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8 years old, 90# bloodhound
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This past week we found out that our 8 years old, 90 pound bloodhound has squamous cell carcinoma. It’s located on her right front elbow in her ‘elephant skin’ so we are unable to remove it any way except through amputation. We’ve been going back and forth about the decision for a week now and are looking for advice. Our local vet doesn’t agree that amputation Iso the best decision because of it being her front leg and her weighing in at 90 pounds. At this point I’m torn between wondering what the best choice is for her. She isn’t a super active girl unless it involves treats and she has allergies that she takes medication and does allergy shot for as well as chronic ear and skin issues that requires weekly baths. In addition to this we have 4 steps going into our house and the entire house has linoleum floors. If anybody has stories or advice from a pet of similar size/breed or about the flooring issue I would greatly appreciate it! We are also on a tight budget though so we can’t spend a bunch on gear. If there’s any people who have old gear or such that they could send if we do amputate that would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any information and help on the subject! 

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Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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Hi Daisy Mae and family, welcome. It’s not a club anypawdy wants to join without giving it some serious consideration, so rest assured you’re in the right place.

First, as you can see by scrolling around (use the Tripawds Start page , it’s the best tutorial for navigating around), you’ll see that 90 pounds and eight years old is really not a big deal. We’ve had older, larger and more medically complicated dogs and cats join us, and the vast majority do very, very well.

So, my first bit of advice: get another opinion. Many old-school vets still believe that larger dogs can’t do well. But newer trained vets and those who also understand the value of canine rehabilitation therapy, understand that life on three legs is entirely possible for most dogs (cats too). Where are you located? We can help you find a vet if you’d like. A board-certified orthopedic vet would give you the most reassurance, so that would be my next move.

Be sure to check out Jerry’s Required Reading List to get some perspective on Tripawd dogs and how they live. Also, yes, we do have a Tripawds Angel Exchange for gently used items.

Hang in there OK? More will chime in shortly.

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19 September 2016 - 3:35 pm
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My Otis was 100 pounds, 8 or so years old, and very barrel chested.  He did fine as a tripawd (front leg amputee), even though he had mild arthritis in his hips.  I would definitely speak with a surgeon who does amputations a lot.   Our family vet was more in favor of a limb sparing procedure, fearing that Otis’ size and arthritis would make amputation difficult.  The surgeon, who does many of these, said that Otis was a good candidate (and that limb sparing probably wasn’t viable due to the size of his bones). 

We also had all wood floors and tile.   Yoga mats and industrial floor mats (Home Depot, Target, etc.) work great and are not expensive – just make a path in areas she will walk to give her traction .

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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19 September 2016 - 3:40 pm
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DITTO Jerry!!

I was once owned by a Bloodhound (Cornbread). Such sweet Souls…and.not nearly as “laid back” as their “caricatures” display!

I know this is devastating to hear and yiu are fullmof uncertainty and fear. We understand like no others can!

For now, just keep things chunked down. you are in the research phase and, as Jerry said, your first step is to definitely get a second opinion from an OrthopedicSurgeon. We ccertainly understand the financial constraints, but just put that in the back burner for now if possible.

Generally, the Ortho Surgeon can help determine in Daisy Mae is a good ccandidate for lofe on three legs. From your description, it sounds like she is! As you will see under the Size and Age Matter thread, 90 lbs is not that “large” and eight is not that “old”!

My Happy Hannah was a somewhat..er…”fluffy” Bull Mastiff at 225 lbs and she was 8 1/2 at time of surgery. She was up and walking the morning after surgery and practically ran to the car when I came to pick her up! Make no mistake about it, recovery was no picnic and some dogs take several days to get mobile.

Happy Hannah was a rear legger and she wasn’t able to go UP stairs (I built a ramp). She could go down just fine. Not all dogs have that issue. Some front leggers have “issues” going down….I really don’t think four stairs would be a problem though. I have si ce adipted a front legger Coo hound a dd he sails up and down a lot of steep stairs everyday!!

Many, many dogs do not need gear at all. In the very beginning, should Daisy Mae. need assistance, you can use a towel or modify a canvas tote bag.

As far as the floors, non slip scatter rugs or yoga mats are pretty much a necessity for traction .

Please keep us informed and let us know how we can help. And we would LOVE to see pictures of Daisy! ‘Her avatar is adorable!!

Lots of 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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19 September 2016 - 6:01 pm
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Thanks for all the quick, helpful responses! I will try to post picture as soon as i figure out how (or you can check out her instagram @daisythebloodhound 😊) We live in southern Florida but don’t really have the money to go to a specialist but we are getting a second opinion at the vet office where we got her x-rays, they are a bigger clinic. Our local vet knows our financial issues and has worked patiently with us on payments for the past 5 years that we’ve been going and are willing to work with us on this as well. Otherwise surgery probably wouldn’t be an option for us financially. 

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Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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19 September 2016 - 8:57 pm
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Hello and welcome.

Here is how you add photos to your forum posts.  The photos have to be hosted somewhere online like photobucket or a free Tripawds Blog.

I’m sorry you are having to make this decision for your boy.  I’m glad you are getting a second opinion, I think it is helpful to get as much input as you can. 

I used yoga mats for my quad-pug when mobility became an issue due to her age and health issues.  They are pretty cheap and can be easily cut to make custom pathways.

