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Well YAY! YAY! YAY! That corner is far behind you and there’s no looking back for Bella! smiley_clap

You’re doing everything right. Taking it slow and on her schedule, trying brain games and keeping her mind occupied so her body heals is paying off. Until the games arrive you can try a few easy DIY recovery games with objects from around the house. See if those help keep her busy.

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ESTATIC!! SOOOOO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS!!!   I love that she actually  enjoys  her harness and the assistance you give her.  Sweeeet.

 Aybe….just maybe…..this means the other leg isn’t too big of an issue for now???  Mayabe, just, aybe, that means you can delay at least another week, ,aybe two??

Are you comfortable  with this Vet’s assessment or did you feel like you wanted another opinion?  I know you feel like you’re  between a rock and a hard place.  IF the bolt mist be done, I jnownuou want to have as much time between this surgery and recovery  as possible.    And…you don’t  want to risk a fracture of the other leg.  Ugh!!

Today though, it’s all about celebrating  these wonderful  strides shania making!  Quite a Warrior, a strong Tripawd Warrior!!   And you are her Warrior Hooman!! Good job!!

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22 September 2020 - 12:46 pm
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Hello! 

Little update on Bells. 

Bella was doing really well, but today We’ve managed the stumble, Bella was snoozing for most of the atfternoon and I didn’t want to wake her for wee time, and thought when she naturally wakes up we would pop out. She seems to have stiffened up, and when she got up, she repeatedly fell on her remaining leg with it tucked under her. She fell three times in quick succession of trying to stand up. 

I panicked, as she tucked her arm under her on several occasions much like when she did when she broke her arm the first time. 

we got her down to the vets and luckily no fractures but she is at risk of fissures turning into fractures and as a precaution she has been kept in this evening as she was going in tomorrow for the stabilisation of her fissures in the right elbow anyway, and as we are so close they decided it was right to keep her in with pain relief. 

she’s looking at surgery first thing in the morning.

and I was given words of advice from the vet trying to keep composed in front of bells when she falls as it makes her distressed – obviously though, he understood the panic and the concerns which I face. 

Her birthday was today, but this was cut short and she didn’t have her cake or presents so will get these at the weekend when she’s feeling better after surgery. 

Will keep you all updated. 

Nics & Bells xx

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22 September 2020 - 1:58 pm
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Well this is jist rotten, and yet, the decision  is made for you now.  Upu really jave no choice  but to proceed.  You’ve pushed the envelope as far as you could and gained a little extra recovery  time from her amputation.

It’s a good plan to leave her at the Vet tonight so she’s confined and will be resting  comfortably  with her pain meds.

Is this an overnight  staffed clinic.  If so, would it be possible  they could keep her a few days as it sounds like she would need a lot of assistance to hold her up with going to potty at first.  Or at least for 24 hrs. keping  her confined while shaking off the anesthesia,  etc ?

Is this “stabilization ” something  that takes effect fairly quickly?  Obviously  it’s another surgery and there would be recovery  time for that.

TRY and get some rest ro ight and k ow that sweet Bella is in good hands.  .We’re all sending  pawsitive  energy for a successful surgery and quick healing!  You are doing an extraordinary  job of doing everything  possible for your sweet girl👍

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22 September 2020 - 2:16 pm
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Thank you. 

yes it’s 24hr staffed, and they said she may come home Thursday if she’s walking well but it may be a few days until she’s home. They had to have the discussion of ‘what if this doesn’t take’. And I’m furiously researching whether dogs with two legs cope well or not with a life on wheels. 

She’s well looked after in there and they send me WhatsApp pictures regularly of her snoozing. I think I wouldn’t have slept if she was home as I’d be constantly eyes on which would have distressed her more. 

Luckily they confirmed quickly she hadn’t broken it, but it’s quite possible the fissures have worsened as a result of the constant hopping on her leg and added stress. 

fingers crossed this surgery is as straight forward as they come, Our Bells deserves a little good luck somewhere. 

Nic & Bells x

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Oh gosh, now I KNOW we had a dog, a young dog, that had to have surgery  for his remaining  front leg….or maybe it was that he had to jave corrective surgery on both of his front legs at the same time.

Drat….and his name started with a “T”  I think…or maybe “Z”  😡  No worries, one of our Brilliant Techies will figure out who I’m referring to and fill in the blanks😎🙏

ANYWAY,  The pup basically had to deal with jist two back legs for months.  IF I recall, he was fitted with a “wheelies” from Eddie’s wheels and was able to navi and play and be happy!

Hang in there!  

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

PS….Clare, Meg’s Mum, used Eddie’s Wheels, as well as carts.  She responded  toyou in an earlier post on tje precious  page.  

