TRIPAWDS: Home to 17260 Members and 1859 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN

Be More DogNEW! Be More Dog – Learning to Live in The Now

Get the new book by the Tripawds founders for life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Download the e-book, and find fun Be More Dog apparel and gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Soft tissue sarcoma and amputation
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
16
17 March 2021 - 10:43 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

WOOOHOOO!!!! Surgery is DONE! Let the healing begin! smiley_clap

You are all set for her recovery. Everyone is nervous at first, that’s totally natural. But you’ve taken all the right steps to make sure she’s safe and comfy, so let that give you some assurance, you will be pawesome.

One thing you might want to use instead of a towel is the DIY canvas grocery bag sling. It’s much easier than a towel because it already has handles. She may not even want or need the help, but it’s nice to have just in case.

Let us know how your reunion goes. We are cheering you on!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 20603
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
17
17 March 2021 - 11:13 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

EXCELLENT PREPARATIONS!!!  And YAY for homecoming!

When you go to pick your pup up, don even bother to look at the inc5 or draw attention  to it!  Just praise and smile and be confident  and strong!!  

Stay  co and let us know how things are going, o,ay?

Higs

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!

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
18
17 March 2021 - 2:36 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

She’s home and resting.  She completely put her trust in me and let me pick her right up out of the car like a toddler.   She hates being picked up so that was huge for her.  She went potty before I brought her inside which was pretty hard for her.  I’m also learning to let her walk by herself.  She’s only slipped when I was being overbearing and helping her when she didn’t really need it.  The vet said her lymph nodes looked clear and he’s positive the cancer was completely removed with the leg.  The incision looks good honestly.  That was a huge relief for me.  She is just really off balance but I am hoping some of that is her medications.  She came home with no bandage and dissolvable stitches which is nice that they won’t need to be removed.  She drank some water as soon as she got home and has been sleeping on my bed since.   I have her kennel ready but she is very comfy next to me and I plan on letting her stay in my bed as long as I am at home.  She is still in her cone but my friend made her some after-surgery shirts to keep her away from everything.  I am just so happy this part of it is over and we can move forward.  I’m excited to see her get stronger and I can’t wait to start physical therapy with her.  Thanks for everything.  I will try and post some pictures when she is feeling better.  The vet told me today would be my hardest day.  He said I was already hurting worse than she was over this.  But I do doubt that.  Lol.  She’s stronger than me though.  So maybe.  

Virginia




Forum Posts: 20603
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
19
17 March 2021 - 5:47 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

YAAAAAY FOR HOME!!!   YAAAAY FOR PEE!!!  YAAAAY FOR DRINKING!!! YAAAY FOR CLEAR NODES!!!   AND YAAAY FOR YOU FOR BEING STRONG AND CONFIDENT!-👏👏👏

Hopefully you can get some rest t. Some dogs are fairly zonked out…some can be quite restless and whievery dog is different .  Usually the strong  hospital pain meds are I. Their system for a couple of days. Sometimes there can be a little crash and that’s when the pain meds can take a little tweaking.  She may be off food a bit for a few days…or not.  She may not 💩 for a few days.  Let is know when she 💩.  We love to celebrate 💩 around here!

Let is know how things are going.  We are here for you💖

.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!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
20
17 March 2021 - 5:54 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Awww that’s wonderful! This all sounds good and points to a smooth recovery time. And it sure sounds like she’s got some great pain control happening. Great job assisting her, you’ll figure out how to walk that fine line between assisting and overbearingsmiley_clap 

We would love to see her recovery fashions when you get a chance. That is so nice of your friend.

If you have any questions at all, just holler (of course if something feels urgent, let your vet know first). Remember, rest is medicinal. She’s on the mend!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
21
17 March 2021 - 9:53 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

She already ate a whole bowl of food and peed again.  No poop.   Lol.  Sorry, but I’m sure she will go in the morning.   She’s always been super regular about her poops.   She’s still pretty off balance but this last pee was definitely steadier than the first.  She laid right on the incision for over an hour before I got worried and made her lay on the other side.   I have noticed her having a hard time getting comfortable before she goes back to sleep and she seems pretty confused about everything and seems to search my face and body for answers/help.  I have a week with her before I go back to work.  I’m hoping we both have a little more confidence by then.  Lol

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
22
18 March 2021 - 12:47 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

https://m.faceb…..3453651993

Wanted to try this.   

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
23
18 March 2021 - 11:16 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hey Carrie! Love love love the movie! She’s clearly so loved and a treasured part of your family.

Don’t worry about discussing poopicon here in this community, we don’t mind one bit and it’s a pretty common topic actually. Although she’s always been regular, pain meds do a number on the gut and some dogs don’t poop for days. You can speed things up by keeping her hydrated, and adding wet foods, pumpkin pulp, olive oil or a bit of bran to her food. A lack of appetite is also common.

