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11 y.o. greyhound having a mid-femoral hind leg amputation today
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14 November 2020 - 9:42 am
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Delighted to hear how well Jerry is doing!  We love good news like that!

Of course, not a Vet,  but I certainly  think your regular  Vet can assess the incision.   And I would suggest you do that to ensure there is no underlying  infection, a stitch irritation, etc.  Is your regular  the Vet the one taking out the stitches?  Anyway, I would go ahead and send your regular  Vet the pictures and description  of what’s happening rather than deal with a four hour round trip, especially  of it stresses sweet Jerry!

Tha ks for keeping is in the loop.  Gove Jerry a big smooch for us!

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I just got back from my regular vet here and they have put him on 5 days of antibiotics. They really didn’t think it looked too bad and neither did I but I feel better having a vet look at it and give some anbx to make sure nothing gets away on us in the next few days in terms of infection. I want Jerry to be cone free by the end of next week!

The surgeon that is 2 hours away was fine with my vet having a look at it.

My vet wanted me to wipe away any drainage to keep it as dry as possible but that was it in terms of care. 

On another positive note, Jerry had an “outing” today. He loves car rides and was happy to get out of the house and go. Hopefully helps with a bit of the stir-craziness he’s been experiencing!

Benny-I will, Jerry has been loving all the extra attention latelysmiley4

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14 November 2020 - 11:10 am
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Oh good!  Glad you got things checked out.  The idea of a short coirse of antibiotics just to be kn the safe side is a good plan.👍

So happy Jerry enjoyed his outing.  I k ow it did him good to get a chance to jist be Jerry again.  And it continues get better!😎

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14 November 2020 - 12:02 pm
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That’s terrific your regular vet was able to take a look. We didn’t deal with incision blisters but it doesn’t surprise me that this happened on a dog with thin skin. Sounds like the abx will take care of any potential infection.

And YAY for Jerry eating better and wolfing down his pills without any issues. GOOD BOY!

About the nighttime restlessness….thank dog for Trazadone! It sounds like that issue is improving but I’m wondering, is he still separated from your other dog at night? Could it be that at this point, he’s just lonely? Just throwing that out there.  

Hope you guys have a nice, restful weekend!

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Jerry and my other greyhound have always preferred to sleep in separate rooms. There are dog beds everywhere, and they are rarely sleeping in the same room together. My other greyhound is more clingy to us but Jerry has always preferred to do his own thing and is definitely the more independent one (as I was reminded when I have tried to assist him up after surgery)! I let him roam wherever he wants on the main level and try and settle where he wants come the evening, hasn’t made any difference yet though. We will just have to see how this evening restlessness progresses. He’s the more active one as well, so I’m sure he is missing all the walks and exercise he used to get too. Both our dogs go outside together, eat together and get treats together so that is back to normal.

His incision is less weepy today, 5 more days until the stitches are out!

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Hmm OK thanks for explaining. Poor guy, it’s got to suck being so restless, for him and all of you. Is the Trazadone continuing to help?

Great news about the incision! You’re almost at that huge benchmark of recovery. Hang in there!

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POD 14 today!

Jerry continues to do really well. That blister that popped beside his incision continues to weep a little serous fluid but his incision looks good and nothing looks infected. I’m anxious for that blistered area to heal up because I really want to get him out of his cone when his stitches come out in 2 days. I’ve cut his trazadone dose in half (to 50 mg) at night because he seems to be doing really well in the evenings now. No pacing or panting. I’m thinking Jerry is just needing time to get back into a regular routine. I’m going to continue to give 50 mg of trazadone until his cone can stay off. I really think that is bothering him. His nights are fine now but after I left for work this morning I put the cone on after he ate and went outside and my husband said he was up pacing around for most of the morning with the cone on, running into things etc..yeesh this cone has got to go!

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Yep, the cone can really cau6 havoc with them physically AND emotionally!  So glad the cone will be off in a few days, hopefully!

Delighted to hear how well Jerry is doing, espec at night.  Yeah, he’s getting his routine  back and start to settle down now.  Good job of figuring  out his needs and especially  getting that bloster thing handled  so quickly.

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I forgot to mention the oncologist called with the pathology of the mass in Jerry’s paw that would not stop bleeding. It was a benign, invasive hemingioma. The first one that she has seen. It was growing rapidly and was very vascular as the name suggests which is why it would not stop bleeding. So great news, Jerry does not have cancer and she said the only solution to what Jerry had going on was amputation anyways. I am very grateful for how everything has turned out.

Jerry had another calm night and is resting comfortably this morning. I took him down the street about three houses and back last night. He was itching to get out and get going. He is 15 days post op today. I am wondering if I can start taking him for short walks now or is it too early. He is moving around so great, but I don’t want to slow his healing in any way.

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WHEW and double WHEW! All good news, especially about the B9 result! YEAY!

It makes total sense that the cone would make him anxious, especially at night when all he wants to do is sleep. But I have to say again, good for you for hanging tough and keeping it on him. Many people do not and disaster almost always follows.

Generally we say don’t go on any walks until the stitches are out, that’s probably the safest thing to do. I know with a Greyhound that has to be sooo hard!

Just two more days Jerry, you’re in the home stretch!

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I kid you not, Jerry got to his stump and pulled some stitches out with his cone on!! My husband walked downstairs and said he had his stump right in his cone! I’m not surprised, greyhounds can contort their bodies pretty well. My other greyhound can twist her body right around and rest her head on her bum. Luckily no real damage done, stitches can come out any day anyways. My vet was able to fit me in this evening and they took the rest out. I was instructed to use a chlorhexadine wash on it twice a day and dry well. It looks a little irritated in areas and she is not real happy with the amount of bruising at the bottom of the stump but realizes greyhounds do bleed more. The bruising is still diminishing a little every day. So likely another week with the cone until its healed enough that Jerry won’t want to lick his incision.

Anyways, too funny jerry that you mention I’m so diligent with the cone..

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To not have that sucky disease  is FAAAAANTASTIC!!!   So thrilled to hear that!     Love that she’s enjoying her walks and ready to expand a bit.

Now Jerry, about getting to those stitches…..aich a naughty boy.  That’s okay, we understand.   They itched and you wanted to scratch that itch!!  Glad everything  turned out okay sweet boy 👍

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Oh Jerry! The cone of shame is no match for you eh? Well shoot. Maybe you need to be double-coned like our Wyatt Ray had to be? He wasn’t as long snouted as you but we always had to double cone him whenever he had an obstruction removal surgery. He wore a plastic one and then a flat disc cone over it.  I’m so sorry you have one more week in the contraption! 

I would have loved to have been there when your dad found you with your stump in the cone!icon_lol

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Jerry-please tell me more about this double cone..what is a flat disc cone?

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Sure! Sorry I did it think of sharing this, here ya go:

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It’s the best cone! We have a link to it here:

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