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9 1/2 year old Saint Bernard newly diagnosed
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9 July 2023 - 5:45 pm
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Yes, those are from 11 days post amputation. She was even better today.  

They’re amazing creatures. She’s trying so hard and recovering faster than i had hoped or believed possible.  I think that what we read a lot here about how this is harder on us than on them is true. 

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10 July 2023 - 2:15 pm
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Day 13 since Ophelia’s amputation and first chemo treatment. 

Improving every day. Stamina is increasing slowly, she still falls flat on her face about once per day, and she doesn’t understand how to walk with a leash on yet, but she will get there.

We have an appointment with her surgeon in an hour to make sure that everything is healing properly. 

video from about an hour ago. 

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10 July 2023 - 2:54 pm
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Wow!  I honestly couldn’t visualize how they would even get over a curb on 3 legs.  How do you react when she falls?  I feel like I would get super stressed and alarmed, but I know you’re probably supposed to stay calm and positive.  How did she get in and out of the car after surgery?  Both of ours require him to enter from the back and he is used to using ramps but I can’t picture him being able to hop up the ramp.  It’s tricky enough with all 4 legs sometimes to keep him centered on it.  

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10 July 2023 - 3:44 pm
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GOOOOOD GIRL OPHELIA!!!!👏👏👏👏   You are showing the Tripawd world how big good girls can handle three just fine!

You are having such an empowering impact on the community 

EUSTACIA now knows how Tripawds can navigate stairs because of thos visual from the video you shared😎  And hearing your calm pawsitive encouragement  is a great "auditory" of what confidence sounds like.

Ophelia already  has a strong core strength that will only get stronger.  Face plants will even become less and less.  As you already know, it's no big deal to Ophelia....she just figures it out and moves forward.  AND, it's still very early in recovery!!!

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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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I cringe when she falls but try not to make any noise.  It’s hard not to make a big deal out of it and baby her because i am worried that she’s hurt herself.  A few days ago she tripped on a step coming inside and went face first into the tiled step up from the laundry room to the kitchen. She actually looked a bit stunned, but she was okay.  Anyway, i just tell her that she’s okay, and encourage her to get up and try again.  

Getting in and out of the car is still a bit of an issue that i need to figure out. We can do it, but she’s nervous about it, especially getting out, and i really hurt my wrist getting her out last week.  My car also requires her to get in and out through the back.  I purchased some steps on Chewy that should be here in a few days.  Hopefully she will use them. She’s always refused to use a ramp.  

The vet techs helped me the day after surgery though.  They still offer but i haven’t needed it since. 

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10 July 2023 - 6:21 pm
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Ophelia had her two week check up with the surgical oncologist today. The doctor said that she’s doing great in recovery, that she is doing better than she expected she would do, and is “pleasantly surprised” with how well she is getting around.

When it was time to go, Ophelia got up and literally ran out of the room, through the lobby, and to the car all with me trying to keep up. I guess she thought that she better move fast or risk losing another leg. 😂

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10 July 2023 - 7:01 pm
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Hahaha...the visual, of Ophelia high tailing it out of the Vet was  fun to visualize.   Her "thought bubble" about losing another leg.....priceless 😂🤣

Delighted  to hear she had such a good chec up👍   Keep on keepn' on sweet girl♥️

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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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10 July 2023 - 7:34 pm
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I caught Ophelia dreaming and just have to post it. I wonder if it was with three legs or four?  She is wiped out. She’s had an exhausting day. She worked really hard and had to see one of her doctors.  

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10 July 2023 - 7:57 pm
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Absolutely love this!  Whatever she's dreaming she's having a good time.  Listening to her "dream vocals" makes me think she might be running towards a box of treats and slobbering as she gobbles them all!😁

Watched it twice.....and will probably watch again.  So sweet.  Clearly she's in a solid sleep and exha in a good way.