It’s great that she laid on her incision site! That’s a sign she’s pretty comfortable. The pain meds can sometimes make dogs anxious or wonky, so if you feel she is over the top with those symptoms let your vet know so you can fine tune the medication together. What is she on, how much, and how often?

Stay strong, you’re doing great!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
24
18 March 2021 - 12:43 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

Hi Jerry.  This morning was better for her.  She seemed to be a little more steady on her feet.  She didn’t want to be out long and I was surprised she didn’t poop all day yet.  But she does seem happy to see the sunshine when I take her out, she’s just ready to come back inside right away. 

She seems a little more comfortable going outside with one of her shirts on.  But it is kinda cold up here still.  She seemed to get a little restless last night and had a hard time getting comfortable and started panting anxiously so I gave her some pain meds earlier than I should have. 

Her vet is closed today for some reason so I called her specialist and they will call me back with more info.  I have a week off so I can drive back up to Denver if I need to and just do her check up there as well. 

She is on Rilexine 600mg twice a day, Vetprofen 50mg twice a day and tramadol 50mg twice a day.   She just took some more meds around noon today but has seemed pretty comfortable so far.  Hasn’t eaten yet but I have some yummy pumpkin and some steamed salmon to entice her when she wakes up again.  

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
25
18 March 2021 - 7:47 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Well yay for a better day! Remember, poopicon happens. Hope you were able to get her to eat.

I’m glad you called the clinic. I’ll be honest, from what we see here and what pain specialists have told us, her amputation pain medications are very minimal. I’m sure your vet has a good reason for those meds, but if she continues showing pain signals , ask for something that addresses pain more aggressively, like Gabapentin.

Keep us posted!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
26
18 March 2021 - 8:09 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I’m taking her in for a checkup early tomorrow.  Her vet upped her tramadol and I need to go get more tomorrow.   I will ask her about the gabapentin as well.  But if I just give her the tramadol a little early she settles right down and naps.  She ate a whole bowl of food and some yummy salmon.  She’s been getting pumpkin treats all day for poop.  But still none.  She is hardly going out right now but I don’t mind just letting her rest.  She has figured out how to lay down without just plopping herself on the bed.  I thought she was going to hurt herself the way she was just letting herself fall onto the bed.  She is definitely steadier on her feet today.  And seems more used to her body.  She still lays on her incision like she didn’t just have major surgery though.  I can’t believe how resilient she is. 

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
27
19 March 2021 - 10:46 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Oh good, let us know how the check-up goes. It’s terrific that she eats and the Tramadol is working (it doesn’t for many dogs). She is such a smart girl! Nice to hear she’s getting stronger and stronger. YAY!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 20603
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
28
19 March 2021 - 12:43 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Everything  sounds “normal” (considering  she just had MAJOR surgery and is adjusting to three legs)!  You are doing  an excellent  job of overseeing  her dec6 and pain management .

Try and get some rest, okay?

Hug6

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!

Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
27 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
29
19 March 2021 - 1:01 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Her checkup was good.  Her vet didn’t even charge us for the visit.  They said they were just happy to see us.  We go to a small clinic that she’s been going to her whole life and they have been so helpful through everything.  Plus she loves everybody there so it’s always fun to go see her friends.  They gave us a lot more tramadol and some gabapentin but left the others the same.  She has a little bit of fluid buildup but her vet said everything looked really good.  Her temp was normal and she had a ton of energy today!   She seems like she’ll be her old goofy self in no time.  She was ready for a walk this morning before we left but I haven’t been letting her walk too much so just a pee and a poop!   While I was trying to figure out how I was going to get her into the car she just jumped right in no problem, like she’s done it her whole life with only 3 legs.   She was pretty beat after the vet though and is napping now without lunch.  But I have some more salmon for her when she wakes up and she’s never turned that down.   Lol.  I feel like we turned a corner today.  She is in really good spirits.  Her vet noted that her attitude was great for a dog not even 3 days out of surgery.  Her vet said I can walk her on the sidewalk and let her get some fresh air.   She said nothing strenuous but that if she wants to take an easy walk it would be good for us both.  I’m so happy about her energy level, her attitude, her seeming to not be in much pain.  It’s still early but this has been a lot easier to deal with than I thought. She is bouncing back so fast!  I’m just amazed at her progress today!    Thanks again.  This site really has been amazing! 

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 29596
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
30
19 March 2021 - 1:07 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I love your upbeat pawsitivity and great attitude, looks like Maebee is doing fantastic! Her vet obviously adores her, that is so nice to work with such an attentive practice. I’m glad they gave you the Gabapentin too, it’s definitely helpful during recovery.

Cheers to hoppy days ahead!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 86
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1138
Members: 12513
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 16921
Posts: 237655
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG