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Whether or not to amputate my 12 year old dogs leg!
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17 January 2017 - 12:16 pm
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Keltoad, we're sorry you find yourself here. Please consider starting a new topic here in Size and Age Matters and registering as a member so your posts won't need approval and we can follow along with Lily's story. I know you're in a tough spot and making this decision is super hard for dogs of advanced ages. Since we aren't vets here, we always recommend getting another opinion from a board-certified oncologist or surgeon to help you decide whether or not to proceed. If you haven't done that already, it's a good move right now. That way you and your brother can come to a decision that makes everyone satisfied and preserves Lily's quality of life for however long she has left, with or without amputation surgery. 

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17 January 2017 - 6:36 pm
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It sounds like your sweet pup is very loved by EVERYBODY.

Just as you did when this issue first popped up several years ago, get a second, and maybe a third opinion if necessary. An Orthopedic Surgeon and an Oncologist can be EXTREMELY helpful after they evaluate your Lilly.

Is she on any good pain meds like Tramadol and/or Gabapentin?? I imagine she is, but if not, make sure she gets her pain managed.

Around here, age is just a number and we've had many, many seniors do very well with the surgery and with adjusting to three legs. HOWEVER, age certainly cannot be ignored completely if bad arthritis, hip, joint issues, etc are involved. Everything has ro be considered.

Another thing that might help when you get another opinion, is a good bloodwork to make sure she doesn't have any indication that she may have other issues.

One of the pain purposes of the amputation is to remove the pain. Recovery is no picnic for a couple of weeks. It is major surgery. There certainly are no guarantees that the surgery and recovery will be flawless. But a good work up can, hopefully, eliminate most risks.

Please stay connected and update us when you can. In the meantime, spoil, spoil, spoil! No junk food is off limits!! We'd love to see ohotos of this sweet girl! Take lots!

We're by your side and support any decision you make! Clearly, whatever decision you make will be made out of love for Lilly...And that is ALWAYS the right decisionheart

Lots of hugs to all

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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