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I know how you feel! The day before Brownie’s surgery I had to call in sick to work, because I made myself sick with worry.  But fortunely Brownie’s surgery went off without a hitch, and he had no issues during recovery. As I mentioned I left him at the vet for two days. Even though he is a big boy he is such a light weight when it comes to meds. I went and saw him morning, at lunch and a night. I know the vet just loved that I worked across the street. Lol….The first day Brownie was so High I don’t even think he knew I was there.

We are sending good thoughts your way! KEEP us posted…

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I know how you feel! The day before Brownie’s surgery I had to call in sick to work, because I made myself sick with worry.  But fortunely Brownie’s surgery went off without a hitch, and he had no issues during recovery. As I mentioned I left him at the vet for two days. Even though he is a big boy he is such a light weight when it comes to meds. I went and saw him morning, at lunch and a night. I know the vet just loved that I worked across the street. Lol….The first day Brownie was so High I don’t even think he knew I was there.rnWe are sending good thoughts your way! KEEP us posted…

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By the way you are not doing this to him, you are doing this for him. Cancer is taking his leg, you are taking the pain away!

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6 November 2019 - 4:53 pm
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Ditto everything Nancy said. If there is anything we can do to put your mind at ease just let us know. You can always call the Tripawds Helpline with your questions too.

Good luck tomorrow! Remember to be a strong, pawsitive pack leader. It makes all the difference in recovery.

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6 November 2019 - 6:16 pm
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Quick questions:

we live in Ontario, Canada which means I cannot order and get a harness and boots by this weekend.

Are these things we will definitely need in order to take him home?  Just not sure how we will get him in my crossover, we may borrow a friends minivan, but again, is the harness necessary right away..I’m thinking it is, but I need some help in this department.

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maversmom said
I cannot order and get a harness and boots by this weekend.
Are these things we will definitely need in order to take him home? 

No. We do not recommend using any harness until stitches are healed, and unless Maver is used to wearing boots now is not a good time to introduce those. Find many helpful traction tips in the Tripawds Gear blog and check out these simple instructions for making a sling from a canvas shopping bag. And don’t miss 10 Tips for a Tripawd-Friendly Home!

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Thank you everyone for the kind and powerful words.

I’m truly grateful for this amazing group

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An Update.
Maverick came through the surgery. He tolerated the anesthesia well and there was minimal blood loss – according to the surgeon.
He’s resting in the ICU unit and we can visit him tomorrow in the early afternoon.

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YAAAAAAY FOR MAVERICK!!!!   Surgery is done and he’s probably  seeing aa few pink elephants  right about now….and happy about it!!

When you pick him up tomorrow, don’t  even bother to look at his incisio  Just look into his druggy eyes and tell him what a good boy he is and mhe’s going home!!   When you do take a glance when he asleep, just know that surgeons lpve yo fet clipper happu! Yeah, a lot of fur is shaved!

Now, YOU get some rest!  This is very hard emotionally getting to this po tand you have to be exhausted!!

We’ll be here for you to help you navigate through recovery.  It’s  no picnic  for a couple of weeks, full of ups and downs.  Peeling  and drinking  are important, but if he doesn’t  feel like eating and doesn’t  poop for a few days, that’s  okay.  Give him any yummy food he’ll eat.

We’ll watch for your update tomorrow.

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Woooohoooo! That is wonderful news! smiley_clap

Let us know how we can help make recovery easier. Got any questions for us?

We will be looking for a pupdate from you in our “Treatment and Recovery” Discussion Forum now that Maverick has “graduated” out of the diagnosis phase.

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