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11 October 2015 - 3:13 pm
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That makes me furious!  That vet needs to address the situation presented to her, and do her best to help Major and you NOW, not second guess.

OK- now I have to take Sally’s advice and breathe!!

1.  You and your husband are doing great.  This is a tough situation with hard choices. You clearly love Major and are doing what you think is best for him.  That is all that matters right now. 

2. Big dogs can do this, we see it here all the time.  My local friend Cemil is a 150 pound, front amp, Anatolian Shepherd.  Cemil is more than 5 YEARS past his surgery for OSA and has done fine.  Here are a couple blogs to look at:

Cemil

Nova

And here are the posts Started by Louie’s Mom that Sally mentioned. The first one at the bottom is titled ‘Will not stand after amputation’.

I had a vet yell at me once because she thought I wasn’t taking an eye injury in one of my pugs seriously enough.  I said “I find that being calm and positive around my dogs is more productive”.   I never did see her again.

Keep the faith, stay strong and come here often.

 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Virginia
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11 October 2015 - 5:14 pm
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I, too, need to chime in reference that horrible vet. I think we’ve all come across people who are jerks, who think that amputation equates to being inhumane. I’d chalk her comments up to her being a complete inconsiderate ignorant jack ass (and I’d make sure you stay far away from her). Then I would make sure you tell your regular vet exactly what she said and how it’s made you feel. Obviously, you have been taking care of your animals with your vet for 30 years and I am sure that he/she would NOT appreciate another vet undermining their treatment plan and their longtime client. SCREW HER. Ok, letting it go now……..

Recovery is difficult, more so for some dogs than others. Like Karen said, these choices are so difficult and we all want to just make their pain go away as much as possible. THAT is what matters. Stay strong, know that you made the right decision and that the road is going to be tough for a few weeks. Hang in there!!!!

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Virginia




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11 October 2015 - 8:11 pm
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All I can do is sat ditto to everyone else’s outrage at that so-called vet! I’m so piffed off! Uncalled for, incompetent and completely wrong on so many levels!!

You’ve now seen example after example of dogs who need extra time to get mobile. Dogs who weigh more, who are older and who often have arthritis, all have been on this journey and successfully mastered walking.

This whole process getting to this part of recovery is exhausting and emotionally draining. You’ve probably gotten by on minimal sleep for weeks leading up to this point. You arr also physically exhausted. You are worried and impatient for Major to get through this recovery. And then on top of all this, you are treated so dismissively and with insensitivity from that vet??? OMD!

YOU ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE FOR MAJOR TO GIVE HIM A QUALITY LIFE! YIU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW!! YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!! And you know what? Major is soaking up all this loving and spoiling and he’s happy just to be with you!!

Stay connected and know we are all cheering for Major!

Sending love and hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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11 October 2015 - 9:34 pm
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This is just a sample of somemor the harnesses offered on this site. Ot maybe a tool to make it easier tonhelp Major as his recovery progresses.

Oh, and did “that” vet get Major to pee?

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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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11 October 2015 - 10:23 pm
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benny55 said
…just a sample of somemor the harnesses offered on this site. Ot maybe a tool to make it easier tonhelp Major…

Translation: The Tripawds Gear blog has various helpful harnesses that you might consider to help Major… aw-shucks

The one pictured in the AST Get A Grip harness .

Virginia




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12 October 2015 - 8:57 am
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laughingYou crack me up Admin Guyclownlaughing

How is Major today? And how are you?

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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12 October 2015 - 4:03 pm
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Hi Everyone.  I just came home from visiting Major at the hospital.  He seemed much better pain-wise, though IMO a bit dopey.  He is on Tramadol and Gabapentin right now, and the staff at the clinic has been working with his standing and walking skills.  I was really amazed, because when they brought him into the room, he actually walked in unassisted!!!  OK, more like hobbled in, but you get my point.  This is a vast improvement from having to be dragged everywhere by his harness (the one I got him through this site, BTWbig-grin).  Supposedly, he is (just barely) able to get up off the bed by himself too.  I did not witness this, but that is a huge improvement.  Of course, he still got extremely tired very quickly, and kind of sank to the ground, but still.  So all in all a much better day.

He has not been able to pee or poop by himself thus far.  They used a catheter on him to empty his bladder.  He is eating very little and drinking less than optimal amount, but the vet felt that there were no underlying issues, and that it was not a cause for concern.

