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4 Month Old Great Dane Requires Amputation for Severe Infection
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New Years Update:  Zeus has recovered splendidly from his surgery and seems to have totally adjusted to his new gait.  He’s already trying to jump up and down on his paw (which I’m trying to discourage obviously).  His pain management consisted of Rimadyl and Tramadol, along with an initial fentanyl pain patch.  He’s finished with all of them now however and seems to be doing just fine.  I tried to take him on a short walk the other day but he indicated it wasn’t time  yet so we decided against it.  He has climbed the stairs inside the house much to my chagrin, but he’s not comfortable descending them just yet.  Otherwise he’s his cuddly, loving self.  I can’t thank you all enough for your advice and look forward to continuing to learn even more.

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31 December 2018 - 12:13 pm
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Yay for you and Zeus!! I am so happy to hear that he is recovering well clapHoppy New Year to all of you, may the new year coming be a happy and healthy one!

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So happy to read this update!  Zeus is such a  resilient pup!!

And good for you for recognizing the signs he gave you that he wasn’t  quite ready for his short walks yet.  Still very early.

Front leggers to have it a little easier going UP stairs.  Their two rear legs are doing most of the work.   But going DOWN stairs is harder with just one feont leg.  So continue  to be cautious and make sure the stairs are set up for traction and not slippery.  Using a harness can help him going DOWN too.

Keep up the good work cute Zeus!!❤


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Well that is terrific news! What a great way to start the year.

Don’t forget, you can take advantage of the Tripawds Foundation rehab reimbursement program to get Zeus evaluated by a physical therapist. And the Foundation may even pay for your first visit so we hope you’ll apply. 

Hoppy New Year to all of you!

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