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Front leg amputation on a big dog. Advice please
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21 July 2018 - 8:33 am
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Thanks so much for the support. I do feel miserable and that I haven’t done enough. Even if he has seen the vet maybe 50 times in 10 monthes… it’s still my fault if he’s in this state. He nearly died in September also from a stomach torsion… and now my man is saying we have to pts if this operation doesn’t work because he has suffered enough… 



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21 July 2018 - 9:24 am
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Sweetie, stop right there !!!!!

What are you talking about ?

You have done everything needed, you have kept the closest of looks on your boy, you are by his side holding his paw all the way, sweet Zoe 💕

You are a dream come through, there is no dog on this planet who would not like to have you as his/her Mom and I mean it! 

It is totally NOT your fault he is as he is. 

It just turned out that way and one thing led to another but you are totally tackling every issue, one by one. 

You are doing all you can, nobody could do any more, believe me. 

And the stomach torsion … well, YOU saved him.

I don’t need to know any details as I know if one doesn’t act quickly it becomes too late to save them.

So, once more, YOU acted quickly and YOU saved your beloved boy.

I cannot begin to imagine how you and your man feel, you are in the middle of a war zone right now, it is normal he may over react and say if this operation doesn’t work we might consider options … of a more final nature, if I understood correctly.

Well, desperation and tiredness can make us say things which are not truly intended.

Plus, there is a 50% chance the operation will be successful.

Grab onto that thought, sweetie and move towards that goal.

Take one day at a time and be kind to yourself.

You are a truly marvellous human being, Zoe, and although I am sad you had to join us here I and also really happy to have “met” you and feel your lovely heart 💕

Sending you much love and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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21 July 2018 - 9:41 am
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Brutus sounds like one tough pup!!!  And it also sounds like Brutus has a lot of spunk and isn’t  planning  on giving  up anytime soon, that’s  for sure!

Now, about this “guilt trip” -that we all do sooooo well around here!  First of all, recognize that their is NOTHING  that you did, or did not do, that caused any of what’s  going on with Brutus!!  Torsions, pad infections,  etc are completely  oit of our control and we can only address the issues with the best medical  solutions that are available  at the time.  And then recognize  that many people  wouldn’t  even have done half of what you’ve  already accomplished  with the great care you are giving  your boy!!!  We clearly  see how loved he is and how devoted  you  are❤

Brutus doesn’t  want  you to waste one second  of your energy on SENESLESS, BASELESS guilt!  It takes away from being focused on the NOW and spoiling  and loving  on him from one moment to the next glorious  moment!!

Hang in there, okay?  This isn’t  gojng to resolve overnight,  but it will get resolved!   Brutus is  on the path to full recovery!

Stay connected!  We’re  all cheering  for Brutus and here to support you both!!

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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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22 July 2018 - 3:36 am
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Hi. Here is the last update. When I got up this morning brutus was laying in a pool of blood. His back leg which was swollen yesterday had exploded.  So we decided it would be his last journey to the vet’s. When I got there he had the results of the antibiogramme.  He has 3 bacteria that are resistant to all the antibiotics he has had. Only one antibiotic seems to be able to work. So the vet cleaned up his back leg and we have to put syringes of amoxillilin in his front and back leg. Going back tomorrow and postponing surgery..  so he’s still with us and fighting to survive.



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22 July 2018 - 8:15 am
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Oh sweetie …

I am extremely sorry to hear what happened, what a horrible thing and what a shock for you to find him as he was this morning ☹️

Luckily they were able to identify the bacteria and now (finally) you can pursue an adequate treatment.

How long does the vet think he will need to treat the infection? 

Did Brutus stay at the clinic until tomorrow? 

Hang in there Zoe, you are going through very difficult times but the light is right there, shining bright at the end of the tunnel and we are all here to send you and Brutus giant waves of pawsitive energy.

Love and cuddles, 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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22 July 2018 - 1:33 pm
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Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear that, how scary! Just glad to hear your veterinarian knows how to fight this infection. We are keeping our paws and fingers crossed for a speedy recovery from it. Hang in there!

