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13 June 2019 - 9:27 am
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Lisa I’m in the Tripawds Chat right now if you want to talk. Back in a sec with some thoughts…

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Great support and I formation  from Paula and Donna!!

Found a link for picky eaters from Dr Dressler that may be helpful.

https://www.dog…..-wont-eat/

YAAAAAAAAAAY FOR poopiconpoopicon  Even runny poopicon is a reason to celebrate!  However, you can check with your Vet about the runs and the color.

Still early, very early in recovery  from this major surgery.  Hang in there! It doesn’t  last furever!!

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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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Isn’t the community great?! I’m soo glad Paula told Donna to stop by! Thank you ladies!

So yeah, don’t stop the meds until you speak with the vet. Call them today for extra reassurance until your visit tomorrow.

I can’t recall if I told you about the Tripawds Foundation Rehab Reimbursement program or not, but FYI the foundation may pay for your first rehab visit , just click on the link for application instructions.

Here’s to a great day ahead for your boy. It’s early but he is already showing lots of improvement!

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13 June 2019 - 9:45 am
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What about canned pumpkin?  That’s always good for runny poop and constipation.  Not the one with all of the spices in it, but just pure pumpkin.  1 or 2 spoonsful a day should help.

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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You’ve gotten the best of advice from since pawsome people,  I’m just here to cheer you on! 

Please don’t forget to breathe! When you’re in the middle of that rollercoaster ride it’s so hard to remember sometimes.  And the ride can be so scary.  

You need to take care of you too… remember that.  Your nerves are shot,  you are exhausted,  and you probably want to cry if somebody even looks at you the wrong way… we all get it 🤗❤

I can add to the list of yummy things to try and temp your furbaby.  Rotisserie chicken, liverwurst, scrambled eggs,  plain cheeseburgers,  bacon. The appetite will come back but between surgery and meds it is a challenge for many.  Far and few in between are the ones that don’t have appetite problems and elimination issues.  This WILL pass! 

Sending warm hugs and support,  hang in there your are doing a great job!

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I’m going to try some restorative food the vet has given me – worth a punt.

My vet has gone home now sadly, so can;t speak to her until tomorrow. My instinct is given he was on most of the stuff beforehand and tolerate it, that its more likely the ‘diet’ hes on – which isn’t much but a lot different to normal. Will chat to them tomorrow anyway.

Thanks for all the input, much appreciated. He did look quite happy he had pooped!

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Just checking  in and also a big YAY forpoopicon!

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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We are 9 days in and he is still very quiet.icon_cry

Eating is still an issue although he had some liver sausage, cheese, restorative vet dog food yesterday and some cheese this morning.

Still trembling a bit.

Still very hard. 

Going to speak to referral centre next Wednesday when he has an oncology appointment and hopefully staples out about acupuncture. I think his neck is painful. Just the way he is holding himself and occasionally crying. 

He just seems so sadicon_cry

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It sounds like he’s still in quite a bit of pain.  Honestly, I would ask the vet to add Gabapentin.  Regardless of it needing to build up, the short-term effects are very noticeable.  There are many of us here who would testify to that.  And it wouldn’t hurt to try.  Healing starts with not being in pain.

As for his neck – it probably is hurting or stiff.  They use their back muscle differently to walk than they did before.  You can apply a warm compress to his neck.  And then try massage.  We used to massage Murphy from his neck all the way down to his hips – he would roll on his side, and end up curling into a ‘C’ position he was arching so far backwards!  lol  He would moan & groan so much, we knew he loved it!

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16 June 2019 - 9:10 am
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Yeah, I think your right- going to ask vet in about an hour when they are back. I have been massaging his neck as well. It’s the trembling that concerns me.

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16 June 2019 - 9:29 am
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I think the trembling could very well be due to pain, so do ask you vet about this. The Gabapentin really is a good idea, and not a harsh drug like some others. Hang in there.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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just having a really bad day today. He seems so flat today. Just given him a Gabapentin – haven’t heard from vet yet but took the decision anyway. Had a few left over from prior to surgery.

Feel very low today – really thought we might see some improvement 9 days on. Should have gone with my instinct and what you guys said about Gabapentin earlier. Just hate seeing him like this. It’s just so horrible to watch.

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I know its hard to see them like this….but if he’s in pain, or uncomfortable, its probably best that he just takes it easy and rests. Is he still on pain meds besides the Gaba you just gave him? 

Paula

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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yes, NSAID (every 24 hours) , pardale (paracetamol) x 2daily, tramadol – he was on 2x daily, but we upped up over the lsat couple of days to 3x daily – but have reduced this down today to 2x daily because the vet said he’s symptoms may be either pain or side effects of tramadol.

So going forward I was originally told to use Gabapentin 3x daily – so will go back to 2x daily on tamadol – leave everything else and add in Gabapenin 3 daily (waiting to check with vet over dosage). 

He doesn’t really want to move much. Eating is still very hit and miss. Supposed to be seeing Onoclogist on Wednesday

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Good, that you’re giving him other modalities of pain meds….and you’re spacing them out, so they’re given at various times of the day? Being that he is on these meds, its possible that he’s quieter because of them, and that’s not a bad thing really – just giving his body time to heal. Also these can affect appetite. Do you have a harness for him?

Did I see that you’re in the UK? I don’t know how that works (of if it does) but have you considered calling the Tripawds Helpline ? If this is possible from where you are, you can speak to a live person. (The gal on duty today is really good, too)

Try not to get too down, they also feed off your emotions, however subtle you think they are. 

Paula

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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