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30 October 2008 - 8:19 pm
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Hello again everyone.  Thank you for replying to my other post & giving me such great & helpful info.  Gypsy came home yesterday (wednesday) from getting front right leg amputated on tuesday.  She did really good yesterday.  She is taking 1 previcox every 24 hours for pain.  Tonight she is not doing so good.  I think she is really in pain.  I had the vet paged & I’m waiting for him to call me back…it’s 8:20pm.  gypsy is constantly panting, trembling/shaking, and she can be just laying there totally fine & all of a sudden she will squeel.  I hope the vet hurries & calls me back.  Anyone else had this issue????? I’m trying my hardest not to break down & cry.

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30 October 2008 - 9:05 pm
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Gypsy was doing great yesterday, as you have mentioned, but did she overdo it?

She might be showing side effects from the drugs.

Buddy, the other new tripawd, had similar experience the first couple of days after surgery.  His pawrent gradually cut down the pain meds, trying to find the balance point of dosage to keep pain low, but less side effects.  But that might or might not be that in Gypsy’s case.  See what the vet says whether it is too much or too little pain meds, or may be that was phantom limb pain.

Don’t get too worried yet. This is not uncommon during the recovery journey.  Hope that your vet will call you back soon.  For the time being, keep yourself calm and act normal in front of Gypsy.  Seeing you cry or scared would make her worse.   Try alternating cool/warm pad, to see which one would make her feel better.  Try do some massaging on her body, any kind of gentle rubbing, stroking, might be of help.

Hang tight!  Hope that she will feel better soon. Will be thinking of Gypsy.

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30 October 2008 - 9:44 pm
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I am HIGHLY UPSET.  I have had the vet paged 2 times & he has not called me back and it has been 2 hours since the 1st page.  I don’t think it is a reaction from the pain med that she is on because it’s the same med & same dosage that she was on when she first broke the arm 8 weeks ago & she never did this.

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30 October 2008 - 10:25 pm
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The anaesthetic likely is starting to flush out of her system.  Now she probably is becoming more "aware" of her wound. 

Was the pain meds given in the morning, and that she started not doing as well towards the end of the day? How did she do the first few hours after you gave her the meds today?

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30 October 2008 - 11:05 pm
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I gave her the pain meds at 7am & she started this at noon.

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30 October 2008 - 11:14 pm
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Dax had the same squeels out of nowhere on days 4 & 5 after surgery but it has since gone away (I hope).  He also did the panting, but I’ve read that happens to lots of dogs on pain meds.

He’s doing a lot better on day 7 now and even laying on his scar side for the first time since the surgery.

I know it’s tough but the majority of the time there’s nothing wrong but the natural healing and it’s on us to simply relax about the situation.  What helps me is to realize that the toughest part is over.  Even when the cancer catches up with Dax (hopefully a long time), I know it will not be as tough as the leg break and the whirlwind of the diganosis and the surgery.  It’s all good times from here on out for as long as it lasts.  Those good times start with us being calming and happy influences on the dogs we love.

By all means talk to your vet, but freaking out might just make things worse for both of you.  Just my $0.02.

Best.

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Titan did alot of panting when he first came home. I am sure some of it is due to the meds wearing off from the surgery. The first few days are the hardest but hang in there. She may take baby steps to get better but she WILL get there. We hit a couple of speed bumps along our journey but now Titan is doing fantastic. We had his 4th chemo today. Everyone comments how happy he is. So just keep your focus and you will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel. They have good days and bad but soon there will be more good

Heidi and Titan

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31 October 2008 - 11:50 am
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Your dog might also be experiencing phantom pains.

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31 October 2008 - 8:50 pm
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How is she today?

I know how you feel.  My Buddy is crying right now, and I know there is really nothing I can do for him except be there.  That’s hard, but I am also seeing that each day truly does bring some real improvement.  Each day, I grow less worried.  I am trying to take the advice of some very kind hearts and not to let him see me stress.  He has enough to deal with.  Buddy’s surgery was on Monday.  He pooped last night (2 am) for the first time.  He was on his feet for a full 4 or 5 minutes today at one point.  It is improving.  It will for your Gyspy too.  It is really hard right now.  Hang in there. Time is key. 

On a side note, one very smart mom on this site shared a cool trick.  She told me to cut a canvas bag and use it as a sling.  I cut one of those mesh reuseable market bags, and it is perfect.  I can just tie the handles at the top when I am not using it to help him, and it is so thin and light it doesn’t bother him.  They are cheap, so I cut up several and trade them out if he wets one.  Pretty slick.

Buddy and I are thinking about you.

Maria

 

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1 November 2008 - 1:26 am
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Maria,

That is a wonderful idea to use the "green" grocery bags for slings! We can get them here in KS for a buck each and that is so cost effective.

How smart you are!

Janie & Calamity

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2 November 2008 - 1:14 pm
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thanks you all so very much for being so supportive.  Sorry I haven’t posted in couple days.  Friday morning the vet gave Gypsy some new pain meds & now she is much better.  He said that the constant panting is a sign the she’s in a lot of pain, so I’m glad we got new meds. I told him that I read on here that the panting is probably because of the meds & he said he’s never heard of any such thing. I’m so relieved that these meds are working & there’s no more panting & trembling.

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2 November 2008 - 6:44 pm
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Some pain medications DO cause a dog to pant, your vet should know that. Give any dog an injection of morphene & it will pant. Not all medications will make them pant. Yes, the pain causes panting too. You just need to figure out what is causing the panting. It’s a fine line, I know. And oh so hard for us at an emotional time like this.

Anyway, I am so glad your doctor has gotten her pain medications squared away so she is not in a lot of pain.

Here’s good wishes for a rapid recovery for that lil Gypsy!

Janie & Calamity

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