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21 May 2020 - 2:58 pm
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EXCELLENT  UPDATE AND SPECTACULAR  VIDEO!!    We can encou and say it will get better all we want.  It just is hard to believe  until you see it for yourself. 

And no matter what, Beesley  does NOT love under a dark cloud.  Her world is full of love and light  and spoiling and that’s  all that matters ro her!!

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

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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23 May 2020 - 11:07 am
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Thanks for the positive words everyone! She is still doing great, but now I am worried her incision site is infected! The site swollen…I just sent a picture over to my vet. She is on antibiotics, so wouldn’t that stop an infection? What happens if it is infected?

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Hard to say since we don’t have a before picture to look at, but you did good by calling the vet. Is the site warm to the touch or leaking? It really doesn’t look that bad in my non-vet eyes, the skin is still touching, but again, hard to tell. 

Try not to panic, let us know what the vet recommends.

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23 May 2020 - 3:38 pm
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Yeah, ditto Jerry. Hard to say from pocture, but incision  doesn’t  look bad.  Looks pretty “normal”, but, again, good for checking  with Vet.

No discharge, no gunky stuff, no foul smell.  And yes, generally  antibiotics take care of pote tial for infections,  but they can still happen anyway.  So good for double checking  with Vet.

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23 May 2020 - 7:57 pm
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The site wasn’t leaking and does not feel warm.

The vet called back and said it is fine as some swelling is normal! That is a relief! 

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23 May 2020 - 8:23 pm
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👏👌👍

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Hi Tawny!  So glad her incision is healing as it should – you must be very relieved!  There’s a pup on here, Oakley, who had a soft neck pillow in place of the cone to prevent licking at the stitches.  I’m sure Beesly looks as adorable as Oakley did while wearing it!  How is she doing otherwise?  At over a week since surgery, I bet she is getting more of her sparkle back each day, which probably makes it more difficult to keep her resting for a bit longer until her stitches come out.  I can’t wait to see some photos (and perhaps more videos?)!  Sending hugs from NYC! ~ Stacy

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Whew! That’s pawesome news! Good job being a great advocate for her. smiley_clap

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Some of us have found our pets liked cold therapy on the surgical site to reduce inflammation and pain. You can put an ice pack on for about 15 minutes a few times a day. It’s a good idea to put a towel under the ice pack so the skin doesn’t get too cold. I found my cat created her own cold pack by lying down on cold tile on her surgical site.

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Update: It has been two weeks since Beesly’s surgery and she is doing great! She can easily get up and down on her own, she is eating normally. She does seem to get tired but I think figuring out life on three legs can be exhausting. She definitely has her personality back; she stands by the front door wanting to go on walk, she sits in the kitchen while we cook, and barks at any delivery being put at our door. She gets so excited to see any family that visits. We keep her down and calm, but it is hard to hold her back when you were dying to see her personality come back. The stitches come out tomorrow so we are excited to really get more walks in!

The vet said her biopsy came back inconclusive, but they think it is osteosarcoma. There were no signs of the cancer spreading so the vet said she may live a few more years! So we are just going to enjoy having her here, however long that may be. We are just happy she is pain free and able to get around so easily. 

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Grinning  ear to ear over here!  Such a wonderful  update!!  Beesley  is doing really  well for two weeks out!!   

Yes, it does take more energy  to walk on three, especially  when using  so much energy to heal these past two weeks.  Getting the stitches  out is such a happy milestone  on so ,any levels!  She will be getting  back to “normal” faster and faster now.

And stitch  removal day requires a drive thru cheeseburger  on the way home!!  

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Yay for Beesly!  That was an awesome update, Tawny.  It really does sound like she has her sparkle back.  Griffin had internal stitches, so we didn’t have that milestone of “waiting for stitches to come out”, but I agree with Sally – that calls for a celebration and then a nice long walk!  Please post photos if you can!  ~ Stacy

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Go Team Beesley!!!

When Tri-Pug Maggie lost her back leg it took about 6 months for her to build up to walking about half the distance she could go before surgery.  Now she was a 7.5 year old Pug prone to laziness, and back then I didn’t know anything about working on her fitness.  Beesley will continue to build strength and stamina now that you can leave recovery in the past.

Congratulations on stitches out day!!!

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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