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9 August 2013 - 1:27 pm
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hi i am darren from uk not sure if i posting in right place just need some help and support at mo as my best feind purdey may have to have here front leg removed next week due to a tumor thank you

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9 August 2013 - 2:50 pm
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Hi Darren & Purdey, welcome to Tripawds. Your future posts won't require approval.

Tell us more about Purdey. What kind of tumor do the docs think it is? What kind of dog is Purdey? And what is Purdey's age? Feel free to share more information and then we can help you better.

In the meantime be sure to check out Jerry's Required Reading List , it will help answer a lot of your questions.

Oh, and that's an interesting user name you have there! Hmmm. You'll have to share that story too.

Thanks again for joining, we're glad you're here.

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9 August 2013 - 2:58 pm
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hi thank you purdey is a black lab 7yrs working dog the tumor is on one of her root nerves it is a slow growng oh and yes i am a funeral director thank u for the warm welcome.they are not sure the leg will have to be removed until they start to operate on her

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9 August 2013 - 9:10 pm
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Welcome! You've co e to the best place possible for info. and support! We understand like no others can!

IF Purdey has to have leg amp., you will be amazed how quicky dog adapt to three legs! Recovery from the actual surgery itself can be tough, vut the adjusting to three legs part happens pretty quicky just having the pain of the tumor gone will be a real boast for Purdey!

Please post Monday and let us kmow what's going on and I think we can all be more help then. For now, remember Purdey doesn't know aything's "wrong" He's just living in the moment not worried about a thing! Love him and spoil him and stay positive and upbeat. Labs are relient fun pups and he will do just fi e!

See ya' Monday!!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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9 August 2013 - 11:54 pm
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hi thank you feeling bit better in myself now i have joined here she goes in on tuesday its just at the momement i feel my world as come to a end but i have to stay posotive for us both but thank you for your support in our time of need 

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Ah, OK now I understand your user name! I have to say, Dog Bless you for doing the work that you do, it takes a very special human to be there for people during such hard times. But now let us be there for you. Many of us here had to cope with the terrible shock of hearing the word "amputation" and trying to picture our dog on three legs. It's a hard one to deal with but really when you see how well they get along, you know that it's possible to have a good quality of life.

I hope your pup doesn't need to have the leg removed. I can only imagine how hard it is to wait like this, many of us knew from the get-go that our dog's leg needed to come off, so you have an extra amount of angst in your situation, I'm sorry!

In the meantime feel free to ask us any questions you have, poke around the site, check out the videos and remember we are here for you and Purdey.

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10 August 2013 - 11:46 pm
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hi thank you for your reply yes been a funeral director now since i was 16 so nearly 32 yrs now but can my purdey really be ok with 3 legs if the worst come to the worst .i have made the house more 3 leg freindly today just in case .if she dose have to have her leg removed will i have to keep here in a cage after i have picked her up and only let her out to go into the garden many thanks purdey ,darren.

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Oh my yes! Purdey will do great on tnree legs! We all had the same concerns! For me, it was just mpossible to envision a123 lb (prior tl surgery) chunk of a dog gettng arond easily.....and she does!!

Almost all dogs are up and around within 12 t 24 hrs. after surgery. Kt really ks an amazing feat, but it's as though they never remember having a fourth!

Sure, they have to adjust so e at first, negotiate, get their balance, maybe not ale to "back-up" as easiy as before and maybe iring a little quicker. It does take effort t ho arou d.

Get jer a good bed, firm, but with lots of squishy pillows for ner to lean on. You,ll probably be sleeping next to ner on the floor for the first several nights.

Really, recocer g from the surgerymks harder than adjustng to three legs.

I know it's scarey and I also know Purdey will do just fine!

Trh and get some rest and not worry.

Ohheah, and you can use a towel as a sling for a day or two if neeeded. Most dogs dn't like it though

Fo to You Tube and search three legged dogs...you'll be amazed.....there are plentyof videoson this site too.

Go hug Purdey and remember, she's not worried about a thi g...not a diagnosis, not surgery, nothig" She's just happy being withyou!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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11 August 2013 - 7:16 am
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Oh my gosh yes of course she will do fine. Check out our Videos page and don't forget to read through Jerry's Required Reading List . Our ebook, Three Legs and a Spare will also help put your fears at ease. We also have lots of instructions about how to make sure she has a good recovery so be sure to check them out.

In the meantime, remember that Purdey doesn't know what the reports or the doctors say, all she wants is to feel better. Be strong and pawsitive, I know you can do it!

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Welcome Darren & Purdey-

Hoping that Purdey doesn't need the amp, but we're here for you no matter what the decision as a tumor is a scary thing.

 

Keep us updated and we'll be sending pawsitive thoughts your way.

 

Luanne & Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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Hello Darren and Purdey,
Welcome! Hope your girl will not need he amputation, but if that's what has to be done she will do well. They are amazing after recuperation from surgery. That's a 2-3 week process of healing it seems for most. Our snoop did well post surgery and is doing well almost three months later. Keep us posted on the outcome. Good thoughts to you and your girl.
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13 August 2013 - 12:01 pm
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ok update took her in today opp tomorrow there is a 90 percent front leg will have to come off thank you all for your kind words of support we thank u from bottom of our hearts will c what tomorrow brings now 

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Well, there's still 10 percent that it won't so that's good! We are thinking of you both and sending lotsa love for an easy and fast surgery. Keep us posted.

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thank you and will update later darren purdey

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14 August 2013 - 1:53 pm
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hi all well paw  had to be removed she as got to stay in to saturday then we can pick her up tumor was 5cm long on the root nerve, feel a bit sad but she will not be in pain anymore vet thinks it is a cancer tumor but waiting for results in a week we are thinking of getting another puppy to keep her company is this a good idea thank you for support in our time of need darren and purdey x

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