I decided to leave him in medical boarding for the time being, because I really don’t want the lack of pee and poop to develop into something bad.  I hope that he will get through that hurdle in a couple of days.  In the meantime, at least he is being watched, and his physical training continues.

I have not decided how I am going to address the situation with that horrible lady vet.  Right now, I feel like getting too involved in some form of complaint process is just not worth my very limited energy.  I will most likely write a letter to the gentleman that owns the clinic, at some point.  I do want to take my time composing this letter, so that it is CONSTRUCTIVE, rather than emotional or accusatory.

I feel much more positive today.  I think that getting a first full night sleep in a week, probably helped.  But most of all I have all of you to thank for all the love, support, words of encouragement, and advice.  I honestly don’t know if I would have made it through this week without this site, and all you wonderful folks.

Virginia




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12 October 2015 - 4:16 pm
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OMD!!! Hobbling in is HUGE!!! TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT!!!clap

Leaving him at the vet’s overnight is really good…for both of you!

Getting a little shut eye and seeing some improvement in Major…therapeutic for everybody!!!

And yes, great idea to put the issues with that vet in the back burner for now. Yiu need to put all your energies into taking care of Major and yourself!

It also sounds like they are doing a good job of managing his pain. Yes, pain meds can mess with his appetite and interfere with a good poo and pee and a good hobble, but it’s better than being in pain!way-cool

Thanks for taking time to update us….and we look forward to more good ones!!! Bring him a cheeseburger when you go to see him/pick him up!

Hugs to you!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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12 October 2015 - 4:21 pm
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YAY Major! Oh my gosh that is really terrific news, I’m so happy to read your update. When do we get to see photos of Major? Here’s how to add them to your post. Let me know if you’d like assistance.

I agree, step back a bit so you can compose yourself before you write the letter. And good idea to leave him in boarding for now. As you can see it did a lot to help you get some sleep and help him learn to be mobile. Sounds like the techs are awesome too. They make up for the horrible lady vet!

P.S. Thank you SO Much for ordering your harness through the Tripawds Gear Store , it is much appreciated.

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12 October 2015 - 5:19 pm
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Great update!  I am sure you feel tons better!  Your update made my day!  Keep us posted when you can we’re all doing this with you.  His paw grass is awesome!

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12 October 2015 - 5:54 pm
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I’m so glad to hear that Major is both doing better and getting ’round the clock care while you recoup. I’m sure he’ll be home w/ you soon!

Active 10+ Pyr mix suddenly came up lame with ACL tear in left rear leg. Scheduled for a TPLO but final pre-op x-rays indicated a small suspicious area, possibly OSA, which could have caused the ACL tear. Surgeon opened the knee for TPLO but found soft bone. Biopsy came back positive for OSA. Became a Tripawd 9/18/14. Carbo6 with Cerenia and Fluids. Pain free and living in the moment. Crossed the Bridge on 7/12/15 after probable spread of cancer to her cervical spine. A whole lifetime of memories squeezed into 10 months. Here's her story: Eloise

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12 October 2015 - 6:19 pm
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Hooray! It sounds like things are coming around. Good for them on taking care of Major for you while you get some much needed rest. We all remember those first few nights with little or no sleep. To have to do it all yourself made it all the more difficult. Major is showing you that he is trying hard to help you and your hubby through this, too. Thanks for the great update.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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12 October 2015 - 6:21 pm
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I tried uploading pix of Major, but it didn’t work for me.  I have to figure it out.

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12 October 2015 - 6:34 pm
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Improvement!  Keep track of these seemingly little improvements each day…they start to add up.

I think you are very wise to leave Major with the pros for a few days… I know it is hard to be away from him, but he is getting great care and you and hubby are getting some much needed rest.

I also think it is wise to put that other vet behind you for now (grrrr), it is time to be positive for Major and get ready for his homecoming.  Also I would love for you to be able to walk in with Major at some point and for her to see you two.

If you can’t figure out the picture thing Jerry or Admin can help you, or you can email pics to them or to me if you like and we can load them for you.  Of course you do need to figure it out at some point because we want to see lots of pics going forward.

 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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12 October 2015 - 8:28 pm
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I’ve been busy with my husband the past few days, but have been watching all of the wonderful replies.

Ugh ~ that horrible, horrible vet!!!

I’m so glad to hear the Major is feeling a little bit better…we’ll take any improvement smiley

Hopefully he can come home soon and do more recuperating at home with you.  Glad that you were able to catch up on some sleep, too!

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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