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12 November 2023 - 11:42 pm
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Hello, 

My name is Jessica and I am a doggy mommy of four! My hubby and I have a 15 year old Cattle Dog named Peyote Morgan, a 13 year old Beagle Cattle Dog Mix named Emmy Lou (she is diabetic but regulated, however she still lost her site), a 9 year old little Irish Wolfhound named Killian Baine, and a 3 year old giant Daniff named Merlin Alexander. 

Our lil Irish Wolfie Killian has had a rough go of it over the last year and a half. Almost 2 years ago he had double knee surgery which went amazing and his recovery was actually a breeze. He is such a great patient! But, you see, Killy is the sweetest boy, cares for everyone, especially his brothers and sister and is so sensitive to your feelings. He truly feels empathy. If he thinks you are upset he comes and hugs you and pets you and just loves to hold hands to make you feel better. When I had COVID last year I was so sick, he laid right beside me, never took his eyes off mine and reached out his paw and put it right on my heart as if to say "don't worry Mommy, I'll take care of you." He is truly amazing.

Everything was going great, he was happy healthy pupper who loves to swim and do what we call crazy digging and then takes off to do zoomies and then jumps back in his sand area we made for him for some more crazy digging. You should see him at the beach, lol. But now he won't be able to do that anymore, or go on his big hiking adventures, or chase Merlin to jump on him. And below is why...

So two weeks ago he was playing with his brother Merlin, chasing him in the yard and he stepped wrong and let out a horrible yelp and came hobbling to me as fast as he could. He just wanted held and loved. I immediately called my vet and they had me bring him in for X-rays. I just thought I was taking him for a sprained wrist or maybe a hurt toe. Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think they would come back into the room to tell me that he has cancer in his right front wrist. They called it "moth eaten bones" plus his right ulna is barely hanging on. They did needle aspirations but they were too bloody to see any cancer cells and referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon. We met with the surgeon this past Friday and he was very thorough and explained even if it wasn't cancer there was nothing they could do with his lil leg. He said he could biopsy it but it would most likely break it more and he'd be in even more pain and it would still need to be amputated. So my husband and I agreed that the best decision was to schedule the amputation, which is this Wednesday and then start chemo. I'm in complete shock. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I just want to cry but I don't because then that lil fur baby thinks HE has to take care of ME! I MUST BE STRONG FOR HIM, but this is killing me inside. Anyway once they amputate the leg they will do a big biopsy to let us know exactly what kind of cancer we are dealing with. They did do chest x-rays and they were all clear and so was his lymph node in his neck, which was great. But they need to look at his abdomen with an ultrasound on Wednesday as well, to make sure it hasn't gone anywhere in that area. I'm so afraid that it's an aggressive cancer and even with the Chemo we may only have a year or so left with him. I'm also afraid he is not going to adjust as well as other doggies. So we must do whatever it takes, whatever he needs, so he can bounce back and be his sweet, loving, happy, crazy self, playing and loving life for as long as we are blessed to have him. All that we want is for him to be happy, healthy, have the best quality of life and be able to adjust to only having his left leg. Which by the way has no issues and is very strong. 

I guess I just need to hear other stories about sensative, loving doggies who just love to use those front paws/legs for everything from loving us, to playing, to running up and down the stairs to his "big boy" room, swimming, crazy digging in his sand, and running like crazy with his siblings. And yes I said "big boy" room. He has his own room upstairs with a twin bed and all decorated in doggy decor. This is hitting me so hard. I just don't know what to do. How do I look into those beautiful loving eyes and leave him at a strange vet only to wake up with his right leg gone and I can't be there because they keep him overnight. I'm crying so hard I can barely see to type this. 

Any help or tips or just success stories will help with what I'm going through. I can't do this alone and I also have 3 other babies to take care of. And believe me when I say they are my babies my life, my heart, my soul. No hooman kids for me, just fur babies and all rescues, but it's true...they rescued me and now I must make sure that myself and my husband do everything right for our Killian Baine!

Thank you for reading and I'll surely keep you all updated.

Very Sincerely and Completely Devastated,

Jessica

Doggy Mommy Forever 

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13 November 2023 - 1:46 am
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This is a picture of my sweet boy Killian who will become a tripod this Wednesday. See my post "Broken Hearted" above.

