!!  Glad Zanzi is at the overnight clinic and being cared for so beautifully.   Just curious why the infusions were needed.  We see that here sometimes for a variety of reasons.

Right now she’s on good hospital meds as she shakes off the anesthesia.  

Looks to me like she has plenty  of antibiotics  prescribed for her.  Im not familiar  with these names.  Different Vets use different ones.  If I recall, the one antibiotic Happy Hannah was on was for about ten days, I think. The Pervicox  is an anti-inflammatory and a MILD help with MILD  pain, so make sure the Clinic gives you  a good supply of pain meds to take home.  Generally we see dogs come home with one a antibiotic, one anti-inflammatory and two kinds of pain pills…Gabapentin and Tramadol.   Some come home with a pain patch ( fentanyl).

Get some rest!  Your gal will be seeing pink elephants tonight and is in good hands 

Keep us updated!  

Hugs 

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

Thank you so much for replying Sally.

Her hematocrit was too low even before surgery and got worse after surgery so that was why blood infusion was needed. Normal minimum value is 37 and before surgery hers was 30 and after surgery it was 20. So she needed 2 bottles of blood.

Doctor said the only medicine she will be taking at home will be the two antibiotics I mentioned above and Previcox. No other pain killers. Please note though that all this will be 3 days post surgery. I asked them specifically about Gabapentin and Tramadol and they said they don’t think they will be needed.

Update I got late last night was that she ate with a lot of appetite so I guess that’s very good right??

Thank you so much for all your support people!

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OH NO !!!

Not another idiotic surgeon who believes major surgery does not require pain killers 😡

What’s wrong with these people????

What would they take if they were recovering from surgery? Aspirin ????

Well, sweetheart, anybody here will tell you Zanzi WILL need pain killers, most of us had our babies on pain killers for 2 to 3 weeks, and that included in the majority of cases Tramadol and Gabapentin, yes.

PLEASE insist, get your foot firmly on the ground and get them to prescribe pain killers otherwise Zanzi will be in a lot of pain very soon.

If they don’t, please consider getting the prescription from another (more knowledgeable and compassionate) vet.

Luckily we don’t see this happening too often but you are sadly not the only one who had to fight for her pup’s wellbeing…

Eating well is a very positive sign yes!

Good luck, sweetie, hugs and cuddles to your gorgeous Zanzi 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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OH NO !!!

Not another idiotic surgeon who believes major surgery does not require pain killers 😡

What’s wrong with these people????

What would they take if they were recovering from surgery? Aspirin ????

Well, sweetheart, anybody here will tell you Zanzi WILL need pain killers, most of us had our babies on pain killers for 2 to 3 weeks, and that included in the majority of cases Tramadol and Gabapentin, yes.

PLEASE insist, get your foot firmly on the ground and get them to prescribe pain killers otherwise Zanzi will be in a lot of pain very soon.

If they don’t, please consider getting the prescription from another (more knowledgeable and compassionate) vet.

Luckily we don’t see this happening too often but you are sadly not the only one who had to fight for her pup’s wellbeing…

Eating well is a very positive sign yes!

Good luck, sweetie, hugs and cuddles to your gorgeous Zanzi 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹  

Well I guess we have some positive things in Greece too.

I can get the pain killers you mentioned myself no problem. In fact I already have Tramal (Tramadol) at home. I will ask them for reasoning behind not giving her pain killers though.

Got some feedback from the clinic for today. She ate today as well and got her outside for a walk and doing pretty well. The only problem is she is not urinating yet.

Thank you!

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Oh, that’s a relief … phew …

Yes, do ask them why they don’t think pain killers are required but please get a second opinion on that.

And you can always post on “ask a vet” here for advice from Dr Pam, our wonderful resident vet!

Great that Zanzi is eating well and venturing outside for potty breaks.

Sometimes our pups need to be helped with peeing, I did not have that problem but others did.

Vets can do it and teach you how to do it, if need be.

Sending you big hug and cuddles to your cutie pie 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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