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Miracle Rottie, Is an amputation too much?
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21 October 2020 - 11:20 am
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His vet just now was great and agreed to prescribe gabapentin, trazadone and tramadol as needed so that’s a relief.   Going to see how he is during the day and try to play with it.  Thinking it’s ok to medicate heavy if needed at night if that helps him rest. Good news is he is off the MWF bandage schedule - she was super pleased w the elbow braces and said he can keep those on!  

will keep everyone posted.  vet complimented Kip on how well he was moving today v last Friday! 

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21 October 2020 - 5:30 pm
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YAYYAYAYAY! That's super great news. And don't look at any combination of the meds as heavy medication. What you are doing by giving him the meds is allowing him to rest, which enables him to heal. And that's the goal right? Of course!

Sounds like a terrific visit. I'm really hoppy for you guys.

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Thanks!!! I did the Trazadone with everything last night and he woke up anxious at 4am!  I’m going to go back to what we did when he slept the entire night.  Such a process!! Good news is he’s walking great, has wonderful energy / appetite and his elbow is healing (and he’s out of the cone with the elbow protectors)!  

going to keep taking it easy and playing with his meds - hoping we’ll have a good lake trip next weekend so he can enjoy a change of scenery and get a (short) hike in 🙂

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22 October 2020 - 2:00 pm
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Oh gosh well I guess 4 am is better than 1 am? Eeeeek!

That really IS good news about everything else going on with his health. It all points to a fun weekend at Big Bear!!

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Hi All!! Kip and I just returned from our FOUR month road trip!  Slowly but surely he started getting stronger.  Through November Kip would have random phantom pains and get anxious but car rides and soft music helped him - ultimately I think the healing process with the nerve was just a little slower. But MY GOODNESS he has the heart of a lion! In CT he loved the snow. In Michigan he loves walking quickly after ducks. In TX he enjoyed seeing his cousins (except his new puppy cousin who kept taking his bones).  

Kip just had his lung xrays and he is still clear!  The orthopedic surgeon is amazed at his mobility given his size / age.  All in he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November, 2019 with the amputation in October, 2020. I’m grateful for every second I have with him.  

Just wanted to let you guys know we appreciate the support because recovery was tough! Just wanted to make everyone smile to know Kip is doing so well as a tripawd.  I posted pics on his Instagram from our travels if you want to see (@kip_thomas_superdog)

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Welcome back and congrats on the clear x-rays! smiley_clapSounds like that pawsome road trip was the best medicine for Kip, and you too. It's so nice to know he's doing well and being a great ambassador. Kip, you are a true k9 cancer rock smiley10!

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