 

I so enjoy watching my Merry Myrtle active in her  dreams.  She's blind.  But in in her dreams she sees clearly again.  I .like to think when she wags her tail in her dreams it's because  she "sees"me smiling at her.😊

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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10 July 2023 - 8:24 pm
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Your description of Orphelia making her escape  from the vet’s office made me laugh for the first time in a week!  

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10 July 2023 - 8:36 pm
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It probably is that she sees in her dreams.  That very sweet.  I used to hope that Lola (Ophelia’s sister who lost use of her back legs) was chasing her tennis ball in her dreams. That was her favorite thing.  

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10 July 2023 - 8:39 pm
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@Eustacia.  Glad that made you laugh.  Today is the first day in more than 3 weeks that i haven’t felt heavy with the dread and sadness.  It gets better.  

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Ophelia had an evaluation and consult with her vet hospital’s pain and rehab doctor yesterday.  He was great.  He told me that he was surprised with how healthy and pain free that she is right now just two weeks after amputation.  This was great to hear.  Both he and the surgical oncologist told me that they think that she’s ready to begin doing more on her own and that i should begin walking her beyond what is necessary for short periods of time, ie, begin to slowly go back to her normal routine. I think that she impressed him when he had her walk down the hall for him and she broke out into a full trot. Lol.

He set up a long term plan to keep her pain free and to protect her three remaining limbs.  i am going to share for a couple of reasons.  One, to make sure that all of this seems good to those here who have had a lot more experience with this than me, and two, so that others can look into these things if they’re interested for their dogs.  

1. The doctor advised a carpal/wrist brace from a company named Walk About Harnesses.  This is to protect against hypertension of the wrist joint. https://www.wal.....port-brace

2. CanEVATM
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CanEVATM is made from 100% natural Elk Velvet Antler which contains the following essential building blocks: - Glucosamine: A building block needed for the body to repair and make cartilage.
- Collagen: The main support of skin, tendon, bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
-Chondroitin: Part of a protein that keeps cartilage ‘elastic’ like.
- 8 Essential Amino Acids: The building blocks of all tissue.
- Omega 3&6: Boosts energy levels and helps create healthy cells.
- Calcium: Essential for strong teeth and bones.
- Selenium: Helps reduce infection and protect blood cells, heart, liver, and lungs. - Magnesium: Aids cells in restoring and releasing energy.
- Potassium: A trace element that is essential for nerve and heart function.

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4. Cosequin DS is comprised of glucosamine, low molecular weight chondroitin (only found in Nutramax products) and manganese. It has mild pain relieving effects but its main benefits include cartilage protection and a preventative effect in those who take it chronically prior to a joint injury.

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-Healthy Pet CBD Night (Natural flavor-100mg/mL) is a full spectrum product made by CO2 extraction. This means that the active components are accompanied by related important factors which make the product more effective, than a simple narrow spectrum only product. CBN has been added in a 1:10 ratio to augment sleep effects. This is a hemp-based product. Hencev, less than 0.3% THC. As such, there should be no psychoactive effects.
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7. continued physical therapy to work on strengthening her core and maintaining muscle mass in her legs.  

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12 July 2023 - 12:56 pm
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Sounds like a very encouraging check up and your vet seems very on top of things.  Thanks for posting all of that as I think it’s helpful for others of us too.  How often do they do xrays on the lungs?  You may have mentioned it here somewhere further back, but how much does Orphelia weigh? Have you had to lift her at all since she got home?  

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I don’t know how often they get their lungs checked.  I emailed her oncologist that exact question just prior to her amputation but the email had several questions and that one got overlooked.  She goes back for her second chemo treatment next week and i will ask again. I almost dread doing them tbh because I know that I’ll always be afraid of the answer.  

I haven’t had to fully lift her except into the car the first couple of times (which isn’t easy).  You definitely have to help them at first but their instinct is to help lift themselves.  

Ophelia weighed 132 lbs prior to amputation and now she is just at 122 lbs.  How much does Honor weigh?

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