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14 April 2020 - 3:42 pm
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Wooohoooo! That's a mighty big step toward a full recovery. Isn't so nice to have that peace of mind isn't it?

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Patch removal day requires a scoop of ice cream!! 🍦🍨 Yes, it does!  Just ask Arktik!

And yeah, seromas are not unusual, nor is bruising.  Just send your Vet a photo if you have any concerns.   

Upward and onward!!!

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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15 April 2020 - 6:19 am
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Hahaha yes for ice cream good idea! (I'm sure he won't be oppose). He did get a bit of steak too. 

The vet already checked him out yesterday when we removed the patch and said everything looks good! I feel more more confident that he will be a solid tripawds soon enough 🙂 

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15 April 2020 - 4:25 pm
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Whoo hoo, Arktik!  We knew you would bounce back!  We look forward to seeing photos and videos of your progress!  Sending hugs from NYC! ~ Stacy & Griffin

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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16 April 2020 - 6:00 pm
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Week 1 post op!!

Arktik is doing well although I feel he looks a bit depressed not sure if it's the med, if he is more in pain since the end of the fentanyl patch or if it is just boredom. He is currently on 3x 300g of Gabapentin, and metacam. Since we removed the patch I gave him Tramadol too, but before the surgery Tramadol did not seem the best for him (he was eating less, more lethargic). So I might try ton just give him the gabapentin and metacam tomorrow to see if he is confortable and more himself. 

Physically, when he is walking he seems good and he would love to go for a walk (and go faster). And he looks happy when we are walking a tiny bit around the lawn. But I am trying to protect him against himself:) Also, sometimes when he gets up he whines, but because he is naturally so vocal when something bothers him I am not sure if it is because it hurts or if it is because he is insecure about the change. 

I will try to post new photo/video tomorrow 🙂
 

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16 April 2020 - 6:35 pm
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Hi, Brownie was pretty moody after surgery, and he was also on the patch, tramadol, and gapatein.  It took him about three weeks to get his personality back. I joined this group about two weeks after his surgery, and my first post was "I think my dog is mad at me". The best advise I got was to be patient. And wouldn't you know on week three his personality came back bigger then ever!

So as long as he is good physically I would give you the same advise I got.

Sending positive thoughts for a speedy recovery.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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16 April 2020 - 7:05 pm
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arktik said 

..... But I am trying to protect him against himself:) 

  

Haha!  Well said!

Often it feels like a dog is "depressed" after recovery,  respect this early on.  The reality is that the dog is recovering  from MAJOR surgery, adjusting f to three, all while on some good pain meds!  Think if you had that kind of surgery  and an incision where a limb was with a boatload of stitches! Oh, and add some good pain meds on top of that!!!

That pain meds sound adequate. IF you feel like the meds are making him too lethargic, you can check with the Vet about tweaking the doses.

Before he gets up, amd when he comes back frommpotty, give him good up and down massages...especially before he gets up.  Massage around his neck, his shoulders, up and down his spine.  His muscles are probably a bit tight and sore.

Yeah, being a strong willed Husky he probably  is a little vocal expressing  his displeasure  about not being able to run full out¿  Of course, as a tripawd he does need a faster pace for momentum and balance.  Actually sounds like he's about where he should be one week out.  

Can't  wait to see pics and video. 

Hugs

Sally  and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. You're  doing a great job!!!👏👏

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20 April 2020 - 8:32 pm
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Hello Everyone

I meant to write over the weekend but me and Arktik just enjoyed the nice sun and warmer weather here in Quebec. 

We had another vet appointment today to remove the stitches. Everything is healing nicely. My only concern is mainly about the food. Arktik has always been a very picky eater (fairly typical for huskies) and with the meds I think his stomach is a little irritated. Fortunately, he finished the anti-inflammatory 2 days ago and the antibiotics yesterday, which were the 2 drugs that were harder on the digestive system. So we'll see he is enjoying eating more in the next few days. (I have been able to make him eat everyday regardless but I took me a lot of creativity!)

Physically, he is pretty solid and he is really looking forward to go for a walk. I will start in a couple of days with short walks. 

Thursday we go back to see the oncologist and get the first chemo treatment. I hope he won't get any side effects. Also, I am looking into booking a rehab appointment. I am just really disappointed to do it under the confinement here. I won't be able to assist to the rehab and see the exercises.