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First off let me introduce myself, I am Kimberly and I am the owner of my sweet pit/lab mix Jackson. My family consists of me, my fiance, our 3 boys (age 11,8 and 2), and out kitty. We got Jackson when he was just 4 months old from our local animal shelter. He has always been the most fun loving, goofball of a dog that loves his family and life. Just a few months ago he started having problems with his knee to where he would not walk on it anymore and kept holding it up. At first I thought he may have torn his ACL, so we tried many different braces but none of them seemed to work and he was getting worse as the days went on. I ended up bringing him to the vet that my best friend recommended, The Ridge Animal Hospital in Sanford, ME. 

Well when I brought him to the vet I was told that the xray showed that he either had really bad arthritis or bone cancer. This news was devestating to me because my sweet pup that I have loved for almost 6 years was not doing good and I was not sure what was going to end up happening in the long run. They sent us home with antiinflammatory medications and a 1 month follow up visit. The antiinflammatorys seemed to help with the pain, but there was no way he was ever going to walk on all four legs again. 

Then a week before he had his follow up appointment his pain started to get really bad to the point where I would have to hand feed and water him. I knew something horribly wrong was up, so I called the vet and they told me to take him in. So the next day, I ended up bringing him back to the vet and the vet said I am afraid to tell you, that this most likely 95% is cancer of his bone and he needs to have it amputated in the next few days or he will need to be euthinized. Hearing those words broke my heart, because financially I was not able to afford this by any means all of it alone especially after the vet visits that we have made and having 3 children. The vet saw how upset I was about not wanting to put my poor baby down and said that she would help work it all out. 

Those words made my heart skip a beat. I could not beleive that there were such amazing people in this world! So that day I ended up talking with my best friend and she turned around and said to me that she was going to pay for his surgery! I was so blessed to have her and still am now! She is the best friend anyone could ask for and of course I am going to pay her back, but I am allowed to do it in payments instead of being so far behind! 

So the next few days I brought Jackson back to the vet bright and early to have his leg amputated. That whole day I was anxiously awaiting the phonecall to hear from the vet, that every phone call that came on my phone my heart skipped a beat. Until about 2pm that is when I got the call! I was told that Jackson made it through and he had no complications and he was doing very well and that I could pick him up around 5pm! I was so happy that I cried like a baby. 

Around 5pm I picked him up from the vets and the surgeon told me that everything went great and that he does not belive that he has bone cancer! I was like waht? Are you serious? He said yes because his knee joint was fused together. We can send off a peice of his bone to have it tested for sure to see if it is cancer or not or we can wait to see. I am thinking of having this done but can not afford this right now. 

Then a few minutes later I was brought into an exam room and they brought me my baby! I was so happy to see him and he even wagged his tail for me even through the drugged up feeling that he had from anethesia. At that moment, I realized that my pup was going to make it! That I was now going to have an even more special dog! 

I can not thank everyone enough for helping me get this surgery for my dog! It is so sureal. He is already improving and it is only the first day after surgery. He is still needing help eating and drinking but anything I can do to nurse him back to help I am going to do. He is my baby and I love him so much! I can’t help but to keep crying over the joy I have of being able to give him a better life yet again. First time home after surgery! Momma got me on the couch all comfy <3Image Enlarger

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Hi and welcome! Awww he is such a handsome pup! So glad he’s on the mend.

I’m on my phone now so I will be back in a bit with more to say, I just wanted to get your post approved so others can see it. Stay tuned!

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Hey I’m back. Wow I just read how Jackson was able to have his amputation, what a great team he has on his side! Your friend is a real angel, what a sweet thing to do for you two! #TeamJacksonRocks! And YAY for no cancer!

We are glad you joined but of course sorry you had to find us in the first place. Meanwhile I’m going to bet that you will be amazed at how well Jackson does. Remember to take things slow to avoid muscle and joint stress, and follow your vet’s orders to the T. It will all lead to a better recovery.

In the meantime do check out Jerry’s Required Reading List and the Tripawds e-books library for lots of tips about life on three legs. And of course share more photos and ask as many questions as you would like, we are here to help!

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Hi and welcome!

How is Jackson doing? What medications has he come home with? I am really glad to hear that it was not cancer, and it sounds as if this was the right way to go either way. Your road to recovery may be a little bumpy here and there, but hang in there and we will help you through it. 

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Hey I’m back. Wow I just read how Jackson was able to have his amputation, what a great team he has on his side! Your friend is a real angel, what a sweet thing to do for you two! #TeamJacksonRocks! And YAY for no cancer!

We are glad you joined but of course sorry you had to find us in the first place. Meanwhile I’m going to bet that you will be amazed at how well Jackson does. Remember to take things slow to avoid muscle and joint stress, and follow your vet’s orders to the T. It will all lead to a better recovery.

In the meantime do check out Jerry’s Required Reading List and the Tripawds e-books library for lots of tips about life on three legs. And of course share more photos and ask as many questions as you would like, we are here to help!  

Thank you! It sure has been a whirlwind but we are so happy to start seeing out pup happy again. 

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Hi and welcome!

How is Jackson doing? What medications has he come home with? I am really glad to hear that it was not cancer, and it sounds as if this was the right way to go either way. Your road to recovery may be a little bumpy here and there, but hang in there and we will help you through it. 

Jackie and Huckleberry heart  

Thank you! He came home on Tramadol, an anti-inflammatory (I always forget the name of) and augmentin. He has been doing great. He was on gabapentin right before his surgery and I ended up having to give him one today because he is out of the tramadol yesterday morning. He was it a little bit more pain than I wanted to see him in. He still has his drain they wanted him to have it in until Thursday now when it was to be removed last night. His stitches look great besides a little bit of redness since he managed to lick it last night. he sure keeps us on our toes but we love him so much! 

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Thanks for the update on Jackson.  I just want to jump through the computer  screen and snuggle with him!  Such a sweetie!!

Good for you for staying  on top of his pain management!  It is still very early on in  recovery and most dogs stay on Tramadol  and Gabapentin for approximately  two weeks.  The pain meds must stay  in Jackson ‘s system in a consistent  daily basis, or else the pain gets ahead start and  it’s hard to get it under control.

And yeah, sometimes  the drains have to stay in for awhile until the drainage  slows down considerably,  or stops.

JACKSON!!!  You leave those stitches  alone!!   You may have to keep the cone on so he can’t  get to those stitches.   They are probably  starting  to itch.

Good job of watching  over your boy.  Tive him a snuggle for us❤

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