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14 September 2019 - 7:44 pm
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Your Vet sounds wonderful!!! Glad you have Tramadol  and Gabapentin  to work together now.

Yes, the panic does start to lessen with each day.  And when you see little glimpses of Gucci’s sparkle come baxk,  you will feel so relieved! And it will happen!  

Cant wait to see pictures of Gucci!

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

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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16 September 2019 - 6:19 pm
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Hi, Its wonderful that Gucc is doing well! Brownie was a senior when he had his amputation (three weeks before his 12th birthday) and he had no complications. However, it took him about three weeks to get his spark back. And then he returned to his old stubbrand self that barks ever time he wants something. 

As it was pointed out to me that it can take a senior a little longer to get their mojo back, but they will!

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16 September 2019 - 6:27 pm
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By th way, brownie’s vet gave him three months and he is now on month seven. His Hollostic Vet said he is so stubbrand he will probably out live all of us….

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17 September 2019 - 6:40 am
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Aw I’m so glad Brownie is doing well! It’s easy to get caught up in the number. We just got the biopsy back and it’s definately osteosarcoma. We pretty much knew this though….She does seem pretty slow to get moving but you’re right, she’s a bit older and might take more time to adjust. 

I’m not convinced that the Tramadol is helping her. It knocks her out, but it makes her unsteady on her feet, and I’m giving her a half dose once a day instead of twice. She also seems uncomfortable overnight. She sits up and licks her lips about 4 or 5 times a night. I’m going to try not giving it to her at all today and see if that helps her sleep better. 

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21 September 2019 - 3:37 pm
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Hey y’all! Gucci seems to be recovering ok, her balance gets a little better everyday. Yesterday she stopped eating and didn’t want to drink any water. She’a vocalizing more than she ever has, and I’m a little concerned. She seems to be walking/hopping very gingerly. I’m not sure if she is just sore from using her muscles in a new way, or if she possibly  hurt her back leg. 

We have a vet visit scheduled for this coming Tuesday to remove her sutures. Hopefully she’s feeling better by then

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21 September 2019 - 7:21 pm
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Im not an expert on meds, but i kept Brownie on Rimadyl. It really seems to help him being a senior tripawd. I only gave Brownie half the tramadol dose in the day, because it made him so dopey. But at night I have bomb the full dose so he would rest comfortable. But in would ask your vet.

Adding sardines to Brownie’s food got him to eat and they also contain omega 3. I also would heat the food up in the microwave for about 15 seconda to make the smell stronger. It worked for him, bit there were days the first couple of weeks I have to hand feed.

Let us know what the vet saids.

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21 September 2019 - 7:26 pm
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Sorry for the typing errors!

Are you famiar with the book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide “? It’s a great book with a lot of information, ideas and recipes for pets with cancer.

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21 September 2019 - 8:18 pm
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What is she on for meds right now and how often? If she seems painful you might need to talk to your vet about adjusting them.  

She’s still early in recovery and might need an adjustment or increase in medication. 

Huck was on pain meds for three weeks before i weaned him off.  That’s not uncommon. 

Please talk to your vet and let us know how you make out. 

Hugs, 

Jackie and Huck❤

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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22 September 2019 - 5:29 am
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Thank you both! I will update after this weeks vet visit 💩

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22 September 2019 - 5:12 pm
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If you haven’t  already done so, massage up and down her spine, her neck and shoulder area, her hip area.  See if you notice any signs of tenseness ot tenderness.  Any chance she’s  pulled a  muscle ? It’s  very, very easy to do when tripawds are first adjusting to three.

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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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