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4 November 2020 - 6:02 pm
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Hello ,

 It’s been 8 days post surgery for Jackie’s rear left leg amputation. She was given Tramadol, Gabapentin and Rimadyl 3x a day for pain control. She has completed her prescription and now only taking 50mg Rimadyl 1x per day. It seems like the pain is less managed now that the dosage has ended. She normally wolfs down her food in excitement, but now she does eat, but slowly without enthusiasm. I know its only 8 days out, and she does go for short walks on as directed by her surgeon, however to me it seems like only 8 days of pain management is not enough considering the scope of this surgery. In the forums experience is 8 days of pain control not long enough? 

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Hi Jackie and family, welcome. Your future posts won’t need approval so post away! Why did Jackie need the amputation? How old is she and what kind of breed type? We are nosy around here lol!

Trust your gut about her pain medication. If you suspect she is hurting (and it sounds like she is based on what you’re describing), then let your vet know asap. There are no hard and fast rules about how long a Tripawd should be on pain meds after surgery. Some need more, some need less. Everyone is a little different. 

Also, consider cutting back her walks a bit, they may be too long. How many minutes is each walk, and how often? Everyone’s idea of “short” is different but in general, a Tripawd who is already way past recovery and fit should only be doing about 15-20 minutes of walking, 2 or 3 times a day, tops. Other exercises can take the place of walking to keep a dog in shape.

Has your vet recommended canine rehab therapy? If not, we hope you’ll consider taking her. The Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first rehab visit ! Rehab is so helpful because it educates the pet parent about what their Tripawd is and isn’t up to doing, and how to help them get stronger. Let us know if you’d like help finding a therapist.

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4 November 2020 - 7:07 pm
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Can only ditto Jerry. 

Good for you for recognizing  she probably still needs pain meds. Yes, every dog is diff when it comes tompain meds, but generally  we see dogs here on pain meds for the first two weeks. Maybe a little less or a little more.  My Happy Hannah had pain meds for about three weeks.

Of course, talk with your Vet, but see if you can get another week’s supply.  Her appetite will probably  pick back up.

How much does she weigh?  What mg. was she on as far as the Gaba and the Tram?  

Update when you can and tell is more about your sweet Jackie.

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Hello,

Thanks to all for your insight this is very helpful and much appreciated.

Jackie who is approximately 8 yrs old mixed beagle Bassett that i rescued about 6 yrs ago. She weighs about 48 lbs a little on the chubby side but we are working on that. She started to develop a limp that at first the vet thought was from playing and over did it. It never got better and they took an x ray that showed a small piece of bone missing from her tibia. They suspected it could have been from an injury from before I adopted her. They put her on 75mg Rimadyl and 300 Gabapentin, thinking arthritis might be setting in. Things got worse and I noticed a lump on the inside knee and took her in for another x ray. This time they saw a mass and they referred me to an oncologists who said it was likely Synovial Cell Sarcoma. He recommend amputation as he said she would likely do well. An orthopedic surgeon performed the procedure and actually took Jackie home with him that night after the surgery. I took her home the next morning and she was given 2 100mg Tramadol, 2 200 mg Gabapentin, 1 Antibiotic all 3x a day and 1 50mg Rimadyl once a day. The first two days were heartbreaking as others have experienced with crying and whining all night and day.  But she was able to get up the first day and began eating a little the 2nd. She has progressed nicely all things considering, but I can tell she is still uncomfortable at times. Today I called the orthopedic surgeon and told them I had left over 300 mg Gabapentin and 75mg Rimadyl from my main vet and that I wanted to give her Gabapentin twice a day and divide the 75mg Rimadyl and also give twice a day. He agreed that would be suitable and so Im trying that dosage and keeping her walks limited to simply going out for bathroom breaks and a little fresh air 3 or 4 times a day. Last night she slept decent but got up a times seemingly to walk off her discomfort and then go back to bed. In the meantime we are waiting on the pathology report to confirm if it was in fact synovial cell. 

Thanks to all! 

Jackie and Tim

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Good job of advocating for some more pain management   Hopefu you’ll see Jackie feeling  a bit better now.

And yes, overall it sounds like Jackie  is doing well.  Feed her anymyummh foods she’ll eat for now.  I know you me tioned she needs to drop a few pounds , so try giving  her fresh green beans, slices of apples, even some bananas.  

I think dogs do become a little more restless at night simply because they like to do their “circling to make their nest” and it’s a little harder as a new tripawd.  Alsomof they are used to curling up in a ball more in one direction than the other, the incision  may interfere with that temporarily. 

Cannot wait to see a pocture of this Beagle/Bassett mix!  What a combo!  Here’s  a link for adding pictures:  adding  images

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5 November 2020 - 10:23 pm
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Aww thank YOU for sharing her story. Each one helps someone else facing the same ruff time someday.

I do love the way you are working with your vet to keep her pain managed, great job! Sounds like improvements are coming right along.

As for her weight loss, that’s awesome it’s in your radar. A visit with a canine rehab therapist can really help you stay on track and introduce gentle but effective exercises too. The Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so take advantage of the program, it will really make a difference!

Yea let’s see photos! Here’s how adding images to the Forums works. Holler with any questions.

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Can’t wait to see pics of Jackie. We also have a good friend tripawd member named Jackie. I know she will feel honored. I also have a rescue Beagle mix at 42 lbs. We are working on that as well. I would love to learn more about Jackies personality. Sassy, my beagle mix is quite a handful.

Good for you for watching out for pain signs! Brownie was on pain meds for three weeks. On the third week we started tapering off. Brownie was 10 days before 12 at time of amputation.

Can’t wait to see pics and sending positive thoughts for a speedy recovery!

Nancy, Sassy, Max, Kenzie, and my Beloved Angel Brownie…

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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It has now been 3 weeks as of Tuesday post surgery. Jackie got her sutures out Monday. She has been off all medication for about a week. Once the meds got out of her system she became more active. Her walk is now always at a quick pace even if she is simply walking to her water bowl. I’m not sure if the quick pace helps her balance. I’m just grateful she is walking regardless. She’s eating back to normal but is still napping more often than pre surgery. The oncologists had thought the cancer was Synovial Cell, but the cytology report came back sort of inconclusive. It stated it may be a soft tissue or possibly histiocytic sarcoma and may need additional staining test to rule out histiocytic sarcoma. So this is a little worrisome. In the meantime I’m happy she is getting back to be a sniffing little hound dog. 

Tim and Jackie! 

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Yay Jackie! You are such a rock star! Congrats on getting past recovery and moving on to your new normal. Don’t you love your new run walk? It’s like flying! And yep, it helps with balance and momentum, Tripawds naturally walk faster.

Tim try not to panic, cause Jackie sure isn’t! Hopefully you’ll get some answers back but in the mean time keep following your instinct and enjoy having your girl back to loving life. We are really hoppy things went well with recovery! Thanks for the pupdate and keep us posted.

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