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Virginia




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30 March 2022 - 2:49 pm
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Yeah, as Jerry said, many dogs have more than three weeks before surgery.  That was the case with my Happy Hannah.  Like most, I just went with her original  lung xrays and didnt repeat as she got closer to surgery,  I don even think CzT scans were mentioned.  If I recall, I think it was closer to five weeks than four.  Can't  quite remember. 

Remember, Sampson is not a statistic.   He is his own dog with his own internal make up.  You know Sampson best and you have been guided by the experts,   as well as Sampson's  continued zest for life.  There are no guarantees  on anything on this journey.  What we have all learned is we are making decisions out of love for our dogs and cats and that is always the "right" decision 💖   I know Sampson would want this chance at a quality pain free life.  Regardless of the outcome, you are giving  him that chance.  That's how we all find the peace in our decisions. 

We are here for you every step of the way, okay?

((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))

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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31 March 2022 - 5:27 pm
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Hi Sampson's Mom,

I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. My husband and I went through something similar last year with our cat Castiel who had a fibrosarcoma in one of his front legs. We agonized about the amputation. Castiel is a big cat; we didn't know if he would be able to get around on three legs (he can!). It was the hardest decision we have ever made. Amputation was Castiel's only chance for survival, and we tried to think about what he would want. Like your Sampson, he seemed otherwise healthy and happy, so we made the decision to amputate. Before we did, we had multiple family members weighing in saying that they thought we were making the wrong decision, and this was incredibly hard -- but they didn't know our cat -- and no one else knows your dog like you. We found great support here on this webpage from other people who had been through the same thing and could guide us to the road ahead. People who knew what they were talking about because they had lived it -- not some family member talking second hand about a friend of a friend whose cat or dog went through this.  None of us know how long we might have in this world, but I can tell from our experience, that there is hope -- and that amputation is something that animals can adapt to well. There will be difficult moments, but joyous ones too. We too had a three-week delay before amputation -- and it was difficult because it was the height of the COVID -- we couldn't talk to the doctors in person, only over a phone from the parking lot, and we couldn't be with our pet in the vet hospital. We too were afraid that the cancer might have spread to the lungs in that interval. We opted to have a CT scan done before the surgery -- it is expensive and a lot of radiation too. You might want to consider a round of X-rays; while not as good as a CT, they can see some things and can provide a guide. It sounds to me like Sampson is a good candidate for this surgery.  I'll be thinking about you both and hoping for the best. Take good care!

Michelle

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31 March 2022 - 7:27 pm
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Michelle thank you so much for your valuable insight. I remember the day you joined us, you were so filled with worry and dread. And now look at Castiel! WOW! Love the blog update. Such great news! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience and support!

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7 April 2022 - 7:16 am
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Good morning, sorry for my absence but is has been a crazy last week or so. Sampson had his rear leg amputation on Tuesday & came home yesterday...YAY!! He had a great day with lots of visitors & treats. He even got up all on his own a few times which reassured me that he is going to be just fine once he recovers & adapts to his new normal. 

This morning is much more challenging, not eating breakfast (not even treats) so I can't give him meds yet, not being able to potty & he's letting me know he's hurting. I know this will pass once he's healed but it is so hard to see him struggling. 

All of the support & advice you have given me has been so helpful. Any guidance or tips for the days after surgery are welcomed. I am just being patient & giving him all the love right now. 

Virginia




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7 April 2022 - 8:35 am
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Glad to hear surgery is done and Samson is home!

YAAAAAAAY!!!

Yes, it's quite normal to have a bit of a crash a couple of days after coming home. This is the result of a strong Hospital meds being out of his system by now. Some tweaking of the pain meds may be necessary at this point. So what pain meds did he come home with, what is the dose of amount, what is the frequency and how much does Samson weighy?

Drinking and peeing are important, but he may be off food for a little bit and may not poop for a couple of days. For now,  just tried giving him anything yummy food he will eat, even if it's junk food. Maybe some cheese pizza, a cheeseburger, warm rotisserie chicken, scrambled eggs with some bacon, etc etc You might also try sticking his pain meds and a big glob of cream cheese. Sometimes they're wolf that down pretty quickly.

Continue taking it slow and easy with lots and lots of rest. Drive to do the potty breaks when he really start showing that he's getting anxious and needs to go out, rather than just doing them randomly.

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!

Virginia




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7 April 2022 - 8:37 am
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Just wanted to add, recovery doesn't last forever, it just seems like it at this point explanation point you are doing a great job! Stay connected and let us know how things are going and any questions you have.

Hugs

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

PS...Good feedback Michelle♥️

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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7 April 2022 - 11:01 am
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Hey welcome home Sampson! Really hoppy to see that you are in Recovery mode now.

So everything Sally mentioned is spot on. Keep things really chill, don't expect too much, and don't compare his recovery to others. He is on his own timeline but the only consistent thing across all Tripawds is to keep his activity level way, way down. Even if he appears that he wants to do more. Dogs need us to more than ever to manage their activity right now. He'll have plenty of time for playing with friends later. For now, let his body heal through rest and couch time with you.

It does sound like the meds are dulling his appetite, and that's not unusual. Just keep him hydrated. Spike his water with no salt chicken broth or gatorade to encouarge him to drink. And if he is showing pain signals , let your vet know. They can adjust the meds dosages and and timing to be more effective. Stay ahead of the pain, that's the best and easiest way to control it. 

Finally, congrats on graduating to our Treatment and Recovery Topic! Be sure to start a new post there so we can follow this phase of his recovery! I'll look for your new topic OK?

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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8 April 2022 - 8:21 pm
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Just wanted to chime in and say Welcome Home Sampson!

Just wanted to say my choc lab was three weeks from turning 12 when he had amputation and he did just fine. I am sure Samson will do fine as well. After all he is half lab❤️

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

"March Saint"

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8 April 2022 - 10:07 pm
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Aww good to see you here Nancy! Thank you for sharing Brownie's story with Sampson's peeps. He was AMAZING!!!

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Aww good to see you here Nancy! Thank you for sharing Brownie's story with Sampson's peeps. He was AMAZING!!!

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12 April 2022 - 7:33 am
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Thanks for this forum. My boy Gator sees the surgeon today.  He is strong and healthy otherwise but because he is 10 I am getting the ‘be careful the recommendation from the professionals isn’t about the money they make”. Without reading here I may have been too swayed to think such a procedure made sense. 
Lots of praying and talking with him to try to ensure we are ready to do this together and not just because of me. 

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12 April 2022 - 9:49 am
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Hello and welcome Gator and family, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I'm so glad you have found this site helpful as you start this journey with Gator.   Please consider starting your own thread in the Presentation and Diagnosis Forum so we can follow you and Gator and respond to your individual questions and needs.

I hope your appointment with the surgeon goes well today.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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