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25 January 2018 - 9:23 am
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We had his leg removed yesterday (20180124).  Vet tells me he is doing amazingly well and he can come home this afternoon.

He is a Rottweiler x Boxer x ? - pre-op weighed in at 52.1 kg.

For right now just starting this thread and will keep updating as time goes on.

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25 January 2018 - 9:57 am
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Hi Lenny and Zeus, welcome. How wonderful that your buddy is coming home today! 

We look forward to following along with your journey, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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25 January 2018 - 10:03 am
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Welxome to the family Zeus!   Yes, absolutely looking forward to hearing more about the magnificent Zeus!

SURGERY IS DONE AND ZEUS IS COMING HOME!!!  YAY!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Let us k ow if yoy have ANY questio s!!  Recovery is not easy for a couple of weeks and requires a lot of patience and positive attitude!!   Sloooow and easy for Zeus for now.

Looking forward to the homecoming and hearing how he's doing!

Hugs

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

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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29 January 2018 - 6:19 am
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Thanks for the welcome.

Well, so far it has been a bit rough.  

He had his front leg removed in Wednesday and the report from the vet was it went very well.

Day 1 (Thur) the vet was amazed at how well he was doing so said to pick him up mid afternoon. 

Transporting him was tough.  I have an SUV to get him into that is high.  Also, he is heavy so I'm not able to lift him.  Hubby was at work so I brought along a coworker to give a hand and when buddy tried to lift Zeus he received the most viscious growl.  While we were discussing plans to get him in just jumped in in his own although he did wipe out a bit.  Getting him out was equally difficult.  Tried ramps but he wouldn't trust them.  He ended up getting out on his own through a lower to the ground side door.

He was send home with a fentanyl patch, gabapentin, tramadol, and metacam.

First thing he did was run to the back yard and have a good bathroom stop - #1 & 2.  He was getting around well, in good spirits and seems quite comfortable.

I have a couple days off work and set up to sleep on the couch to be near him for the first few days.

Day 2 (Fri) he again was doing quite well.  Not quite as active as he was in day 1 but getting lots of good sleep, eating, drinking, bathrooming well.

Day 3 (Sat) instructions were to remove the fentanyl patch Saturday morning.  We didn't get it off until almost noon.  He seemed a little more lethargic than the previous day but again sleeping, eating and bathrooming well.  He's been very sucky since being home following me around if I leave him for more than 5 minutes.

Day 4 (Sun) 4:30 in the morning he woke me up crying.  He wasn't very interested I eating and was hardly able to get him to down the good stuff that had were hiding the meds.  He wouldn't go out to pee.  Just stayed pretty immobile and when he would move a bit he'd cry, take a couple steps, and flopped back down.

Called the vet after lunch saying I didn't think Zeus was comfortable any more.  Vet suggested upping his gabapentin and tramadol dosing to every 8 hours.

For the rest of the day no difference and it was really tough to get his meds into him.  

10 at night hubby got home from work!  Zeus all of a sudden had no problems getting around.  Went out to the yard with hubby and peed no issue and had appetite again.  Never once cried.  Totally made me look like I was making up how rough a day it was.

His last dose for the day of gaba and tram i shorted slightely as I'm worried about overdosing him and think going to 8 hour dosing will push him to too much.

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29 January 2018 - 9:35 am
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Good job of monitoring Zeus and recognizing he was clearly in pain after the patch came off.  Also during day three all the hospital meds were out of his system.

The pain doses the Vet gave you of every hours are all within the "ranges" we see here.   You can also stagger the dose between the tramadol and Gaba an hour or so apart.  It sounds like the Vet gave you a schedule that really started working well  and kicmed in by the time your hubby came home!  in the short term, even if the meds make him lethargic, that's better than being in pain.

Still Zeus needs to take things slooooow, even if he starts feeling better. Continue to convr a strong upbeat and confident attitude.  Zeus will pick up on that and feel reassured thst everything is okay.

And YAY for. poopicon_pngpoopicon_png already!! 🙂

Hugs

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

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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Day 6 (Mon) - started a little rough.  He was getting around more but had some serious panting going on for the first time.  The crying was way less.

After a while though he seemed good.  Was eating drinking and going to the bathroom and getting around good.  

Honestly his level of suck was high.  He needed more attention than a toddler.

Was pretty optimistic we may be over the worst and feeling good that this new dosage was working. 

When it came to his last dose for the night however he wasnt budging for it.  Had to shove his pills down his throat.

I'm back at work tomorrow so hoping he's going to have a good day.

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30 January 2018 - 9:29 am
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Awww, glad Zeus did well with his surgery, and seems to be coming along just fine. For the first 2 weeks after amp surgery, our pups can have some ups and downs, but hang in there, he will be back to normal in no time at all ❤️

Do you have any pics of your sweet boy? He sounds like a gorgeous guy 🐾💙

Keep us updated on Zeus, and best wishes to you and him 😎🐾

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu 💞🐾

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30 January 2018 - 1:30 pm
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Tramar is apparently one of the most bitter pills on the Planet!  Once a dog is able to get any hi t of the scent a ll, the clinched jaw takes over!

One thi g that worked for me:  Do not toich the pill with your ha ds.  Use tweezers.  Then insert the pill into  the "treat", whatever that may be.  Just make sure your hands or the outer portion kf the treat never touches the pill.  Also, foss a couple of the "treats" without the pill first, then the "pill treat"!   Cream cheese balls, cheese balls, bead balls with butter, loverwurst balls, etc.

You can make a note of when the panting shows up.  Is it shortly before the next pill dose?   For example, it  could indicate doses need to be a bit closer together.

As Bonnie said....PICTURES!!!

Hugs

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

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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