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13 November 2023 - 11:33 am
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Hi Jessica, welcome. Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away. I can see you were up late last night so worried about this, and I can't blame you at all. This situation is really scary, and it's all uncharted territory for everyone. We totally get it.

Rest assured you've come to the right place for help. I can tell that overall you have a really good attitude:

 So we must do whatever it takes, whatever he needs, so he can bounce back and be his sweet, loving, happy, crazy self, playing and loving life for as long as we are blessed to have him. All that we want is for him to be happy, healthy, have the best quality of life and be able to adjust to only having his left leg. Which by the way has no issues and is very strong. 

EXACTLY! We call this learning to Be More Dog ! Your attitude and energy will lead the way. With Killian being so sensitive, he is going to mirror back your emotions so you really want to project a pawsitive outlook. 

I guess I just need to hear other stories about sensative, loving doggies who just love to use those front paws/legs 

Oh my gosh we have MANY! From dogs of all sizes. Just check out our Tripawd Tuesday stories for some examples. You are going to be amazed at how well he does. Recovery will have its challenges but overall, once it's over, you will find that Killian is even more incredible than you ever imagined. Dogs just move on. They do not let fears or worries get the best of them the way we do! 

Some ways to ease your worries are to check out our Tripawds What to Expect articles, our Tripawds e-books library, and Jerry's Required Reading List . Also, be sure to get your house Tripawd-proofed so see our Tripawds Recovery Shopping List . You'll want to make sure your floors have plenty of traction and a baby gate to block the stairs while he recuperates. He shouldn't do stairs while healing, and even after that he will need your help going down stairs (a Ruffwear Flagline harness is ideal, it has a handle on top so you can help him). But other than that, you're going to be so impressed!

One way to make sure he has a great quality of life is to book an appointment with a rehab therapist so that they can evaluate his strengths and weaknesses and show you how to keep him fit. They generally like to see Tripawds about 10 days after surgery. Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first rehab visit so you have nothing to lose.

We are here for you, so stay strong. He is GORGEOUS and those eyes, oh my! sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2 Let us know what questions you have and how we can help OK? 

Virginia







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13 November 2023 - 12:56 pm
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The picture of Killian is just as cute as can be. You can actually see from the photo that he is a very gentle and sensitive fella. I so enjoyed meeting him through your post, as well as your other beloved dogs. They are all clearly adored by you and very lucky to have you as their hooman.

it’s shocking and it’s devastating as all of this seems at the moment, you are definitely doing the right thing to take away his pain and give him a quality  life for more loving and spoiling.  That’s really all Killian cares about. He just wants to be by your side, be loved, be spoiled and yes, do many, many, of the things he has done before.

as you can see from the links and response Jerry gave you, you have definitely come to the right place for support and information. We understand all the fears, concerns and panic that one goes through when they first hear the word amputation.  Crying for days, not eating, not sleeping, yep we can all relate. We’ve been there.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE,  We are all here to help you navigate through recovery, answer any questions, and celebrate all the many milestones he has ahead as a Tripawd RockStar!

Yes, you must display a strong confident positive for Gillian. We know you can do this because your love for him is so strong and powerful. Every time you’re around him you step into that strong powerful love of yours and know with all your being that everything will be OK…… because it will be

it’s great that he’s staying at a fully staffed overnight clinic for the first night. Some dogs stay a bit longer just to make sure they can reclaim some of their mobility. He will be as high as a kite during that time, so you use that time away to sleep and catch up on preparing your home for his return. when you do go to pick him up don’t even bother to look at his incision. This is the time you want to be upbeat, confident and express your joy and happiness for the fact that he is coming home! 

he’ll most likely come home with gabapentin, an anti-inflammatory and maybe an antibiotic. Some dogs come home with the fentanyl patch. You’ll want to make sure he drinks and peas, it may take a few days for pooping and he may not feel like eating much right away.

we have multitudes of videos showing front Leggers romping and playing and yes, digging in the sand at the beach. It will astonish you how much she is able to do on three.i’ll try to find a couple of videos and a bit of dog swimming, playing with other dogs, chewing on bones etc. 

Stay connected and know that we are here right by your side every step of the way. Recovery is no picnic for the first week or two but we promise you, it doesn’t last forever!

Youve got this!  You are Killian Strong!

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Sally and Alumni Happy 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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13 November 2023 - 1:03 pm
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I cannot tell you how your reply made my heart feel so much lighter, with more hope than what I had. Killian is already so amazing so I can't wait to see his crazy Killy stunts in the future.

