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5 days post op - excessive panting/uncomfortable/shaking-trembling
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1 August 2016 - 5:54 pm
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Oh, that is really, really good news.  I am really hopeful you will soon be able to tell us he has evened out and the pain seems consistently well managed.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

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So good to hear Bledsoe is better.  Ruby is on Day 4 and had a bad night but a good day, except for diarrhea, which the doc thinks is from the Rimadyl and has called something in for her.  But now it’s getting dark and the whining begins again. Oh well.  I really really hope Bledsoe has a good night!!  Let us know tomorrow!!

Lisa, Ruby and Kacy in Sunny Boulder, CO (but we wouldn’t know it from our black hole sick room)

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Glad he’s feeling a little better.  The Amantadine is a Parkinson’s medication – it looks like it increases the dopamine release & blocks dopamine reuptake from nerve endings – so maybe it would work in combination with the gabapentin? 

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

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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Pawzative thoughts for Bledsoe and his family.

glad to hear it wasn’t as seroius as you thought

We found the tramidol would make our Mal. pant a lot and she seemed to whine at times and has been somewhat restless. we are still pre op tho, tomorrow is the day. We found that when we added Meloxicam { 1mg/ml per cc} the dose is 5cc daily in morning with meal it made all the diffrence in the world. also found a morning dose worked better for her during the day, she would sleep better when it was given at night but had more pain in the daytime.

She is currently are on 2x tramidol 100mg total 3 times a day (every 8 hrs) with 5cc Meloxicam at morning meal. Doing very well so far. hope it is the same for the rest of the week.

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Sounds like Bledsoe is on the road to healing and being pain-free. Yes, Amantadine is recommended by pain management guru Dr. Petty for post-amputation pain management . Meloxicam is widely used. Your vets sounds GREAT.

This is really big progress, Bledsoe should start feeling really good in the next day or so. Hang in there!

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Glad to hear it’s not a neck thing.  For some reason, Bledsoe is the only other dog my husband is interested in.  Perhaps because he’s 3 days ahead of Milo in he tri-pawd world, or perhaps it’s the name.  We are New England Patriots fans and always liked Drew Bledsoe.  Classy guy who just had the bad luck of having Tom Brady as his backup.

Regarding Meloxicam — it worked for us as a pain reliever, but 7% of dogs have a bad liver reaction to it, and Milo was one of them.  He showed no signs of a problem, but because we were trying to get him into a clinical trial, they were very particular about his blood work, and he had a liver enzyme that was out of whack (ALT).  We took him off immediately, and his liver healed enough we got him into the study.  I don’t know how people would know if their dog had an issue other than blood tests.

Because we don’t want to do any NSAIDS at this point because of the Meloxicam issue for Milo, he is making due on just 300mg gabapentin 3x a day, and the fentanyl patch he will wear for one week total.  It seems to be working for him.  On his first day home, he just laid there and had no sparkle, and all I could think about was your post about Bledsoe.  At this point our concern is he’s trying to do too much — he snuck upstairs this morning!  By evening, he’s wiped and sore.  Hopefully Bledsoe feels better soon and joins Milo in feeling better.

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Jenifer

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WOW! Just catching up! And this is why we call recovery an up and down roller coaster ride!!

Applause to you for being so on top of things and knowing your dog! You really did a great job of assessing all the feedback here, assuming Bledsoe’s “symptoms” and realizing this was more than the “usual” first several days of rough rrecovery!

A guy built like Bledsoe has to vo through a lot of muscle “readjusting”, moreso than some other dogs with different builds. Many vets say it takes approximately two weeks to recover from the major surgery itself and about one month to adjust to all the mobility issues with .muscles, joints, etc that being a trilawd requires.

Sooooo glad he’s already feeling a bit better! Doing a whole lot of muscle massage arou d his neck and up and down his spine, per your vet of course, ouvht to really help too.

Okay Bledsoe, can we just have a “normal” recovery from nere on out? No more ER trips!

Hugs to all!

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

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Glad to hear it’s not a neck thing.  For some reason, Bledsoe is the only other dog my husband is interested in.  Perhaps because he’s 3 days ahead of Milo in he tri-pawd world, or perhaps it’s the name.  We are New England Patriots fans and always liked Drew Bledsoe.  Classy guy who just had the bad luck of having Tom Brady as his backup.

Regarding Meloxicam — it worked for us as a pain reliever, but 7% of dogs have a bad liver reaction to it, and Milo was one of them.  He showed no signs of a problem, but because we were trying to get him into a clinical trial, they were very particular about his blood work, and he had a liver enzyme that was out of whack (ALT).  We took him off immediately, and his liver healed enough we got him into the study.  I don’t know how people would know if their dog had an issue other than blood tests.

Because we don’t want to do any NSAIDS at this point because of the Meloxicam issue for Milo, he is making due on just 300mg gabapentin 3x a day, and the fentanyl patch he will wear for one week total.  It seems to be working for him.  On his first day home, he just laid there and had no sparkle, and all I could think about was your post about Bledsoe.  At this point our concern is he’s trying to do too much — he snuck upstairs this morning!  By evening, he’s wiped and sore.  Hopefully Bledsoe feels better soon and joins Milo in feeling better.

Peace,

Jenifer  

Thank you all for checking in on Bledsoe … He had a really good night of sleep and seems to be doing A LOT better.  Only one cry since he came home (and that’s when I went to pick him up) and a lot of sleep … We’re hoping the meloxicam doesn’t mess too much with his GI so he can through a few days on it and keep on the road to recover

And goodmilo, we are HUGE Bledsoe fans and 100% agree with your assessment.  There are so many Brady and Bruschi pooches around here, we figured we’d give Bledsoe a strong, classic name!

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Good….good update!!!

CANNOT WAIT to see pictures of Bledsoe! HINT 🙂

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

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