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21 March 2012 - 8:56 pm
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Wheeeeew! Great news the surgery went well.

Yup, many dogs have taken quite a while to pee or poo. And when they do, it's time for The POTTY DANCE! Funny how a bowel movement can make humans jump up and down like that, but they do!

Sounds like your vet is on top of things, that's terrific. Hang in there, this recovery will pass and you'll be back to a new normal before you know it. Meanwhile, keep us posted.

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Update for Rocket--- several calls from the vet today -- Rocket still hasn't peed so they took him off of the pain patch and switched to oral pain meds. The believe this will help although they also seem to think its more behavioral---he's pee shy. I wouldn't say that's a stretch because Rocket's life is frisbee --- he lives for it. He sleeps with it. He pees with it. I think that will do the trick. Anyway, they want to hold him until tomorrow to be sure he's ready, as he he isn't as far along as they'd like. He's also has fluid building up at the surgery site---thanks to this forum, and Jerry's link to greyhound amputations, I was already educated when the vet explained what was happening. The vet doesn't feel he needs a drain at this point, and wants to avoid it if possible as he feels it slows recovery.

Ok, 1/2way through typing this I called for an update -- he is now peeng on his own, eating and walking great! Wahoo! Looks like tomorrow is the first day of our new normal-- I can't wait to see him!

I'll update you tomorrow on the latest. Thanks all-- and have a great night.

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22 March 2012 - 5:17 pm
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Hooray for peeing on his own!

Sounds like he's doing well.
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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22 March 2012 - 5:49 pm
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so great to hear of the first pee!! get some rest tonight!

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22 March 2012 - 7:06 pm
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Woohoo!!!  All sounds great!!!  I BET you can't wait to see him!!  It's the little things, like peeing, that count soooo much!

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

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Yay for the pee pee!! I am so happy for you that you get to bring him home tomorrow!! Get lots of sleep tonite!! Even if he is sleeping you may be a little restless the first night. Hoping that Rocket doesn't need the drain and he recovers super quick so he can start his new life in Tripawdhood!! Love his name by the way!! Good luck! Prayers going out for you!!  big-grin

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22 March 2012 - 10:29 pm
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yay!  Some guys just can't pee with people watching!  Maybe the vet-techs covered their eyes ; )

It's always weird dealing with post surgery stuff, but having him home to cuddle will be wonderful! 

Remember;  patience - rest - patience - rest - patience - rest - BREATHE! 

Recovery is a temporary condition.  He'll start being himself when he heals a bit. 

 

Hugs and Wags

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23 March 2012 - 10:18 am
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They did say he isn't interested in food yet, which is to be expected, but also, he is not urinating on his own. They have been helping him with a catheter, and also said this is not unusual. Any thoughts? I will say that at hoe, we call him "the camel" because he seems to go only twice a day. So to me, it seems normal, but I'm curious as to what your experience has seen.Other than that, we find out tomorrow if we are bringing him home then or Friday. We have the house prepped and ready to go and I'm looking forward to get him tucked away safe and sound.

 

Rio didn't go potty on her own for two days after surgery.  I finally went to pick her up anyway, and when I took her outside, she pee'd a river.  I even told the vet techs her "go phrase" and everything, but she was a stubborn girl and would only go for momma.

Hopefully, things will get back on track soon... 

 

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Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
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23 March 2012 - 1:58 pm
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Batten down the hatches everyone, the new "normal" has sprung out of the gate like his true racing genes....not that he ever raced, but he has the genes. Anyway, picked up my three-legged maniac at lunchtime-- and I do mean MANIAC. We literally had to stop him for jumping up and down when he saw us. I don't think he got the email saying they removed his leg---he is that rambunctious. I think our biggest hurdle will be keeping him resting. He doesn't want anything to do with his penthouse crate right now-- he want to be with his brother and sister dogs out and about. He's whiny, but it doesn't appear to be from pain-- just wants to be with us--- I should mention he's a lap dog--lol-- so I am literally laying next to him, just outside of the crate...he wants more -- that's a good thing.

Backing up a few hours, the vet called this morning and said he's a new dog-- the change of meds made all of the difference. He's eating, peeing, and just beng a normal dog now. Still some fluid buildup, but no leaking so far. He has very heaviy bruising they said, although right now he's so bandaged we can't see much. We removed the bandages tomorrow and will have the full view. We were and are very prepared for what it looks like, so he won't be hurt by shocked faces. We cleaned up his frisbee and have next to him, along with his favorite stuffed animal. All is well in our new world.

Nap time for everyone---I'll check in later

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23 March 2012 - 2:25 pm
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Hooray for the good update! Good luck keeping him quiet!

 

Naps are good. Take plenty of them over the weekend!

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Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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23 March 2012 - 2:26 pm
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Woohoo!!!!  Sounds fabulous!!!  Just be careful he doesn't overdo it while he recovers for the next couple of weeks...

Wonderful update!!

 

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

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23 March 2012 - 5:33 pm
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Sorry I'm late in responding.  Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to Rocket for a super speedy recovery!!!

Hugs and chocolate labby kisses,

Ellen & Charley

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DOB: 3-29-08, male chocolate lab  
Dx: OSA L proximal humerus 10-19-10

Amputation: L front leg & scapula 10-28-10

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25 March 2012 - 8:45 am
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Good morning-- Rocket is doing fantastic ! Yesterday we let him stay out of his crate and just chill out in the living room as he would normally do-- I think that was huge for him mentally. He is getting around remarkably well, although supervised and limited by us. He is eating normally, relieving himself pretty much on schedule and seems in good spirits. We took his bandage off last night-- although he is heavily bruised, the suture site actually looks great. There are no leaks or drips occurring and his fluid buildup appears to have diminished. Oddly enough, he actually sleeps on the side of his missing leg ---maybe the pain meds are that good. He is on Rimadyl evey 12 hours and tramacol every 8. He is also sleeping through the night-- like a log. All in all, we are on a good road right now for recovery-- knock on wood.

Have a great day everyone

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25 March 2012 - 9:59 am
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Rocket Rocks!  Good news!  Sleep and no drippies?  He's spoiling you.   I'm so glad he's doing so well.  Try to keep him calm so he doesn't overdo.  Have a lovely day together.

Wags and Slobbers

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Rocket you are one Pawsome dude!!! Keep up the good work but don't overdo it, it's hard though when you feel soooo much better with all the cancer pain gone. Keep on rockin'!

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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