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17 November 2021 - 3:36 pm
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Hello! It's been a bit up and down, currently down. She's eating a little and drinking so that's good but still no defecation. I gave her miralax beginning yesterday (she won't eat pumpkin). Her interest in walking on her own stopped yesterday so I'm sure that's the pain level making her scared to move. It's tough because I've never seen her so uninterested in her surroundings. When I've tried to get her up to move, she'll turn back to her bed. I know this surgery is major (only 8 days ago) so I have to keep that perspective. Just hard to see her like this, plus very hard to move her big body around when she's not willing to help. Thank you for the reminder that she's on her own timeline, plus she's a slow girl anyway so this is on brand.

I noticed that her back is very arched when hopping so I am trying to massage her when she sleeps. Is that normal?

Thank you as always for your support. 

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17 November 2021 - 8:01 pm
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Hey Amy,

I'm sorry I've been away today and just saw your post. So, it could be that she's just so uncomfortable from constipation that she doesn't feel like doing much. The arched back is one of many pain signals that you're mentioning though (disinterest, low appetite), so that got my radar up. Does your vet know? If not please call them in the morning OK? She may need more help getting the poop to move along. Don't panic though because yes, 8 days is not a long time when it comes to recovery, but it is a long time to not poop so it's a good idea to have a vet convo tomorrow. 

Are there any other concerns, like is the incision looking OK? 

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17 November 2021 - 8:16 pm
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Ditto Jerry.  

And keep up the massages.  Do you feel any extra tension  spots when you massage  up and down her spine, her neck, her shoulders?

So had she walked a little on her own and stopped yesterday?  What are her meds, the dose, the frequency?  They may need a little tweaking.  On an antibiotic?

What's her water intake like? .  Of course you want her appetite  to pick up, but if she's the least bit dehydrated  that could slow the.  poopicondown too.  So come on sweet girl, we need to do a hoppy.poopicon  dance around here.  You'll feel better!

Try not to be frustrated.  Easier said than done, right?  Just keep giving  her any yummy food she'll eat.  Maybe have someone  come visit her she really likes to perk her up some.  Keep your energy upbeat and strong  and confident.   

Keep us posted.  Soon this will all be in the rear view mirror....just hard to believe  it right now, but it's true-!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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18 November 2021 - 9:38 am
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Hello and thank you! 

I've been trying to talk to my vet at UCD but it can be hard to get a response. I'll emailed my local vet last night and will follow up today with a call. Jerry, her incision looks good. The pain signal indication is interesting.. she's on 400mg of gaba every 8 hours but I'll ask the vet when I hear back. Sally, her back has always been tight, she has one of those long GP backs so I try to massage it. She's on 100mg of Rimadyl twice a day. Water intake was low yesterday because she didn't move at all. I just added water to her food. She only drinks water standing up. That's my goal shortly is to muscle her up and get her moving. Good reminder on getting some fresh visitors here to inspire her, Sally. I think she's done with me!icon_lol I'll also switch gears on her food so I can get more moisture in her. Maybe some boiled chicken.

Yesterday was really tough but today is a new day. It has to be the pain, and I think it scares her to move now. 

Thank you both for all you do for us newbie Tripawds!

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18 November 2021 - 9:51 am
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Hmm. Yeah good plan to reach out to your local vet, give them a call soon if you don't hear back. Be sure to have all the symptoms written down so you are well-prepared.

That's a good sign that she will stand to drink! It really is. When a dog is feeling really crappy they will lay down to eat and drink.

Not a vet, but 400mg Gaba may not be enough for a dog her size. I've seen some go up to 600 x3 daily (our Wyatt was, during his most painful days) so check with your vet.

Also, I'm wondering if there's any way that a mobile rehab therapist can come to your home to check her out? If you'd like help locating one so you can call around let me know.

Keep us posted. We are sending Tripawd Power your way!

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18 November 2021 - 11:57 am
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Hey Jerry! Got my neighbors mobile vet coming this afternoon. And what a treasure she is.. fully explained what's happening in her system to put me at ease. I've seen you and Sally discuss the delicate balance of pain medication, so she essentially reinforced that.

Yes, I'm beginning the search for a mobile rehab therapist. Since she's been immobile for a while I know she'll need specialized help. I had a dog with DM/arthritis/diabetes and used one a long while ago so I'm familiar with how amazing they are. I started my search yesterday but couldn't find anything close, but I'll also ask my new mobile vet.

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18 November 2021 - 12:45 pm
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So glad you were able to get a home visit! 👏 This whole amputation  and adapting to three is such a new experience and it's hard to know what's "normal" when you've never been there before!  And hopefully never again!   So to get some  reassurances that she's on course for a good recovey, with maybe a tweak here in thereis all that's needed, is good news.👍

Had to chuckle at your comment  about her being "do with you".  Yep, we've seen it before.  You've had to blend being her "annoying nurse" with being her BFF fun companion.  If you have someone come  over she likes and they bring a cheeseburger I bet she'll perk up and become engaged.  Yeah, recovering  dogs are funny like that😉

Yes indeedy, Tripawd Power is working!  So is the good care you are giving  your sweet girl!!  

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18 November 2021 - 2:48 pm
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WHEW! What a blessing that veterinarian is, how wonderful to be able to get some peace of mind today. I hope she starts getting some sparkle back soon! She will, just wait. It's a long haul for some and like Sally said, it's hard to know what normal is because every situation is slightly different.

I agree that a cheeseburger is in order!

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