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Amputation tomorrow 13.5 year old Josie the German Shorthair Pointer
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Last week we were told that our 13.5 year old German Shorthair Pointer, Josie, has Osteosarcoma. We seen one of the Oncologists in the state of Minnesota today. We have seen two vets prior to this visit, one said they would not amputate and would do palliative care. The other said they would amputate. Torn on the options, we decided to get a referral to Blue Pearl.  They suggested the amputation and so here we are! We wanted to get in sooner rather than later and they had an opening tomorrow.  We are so scared and have no idea what to expect. I will try and do some more research on this page tomorrow. 

I am open to hearing any tips! We have a son that will be 1 year old in the next week few weeks. This will also add to the post op recovery working with a 1 year old on top of it. Wish us luck!

We opted to give her quality of life and live pain free. We could not live with the option without trying for her!

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Josie and family, welcome. We are sorry you found yourselves here but rest assured you’ve come to the right place.

First, breathe. Yeah, this is a whirlwind and nothing anyone ever expects, but you CAN get through this. You sound strong and optimistic and that is such a plus!

Now, when you get a chance click on the Tripawds Start Here page for a tour of our community. You’ve already figured out the forums to kudos to you! Also, our Tripawds Chat room and Tripawds Helpline are also available so don’t hesitate to use those resources.

When you’re waiting for word on Josie, our Tripawds e-books have great tips consolidated into one place, as well as Jerry’s Required Reading List .

Senior dogs can do really, really well on three legs so bravo to you for getting other opinions. The most modern veterinary thinking is that neither size nor age should disqualify a dog from a pain-free life on three legs. Josie is on her way to enjoy quality time with her favorite people and we’re here to help every step of the way.

Holler with any questions and let us know how things are going. I usually have the Tripawds Chat open in the morning (Pacific time) and oftentimes you’ll find Michelle or Paula in the Tripawds Chat in the evening hours (Central time). We are here for you!

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Hi (again) Jannine!   So glad you hopped over here.  As you can see from Jerry’s post with all those great links, this is THE best place to be for support and invaluable information. 

Wanted to mention a couple of “mature, well seasoned” dogs who rocked three like RockStars!   FRANKLIN (a front legger Springer Spaniel) was 13 at the rime of his amp.  SAMSON was, if I recall correctly, 15 at the time,  and SHOOTER was 14 at the rimemod his amp. All got wonderful extended quality time full of spoiling, extra treats and loads of tummy rubs .

Let is know when  surgery is done, okay?   



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

PS  And a one year old too???  Oh my!   We wamt pictures of the birthday pawty!

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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