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2 Weeks post amputation - yelping in pain for no reason?
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18 December 2015 - 6:42 pm
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Hi everyone

Thought I should give you all a Jinx update big-blink

After discussing her problems with my vet I am slowly reducing her intake of Tramadol (she had been on it for quite some time leading up to the operation so we can’t just stop it, unfortunately) and I’m starting to notice some small but significant differences. Her eyes are certainly brighter, her appetite has improved and she appears just that bit steadier on her (remaining) feet. I’m confident that once she’s off it completely we’re going to see even more improvements. He’s keen to keep her on the Gabapentin but she’s been on that for sometime also and seems to tolerate it well.

She hasn’t had an episode of phantom pain in over a week – that I’ve witnessed.

One negative – this once very, very clean 100% housetrained dog has started urinating inside. Even on her own bed while she’s lying on it. This is despite being taken outside several times a day for bathroom breaks. It usually only happens once a day and only when I’m home – so she could let me know she needs to go outside but doesn’t. This is a new development over the last week or so. Not sure what’s going on but will monitor and may bring up with vet later this week.

I can’t say there’s been any really major improvements in Jinx – she’s continuing to recover at her own pace – but there’s definitely  been a major improvement in my ability to deal with what’s going on. Thanks in large part to this community and the advice I’ve received here smiley

 

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30 December 2015 - 2:37 am
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Hello everyone

My beautiful Jinx was put to sleep just after Christmas. She died in my arms – it was quick and painless.

It’s all too raw to go into the details of what went wrong (there were so many things) but I think in the end she just wasn’t strong enough to cope. In reality she started to slowly go downhill about a week after the surgery although the final decline was fast and brutal. Perhaps given time I might come back one day and let you know what happened.

I only posted here a few times but I visited many more. I gained such strength reading the replies to my posts, the articles on the site and others experiences. Thank you . So much.

My heart is broken.  

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30 December 2015 - 4:25 am
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Please know that all of us here grieve with you. I’m sure Jinx felt your love holding her tight as she slipped away. 

Denise, Bill and Angel Ellie.

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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30 December 2015 - 7:44 am
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This is the first post I read after being away for the holidays and it absolutely broke my heart. I am truly at a loss for words only to say, I’m so very sorry.

I also understand your absence to further yourself from the pain. No judgement here my friend, we’ll be here if and when you decide to visit. Peace to you and your pack.

xoxoxo

pam

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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30 December 2015 - 7:54 am
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Oh Nic, I’m so sorry!  Please know that we are all with you in heart!

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy  http://murphyh......pawds.com/

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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30 December 2015 - 9:52 am
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i am so sorry to hear this. We go into this hoping for that miracle. Sometimes it happens and sometimes we get dealt a very rotten hand. My Ty lived only a very short time after amp also. I went through so many emotions. Please know that every decision you made was made from pure love. Completely understand the need to not post for awhile. Please know you are in our thoughts and we are here when you are ready. Lori, Ty and Gang

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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30 December 2015 - 3:07 pm
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Nick I am so very, very sorry. Jinx was still so young, what an awful shock. You did soooo much for her and tried everything you could to help her overcome those difficult challenges, it’s clear how much you cared for your sweet doggie.

All of us send our condolences and hugs your way. Whenever you feel like coming back, please share photos of Jinx in Coping with Loss and tell us more about your life together. We are here for you always.

May Jinx’s beautiful memories light up your life always. Remember, true love never fades.

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This is interesting. My dog had a huge muscle tumor removed 5 days ago. Last night she whined, jumped up and jumped off the bed… yikes… stood at the top of the stairs until I carried her down. Gave her 300 mg Gabapentin. She went around the main floor for 4 hours, rubbing her cone along the walls and in and out of rooms. Stopped to eat the wet food she had slept through earlier.  Finally laid down on her bed with me laying next to her an hour before I had to get up for work. Vet described something similar when she came out of anesthesia.  I hadnt seen it. Shes been doing a little better at a time. very odd. I am not seeing much lit on this…. 

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30 June 2020 - 12:39 pm
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mnash said
This is interesting. My dog had a huge muscle tumor removed 5 days ago. Last night she whined, jumped up and jumped off the bed… yikes… stood at the top of the stairs until I carried her down. Gave her 300 mg Gabapentin. She went around the main floor for 4 hours, rubbing her cone along the walls and in and out of rooms. Stopped to eat the wet food she had slept through earlier.  Finally laid down on her bed with me laying next to her an hour before I had to get up for work. Vet described something similar when she came out of anesthesia.  I hadnt seen it. Shes been doing a little better at a time. very odd. I am not seeing much lit on this…. 

  

@mnash I’m sorry to hear about this, and hope she starts feeling better soon. This sounds like phantom pain . Gabapentin should help but if not, I would speak with your vet to look at other pain management options. Please check the links and start an all new topic so we can focus on you and provide some feedback and support OK?

Thanks for sharing.

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