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Lucy - Soon to be Tripawd
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22 December 2011 - 6:30 pm
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Hi Mary,

Tri-pug Maggie didn't have a BM until day 5 or 6. Combination of fasting before surgery, not much apatite, and the pain meds. She also did not do well on tramadol- agitated and restless.  I think a necessary evil at the beginning though.  Speaking from experience surgeries involving bone can be very painful.  Of course our pups are tougher than us!

I hope you did a little 'first pee' dance!!  We like to celebrate everything around here.


And if I may put on my moderator hat for a moment- you might think about starting a new thread for Lucy under the Treatment and Recovery forum.  It makes it easier for other members to track Lucy's progress, and you can title it with your question too.


Karen and the pugapalooza

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23 December 2011 - 6:06 am
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Hello, and welcome! I joined recently as well, and have a BC Mix who I am picking up today from amputation surgery. He did have a nerve sheath tumor, and had the limp they could not figure out for over a year. I'm glad the surgery went well for Lucy and they didn't find what they thought! That's a good thing! Happy's NST was way up by the spine, they had to go in the spine, and they don't think they got it all. I wish I would have known to ask for an MRI earlier, but they all said these things are so small and hard to find, esp. at first. I am excited to learn that he has popped already and has been up and outside on his own already..I guess I will take it from here! Good luck with Lucy's recovery and I am so glad she's doing well!

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23 December 2011 - 6:07 am
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That's *pooped* 🙂

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Welcome Happy!  I can certainly relate to your situation.  We happened on an orthopedic vet who had some experience with the NST, some, but much.  Yes, she said they are very hard to find and so the contrast that did show up on the MRI was assumed to be the tumor.  Either way the leg was lame and seemed to be getting worse almost by the day.  Something else we are looking at is a homeopathic vet, one of our neighbors has experience with Dr Charles Loops in the recovery with lymphona in her dog.  We talked to him the day of Lucy's surgery and he works with about 8 – 10 dogs a year diagnosed with NSTs.  He works with you over the phone and provides remedies he can send out the same day, which work along your western veterinarian.  He provides a first time 5 minute free consultation, you can find him online.  

Karen, thank you for continuing to point me in the right direction, it is MUCH appreciated!  We did the first poop dance last night!!  I did the second one early this morning! 

Lucy's front right leg was amputated 12/19/11. Thankfully there was no tumor, but her nerves were found to be degenerative.  Life as a tripawd is Lucy's new adventure!!

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