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25 November 2021 - 3:36 am
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Hello all,

I am new to the forum, today we have taken our staffie for his front leg amputation,

it is believed highly probably that he has sarnovial cell sarcoma in his elbow and is therefore having hi entire leg including shoulder removed,

on the CT there is no sign of it having spread,

literally 3 months ago there was no sign of this at all and slowly he developed a limp and following an x-ray, CT and cytology test they believe this to be a sarcoma,

i really have mixed emotions, i feel really sad at the though of him losing a leg but of course do not want him to be in pain,

since the diagnosis 2 weeks ago it has been a roller coaster of emotions as on sunday he would / could not even stand up or walk how3ever following a course of morphine he has bounced back and and is now walking again,

at 11 years old he already has arthritis in his back legs and arthrosis in his other front leg, this leg seemed to be the best of his 4 until this developed,

i am assured by the vets that the dogs adapt very well and was wondering if others have been through something similar?

Note: we have another dog also so we have been warned to keep them separated for around 3 weeks which will be difficult

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25 November 2021 - 1:52 pm
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Hi and welcome to you Shankly & family. We are so glad you decided to share. Your future posts won't need approval so post away.

I'm sorry that you are faced with this decision, it's a tough one. Cancer can move so fast it gives you whiplash. The good news is that it sounds like your dog is a really good candidate for life on 3.

Yes, many others have been through this with an older dog too. Our Size and Age Matters Forum is a good place to check out other stories, and these senior Tripawds articles. In general, Saffies are super resilient and bounce back in no time. Remember to give him the space to recover, and don't compare. All dogs are different in how they bounce back and yours will be on his own time too. But he'll get there! 

Have you seen Jerry's Required Reading List or the Tripawds e-books library yet? Also, be sure to check our What to Expect articles to get an idea of how to prepare before he comes home. 

Any idea when you get to bring him home? 

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25 November 2021 - 2:08 pm
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Thanks so much for the information,

We have spoke with the vets today and Shankly is awake but sleepy, we also has a drain in place and a Fentanyl patch on for pain relief,

we will either collect him tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday depending on his recover following the op on Thursday morning,

we are living in Southern France but are from the UK (Wales)

we have had a rocky few weeks with trips to the emergency vets and him crying in the night but hopefully that is all behind us and he will bounce back in no time, it has been heartbreaking at times but fingers crossed everything goes well,

a couple of new memory foam / orthopaedic beds are on there way and considering a harness but not sure if it will be needed,

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25 November 2021 - 2:14 pm
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Oh it's good that surgery is over, that's wonderful news. And his pain management sounds good too. He will be wonky from the meds and maybe dysphoric (a little confused, maybe crying) but it's only temporary and usually from the medications.

I'm jealous you are in the south of France! Beautiful area!

I forgot to add about your other dog: Here's a post you might want to check out:

How Do Canine Siblings React to New Tripawds?

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Shankly has made it through recovery  and is on some good pain meds!  Probably still seeing a few pink elephants  right about now!  So try and get some rest while he's in the hospital.   You have to be exhausted  emotionally  and physically. 

A good orthopedic helps in healing, so that a good choice.  If you jave hardwood floors you'll want nonslip scatter rugs for traction

And yes, dogs with arthritis,  etc usual doesn't  stop a Surgeon from proceeding with amp and successful  recover.  Shankly will recover at his own pace and in his own way. We will all be here to help you navigate through all this.  The first several days, especially  if he has a morphine  patch, can make you feelmj settled, but he'll get through it.  The first two weeks need to be rest, rest, rest, short potty breaks and more rest.  Drinking and peeing are important. but eating may be off a bit and pooping mah be delayed  a bit

You may need a sling  for support at first to help him stand or hop.  From there you can decide mif a harness is heeded. Some dogs, like my Happy Hannah would just freeze up if I tried to help her.  Some dogs are more receptive. 

pain management is crucial and can cause some tweaking  at first to get the right balance.  In the States, most dogs come home  with Gabapentin, an antiinflmmatory and an a antibiotic.  The patch is very effective  but can make them a bit whacked out for a couple of days.

STAY CONNECTED Update when you can.  We are all here for you andyour sweet Staffy

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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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26 November 2021 - 3:57 am
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Hi, Shankly is my baby too, can any tell me how long the stay in hospital was, we were told 1 night, then when we took him for the op they said maybe 2 but today they’ve said maybe the weekend too. Thank you all for your replies 

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26 November 2021 - 8:28 am
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Hi Lowen,
Most dogs are in the hospital 1-3 nights depending on a lot of things like their mobility mainly. If your vet feels he needs more time, that's a good thing. It will be easier on you guys once you bring him home.

Check out our What to Expect articles for more info about bringing him home. Keep us posted!

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