Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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19 May 2019
Hi Tripaw Community!
My sweet Golden Retriever Tessie (3) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the right distal radius and a clean chest x ray thus far. She is having her amputation tomorrow at CSU Veterinary teaching hospital. Then she will be doing chemo. I am wondering what to expect after surgery, what will she need help with, what supplies should we have here at home for her, what to be on the lookout for etc. I also would love to hear any success stories of pups that lived more than a year to help lift my spirits. We are in fight mode and ready to take on this beast.
Thank you so much,
Welcome and best wishes to Tessie! You are in good hands at CSU.
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18 October 2009
Hello and welcome.
I’m sorry OSA has you facing surgery and cancer, but this is the best place to be on the Triapwd journey.
My Pug Maggie had a different cancer, mast cell, which caused her to lose her back leg. Maggie’s prognosis with chemo was 6 to 9 months. Maggie lived almost 4 years and passed as a result of an unrelated cancer.
Ask the surgeon or staff if Tessie will come home with a bandage- some do, some don’t but it would be nice to know so you know what to expect. Also find out what pain meds she will come home with and understand the dosing schedule. If they don’t send you home with a sling you can make one out of a cloth shopping bag- HERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS. That is if she needs help… some pups are hopping on their own the within a day or two of surgery, some take longer to get around on their own.
Traction is crucial for Tripawds, especially new ones. Make sure any slippery floors that she has to hop on are covered with something like throw rugs or yoga mats. You might want to make her a recovery area that has no furniture to jump on and no access to stairs. If she has to do stairs be sure they are supervised for at least the first two weeks.
Have a variety of yummy foods on hand- its not uncommon for a pup to lose their apatite after surgery so you may need to tempt her to eat.
Lots of other info in the links that Admin gave you.
Good luck with the surgery tomorrow, keep us posted.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
11 May 2019