He is the best patient. I forgot to mention just a year and a half ago he had double knee surgery and recovered like a champ. I have no doubt this will be the same. 

I will take any advice from anyone and I love to hear wonderful success stories and see the amazing pics and videos of these AMAZING pups and their courageous wonderful pup parents. SO GLAD I FOUND YOU!!!! I LOVE TRIPAWDS!!!! TTYS 💕

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Hi and welcome.  You have an amazing pack!

My first Tripawd was a very sensitive Pug who HATED any change to her routine.  Maggie was diagnosed and had surgery before Tripawds was here so we went through diagnosis and recovery alone.

If you read a bunch of stories on this site you will see that the first few days or a week can be bumpy- but most pups are back to themselves in two or three weeks.  But not my Maggie, she was so darn stubborn!  Mag lost a back leg to mast cell cancer, we had no medical complications and she was hopping on her own the day after surgery.  But she spent about 6 weeks mostly in her bed.  I thought I had made a terrible mistake and that I had the only dog on the planet that wasn't going to adapt.  In hindsight it made sense- she needed time to get used to and accept her new normal.  Once she decided she was OK she hopped happily through life for almost 4 more years.

But now he won't be able to do that anymore, or go on his big hiking adventures, or chase Merlin to jump on him.

Yes, some things will need to change but that doesn't mean he won't have a great quality of life!

One of the big mistakes I made during Maggie's recovery was spending time mourning all the things I thought she couldn't do anymore.  I was so focused on what she was losing that I almost missed her figuring out how to do the things she wanted to do! Dogs are so amazing at adapting to their 'normal'.

And you have an advantage in that you have been through surgery and recovery with your boy.  I went through two knee surgeries/recoveries with my last Pug boy and my experience was that amputation recovery was way faster than the knee surgery recoveries, even with Maggie taking her time to adapt.

I'll be thinking about you on Wednesday!

 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls and Boy

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

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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14 November 2023 - 11:01 am
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LOVE your enthusiasm and pawsitivity Jessica, thank you! We are here to answer any questions you have so don't be shy about posting.

By the way, double knee surgery is a more difficult recovery than amputation recovery, if that makes you feel better. If you can do that, you can certainly do this with flying colors.

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Hi Jessica.  Thank you for your post over on my thread (9 1/2 year old Saint Bernard…).  Ophelia had her amputation. 4 1/2 months ago.  She was diagnosed with bone cancer two weeks before that.  I absolutely remember the feeling that you’re going through right now.  It is just a terrible feeling to know that it’s something that you can’t protect them from. And you can’t explain to them what is happening which makes it even worse.  It’s good to hear that you’ve already learned to not do the crying and emotion in front of Killian (love his name as well!). Someone gave me that advice pretty early on. 

I was terrified of putting Ophelia through amputation.  She was 9 1/2 at the time, which is a senior for a Saint. And she weighed 130 lbs.  So she isn’t a small girl.  Luckily i had kept her in really good shape for a Saint as they are known to be lazy by nature.  

How much does Killian weigh?  I’m not too familiar with that breed.  Also, how old is he?  Regardless, it sounds like he’s a good candidate for amputation. As scary as it is, i think that you’re doing the right thing by moving fast in this. It’s probably osteosarcoma and that is an aggressive cancer. So the sooner that you get the tumor out of his body, the better.  I say that it is probably osteosarcoma because it is one of the most common cancers in dogs.  

Is he being treated by an oncologist?  My understanding is that starting chemotherapy sooner rather than later is best.  Ophelia’s oncologist gave her her first chemo treatment about 24 hours after her amputation.  It was rough, but Killian will get through it.  They adapt so well.  Far better than we do as humans.  

Ophelia came out of the surgery unit after her surgery and first chemo already walking, albeit with a little help.  I’ll post the video that i took of that.  It was amazing. She had a rough couple of weeks but it really wasn’t long until she had the whole walking on three legs thing figured out.  She fell on occasion but would get right back up.  I’d say that she forgot that she ever had a fourth leg about a month after her amputation.  

You have already gotten great advice here.  And yes, this website and the great moderators like Jerry and Sally really saved me too. Visit often. I’ll also say that you’re going to have to figure a few things out on your own because every situation is different.  For example, one of Ophelia’s major problems was the slick hardwood floor and wood patio at my house. Regular rugs didn’t work all that great for her so i had to figure something else out.  I found rubber mats like the kind that you see on gyms and put them all over my floor and patio.  I also used grip tape on the steps for patio and porch. Let me know if you want more info. 

