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Chewies story so far.
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16 July 2011 - 3:29 pm
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Cambridge contacted us today to say how well Chewie has been over the past few days and we should be able to be reunited on monday! its been a very empty home and we are looking forward to her tapping the wall with her tail again.

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16 July 2011 - 4:41 pm
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Thanks for the update! Looking forward to hearing about Chewie’s homecoming.

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18 July 2011 - 2:32 pm
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Shes' back with us!!

we were so nervous sitting in the vet hospital waiting to see her, many thoughts were going through our minds, but then the door opened and she came hopping in! my fears were dramaticaly reduced, yes see was hopping and she has a shaved patch, you can see the stitches and her tummy! but above all shes still the same chewie that we left, i am amazed how dogs react to new situations and get on with it. she is still unstable on her 3 legs and sits down after a few steps, but its only day 4. shes now asleep and looking very relaxed on her favorite blanket in her favorite place. I'm still not sure if its been the right decision, but like you guys have said, each day at a time, thats how dogs take it, and maybe we should learn from that. thanks for being so helpful with these so difficult times. Will keep updating as the days go on. tonight we celebrate that our little girl is home!

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18 July 2011 - 2:35 pm
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That's terrific news!!!!

Way to go Chewie!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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18 July 2011 - 2:56 pm
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Welcome home Chewie! Best wishes for a complete speedy recovery.

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18 July 2011 - 6:34 pm
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Excellent news! Trouble was so much like that.  The moment I saw her, she looked at me to see if the 'new' Trouble was ok with me.  I reassured her, and from that moment I knew she was ok – we were ok.  I knew we had made the right decision.

Recovery is still hard, even when everything goes ok.  You just tend to be stressed from constantly watching to be sure all is well.  Get that much needed rest. You'll be glad you did.

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19 July 2011 - 3:52 pm
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Chewies had a relaxing day today, she wants to keep going outside, but the vets have told us to keep the exercise down to 3 x 10mins a day. Although when she goes out she lays outside and watches everything in her garden, so we think its ok. She does breath quickly and I have read in other posts that could be the tramadol. I think i’ll alter the dose tomorrow instead of 3 x 50 twice a day, I make it 2 x 50, 3 times a day. It might spread the dose out abit better, also with her 50 of metacam in the morning. so all is going well, she gets tired in the afternoon and has a long sleep, but at 5days I think thats normal. I’ll post again in a few days time to let you know how chewie is getting on. Many thanks to all.

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19 July 2011 - 5:31 pm
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Thanks for the update! Heavy panting is indeed a common side effect of tramdaol.

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24 July 2011 - 2:45 pm
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10 days since her op. and she has had good days and not so good ones, the first few she decided she would do as much as she could, but then the next few started to tell on her front legs. the past few days she has spent sitting on her bed and just resting, we chose to keep her in for the past 2 days, only letting her out in the garden for a very short time and it seems to have paid off, she doesnt look so tired and wants to interact more, although now, she once again is fast asleep. the stitches should come out on tuesday which will be another little tick in the boxes. she eats well and she has started to walk far more on her front legs, with her head being further down and her rear leg bouncing along just holding the rear up. i hope she knows we have done this to stop the pain for her, and to give her some more time(maybe years) with the family who loves her. if only she could tell us, but i guess thats' what we all wish. next weekend we'll take her into work as she always came in with us everyday, there are far to many customers asking how and where she is. it would only be right to reunited her with all her friends!

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24 July 2011 - 2:57 pm
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Sounds like the typical recovery roller coaster, try to enjoy the ride! Thanks for the update.

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25 July 2011 - 2:10 am
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One thing we have noticed is she keeps looking down at her missing leg and her muscles that have now been folded in the socket area are continueously trembling. Has anyone else had/seen this after effect?

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25 July 2011 - 8:47 am
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Glad Chewie is doing so well !.

I well remember the period of muscle trembling and the occasional cramping after Io's amputation but this did pass quite soon quickly became less frequent.

Your posts really brings it all back –  Io (our Irish Wolfhound) – http://iowolfho……com  is now 6 months past a front left leg amputation.  I hope and suspect that you will be amazed as we were at how things progress over the next few weeks/months.  It has been a real experience to see just exactly how dogs just get on with it and adapt.  I wish we had made a list of all the things we thought we not see Io do again as a tripwd as I think we would have crossed most of them off of that list now.  There are probably a few diffcult times ahead but also some great moments as Chewie ovecomes this “minor annoyance” and gets back to her old life.  The sight of Io chasing and stalking his first rabbit a couple of months after amputation had my wife standing there trying to watch him through flood of tears !!!

Wishing you all well in the recovery and if you thought she was popular with customers before then you should be prepared for the fame of  “the three legged dog ” !!!

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25 July 2011 - 10:00 am
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One thing we have noticed is she keeps looking down at her missing leg and her muscles that have now been folded in the socket area are continueously trembling. Has anyone else had/seen this after effect?

Yes, absolutely. The nerves are “re-learning,” that's all. If you notice any whining or crying out, ask your vet about whether or not that could be a sign of phantom leg pain. It's something many tripawds go through but not anything that can't be alleviated with these tips and a prescription of Gabapentin, if necessary.

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27 July 2011 - 3:18 pm
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Reading this forum has helped us in certain areas, but I have to agree that there is nothing like living the experience. The day to day journey really is that. Some days you feel all is going very well, but the next day it feels as though things have gone back to the beginning. Chewie at the moment seems to have more days of just laying around and sleeping, not wanting to get up to much and looking absolutly and totally fed up! It’s these days that make you wonder whether you have made the right discission. today she came to work, but spent all day laying around, sleeping or just looking at things on her side. We sometimes feel she has gone deaf, because we have to call her lots of times before she responds. I do hope she will get a little bit of sparkle back in her eyes, at the moment her eyes look very dull with not much life in them. Sorry to sound low, but that’s what today has brought, tomorrow will be a different day, hopefully for chewie too!

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6 August 2011 - 1:37 am
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just over three weeks on!
Chewies has had just like you guys have said, some good and some not so good days throughout the 3 weeks. she has been spending lots of time laying round the house looking very bored. not wanting to get up much and walk around – so we thought!

My wife decided to take her down to our local park yesterday, which i thought was to far, its a 10minute walk to the park. how wrong i was, she walked her down there and as they reached the entrance Chewie was pulling on her lead to get in!

They stayed in the park, chewie off the lead and in the stream, enjoying every minute! I totaly different dog to the one at home! Its really cheered us all up as i thought she was not coping very well.

She keeps looking at the stairs in the house, as she used to sleep upstairs on the landing, i'm sure it wont be long before she trying to get back up stairs!

Days are looking better now and she's certainly ready for her daily walks to the park!

Its been a hard decision, but you guys are all right, for those owners who are in the decision making point of life, take your time, but remember its' no where near as bad as you think it will be AND you still have your family member and best friend with you at the end!

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