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19 May 2019
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19 May 2019 - 9:27 am
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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,


On The Road

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19 May 2019 - 9:42 am
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Welcome and best wishes to Tessie! You are in good hands at CSU.

Don’t miss the Tripawds News blog series of posts all about what to expect, and start here for help finding the many other Tripawds resources and assistance programs.

Please keep us posted, your future forum posts will not require moderation.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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19 May 2019 - 3:46 pm
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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

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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20 May 2019 - 6:30 am
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Good Luck Tessie and Cindy – I am new here too and this community is great just reach out and they are there.

I will be thinking of you today let us know how it goes OK


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20 May 2019 - 12:10 pm
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We are thinking of you Tessie and sending lots of love for an uneventful surgery and recovery.

Keep us posted on how things are going when you get a chance. We are here to help.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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