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Amputation Day tomorrow - 3/20
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Houston, Texas
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25 March 2012 - 5:03 pm
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Happy to hear all is going well for Rocket.  I am Silver, Maggie's dad.   She had a front leg amputation on Thursday March 22.  She to was very happy to come home and the first night was very hard on her and me.  Today is Sunday and she has made big strides to being herself again.  Still has a little balance problem when trying to do her business but is in great spirts and adapting quite well.  Gets tired fast and I hope she gets better as the healing process moves forward.  Happy to hear Rocket is doing so well.  Say prayers for our Mags and I have kept Rocket in my thoughts and prayers.



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Thank you so much--- I was actually reading your thread about Maggie as you were posting on this one---I'm glad we can connect. Rest assured Mags has been in our prayers since you first posted here the other night, I know what a difficult decision we have been faced with, but I believe we chose the right one. Rocket's first night was not eventful, thankfully, but I think because the pain meds were worked out prior to us bringing him home, he had a hard time with the pain patch, but once they switched him to oral meds, he was much better. Today he is crashing a bit, more lethargic and heavier breathing. I can tell his back legs are sore from carrying all of the weight now. We pretty much kept him crated all day-- but left the door open if he wanted to come out-- he slept there for a solid four hours .

We are keepi a t-shirt on him to keep the area covered--he's a licker, so we need to protect the staples. We also keep telling him how great he's doing and how proud we are of him. I truly believe it helps.

I will keep in touch as I'm eager to hear how Mags improves each hour and day. Be strong.


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25 March 2012 - 6:10 pm
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Lynda and Rocket

Sorry for the late post but I am glad to read that surgery went well. Wishing Rocket a smooth recovery.

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31 March 2012 - 9:44 am
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Quick Rocket update-- everyday seems to bring 100% improvement from the last; We're at appoint where we have to contain him from running. He's back to grabbing his frisbee the second he wakes up, which is fun to see, but also a bummer because we can't let him play. He's staring to pop staples out, just from the healing process. His skin his so thin and he's so muscular, that there isn't much give. The vet said he expected it and as long as there isn't fluid or blood oozing out, and it appears to be healing, we should be ok until Tuesday-- which is his next visit.
On a sad note, the biopsy came back confirmed as osteo---not unexpected-- so we will hear the chemo plan on Tuesday as step of the journey.

I'll post after that.


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31 March 2012 - 12:10 pm
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Awww. I'm sorry about the diagnosis.  But all we can do is focus on the "good"!  And today the "good" - he is doing great!

It makes us all so  happy when they show their old selves after this major surgery!  KUDOS to Rocket!


As a side note, you may want to consider starting a new topic so we can follow the recovery I just told Silver - with "amputation" in the title some may not step back into the topic.  We like new topics!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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we agree, the cancer confirmation is a bummer - but luckily, rocket doesn't know that...he's just anxious for frisbee time again, and that will come.  get a plan in place for the chemo, and just take it day by day...just make sure you make the most of every day, and you will be fine.


charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

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31 March 2012 - 2:24 pm
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Keep up the great recovery Rocket!

I too am sorry you got the osteo diagnosis but you know what? That doesn't mean the end of your fun! Lots of dogs make their doctors look silly when they keep on kickin' cancer to the curb, and I bet that you will too! 

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31 March 2012 - 6:16 pm
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Sorry bout the diagnosis. Although not unexpected it still sucks! The great news is that Rocket is speeding through the recovery process. Keep up the good work you guys. Looking forward to hearing about the first full-on frisbee catch!
Laura, Kali and Angel Tai

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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