Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Hi all-I am grateful for this community. I can't believe that this is the second time that one of my dogs has been struck by osteosarcoma. First it was our amazing golden retriever, Lincoln who was diagnosed at age 11 and (that was almost 10 years ago) and now our beloved Sasha, a goldendoodle, diagnosed 3 1/2 weeks ago at the young age of 7. Lincoln became a tripawd who, once he was recovered from surgery, continued to live large, to enjoy fetching, swimming, snuggling, etc, etc. Now, for the second time we have been faced with this diagnosis and Sasha had his leg amputated 12 days ago. He's doing quite well for only 12 days post surgery but it has been heartbreaking; as we love him so much and hated to watch another of our dogs have to lose their leg. And we are trying not to worry too much about the course of the disease. Sasha starts chemo on Tuesday and we are hoping that he may have a lot of good quality time ahead of him. Thank goodness he doesn't understand any of this. We are striving to live in the present and be grateful for every moment with him, to focus on his happiness and all of the love we can give him.
Rona, Sasha and family, welcome to the club nopawdy wants to join, especially twice! I'm soooo sorry you are dealing with this again, but very glad you found us. For a minute, I thought your Lincoln was this Lincoln, but now I know it was just a coincidence. Just too many dogs with this disease over the years.
It's great that Sasha is doing so well! As you know this is always harder on us than it is on our Tripawd. They are resilient rock stars and bounce back so much better than any human. You know all this, and you know that it's best to Be More Dog as you go through this journey together. If we can help you in any way whatsoever, please let us know OK? We are here for you.
Keep us posted on Sasha and how chemo goes, we're cheering him on!
22 February 2013
It really aucks to be faced with this again. So sorry to hear that. The "silver lining" (if there is one), is you've already ,mastered the art of living in the NOW and making every moment count. You are not going to let this piece of crap disease interfere or diminish in any way your time together.
You have Guardian Angel Lincoln watching over you and Sasha, so that's a plus too. I love that he did so well after recovery and "lived large" . And that's all dogs care about, living in the moment, happy and pain free, and getting loved and spoiled. Daus on a calendar don't mean squat to them!
Here's a link to help inspire you about Arwen. https://arwendo.....s-post-op/
And we would love to see a pic of Sasha. Goldendoodles are so cute!!
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!
Thanks so much for your wonderful responses; it means a lot to us! I am going to try to figure out how to upload a photo of handsome Sasha! Sasha has been more himself the past two days; brighter, more playful, etc. The only thing is that he is not eating normally the last couple of days; not finishing his food which he usually does right away. I've ordered a raised feeder which will arrive tomorrow. We can't tell if it is discomfort from leaning over to eat or something else. A couple of times, I hand-fed him the food that he didn't finish and he ate that right up that way but I am concerned that if I keep doing that, it will be a case of over-babying and not helping him adjust. Are ups and downs with eating common during this period? Today he gets his first chemo (it's two weeks post surgery today) and the chemo add a whole additional dimension that could affect eating. (Of course, we will mention this to the Dr before his chemo). Thank you very much!
You are so very welcome. We can't wait to see pics! This is how adding images to the Forums works.
- Upload pics to a photo sharing site like imgur.com or your own Tripawds blog (https://tripawd...../supporter). Pictures and video have to be hosted (live) somewhere other than in the forums.
- Once the photo is uploaded somewhere, right click and copy the Image URL or just copy the image if you’re on a phone
- Return to your Tripawds Forum post and paste the image URL (or the image itself) in your post. It should automatically appear.
If you’d like help figuring out the process let me know.
Ups and downs with eating are common, pain meds really do a number on dogs' appetites, as well as chemo. Ask the vet for an anti-nausea/appetite stimulant (Cerenia) as a preventive after chemo. He may not need it but it's good to have handy.
You are smart to be aware of over-babying! Yes, do encourage him to eat on his own, the raised feeders will help. Would love to see the ones you picked out.
Good luck today with chemo #1! Keep us posted.