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Bert is home…..really worried post op?
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Bert is a 7 year old Labradoodle who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and had his right leg amputated on Friday. 
Although he was diagnosed with arthritis in one of his hips, he surprised the vets and managed to walk for a few mins the day after and we were able to pick him up yesterday 3 days post op, he was in great spirits. 
Unfortunately today (day 4 post op) he is extremely lethargic and won’t move. He is drinking normally but eating very little. He did go to the toilet for the first time, but it was bloody (red fresh blood). 
His meds are 400mg of Gabapentin x 2 daily, 375mg paracetamol x2 daily, Amantadine 100mg 1x daily plus Meloxin oral suspension 1x daily. 
is this normal, should be unduly concerned?


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Hey guys,

So sorry to hear he's having some challenges. Let your vet know asap about the blood. Not sure if you meant it was in the urine or his stool, but either way they need to know about it OK? 

His pain management sounds really good! That sounds like it's being well-managed. His lethargy could be due to sensitivity to the Gabapentin (it makes many dogs sleepy), and also that recovery is just plain hard work. There could be something going on that isn't obvious so give your vet a call and let us know what they say OK? 

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Often dogs seem a bit "perkier" the first few days bec they still have strong  hospital  meds in their system.  By now, they should all be out of Bert's sys and he may have a little bit of a crash.  It often happens.

Do co firm with the Vet about the blood (in the urine?). Sometimes urine may be a bit darker as it rids itself of the meds,   As Jerry said, whether it's blood kn thenpoop or the urine, best to get him checked  out.  Also ask the Vet about the paracetamol......maybe that's  causing an issue.

Guessing the Gabapentin  is every twelve hours since it's 2X a day.  Can maybe see if it shoild ve every eight hours if you feel like he's having  pain.  How much does Bert weigh??

Drinkng is good!  As far as eating,  give him anything  yummy he will eat.  Warm rotisserie  chicken, scrambled eggs with a little bacon and cheese, drive thru cheeseburger....whatever it takes for now.

Also give Bert lots of massage up and do0wn his spine, his neck his shoulder.  His muscles  are tight as he is learning  to adapt.  Massage over a warm towel out of the dryer.  He'll love it.

We know it's hard to stay upbeat, but your pawsitive energy  is also  important to Bert's healing.  It is still very early on and he just had MAJOR surgery.  He doesn't  feel like running  around quite yet, that's  for sure.

We'll look forward to an update.


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