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22 September 2020 - 3:08 pm
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Okay TECHIES, disregard need for help, thos Techie wannabe foundmit!

Here’s  ZIGGY’S Story.  https://tripawd…..y-surgery/

And the other doggy I’m talking about is Trey.  https://tripawd…..heelchair/

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22 September 2020 - 10:39 pm
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Ok, so you’ve got her surgery lined up and it sounds like a terrific vet team. You’re doing everything right to give her a chance at a problem-free recovery and excellent quality of life. This isn’t easy but you can do this! Hang in there and let us know how the surgery goes. We are cheering you and Bells on for a speedy recovery!smiley_clap

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Thank you! 

Got a call from the vet and confirmed her remaining leg did fracture last night but she’s been a trooper and putting weight on it and not crying. She let the vets manipulate her leg with no fear, crying or protecting her leg. She’s an absolute warrior.

shes in surgery now, and I’ve decided to go ahead and try and source some wheels ASAP for her to give her the best chance. 

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23 September 2020 - 6:19 pm
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We’re keeping fingers and paws crossed for a successful, speedy recovery! She is so strong, your warrior WILL overcome this!

Keep us posted. And oh, before you get wheels, be sure to check out our post about dog wheelchairs if you haven’t already OK? Just some things to know before you buy.

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 Hello! 

Thank you for the reassurance. 

I thought going through the amputation recovery was traumatic enough, this, this is something else. Two weeks to the day, she broke her remaining leg so there’s such little time of recovery for her.

My girl is home from the vets following her surgery yesterday. And, she’s extremely wobbly and knuckling on every other step. She’s on a harness but I think I’m panicking and holding her up too much. She’s only been home an hour. And she’s not settling well and keeps moving around but unfortunately knuckles on her remaining leg when moving in her cage. She’s in essence completely lost her confidence so she’s trying to figure out what she can do without it hurting, and falling. 

She’s not cage trained, but she is taking to being caged extremely well!! No whimpering or whining, just looking at me, falling asleep and then moving around (on her wrist more so than anything!)

the vets have offered if we can not cope then they will take her back to ‘board’ her but she does flourish when she’s home and she’s already eaten, whilst she starved herself in the vets. 

She’s refusing to wee, and so she’s had physical bladder massage. But, she’s trying to move herself and eating a little so progress is there so I’m trying to deal with the knuckling element and I can certainly deal with the rest of the recovery. So I’m trying to remain calm so she can stay home with me. Emphasis on trying. 

I’m just concerned about her knuckling in her cage when I’m asleep, but I fear there’s nothing I can do there!! 

I’ll keep everyone updated where possible. I think the next few days are going to be the hardest in her/our recovery yet. I’m positive Bells & I can get through this together. 

Bella & Nics xx

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The post-strong Meds crying has begun! 

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This has got to be soooo hard.   I can only tell you that you are doing one heckuva job doing EVERYTHING possible to help your courageous  pup navigate through the roughest part of recovery.

I know you hate  to take her back to the Vet, so  maybe you could ask about a “sedative” like Trazedone.  I know sedation is not what you want to do, but if it keeps her home and keeps her from trying  to move for now, it may be worth check into.  Not trying to move mich right now seems pretty crucial. 

I doubt you’ll get much rest the next few days.  Just try and grab quick nights when she seems settled here and there.

Yes, you and Bells WILL get through this!!!  I have no doubt!!!

Sending  extra ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))

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Thank you. 

it’s half five in the morning and I’ve already called the vets. 

Bells began getting increasingly stressed in the cage and pacing begun. Pacing meant knuckling and further falls. So she’s laying on her bed, on the duvet on the floor with me. 

She does keep sitting up and laying back down, I am not entirely sure what that is about. Maybe just trying to get comfortable?! 

I must admit, this really is difficult. I wouldn’t mind her being a little active if she wasn’t knuckling over all the time. 

does anyone know the reason of knuckling? It’s just super worrying with a dog that only has that one front leg! 

many thanks,

Nics x

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Oh I’m sorry to hear this is so tough right now. I hope that your vet is able to come up with a way to keep Bella more relaxed so she can recuperate. The anti-anxiety medication, something like Trazadone or Xanax, should definitely help with that. The calmer she can stay, the better she can heal. 

I’m not sure what would cause the knuckling, other than being woozy from the surgery. I would talk to your vet about a carpal (wrist) brace to help support her leg, but don’t buy one until you talk to them OK? It could make it more difficult for her to be in the crate, I don’t know, I’m just throwing that out there.

We are sending all our love and pawsitivity, please keep us posted OK?

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