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20 July 2012 - 11:31 pm
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Sorry Im so late joining the conversation. Kayla stayed over night after her amp and while there wasn’t someone there ALL night they did go and check on her several times throughout the night every couple hours.

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21 July 2012 - 2:45 am
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I’m with Angel Abby’s mum, I’d be worried too.  But, if it is too late to get her she will probably be so doped up on pain killers that she will just sleep through the night.

 

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Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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21 July 2012 - 7:42 am
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I would be nervous too, can’t blame you. 

I hope she was OK last night. How is she doing? 

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21 July 2012 - 10:23 am
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She ended up staying the night there just because we didn’t want to put her through having to drive across town a couple times. The doctor just called though and she’s fine and ready to be picked up this afternoon. I’m sure she will bounce back immediately she is so resilient. The doctor even said she would get up and wag her tail when people came to check on her and say hi. After her initial accident a year ago her lungs were so bruised the doctors thought she would have to be on oxygen a few days but after 12 hours that little stinker was at home trying to run and jump clunking her pink cast everywhere LOL hence why we asked for sedatives this time

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21 July 2012 - 2:00 pm
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So glad to hear she is doing well!! My dog was put on Gabapentin after his amp which helps with nerve pain and phantom limb pain, and as a nice side effect it sedates him some. That worked well for us as it took care of two problems at once – keeping an active dog calm and reducing the pain. Good luck with the recovery. I’m sure she will be doing well in no time. Sounds like she is a spunky one. Not to mention beautiful. 

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21 July 2012 - 3:03 pm
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Whew! That’s really great. She sounds like one tough cookie, I’m sure she will bounce back quickly too! Remember to take it slow though, don’t let her overdo things and let us know how we can help!

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21 July 2012 - 4:07 pm
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Oh good – glad to hear she made it through the night ok!

When she gets home, whisper in those big ol’ ears that she has lots of Tripawds folks pulling for her to have a fuss-free recovery!
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21 July 2012 - 8:36 pm
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She is home now! And just like we expected moment she walked through the door she ran to play with her older brother! So much to her disliking we had to kennel her up and give her more sedative.

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21 July 2012 - 9:05 pm
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Awww great news. she will probably crash a bit later though. Keep us updated!!

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22 July 2012 - 9:17 am
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Wow. She is a crazy one! =) One day after amp and ready to romp! Sounds like you are going to have your hands full keeping her calm for a few weeks in order to let her staples/stitches do their thing. Hard in the short term, but necessary for healing. Glad she is doing so well.

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22 July 2012 - 7:23 pm
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Bo stayed overnight at the vet, with no overnight care. I was super worried about it, but was told that he was on enough meds o keep him comfortable and sleeping through the night.

Keep us updated on Latte’s recovery and let us know if you have questions. You have found the best support group!!

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23 July 2012 - 10:25 pm
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So she is doing well and is back to her old self, in fact it is exhausting trying to keep her laying down and relaxing. The sedatives the doctors said are supposed to be super strong don’t seem to have any effect on her. Any ideas on natural sedatives that I could give her? I’m worried shes going to tear the stitches. Also has anyone experienced behavioral side effects for other dogs? My older boy has been so grumpy lately.

 

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24 July 2012 - 8:58 am
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A lot of times what happens is pain meds have the opposite effect on dogs, instead of sedating them they make them go bonkers. Each dog is different in how they react. When our Wyatt Ray  had surgery, we found that cutting back the pain meds helped him tremendously, made him a lot calmer. You may want to talk to your vet about reducing the dosages (don’t do it until you consult with them though).

As for siblings, I don’t have experience there but if you search for “Sibliings” in our Hopping Around forum, you’ll find lots of stories of  how others coped. One of the best things you can do for your other pup is to ensure that you are spending quality time together, even if it’s just throwing a ball for 15 minutes, it goes a long way toward helping the other one not to feel left out. 

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