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11 y.o. greyhound having a mid-femoral hind leg amputation today
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22 November 2020 - 6:52 pm
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Wyatt Ray does not look impressed!

I looked up that cone and it doesn’t look like you can get them shipped to Canada..too bad, although we may be cone free by the time one arrives anyways. fingers crossed. That looks like the solution though, I will keep my eye out for something similar (I’m sure this isn’t the last time I have a dog in a cone)!

Jerry is progressing really well, it’s just this incision is taking longer than expected to heal up. That blistered area has healed almost completely, I’m just patiently waiting for this area to stop draining a very small amount of serous fluid (slightly blood tinged). I’m cleaning it twice a day with the chlorhexadine wash and drying it well, but there is still a slow drip of fluid. Seeing my vet this week for anincisicon recheck so we will see how things are then.

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23 November 2020 - 11:08 am
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Haha Wyatt was high as a kite when we took that photo. The cone turned out to be a lifesaver on many occasions. I hope you can find one, I’m surprised it’s not shipping north of the border. Darn!

I’m so happy that the blistered area is all better on Jerry! That was a little oddity, thanks for letting us know about it. Hopefully we’ll never need to retrieve your story for someone else whose dog has the same incision problem but if we do, it’s good to know you shared so much about it.

Cheers to a good week and a great vet visit. Keep us posted.

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Jerry finally got his clean bill of post-op health from the vet today and I am so happy!!

He was put on another week of antibiotics last week after my vet looked at the fluid leaking from his incision on a slide and saw lots of neutrophils. His incision finally stopped leaking 4 days ago and is completely healed now! For anyone looking back at this thread if they have a greyhound with an amputation..Jerry was a very slow healer. He had a lot of swelling and bruising for about another 5 or 6 days after the stitches came out which was closer to 3 weeks post-op with still significant swelling and bruising. There was never any obvious infection in the incision but a blister that popped beside the incision and a small opening in the incision that continued to leak some pinkish serous fluid (up until post-op day 27) was enough to put Jerry on antibiotics to stay ahead of any potential infection  and the second time to possibly treat a very early infection and to get that last little spot to heal up. It has been a long, emotional couple of months but we have made it out the other side.

Jerry’s restlessness has completely resolved since he has been out of the cone and he is back to his old self. No more trazadone! His incision was stubborn to heal but all in all he did really well in his recovery. I saw Jerry turn a real corner a couple days ago when he started throwing his toys around and wanting to play. (that was at the 4 weeks post-op mark). It is so great to have my boy back!

I want to say this site has been so helpful and the support has been great, What a fantastic resource for anyone facing their pet having a limb amputated. It was scary and emotional, and the initial reaction “what have I done to my dog” is real, but now I see Jerry back to his old self, I’m glad I made the decision to save his life because he has adapted better than I ever imagined he would!

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DEEEEELIGHTED TO READ THIS SPECTACULAR  UPDATE😁😁

And thanks for sharing  the ups and downs of Jerry’s recovery.   It definitely  will help those who have some challenges like you did during recovery.  As we always say, every dog is different  and every recovery  is different!  But as you amd Jerry have shown, recovery  doesn’t  last furever….just seems like it!!You stayed the course even though it wasn’t  always easy.  Kudos to you!👏👏👏

The visual of him playing  with his toys again made me so happu😁  Seeing them return to their normal habits is beautiful!!

And Kerry appreciation  that you did this FOR him!  Jerry is Jerry again!

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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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WOOT! WOOT! We are jumping for joy for Jerry and you!

Yeah it was a slower than usual journey but you stayed strong and that is the very best medicine there is. Jerry felt your pawsitivity and was able to heal as we had all hoped. WONDERFUL!!!

Thanks for the kind words about the community. It’s stories like Jerry’s that add to the magic and love that surrounds each and every person and pet here. We are so honored to be part of your journey. 

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