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3 months post-op, my humongous mutt is doing terrific
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15 December 2012 - 7:17 pm
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We’re new here so please excuse mistakes.  Our dog is a mixed breed who adopted us.  He is Bernese Mountain, Great Pyrenese (sp?) , Rottweiller, and Lab.  He looks like the biggest lab ever with a white blaze and painted toes.  He was 4 months old and 50 lbs. when we brought him home, and I guess we should have known that he would be huge, but dumb we are and we didn’t.  He will be 8 in January.  In September we brought him to a new vet who dropped the bomb.  The X-rays were not pretty – the leg had to go.  This was Sat -the surgery was set for Monday.  Pumba (we kept the shelter’s name) was 174 lbs. and it didn’t seem like this could possibly be a good option.  Pumba is an active happy dufus kind of dog, and I could not imagine a very positive quality of life scenario.  But, freaky-deaky bone transplant options were risky as well.

After the surgery things initially were horrid.  He had been on steroids for a bee sting and his liver #’s were not good so he had to take alternate pain meds.  The fentynal patch was great as a pain reliever but not so good otherwise.  It was pitiful to see him trying to understand and cope.  He liked to be outside, so that is where he spent most of the day.  Hard part was getting him in.  You can’t just pick up a bundle of muscles that outweighs everyone in the house.  Often we ended up putting him on a rug and sledding him to the door.  I think he was screwing with us.  Time moved along and today it’s hard to remember those first weeks.  Tonight, in fact he was bouncing off the walls excited just to be going for a ride with his peops.  He tires easily and it is murder trying to not only keep his weight down, but reduce it as well, but to see the utter puppy joy in his face makes it worthwhile for us and I think for him as well.

I sure wish he would grow his fur back – the shaved area was like, 14 x 12 (and that is just part of his side), and only a bit has grown back.

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15 December 2012 - 8:27 pm
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That’s an awesome story. I’m glad he’s doing great. I hope things will continue to improve :)

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15 December 2012 - 10:21 pm
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Oh, sounds like he’s doing great. He sounds like a sweetie. Abby was the same – just wanted to be alone outside. It seemed to take forever for her beautiful hair to grow back – but it did, pretty as ever. He’ll get there.
Thanks for sharing your story. It’s good for others with big dogs to know there is happiness post-amp.
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Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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16 December 2012 - 10:25 am
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Wow, Pumba and you are an amazing, dedicated pack. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share his story with us. So many people of giant breed dogs look through this particular discussion forum for hope, and now when they see his story they know that it exists.

We would love to see some photos of your hero!

Don’t worry about the fur, it’ll grow back eventually, some dogs just take longer to get it than others.

Yay for your pack! 

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