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19 July 2019 - 12:31 pm
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Duke is one handsome fella. 

I can remember reading about amputation – before Rocky was diagnosed with cancer – and thinking “how could anyone do that to their dog?” I think that’s a natural first inclination. But it’s wrong. As my vet told me, after the diagnosis, “you’re not removing his leg, you’re removing his pain.” 

Again, it’s natural to think of all the ways you’re limiting your beloved pup. But dogs are amazing creatures. And you’re going to find out, I promise, that you’re really not limiting him at all. He’ll have to do some things a little differently, like squatting to pee, but he’s going to be able to do all the things on three that he could do on four. 

Recovery can be a little rough. And there will be some bumps in the road. But you’ll be amazed at how well Duke does. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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19 July 2019 - 2:52 pm
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Welcome Frank & Duke. He is quite the handsome guy. You certainly have done the right stuff for Duke, and you will see him emerge as himself. My Maggie just celebrated her 1st amputation anniversary and except for shorter walks, she gets around really well. Use this site for any and all questions you will have and ALL of the fantastic support from the members.

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20 July 2019 - 6:47 am
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Hi Frank,

I read Duke needs to drop a few pounds. Brownie was an overweight tripawd at 90 lbs when he had his surgery. I thought he looked great and said it was muscle. His vet said “oh no” he needs to loose. I put him on the diet “feed the dog,  Starve the cancer” and he is doing great at 75 lbs. He also gets around much better as a tripawd.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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20 July 2019 - 8:04 am
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Brownie was an overweight tripawd at 90 lbs when he had his surgery. I thought he looked great and said it was muscle. His vet said “oh no” he needs to loose.

Best. Advice. Ever! Thank you for your input, I had missed this part about Duke’s backstory. 

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So, I got home from a weekend trip and Duke has quite a bit of drainage from his incision. It doesn’t appear to be puss, but is quite a bit to the point that a few minutes after cleaning it, it is dripping down his leg. Any thoughts?

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22 July 2019 - 8:51 am
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What color is it?  Clear or   bloddy?  Any bad osor? Chexk out link to seroma .  

Has he done anything  slightly  “strenuous” where he could have pulled stitches?

I would call your Vet, as well as send in an email picture ahead of time.  There can be a lot of causes, all fixable!!  Depending  on cause, sometimes  a drain may be inserted for a couple of days.

Let us know how he’s doing, okay?

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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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22 July 2019 - 10:46 am
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So, it’s mostly clear, maybe a little tint of red, but a good amount. No odor.

We have an appointment with the vet today though, so hopefully it will get taken care of.

I do have a funny update, however. He has learned how to use lift a leg to pee by using the fence with that leg for balance. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen! Lol

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22 July 2019 - 2:16 pm
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HaHa!!  Duke is a very smart boy!!!   Love the visual of using the fence for balance!  When we say a tripawd eill figure  out how to do things like before,  this is a perfect example!!!!  You know we HAVE to have a video, right?  

Glad the Vet will take a look at the leakage and get a handle on. It if need be.

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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22 July 2019 - 4:45 pm
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That is too funny! Tripawds figure out all sorts of ways to adapt to the new stance. Duke reminds me of Otis’ story:

How to Help a New Tripawd Urinate

Definitely sounds like he has a seroma . Not a big deal as long as it’s not smelly or greenish or more bloody than watery. What did the vet say?

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22 July 2019 - 5:21 pm
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So, the vet cleaned it up a bit and put him on antibiotics. Doesn’t think it’s anything serious and this should take care of it 

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