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13 February 2009 - 4:18 pm
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marleyflynn said:

… she seems kind of antsy … 


Most likely just side effects from the meds. Marley will ride it out, all she needs right not is rest and time to recuperate. Another great day is a good thing. Thnaks for the update!

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I guess we were due for a not so great night – a lot of panting last night, more today and some trembling. She's been licking her incision some too. Probably just side effects from the Tramadol? She also wants to be outside all the time! Kevin took her out several times during the night and a couple of times she didn't even pee – just stood out there. I remember even before the surgery she would want to go out a lot – sometimes would just stand on the back step for a bit and then come back in. I have her now on her bed in the dining room with the window open! (It's 32 degrees here today.) I remember reading about other dogs wanting to be outside a lot. 

any thoughts?? It seems strange to me that the tramadol would all of a sudden start to make her pant – she was fine up until last night…

thanks! 

Holly, Kevin and Marley

P.S. A friend of mine has a 10 yr old chocolate lab who has diabetes, is completely blind and they just found a tumor in her bladder! I so feel her pain… trying to keep her thinking positive, living one day at a time, etc. I wish she had a site like this for support! 

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14 February 2009 - 11:20 am
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Just spoke with the surgeon – she is telling us to discontinue the tramadol cold turkey. Wow. I'm scared! but she thinks the trembling and panting is a side effect. Hopefully Marley will be ok with nothing? She's been taking 1 1/2 tablets (50mg) 3 times a day. wondering how long others were on pain meds? 

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They took Cemil off the Tramadol on the day his staples were removed (Day 12) because they thought it was making him more groggy than he needed to be.  I too wondered if he'd feel more pain, but he didn't.  He was on the Carprofen (Rimadyl) for a few more days, but he's off that now too.  We'll be at 3 weeks on Monday, and the Tramadol went away a week ago.  There were no withdrawal effects.

On wanting to be outside–Cemil did too.  It's an Anatolian Shepherd thing, having to do with the job of patrolling during the night, but he was more insistant about it when he began to feel pain.  I mentioned it to a people doctor I was working with, and he said that lying on cold concrete would be like putting on a cold compress.  It slows down the blood supply and sooths pain.  Could be…

Good thoughts to your friend with the chocolate lab–my yellow lab Alle is 14 and diabetic and had a bad night last night, but she seems to be okay this morning.  You just never know what's going on inside those fur bodies.  Anyway, good thoughts to both of you.

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14 February 2009 - 11:37 pm
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Your vet sounds like she's on target with her thoughts about the Tramadol. Lots of dogs here have had withdrawal effects from the pain meds given during and after surgery. The antsiness sounds very similar to what other Tripawds have experienced soon after amputation. I wouldn't worry too much as long as you're in communication with the vet, and she's eating and eliminating.

Hang in there! A couple of weeks from now you'll be looking back at all this and feeling much better about the situation at hand. Good luck, and we do send our best to your friend. Cancer is not an easy thing to cope with but at the same time, we can also learn a lot if frm it if we allow ourselves to. Keep the faith.

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Much better last night! Only out once to pee. No panting!!! amazing how those pain meds can affect them! 

thanks everyone!! 

Holly, Kevin and Marley

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Good to hear! Wonderful! Bravo!

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