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Chewies story so far.
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6 August 2011 - 7:26 am
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So glad to hear that Chewie is doing better!

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

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6 August 2011 - 7:27 am
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I'm so glad Chewie is doing better. Those first few weeks can certainly be draining. But like you said, it's not as bad as most think and you still have your best friend by your side. And that is a wonderful thing!

Like Chewie, Fortis was most happy when out and about and doing things. Swimming, going to the park and hanging out with us at Starbucks were some of his favorites. Does Chewie like to swim? It's great exercise and one we found they can do frequently and for longer periods than say walking.

Sending positive thoughts and hoping Chewie continues to improve smile

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6 August 2011 - 8:01 am
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Super Chewie update! It will only get better from this point.  That isn't to say you won't hit a bobble or two along the way, so don't think it's smooth sailing!  When you least expect it, one of those unexpected things will fall onto the path.  But you are strong, just kick it aside and keep right on going.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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6 August 2011 - 12:19 pm
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I like what hugapitbull said, I agree exactly!  Keep on keeping on Chewie, great name!

Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10

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I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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Past day she has began to whine a little bit in the evening, not sure if we’re walking her to much or whether she’s just a bit bored, we’ve put her back on metacam just incase she’s getting some pain from her back leg. I think she needs to strengthen her back leg, as sometimes it doesn’t seem to hold her weight. Now when she’s on a walk she is fine, it’s just low speed manuovering that seems to be a problem.

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21 August 2011 - 12:37 pm
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You’ve all been so helpfull over our time so far, but i have to ask, has anyone gone through the whining phase? Chewie seems fairly ok during the day, her legs still needs some strengthening, in the evening she lays down and starts to whine, we’ve no idea why, we are concerned its pain, but we give her metacam, even a morphine tablet just incase. But the whining seems to continue over the evening. Any suggestions? We are going to take her swimming next week, but just not sure how we can combat the whining, or why she is doing it.
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21 August 2011 - 12:52 pm
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I’m so sorry, I wish silly human could speak Doglish!

Whining can mean so many things, it can even mean she has too much medication in her system.

The swimming could make things worse, I would be careful. Swimming is wonderful for dogs who already have strengthening down, but if there is an injury it could exacerbate things. Has she seen a rehab therapist vet since this started?

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21 August 2011 - 12:55 pm
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I also wanted to add: what's her eating / appetite like these days? Is she eating as usual or has it decreased? A decrease in appetite is a definite indicator she's not feeling well.

Also, is there a specific time of day when this happens? Like maybe after a walk or other activity? Or is it random?

Take careful notes of the behavior so that when you do talk to a vet/PT, you can give a clear picture of her symptoms.

I hope she feels better soon!

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21 August 2011 - 9:18 pm
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I'm sorry to hear that Chewie isn't doing well.

Like admin said, you should probably take her in to the vet.  Whining is usually a sign of something like maybe pain.  And the morphine could be making her whine.   The walking could be too strenuous too.  I would certainly take her in to the vet to see.  She is 5 weeks out from amputation and things should be looking better, not worse.  Unless something else is going on.

Keep us updated!

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22 August 2011 - 7:22 am
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i dont think it anything to serious as she is walking round, eating lots and looking in nice health. but shes at the vets this afternoon for a check over.

could be this phantom pain i have heard about?

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22 August 2011 - 9:02 am
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chewbacca said:

could be this phantom pain i have heard about?

Possibly, here is more info about phantom limb pain in dogs and how to help treat it.

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22 August 2011 - 4:12 pm
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Well, seems as though she has an ear infection! So shes on some ear drops, lets hope that it clears up and she can get back to recovering again.

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22 August 2011 - 5:05 pm
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Hope that fixes her up and the whining stops. She's such a gorgeous girl!

 

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22 August 2011 - 6:18 pm
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I hope the ear drops get her all fixed up so she can get back to feeling 100% great!!

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