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Tazzie coming home: One Vet's Amputation Surgery & Recovery Tips
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2 September 2008 - 12:56 pm
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Hi Tazzie - tell your mommy thank you so much for the info! my mommy read it and was thrilled to see that the same treatment that your mommy recommended is what she did for me! I finished up carboplatin late June (my amputation date was April 9th and we started chemo about 2 weeks afterward) and I didn't have any side effects from it...at all. Piece of cake. Needless to say mom was thrilled. Does your mom know anything about pamidrinite? Our oncologist and vet recommended it for bone strengthening...I had two treatments. Hope you continue to feel better pal. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

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2 September 2008 - 5:36 pm
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Heeeeerrres Tazzie!

Giant Breed Dog Tazzie after amputation

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2 September 2008 - 6:40 pm
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Gorgeous girl that she is!  I hope her recovery continues to go well.  We all appreciate your updates, so much!

Blazer, Kimber & Vicki

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2 September 2008 - 7:25 pm
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thanks for the new pic.  She's awesome.  Hope her recovery continues to go well.

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6 September 2008 - 9:25 am
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Hey Tazzie!  I hope you are recovering nicely at home Laughing  It's very nice to have you and your Mummy with us in our special group.

Love, Darcy

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7 September 2008 - 1:27 am
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Hi Tazzie, I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Cody and I'm a cheesehead from Wisconsin. Although I am 12 1/2 everyone says I look and act much younger for my age. I attribute that to the fact that up until my amputation I exersied daily, I've never smoked or drank except for the occasional toilet bowl...just can't help myself  and I have a family that loves me very much. I'm a pretty happy guy.  On Aug. 29th I had my left leg amputated due to my cancer diagnosis of osteosarcoma in my scapula. I'm scheduled for my first Chemo Sept. 11th.They will be using Carboplatin also. I'm a little nervous about that but overall I am doing well. I'm healing really nicely. No puffy's, no sarcomas...I've been lucky. My right elbow is getting pretty rough though because I am less than graceful everytime I lay down which is a lot lately. I just started getting my appetite back. Mom was thrilled when I finished my entire bowl of food today. I've been pretty finicky up to now. It looks like we both had our operations close to one another. It will be fun to share this jouney with you Tazzie. I'm glad to hear you are doing so well and I wish you luck! Licks, Cody and Cathy


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7 September 2008 - 1:35 am
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I just thought I'd post an update on Tazzie.  She is still getting around very well, and is eating and drinking like a champ.  She has been trying to figure out how to get back on the couches and bed but can't quite get there yet with just the 1 front leg.  My husband moved our kingsized mattress on the floor and we all sleep there so she won't feel left out!

She has developed a firm cellulitis over her incision area.  I sent some pix to Jerry in case anyone is interested.  It is not painful or red, and not soft like a seroma .  I think that the deeper tissues like muscles and fat are healing at different rates so it feels lumpy.  Also, she developed a bad bladder infection and had a flare-up of hepatitis post-op when she was still in the hospital so we had to change her antibiotic.  Her incison was a little infected then and I think that also has contributed to her problems now.  I sent blood to the lab today to see if her liver enzymes have returned to normal.  She was actually jaundiced for a day or two (kind of scaryFrown).

I am planning on removing her staples on Tuesday Sept 9th and then the next step is chemo.  For now she wears her Led Zeppelin tshirts and feels like a rock star!

 

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7 September 2008 - 1:39 am
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Cody,  We are also cheeseheads!  Tazzie was born in Jefferson, WI near Milwaukee and when she was 1 year old we moved cross country to Seattle (got sick of the frozen tundra).  Tazzie likes it here because it is not too hot for her in the summertime.  Where do you live?

Good luck with your chemo; it will be a breeze compared to surgery.

 

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7 September 2008 - 2:19 am
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Hi Pam, We live in central WI near Oshkosh. Cody loves the snow and running free on the lake while I cross-country ski. This winter he will have to take it easy. No ice for him. I'm thinking more like short walks with the Ruff Harness on. I am hoping he will be able to navigate the snow. On day 4 Cody jumped up on his favorite chair by himself. I couldn't believe it. He's an inspiration for sure. We also have to watch Cody's liver enzymes. When he goes in for his Chemo I want to discuss his numbers with our vet again since he is on Deramaxx and I will be starting him on the Hills Science N/D soft food mixed with his Innova kibble. I plan on weaning him off the Tramodol starting tomorrow to an "as needed" basis. So much to think about isn't there? Cody goes to UW-Madison so I know he is in good hands but I've been reading as much as I possibly can to provide complementary care to his regime. Your perspective as a vet and pawrent is wonderful. Thanks for sharing yours and Tazzie's story with us.

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Hi Pam and Tazzie, I'm Annie, Butch the French Mastiff's mum. I've missed a lot in the last 2 weeks whilst I've been away and just wanted to say hi and what a beautiful girl Tazzie is!  She sounds like a much loved dog, much like every other dog on this site.  Butch is 32 days post op and 1 chemo down. Whilst I've missed the last 14 days of recovery I've had daily updates and we are thrilled with his progress. His weight went from 178lbs to 158lbs (rear leg weighed nearly 9lbs) though looking at him I think he's put some weight back on in my absence not a good thing given he's only on 3 legs now but I'll get on top of that.  He's his pre osteosarcoma self, a happy loving dog who is basically back to the routine he's always had, it brings tears to our eyes and we hope we can enjoy this for some time to come. Next chemo in 2 days time. I'm also looking at harnesses but can't work out how to use it for rear leg amputees I'll run it past Jerry. Butch and I wish you all the best Pam and Tazzie it's a heartbreaking and heartwarming journey that I never thought I would have to take all I can say is thank goodness for this site or I would be stark raving mad by now.

Love Annie and Butchus Beautifulus (his greek name)  

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7 September 2008 - 7:53 pm
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tazziedog said:

I sent some pix to Jerry in case anyone is interested.


Lookin' good there girl ...

Tazzie dog leg amputation staples healingImage Enlarger

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7 September 2008 - 9:52 pm
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Ahhh, Tazziedog... the incision looks good, but it is large as you would expect it to be.  I'm just glad Tazzie is doing well. 

Love Blazer, Kimber & Vicki

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