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Jacks Journey (so far)
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9 February 2021 - 3:12 pm
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Hello, we are brand new to tripawds and I honestly never thought I'd be here. 

Jacks journey began on January 14, 2021. Just laying on his bed in the living room, when our new dyson vacuum had fallen over and just happened to land on him. Now, it was just a vacuum so we really thought nothing of it. However a week went by and he was still sort of favoring his foot so I took him into our vet who actually laughed when I mentioned the vacuum. This dog is never hurt so we thought he was just being a big baby about it. He gave us some meds and sent us on our way. Another week goes by and he's still limping and I can see the swelling is increasing so I took him back in. We decided to do x-rays to see if it managed to be fractured. That was when we got the news. My fur baby had bone cancer. I felt bad the vacuum had fallen on him but now I'm very thankful it did.

We did a biopsy on Feb 1 which confirmed the diagnosis. Met with an oncologist yesterday. And are scheduled for amputation on Thursday. My head is just spinning trying to grasp that this is really happening. This is my ESA, my best friend. And now I have to break the news to my 6 year old that one of her dogs is sick. We've been down playing it drastically around her. 

This will be a very emotional ride for our family but we are trying to do what we think is best for our pup and the quality of his life. 

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If I read this correctly Jack is 2 days post op. How's he doing? I know with our girl we were astonished how quickly she learned her new center of gravity, and got on with getting around.

A few things we did ahead may have helped. We got some rubber backed "runner" rugs, an elevated food bowl and a harness for when the staples came out. It all seemed to help in our case.

How's your little one handling the change in her doggie? 

I get the emotional rollercoaster you're riding. Sometimes it's just throw your hands in the air and scream, sometimes hang on for dear life, and sometimes it's revel in the joy, as Jack makes progress. 

I'm don't have much to offer for advice,  as I'm only a few weeks ahead of you on this journey. Just love on Jack, and celebrate his victories, no matter how tiny they may appear.

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Hi. My dog Sadie, a 7.5 year old Rotweiller has a similar situation and had the Amputation of her left from paw on Thursday 2/11. So far she seems to be recovering well. On day at a time. They are on the same path. 

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