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Chester home from amputation
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7 February 2022 - 11:35 am
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Hello 

I am new here and my 7 year old rescue Chester just got home from his surgery. It has been bumpy as he is quite stoic and was a beautiful runner and a social guy with both people and animals. He's been sleeping a ton and having difficulties with the peeing thing. Just got the help em up harness- unsure if I can use it with stitches so am using a homemade canvas bag to assist as he is a big guy. 

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7 February 2022 - 1:32 pm
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Hi Chester & furmily! Thanks for joining us and sharing how it's going. We are here to help! Recovery isn't easy as you already know but it's not forever. When it's behind you, Chester will be a beautiful runner again, and inspire more people than ever. What was the reason for his amputation?

As for the harness, we recommend waiting until stitches are out unless you really need it to help him get outside--especially if a front leg is amputated (which leg is it on Chester?). If that's the case, put a t-shirt on him first, then the harness and don't leave it on all day. Check to make sure the straps aren't bugging the incision.

Sleeping is good, you want him to rest as much as possible right now. He will eventually figure out how to pee. Here's an article for you to check out that might help him:

How to Help a New Tripawd Urinate

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