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22 April 2020 - 11:58 pm
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Hello everyone,

I just found the Tripawds site today and have spent the past 6 hours or so consuming as much information as I could. I figured it’d be a good idea to join the forum and introduce myself and my girl, Aspen Matthews. She’s a Siberian that just had her 11th birthday in January, and she’s been by my side since she was 7 weeks old. She’s my best friend.

She’s going in for surgery in the morning to have her left front leg removed. I took her in to see her vet a few days ago after I noticed her shoulder looked a bit swollen. She was licking at it and I had thought we were going to be told it was an insect bite or sting, something annoying but minor. Turns out to be OSA. 

We will be getting biopsy results after the surgery to see what our options are for moving forward. 

Reading people’s stories here who have gone through this has been really helpful in getting me to wrap my head around what to expect. How to manage the changes we’ll be facing. So thank you all for sharing those with those of us who are wandering into the unknown.

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Welcome and best wishes for Aspen, she is beautiful!

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Hi, and I just love the avatar of Aspen. She is georgus!

Brownie also had Front leg amputation when he was 11, 10 days before his 12th birthday. He was diagnosed with osa.

At first I was worried due to his age, but let me tell you that boy surprised me every day, and I am sure Aspen will surprise you. She will do everything she does now, but will find a different way of doing it.

You found the right site for support. If you have hard floors think about getting some non skid rugs.

I would love to see more pictures! 

Sending positive thoughts your way!

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!

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     Ziva just had her surgery yesterday, so we are on day one of recovery. 

This site has been a god send use it up. So much good info and stories that help. So far the hardest part for me an Ziva was just getting to and past the surgery. Lots of second guessing lots of guilt on our human part. Trust me when I say our pet doesn’t care about cance or surgery or nothin. They just wanna be happy. 

     I know Ziva is kinda bummed out right now but I know my girl and she’ll be back at it in a day or two. I’m gonna have to slow her down. 

   In the mean time spoil your baby cause right now you can get away with a few extra pounds on them!!

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Thank you all for the kind words and support. I just talked to the vet. Her blood work came back great but the chest x-rays showed her heart was an odd shape. They sent the images over to a radiologist to try and get a better idea of what is going on. 

The radiologist believes it’s an aortic arch and is just the way she was born. Without further scans they couldn’t completely rule out the possibility of it being a mass or more serious issue, but they said that it was an unlikely scenario. The additional scans would need to be performed at another location with a specialist that could take a couple of weeks to get into.

So we are moving forward as planned. They’re prepping her for surgery now.

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Just remember you are doing this for her, So she can have a pain free life.

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!

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Thank you. The right decisions are often the hardest. 

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Just catching  up on yoir beautiful Aspen Matthews. Yes, a hard decision  but a decision out of ,ove is always the right decision. 

We are here to help support yoi every step of the way and Tom answer a y questions  you may have.   Ut for now, we’ll just send healing energy and lots of love to you and your sweet girl.

So is she out of surgery yet?

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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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Hi benny55,

She is out of surgery and is currently laying here next to me. It was rough transporting her home, but she has calmed down and has been sleeping quietly for about the past 4 hours. Just keeping a close eye on her for now.

Thank you for asking and I will start a new thread in the Recovery forum with updates.

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Just remember all dogs recover different. Brownie being mature and a light weight with medication mostly slept for the first two weeks. Which was fine because his vet said to limit activity until the stiches come out. Week three was his breaking out moment with some help of cookies.

So just let her rest and potty breaks. She will let you know when She is ready. 

I would love to see more pics. I am in love with her eyes!

And belly rubs are so much better with that bum leg gone. Sendinfbpostive thoughts your way for a speedy recovery!

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!

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I’m so glad she’s home and snuggling with you! I will look for your update in Treatment and Recovery, thanks for starting a new topic.

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