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Jett aka Jettalino - Becoming a tripod
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22 June 2020 - 3:54 pm
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Okay, deep breath.  The hard part is over!  Surgery is done and he is starting  to recober!!

No worries at all about  not pooping.  That ,at take several days because of meds, etc.

No worries at all about not being mobile yet.  He just had MAJOR surgery and is on heavy duty pain meds, while still shaking  off the hospital  meds.  He’ll get his sea legs slowly but surely.   Yes, patience  is a necessary  tool in your recovery  tool kit!

YAY for peeing and eating (some)!  The peeing amd drinking  are more important  than the eating and pooping right now.  Just continue  to give him some of the yummiest  food he will eat.  Sometimes  smaller portions of “good stuff” several times a day is a good approach  for now.

Yes, seromas  do happen.  Sounds like you’ve got a good handle on ot by checking  with your Vet.  The fluid eventually  is reabsorbed without any issues. 

Right now it’s  all about rest, rest, rest.  Potty breaks and more rest.  Sloppw and easy.  Jett is recovering  at his own pace and in his own way.  Yoi still have a rough several days to go through.   Usually, not always, but usually  the sparkle starts to come back around two-ish weeks.  Slpwly but surely!

STAY CONNECTED, okay??? Ask any questions  that arise.  We’re  here for you!

And I am soooo disappointed  that you had such a negative  experience  at VRCC.  When things settle down a bit, I would ask to speak to the owner and let him know yoir experience.   This is not how he would want his staff to treat customers.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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22 June 2020 - 4:46 pm
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Awww sweetie pie, look at you standing up and getting your sea legs! You look good. I’m so happy to see your photos. smiley4

Everything that’s going on sounds pretty normal and really good overall. He’s eating and urinating? YAY! 

I love that you are super aware of all of the signs of what to look for and that’s GREAT. Good for you to know what to expect.

Many dogs don’t poop for a few days and you can speed things up with some olive oil, steamed pumpkin pulp or even bran flakes in his food.

I’m sorry you had a bummer clinic experience. Things are so up in the air and wonky right now because of the pandemic, but it doesn’t make you feel any better when they can’t answer basic questions. I agree, make an appointment to talk to the practice manager so they know about your experience. 

Try to stay pawsitive and remember that Jett is doing pretty well overall. This won’t last forever. Keep us posted OK? 

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22 June 2020 - 5:33 pm
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Hi Shakira!  In spite of some of the issues at the clinic, you must be so relieved to have your Jett at home with you.  I know Sally and Jerry already addressed this, but Jett is doing exactly what he should be right now and you are clearly on top of what to look for with his recovery.  You didn’t mention anything about pain meds – does Jett seem comfortable?  He shouldn’t be moving around too much, but you want to make sure to stay ahead of managing his pain.  I know you plan to call the vet tomorrow, so if you share here what meds you have for Jett, someone will let you know if you should ask the vet about any of them or the dosages.  Good luck and sending hugs to you and Jett!  ~ Stacy

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23 June 2020 - 8:47 am
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Well Jett pooped this morning bright and early when I took him out!!!! Victory!!

His medications are Gabapentin 50mg and Antirobe 75mg. I wrap them in chicken breast so he takes them lol. I give them to him every 8-12 hours. He has not shown any signs of pain thus far. 

He walked for the vet which was great. I was shocked. She said she wanted to see his mobility and that he is doing really well. I continue to carry him as much as possible. He does little movement to get comfortable. I take his cone off once I have eyes on him. He has not shown any interest in looking at his shoulder. We go back next Wednesday to have the stitches removed.

As for VRCC, i’ll just cut my loses. I’m happy Jett is alive and kicking. If he had to stay longer then I would have thrown a fit! lol

Drumrolllllllllllllllllllll……tah dah! The vet said he didn’t have as much bruising as expected and that it looks great!

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23 June 2020 - 9:21 am
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YAAAAAY FOR poopicon!   And he’s mobile somewhat, more YAAAY for Jett!

Yeah, his incision  looks good.  He is such an adoravle looking puppet.  Lpve his ears!

Now, he may have a vit of a crash in a day or two once all the good hospital meds are out of his system.  Aome do, some don’t. 

Good job of getting the meds in him along with some yummy food.

Keep us posted and give that cute boy a smooch for  us!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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23 June 2020 - 10:52 am
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Wheeeee! Look at that smiley face! He does look really, really good and that’s a healthy incision. I’m so happy to see him in full recovery mode, you must be so relieved.

The stitches will start to get realllllly itchy over the next few days so continue with the cone and he won’t have any lucky trying to get at them.

Keep up the great recovery!

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Jerry you read my mind! I turned my head and there he was trying to get to it with him back left foot! What should I do??????

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23 June 2020 - 2:17 pm
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You could try a sock or a bootie or some vet wrap on the back foot.  You could also try a tee-shirt to cover the incision area.

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My entire post just disappeared! I wrote a lovely update on Jet!!!

Here goes again…..

Jett is going on 3 weeks post surgery. He is doing great! Very low impact activity. I carried him for about a week before I put his gentle leader back on lol. Great arm workout! I was exhausted! Little guy but heavy lol. He is moving around pretty well. Still trying to catch his bearings a learning what he can and can’t do anymore(peeing with his leg up) lol. He fell over a couple times until he found a technique that worked. His stitches were removed about a week ago. He has not tried to scratch or lick the area. It is scabbing and drying him. I noticed he would belt out these little cries. They think its his muscles readjusting. Need to confirm. 

I spoke with one of his surgeons and his pathology results were Stage 2 Soft Tissue Sarcoma. *exhale* 

My goal is to post a video for you guys next. 

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Oh man I’m sorry that happened to the post! If it happens again let us know. I’m just thrilled that you rewrote it and shared this terrific news! 

When does he let out the little cries? Just curious. 

Glad he’s mobile and your arms are getting a break now.

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YAAAAAAY FOR AN EXCELLENT THREE WEEK RECOVERY  AND AMPUVERSARY!👏👏👏 

He is soooo cute!  Looks like he has the front leg tripawd stance down pat.  

Yeah, it takes about one month to get all the mobility  issues worked out.   Tjey develop  a new way of doing something  of the old way doesn’t  work anymore.  My front legger Frankie stretches out in the front with a slight seatback benf and spaces his rear legs apart some and pees beautiful  streams perfectly  without  getting a drop on him.😎

Yeah, let is k ow more about the little yelps.  Sometimes  a stitch can be left in or ,aybe he needs more massaging  to keep his muscles from being tight. 

Hugs 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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