Let us know what the next vet visit brings.  No matter what you decide to do we are here to help and support you.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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I think I’ve finally got the hang of the picture thing. We are still mulling over the agonizing decision but know we need to make a decision soon, before it gets even worse. Here’s a couple pictures of her sore/cancer taken 2 weeks apart.

Daisy Mae

And here’s a cute picture of her in her elbow covers to prevent her from licking it.
They are made of elastic and socks big-grin

Elbow Covers

She’s also wearing her rubber booties heart

🐾Daisy Mae Bloodhound 🐾
Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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Looks like an OUCH!

What a sweetheart of a doggy though! True Bloodhound..nose to the ground completely oblivious to all the turmoil her humans are going through! Daisy Mae is just enjoying being Daisy Maeway-cool

Did you create that elbow protector? What a great idea! Would love toto see a close-up.

There are no right or wrong decisions here. We support you and know you will make a decision out of love and that’s all that matters.

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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20 September 2016 - 5:19 pm
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Yes, I did make them myself and she has 4 pair of them each of which were hand sewn! 2 are crew socks and backpack straps, 2 are ankle socks with elastic like in that picture. Here’s a closer up picture of the other pair 🙂

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We taped up her arm today to see how well she would get along and overall she has done fantastic! Went down the stairs almost before anybody could help her, ran around playing find the treats, then went back up the steps with only a little assistance. She has been hopping around the house for treats every few hours since and has been doing pretty well with the flooring issue as long as the rubber boots are on.

We were thinking about trying Mushers paw protection to add some traction since her current boots cant be worn for a long time, does anybody have any experience with that? Or advice about the best thing for traction around the house? 

I’ll try to post a video of her hopping around a little later but for now, here’s a couple pictures of her all wrapped up!

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Today’s experiment really has given me some piece of mind that she will do well without her spare. 

🐾Daisy Mae Bloodhound 🐾
Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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Awwww what a doll! She didn’t mind you putting her leg up like that? What a good girl!

Your elbow protectors are very inventive.

Musher’s Secret works well for outdoors but I’ve heard it can be slippery for indoors. Best and most convenient traction solutions are carpet runners in the home.

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We will definitely be looking into a more permanent solution such as that! For now, before we can look into that option, our church has donated left over foam children’s mat(the kind that pieces together like a puzzle) from when they put it in the kids room recently. We are hoping that will help with her traction and give her some cushion while her incision site heals. 

Her amputation is scheduled for this coming Friday provided her blood work comes back okay. She’ll be getting her blood work done, and a fentanyl(?) patch applied if all goes well, tomorrow(Thursday).

🐾Daisy Mae Bloodhound 🐾
Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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Very nice that your church is helping you and Daisy Mae!

Stay connected and let us help you with any questions you have during recovery. It can be a pretty exhausting time for a week or two!

The patch will help with the pain right after surgery. It doesn’t kick in right away so that’s whynthey are putting it in Thursday.

Most dogs spend one night, sometimes two or three. They generally come home with Tramadol, Rimadyl, and antibiotics and often Gabapentin. Once the hospital meds wear off, it can be a little tricky working out the doses of the pain meds.

When you pick up Daisy Mae up, don’t even look at her incision! She won’t! Just kiss her and give her hugs a dd tell her what a good girl she is!

Looks like Daisy Mae is going to rock this tripawd thing just fine!

Stay connected! We’ll help you through this recovery stuff!

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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Yes, I very much appreciate all the support everyone here has provided! 

I have volunteered at the clinic that is doing the amputation for a few years and have helped 3 dogs through amputation before(2 back legs, 1 front) so i know a little of what to expect. Of course, i know it will be different and harder on me now that it is my personal dog and she’s definitely the largest of the dogs I’ve helped. The front leg was a beagle and the two back legs were a mini poodle and a terrier mix. All of them healed pretty nicely and bounced back really quick afterwards, all of them were up walking the next day.

She will definitely be staying overnight, probably sleeping the whole time while i stay awake worrying all night at home. She will be coming home in a shirt most likely with a soft harness over it to help support her if needed, and her booties of course.

She’s always been super food motivated and is use to taking medication in just her food with the occasional pill pocket when she misses one so we are hoping that will continue to be the case throughout recovery. If not then coconut oil seems to be her go to motivator at this moment, though its very fatty so she only gets a tiny bit. We haven’t tried too many other foods yet but are going to see if plain non fat yogurt will work as well as the coconut oil since its better for her. 

Are there any other items that your dogs love that we should try? I should probably mention now that she’s allergic to all meat except chicken and fish as well as eggs, yeast, soy, and eucalyptusheart I definitely picked a problem child lol but I wouldn’t change it, or her, for anything! 

🐾Daisy Mae Bloodhound 🐾
Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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If she’s doing so awesome with your ingenious device, I bet she’ll be ok after amputation! Sending her good thoughts for her procedure! xoxo

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Today is the day of amputation, we will be dropping her off in less than an hour. We’ve been told she will be on tramadol and metacam (instead of rimadyl) when she comes home. Depending on how that works for her she might get another patch after this one wears off. Wish us luck! Prayers are also welcome! 

🐾Daisy Mae Bloodhound 🐾
Born: 12/20/2008  Gotcha: 10/2011
Diagnosed with SCC 09/01/16 - Soon to be tripawd 09/23/16

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