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I wanted to return and give an update. The past two weeks were a rollercoaster. Ed did fairly well with recovery from his left front leg amputation. I kept him crated a lot so my little kids wouldn’t knock him over and to keep him from jumping around too much. He wasn’t drinking much water even if I added chicken broth. He has an issue with one of his eyes which appears to be an ulcer. He also has two absesses under his chin. The vet was surprised these things did not clear up with the antibiotics he’s been on. His moral was low and I started to think we made the wrong decision. 
His stitches were removed at 14 days post op. His eye issue tested negative for any cancer cells, we are waiting to hear on the chin infection. Trying different antibiotics. These concerns mean we have to postpone chemo treatment. 
All that being said, Ed now has free reign in the house again. He has mastered the stairs. He chases chipmunks. He goes for short walks. He plays tag with the kids in the yard. He lounges in the sun. He once again sings to the harmonica. His feeding schedule is back on track and I think the increase in excercise has made him drink his water regularly. The future is unknown, we don’t know how much time he will have but these times are beautiful. Ed is back and having fun. 

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WHEW! Oh my dog I started getting scared when reading about the infection. Nope, not an ideal thing to happen but what a relief that he is now back to his new normal and enjoying the things he loves best! That’s terrific!!!!

I hope the vets can figure out the infection issue. Was it tested for MRSA ? If not, be sure to ask for a culture. Hopefully it’s not, and he just needs a bit more time to heal. Please keep us posted on that OK?

Otherwise, BRAVO to you guys and especially Ed, you made it past recovery!!!!

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ED IS BACK!!!   ED IS BEING ED AGAIN!!!!  This is such great news!!!

When I first started reading this I though Ed was NOT doing well at this point.  Clearly reading to the next paragraph thrilled me to pieces and   made me grin ear to ear!😀

Yeah, agree with Jerry to check for MRSA or some sort of staph.  If either of those getting the right ant should clear thing up.

And it’s not unusual to see chemo postponed  for one reason or another.  I didn’t  do Happy Hannah’s  first chemo until the third week, going into the fourth.  In her case I didn’t  feel like she was at a strong enough point in her recovery to proceed.

Thanks for letting  us know Ed is thriving!  Hearing how well he is doing is why we do what we do!!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. Any food changes or new carpet or new dog bed or different  detergent….anything  that could be causing  a reaction in his face area?

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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Yay Ed! We are 2 months post op and for us around 3 weeks we really got the hang of things. Good luck Ed and I hope the chin bumps clear up soon…

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