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22 July 2018 - 9:37 pm
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Brutus is a fighter and so are you.  And we are all here fighting  with you.  It looks like the Bet FINALLY has the right antibiotix.  Obviously  results  won’t  be seen overnight, but it sounds like the Bet thinks  he is on the right path for recovery  now.

Please hang onto us  and uodate as you can.  

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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23 July 2018 - 8:22 am
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Zoe,

I am sorry my story with my Monte scared you.  My experience was not the norm.  I knew I had and have a fighter with a will to live! 

You have support here in this forum!  I hope and pray the best  for you and Brutusheart You are doing everything you can. 

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23 July 2018 - 11:39 am
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Well thanks again for your support. Brutus went back to the vet today. He seems OK. I have to inject antibiotics under the skin for 6 days. Tomorrow we go to the hospital to decide when to have surgery. 

Brutus is very stubborn.  I put on a bandage for flys on Friday.  He or another dog took it off and ate it… of course I found out that even with his cone he has access to the end of his foot because he cleverly blocks his foot on a wall and slams down his head… seen him do that. No signs of vomiting in any of the 4 dogs. He hasnt had a poo today so will give him paraffine and microlax tonight…

Fingers crossed

Virginia




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23 July 2018 - 2:48 pm
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Brutus you naughty  boy,  leave that paw alone!!  But I have  to say, the visual  of you figuring  out how to best chew that bandage  off gave us all a chuckle😂😂   Being  stubborn and feisty  and determined can be a real plus on this journey!

Has he had a poo since possibly  being  the one who ate the bandage?  Appetite  still good?  If he hasn’t  had normal poo yet, may want to check  with Bet to make sure there is no blockage  before  giving  him a stool softener. 

Behave yourself Brutus!

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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31 July 2018 - 12:07 pm
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Hi . Thought I would give you an update. I panicked on Thursday because one of the four dogs vomited 4 times. Thought it was probably brutus and his bandage. Rushed off to the vet. He said not to worry it was the pain killers. Had an x-ray anyway. It just showed he was constipated. So I continued the microlax and parafin. The bandage came through on Sunday after 9 days. Went to the hospital today. No foreign body in his foot seen by echography. But he did have a white flesh pocket that plopped out of his wound when the abcess burst so it might have been that. They cleaned up his foot and did some sampling. He didn’t wake up well so I get him back tomorrow. So now he’s got amoxillilin until the results, which is the right antibiotic. Fingers crossed that this is the end.

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31 July 2018 - 4:00 pm
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Oh my gosh they should name the clinic after you and Brutus! I’m glad everything is OK and he’s mending. Paws, tails AND fingers crossed for total healing and more more unplanned vet visits!

P.S. Did the Microlax and Parafin work?

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31 July 2018 - 4:21 pm
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Gosh, you have been kept busy sweetie … but as Rene says hopefully Brutus is getting to the end of his ordeal and onto a happy new life on three 🐾🐾🐾

He certainly could not have a better Mom by his side 😍

Please let us know what the vet says tomorrow!

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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31 July 2018 - 6:54 pm
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Surely the Clinic will name the room they are now able to add on because  of Brutus after him!😁

Sounds like he IS on the road to a good recovery  finally!   You and Brutus both are strong Warriors, that’s  for sure!!

Hugs 

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

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1 September 2018 - 3:38 am
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Hi

I think that this will be the last update. 

Early August the hospital results came back. They were all negative.  So I was told that nothing was wrong and to stop the treatment.  Knowing that 5 days antibiotics wouldn’t stop a deep underlying infection that had been going on for monthes or years. Plus that after 10 days on other antibiotics brutus was getting better I refused to stop. He has been on them for 4 weeks and is much better. Crp came back under 5 mg/l yesterday.  So 2 more weeks of antibiotics  to be sure and brutus should be fine and on his 4 legs. My vet had his software changed in March so no history before that but brutus went 34 times to the vet in 6 monthes. Pretty impressive but it was worth it!

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