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Going in on Friday for front leg amputation on 150lb mastiff.
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Want to come over and smooch and cuddle right now!!! What a sweetheart!! And look at that proud happy boy standing next to the hammock. Cooper is ready for a nap on it!

So his draining issues have subsided? Regardless, he’s looking good! And it’s still really, really early in recovery!

Thanks for sharing these sweet pictures of sweet Cooper! Looking forward to more!

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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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Awwww he’s so gorgeous! Hope he’s doing well today. Thanks for sharing the pics! Would you mind if we posted them in our Gallery?

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Share the pics in the gallery that would be great.  Hes doing real well and going to the vet every few days for daycare.  The pop a few stiches out and let him drain more.  Now I am just trying to figure out the best diet and supplements to give him.  Any suggestions would be great.

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Now I am just trying to figure out the best diet and supplements to give him…

The Tripawds Nutrition blog is filled with reviews and recommendations! You will also find a full chapter with suggestions in Three Legs And A Spare , available in the Tripawds e-books .

Many Tripawds bloggers have also documented their nutrition plans, and there is the whole Eating Healthy forum too. Use the advanced search above to refine forum results or search all blogs here . Don’t miss Jerry’s Canine Cancer Diet & Supplements.

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So Cooper’s is finally not leaking any more fluids and healed up nicely.  The only problem we have noticed is now he is having a harder time getting up then right after surgery.  The vet said he looked stiff so they took him off Deramaxx and put him on Carprofen.  We havent really noticed a difference.  He looks sad and not very happy as of the last few days.  Also, was curious to anyone trying a holistic vet that comes to the house for acupuncture and talk about chinese healing/herbs?  I have been reading about Artemisinin and SanSheDan ChuanBeiYe.  My wife thinks I am nuts and we took away Cooper’s pain by amputating the leg but that should be it for now.  Any advice?

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Glad to hear his incision has finally healed up. I know that was worrisome.

The first thing that came to mind regarding Cooper’s leg is overdoing it and probably still feeling a bit of pain. My Happy Hannah was on some dose of lain meds for three weeks. Larger dogs often need pain meds a bit longer than some. Hurting could certainly effect his attitude. So you might ask the bet about adding a dose of Tramadol or Gabapentin for a few days and see if that helps.

It takes approximately one month for dogs to fully adjust to mobility issues. During that time there can be lots of sore mucles, strained back and neck muscles, etc. Try gentle massage all.over before he gets up, along with gentle stretching.

It isn’t quite three weeks since surgery and that’s still very early in recovery, especially for big fellas!! Adjusting to three legs takes a bit of time.

Another thought, use a harness or sling to help him get up for a few days while his sore muscles are regrouping.

And yes, you’ll find a lot of support of acupuncture here! Others will chime in who have used it. It takes a couple of sessions to see results, but many swear by it!. You’ll find a lot of support for holistic approaches too! I’m only familiar with Artemisinin , not the other two you mentioned. Check out The Dog Cancer Survival Guide for a lot of information on complimentary therapies.

.ake sure your energy around Cooper is upbeat and confident! Cooper will pick up on your energy.

Keep us updated AND post more photos of this sweet boy!

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

PS…If you jave hardwood floors, make sure you have non slip rugs for traction .

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He has been on gabapentin for a few months now.  They took him off Tramadol last friday because of his constipation.  I will ask vet in morning to some sort of other combination.  Thanks for the advice and I realize were still only 2.5 weeks after surgery.

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You can always try canned pumpkin for constipation – not the kind that has all the spices in it for pumpkin pie, but the regular one.  It helps with constipation and diarrhea.

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Acupuncture is awesome, it’s even an officially recognized modality for managing pain in dogs and cats in the 2015 AAHA Guidelines, the gold standard of pain management & vet care.  I would definitely look into it. If you haven’t considered rehab therapy yet, I highly recommend it. Find a certified rehab vet who also does acupuncture (yes, they’re out there) and you get a double bonus. Consult with them about herbs and supplements and you’ll have the best protocol for him. Our Tripawds Nutrition Blog and Downloads blog has some great info like:

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So Cooper is not doing so well now.  Over the last 4-5 days he has become not able to use his back legs.  We have to use a harness and pretty much lift or assist him outside.  The vet and everyone is very shocked because of how well he was walking post surgery.  We were able to get him in the car and go to the vet 3-4 times a week and now cant get him anywhere.  They started him on prednisone today.  I have a holistic vet coming tomorrow to check him out and do accupuncture.  Also, met and spoke with a dog physical therapy expert who had had mastiffs for 30 years.  Hoping to figure out what is going on with him.  Some think maybe hes has a back or neurological issue now.  Any help or advice from others would be greatly appreciated.

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Awww Cooper,.what the heck.sweet.boy!

It.is.sooooooo easy to overdo it early on and throw a back.out, pinch a nerve, etc.

You’re doing an EXCELLENT job of covering your bases vy checking with an Acupuncturist, a PT who is knowledgeable about Mastiffs, as well as your regular vet. Hopefully the Pred will.work.if there is any inflammation going on.

Another suggestion, .com ake a post under “Ask A vet”. Our “volunteer.Vet” has had several Mastiffs,.one who was a tripawd (Tazzie). She’s very knowledgeable and can maybe share some insight on Cooper’s challenge. Eating, drinking, pooping, peeing normally?

Certainly.not a.vet,.but just seems it.could be a back.issue related.to tweaking something while adjusting.to three legs.

Update.when you can. Goodness knkws we.are all.cheering for.this sweet.boy!! Hang in there! This is why we call this recovery period a roller coaster ride!

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.., met and spoke with a dog physical therapy expert…

How much and what kind of activity was Cooper getting? Any chance he may have overdone it? Is this expert a certified canine rehab tech (CCRT/CCRP)? Another professional opinion never hurts, and the Tripawds Foundation may be able to help through the Maggie Moo Fund for Rehab Therapy.

You will also find many helpful  tips for massage, stretches, exercises, hydrotherapy and hat/cold compresses in Loving Life On Three Legs or by searching the Tripawds Blogs .

Best wishes! Please keep us posted.

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The only activity was walking to the bathroom or getting up to eat.  The most strenuous would have been taking him to the vet multiple times a week and going up and down ramp into car.  The physical therapist has all of those qualifications.  http://www.cani…..aff.html 

Jeffrey Flocker, MPT, CCRT, CCRP, CMT
I will look into the Maggie Moo fund now.
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Jason and Cooper
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