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Rocco just had left hind limb amputated due to cancer
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8 October 2022 - 8:45 am
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A brief update on Rocco, last two days he changed from night to day. He gets up on his own without me begging in the mornings. He takes a few more steps each day. His awake periods are a bit longer.  He does not look depressed anymore. He eats and poops and drinks plenty of water. I still have him on his pain meds and .25 ml of CBD at bedtime. Today he will have a surprise visit that will make him  real happy. This friend’s daughter is now a teen but he knows her from when she was a kid he loves all kids. When they visit and he see all these grown kids he goes crazy happy. She is so sad this happened to Rocco but I asked her to be happy around him. My grandson will visit next weekend he crazy loves my grandson as well. 
As for me this reminds me of when I have potty (housebreak) trained  my dogs, sleepless nights until they learn to hold or to ring the bells hanging on the door. Then I can rest again. I am slowly sleeping more hours. As always grateful I can write Rocco’s accomplishments and my feelings and know somebody reads them. 

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8 October 2022 - 12:59 pm
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YAY!!! I hope today's special guests are the icing on the recovery cake! And what a great life lesson for his young friends too.

Your analogy about housebreaking sounds so spot-on. I'm glad you see the resemblance, and now I'll remember to dig that out of my brain the next time someone is so worried about their dog's recovery.

We are grateful YOU are here too! It's always a learning experience for the whole community when folks take time to share their journey. Thank you. And give Rocco extra smooches and belly rubs from all of us!

Virginia




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8 October 2022 - 9:25 pm
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    Thank you for taking the time to chronicle  all aspects of Rocco's recovery.  As Jerry said, we all learn from everyone 's experiences.

New members  will be able ro see how Rocco is recovering  at his own pace in his own way and how you are soing an excellent job of recognizing progress.  In the beginning it's avout celebrating  the "little" improvements, which are actually  huge  victories early on.

Can't  wait to hear how the visit goes with all her hooman friends and family.   I k isnit will do wo ders to lift his spirits....and yours too!  Videoswoild ve great...hint!

Hugs 

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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11 October 2022 - 11:27 am
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Rocco had a great weekend, with friends he loves and more! He had a blast.  He was happy and I was happier to see him happy, he did get exhausted and I made sure to keep him on his pain meds.  Then yesterday was a great day for me he put a big smile on my face and in my heart, he RAN!!!! he saw the neighbor getting groceries off the car and barked at him and ran to the edge of the yard.  Rocco is getting to be his old self again and I am loving it. I take him for stitch removal Thursday. 

What do I do to help him get that back leg strong?  I have a pool but he hates getting in it because he fell when he was a puppy and I was not there to help him get out, he finally got out on his own but he now hates it, he loves water but not the pool.  Any suggestion?  

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11 October 2022 - 5:51 pm
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Over the moon happy!!!!  

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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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12 October 2022 - 11:48 am
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I am THRILLED to know that Rocco is doing the things he enjoys most! smiley_clapYEAH!

What do I do to help him get that back leg strong?  

We always recommend an evaluation by a canine rehabilitation therapist. For a Tripawd, it's not about strengthening the remaining leg but building better core muscle strength, and then, slowly, endurance. These experts can show you how to do that! And the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit too. It's an evaluation where they tell you what Rocco's strengths and weaknesses are currently, and then they show you exercises that can build up to where he needs to be to stay strong and injury free. 

I would not do the pool work yet, until you have an expert advise you on the best way to approach. Plus, if he hates it anyways, then it's no fun. Water therapy is good for dogs but not in all cases. 

Want us to help you find a therapist? 

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12 October 2022 - 12:46 pm
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I would appreciate it very much if you would recommend a therapist in the Houston Area.  Thank you so much!!

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12 October 2022 - 3:49 pm
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You betcha!

If you are near The Woodlands, our #1 choice is the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wall & his team are legendary and many Tripawds have had huge success with them. The practice is recognized around the world for their level of service.

Or, if that location isn't practical the Central Houston Animal Hospital has a great team too!

I'm so happy you want to take Rocco! Keep us posted.

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