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15 September 2021 - 5:57 pm
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Our 2 1/2 year old labradoodle Bo just had his front limb amputated today due to osteosarcoma. I’m sure the answers are in previous posts, but I am curious to hear what are your top recommendations of what we need to know and/or do in preparation for him coming home?

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15 September 2021 - 9:47 pm
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Hi and welcome! Your future posts won't need approval so post away!

Oh my phone now but I will be back tomorrow morning. For now I would say the top thing to know is that a good and pawsitive attitude makes all the difference during recovery!

More tomorrow...check out our What to Expect articles for some tips while you wait for others to chime in!

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15 September 2021 - 10:11 pm
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Awww..Labradoodles are so cute.  And a tripawd Labradoodle is beyond adorable!

Sorry you find yourself  here though.  You are in the right place for support and a lot of information and tips.

The link Jerry gave you has lots of information.  Also Loving Life On Three Legs is helpful.

As Jerry said, Ypyou'll want to have a strong and confident  energy  around Bo.    When younp pick him up, don't  even bother to look at his incision  or draw attention  to it.  Jist five him a great big hug and tell him he's going home and he is a very good boy!

Hopefully  your Vet will jave him on a food pain management   plan.  The first couple  of days he'll have strong  hosp meds in him.  When they wear off though is when you may have to tweak his pain meds to ensure he's comfortable.   It is MAJOR surgery!  Watch for pain signals .  

The first two weeks, rest, rest, rest, short leashed potty breaks and more rest.  No jumping,  no running  etc.  

If you have hardwoods you'll want  nonslip scatter rugs for traction .   Raised food bowls are good to prevent strain.  

Peeing and drinking  are important,  but he may not feel like eating much and he may not poop for a few days.

Bo will recover at his own pace.  He may have a few face plants, but he'll get his sea legs and become  more and more stable with  his new gait.

You may need a towel sling at first.  Then again, some dogs just freeze up if you try to help them.  Just follow Bo's lead. 

STAY CONNECTED!  We are here to help you navigate  through recovery and onto celebrating  all his many victories!  When you have a chance to catch your breath give us an update.  Try and get some resr  yourself, okay?

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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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Update on Bo:  he is 4 days post op and is doing very well!!  I feel we made the right decision for sure!  The day he came home he was wagging his tail again!!! He got his bandages off today and our vet was pleased with the healing. He has not been showing pain signals , which I am happy about. We had a brief episode with vomiting on the 2nd day he was home, which we suspect was the antibiotic. That was solved with some anti-vomiting meds. Our next venture is learning about chemo 😊

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Wooohooo! This is the kind of recovery everypawdy wants, sounds like everything is well managed! Yay!

When is your oncology visit?

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YAAAAAY FOR BO!!!!  So glad things are going well.  And getting those tail wags makes it all worth it!!   Tell Mr Bo he still needs  to take things slowly  even though he is feeling quite perky.

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Our vet will be doing the chemotherapy and we will consult with him more next Wednesday when the sutures come out. How long have folks found their pooches have to use pain meds after surgery?

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Only one more week to the big milestone of getting stitches out? It's almost here!

Most new Tripawds are on pain meds from 10-14 days, some a little longer, some maybe a day or two less. All animals are different but in general they're receiving pain management for no less than 7 days.

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Yep, ditto Jerry re pain meds.  My Happy Hannah got off them around the two week mark, maybe a bit before.  In her case though, I had to add a lower dose back for about another week (so a total of three weeks, but at a reduced  amount at the third week).

I think tripawd Griffin was off his pain meds after the first week. 

So there ya'  have it.....every dog is different...no right or wrong....no rush to get off pain meds....no rush to add back in......whatever works for your Bo!!👍

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Happy to report that Bo is off all pain meds and had staples removed today. He got an excellent report from the vet!!! He did however give us a scare as he developed a cough 2 nights ago.  We feared the cancer had metastasized in his lungs. Chest X-rays are clear and is being treated for kennel cough (which he likely picked up when hospitalized for his amputation, even though he’s vaccinated against it). 

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Oh Bo! Don't scare us like that again ya hear? I hope you are feeling better and that nasty bug is out of your system.

Glad to know you are hopping along and ready to live life to the fullest again! Congrats! smiley_clap

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