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Any Tips for 11 y/o Bull Dog with Osteosarcoma?
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16 July 2019 - 9:12 pm
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Welcome home beautiful girl!!! She sounds like shes doing great! Eating, peeing, moving around & cat patrol! Maisys got this!

After those good hospital meds wear off she’ll probably be a little less anxious and have an easier time getting the feet organized. We also had a bit of a hard time mastering the grocery bag sling because of roanes deep chest. Now that i have it down she doesnt need it anymore lol.

Did they send her home with additional meds? They will keep her quiet and comfortable but might make her a little tipsy. 

Shes off to a terrific start ❤ 🐾 a few weeks from now it will be business as usual. Roane is teaching me this as we speak lol. Unlike us silly humans dogs adapt so smoothly. its like shes saying “leg what leg? Didnt i always have 3?!?

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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Nothing for anxiety… just two pain meds (gabapentin, carprofen). If she gets too anxious we will call the vet. It comes in small spurts right now and doesn’t seem excessive, considering. The vet doesn’t want her too groggy/weak – we want to protect her remaining hind knee (she is an older gal and there was some inflammation in her remaining knee, but not enough to disqualify her from amputation). 

We haven’t been supporting her much, since the sling isn’t working for us (and she actually is a little  resistant… speeds up and tries to get ahead of me, may be painful at this point)- though we did just go out our back door to potty where there is one big step. I used my arms to support her up it – she didn’t flinch much or resist. I think a pet store in town has a sling in stock with a chest strap… might go get that tomorrow. I don’t want to over protect/baby her but want to make sure she doesn’t over do it. 

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17 July 2019 - 8:59 am
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Wow that is one terrific recovery! Just had to share her photo on our Facebooger page, she looks so good smiley_clap

Did you see the DIY dog sling made from a grocery bag? These are great to use in the early stages of recovery.

YAY for a great start. Keep us posted and thanks for starting a blog too! They are soooo helpful for new and experienced members alike. xoxo

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17 July 2019 - 9:22 am
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My Happy Hannah didn’t  like the idea of a sling either.  Just refused to move.

And yeah, tripawds do need a bit more speed in their gait to keep their balance,  their momentum, etc.

Sounds like her pain is being managed and really is having an amazing  recovery.  Patience on your part and sloooow and easy on hers…..perfect combination..  


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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We made it through our first night at home. Maisy was anxious, drinking a lot of water and wanted to go out and pee several times. She took a little spill on the way out (can’t seem to make an improvised sling work, and even tried a purchased one). She was ok – but I kept beating myself up! (We want to really protect her remaining back knee, suspect it was inflamed a bit going in). I was at work all day while my husband was at home with her.  It was probably a lack of sleep but I was an emotional wreck-  just feeling sick wondering whether this was the right decision or not. Wondering if she will get strong enough to have a great quality of life, etc… 

She had a nice quiet, restful day and was happy when my daughter and I got home. She was back to her old ways of trying to snag food scraps my daughter dropped! This was reassuring, but also worrisome because of slippery spots under the table and the chance for slipping and tweaking her knee. Still working on finding hazards in the house and making things safer and easier for her.

Overall, glad one more day of recovery is done and hoping tonight is better!

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17 July 2019 - 7:44 pm
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Day one is done, good show maisy and family! The first couple of days can definitely be emotionally draining. Add lack of sleep to that and its sort of like having a new baby 😉 it will get easier.

Dont beat your self up over the spill it happens. Roane took 3 of us to get outside for the first couple of days. Both her and my husband took a couple of minor spills. (I kept telling my husband to becareful they couldnt both be broken at the same time!) She will continue to get stronger and more sure on her feet over the next few weeks. Our old gal gypsy used to take carprofen for swelling and arthritis, so this might help if theres swelling in the remaining leg. Good meds, good rest and lots of love go a long way.

Unfortunatly seeing them like this can make you second guess your self. Maisy isnt second guessing she loves her mama and knows you love her thats the only thing that matters ❤ Your doing a great job helping maisy recover!

Hope you all get some sleep tonight. Things always feel a little brighter after a good nights rest.

Big hugs,

❤Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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