As for treatment, i opted to go with a couple of doses of chemo and then the ELIAS immunotherapy experimental treatment.  It’s actually a CAR-T therapy.  It’s had some really great results in the limited studies that have been done.  It’s not available in too many places but go to their website if you’re interested. It has a page that shows the vets who have it available in each state.  You ** MUST DECIDE on this at the time of amputation though! **

I’ve also heard some good things about the Yale vaccine.  

Something else that we tried was FIDOCURE targeted therapy.  It requires that the cancer have unique mutations though.  Ophelia’s did not.  

I found a supplement called “I’m Yunity” that has had great results with Hemangiosarcoma. It’s not been studied on other cancers but I’ve been using it with Ophelia for months now. 

Ophelia is currently on another experimental treatment that combines high dose Losartan and a drug called Palladia. It was developed by the Colorado State Vet school.  Ophelia’s oncologist just happens to be the researchers wife.  

The oncologist also just prescribed a drug called Rapamycin.  We haven’t even picked up the prescription yet.  

I am not suggesting that you have to choose all of these different things.  I’m just throwing out the things that I’ve found and am doing for Ophelia.  While i hope that it works, we are still only 5 months into it.  I just wanted to do everything that i could possibly do for her. 

I am happy to expand on any of this of you are interested in hearing more.  

Right now though the immediate thing is the amputation.  I know that you’re nervous, but it’ll be okay.  Let us know how Killian is doing.  

here is Ophelia coming out of the surgery unit to go home only one day after surgery.  

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14 November 2023 - 3:53 pm
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💖💖💖Ophelia 💖💖💖

Note how Michael  greeted Ophelia.....happy....upbeat.....didn't even focus on her incision.   Notice how Ophelia  only focuses on going  to Michael  and ready  to go home!!!

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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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Any update?  I hope that the surgery went well.  I’m also assuming that things seem pretty rough right now.  They will get better!  

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21 November 2023 - 11:00 am
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Thanks for that nudge Michael. We are curious too! Update when you can.

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Hi all!!! So sorry this took me so long it's been quite the experience after surgery. So here was my 1st post to another social media platform right after his surgery, which was Wednesday, November 15th...

My baby boy Killian is home, safe and doing wonderful! He is getting around so great. His brothers and sister are very concerned for him and taking good care of him. I know we have a long way to go but so far things have been really good! He had his amputation surgery yesterday (again, that was Wed Nov 15th he had surgery) and we actually picked him up same day, well that night around 6pm. He was definitely telling the techs he wanted to go home, lol. When they called they said he is being very vocal about not wanting to be here and since he has done so well we're sending him home. I couldn't wait to get my arms around him! He was pretty much a lil doggy zombie but he snuggled me the whole way home. Once home he hobbled his way right up the ramp into the door and straight to his bed and new fluffy pillows. He got up a few times and had some good drinks of water and then went out and took his 1st pee. I was so excited. Some doggies are so scared they won't pee for days and have to have bladders expressed. Then off to bed and slept the whole night and took his meds like a champ this morning and went back to sleep. Then Adam, my hubby, came home for lunch and Killian got up to say hello and then the most amazing thing happened. You see Killian was not eating anything before his surgery. He was in so much pain. I made him all of his favorites and even got him his favorite turkey baby food. Nothing. Just a treat here and there. So today Merlin his brother was going to eat his lunch and Killy came over and looked like he wanted it. Well he ate 2 whole bowls of turkey and vegetables! I almost cried I was so happy. After that I said "let's take him to the yard and see if he'll pee again because he has been drinking good" So off we went and he walked all the way over to the trees and took a huge pee! He did have a little oopsie, poor pup went to lift his leg and almost fell but he didn't and he just kept peeing. Adam and I were so happy we were clapping and laughing and telling him what a wonderful boy he is. And Killy was smiling and looked so happy when he hopped back to us. I know these are tiny things but to us they are HUGE. He is adapting and I know he is going to be the happiest little tripod for years to come. We won't have the results from his biopsies for 7-10 days so I'm not even going to think about that right now. Whatever we have to do for him we will do. For now we're just going to love and help this baby through this with all of our heart and soul!
"Killian, my sweet one, you are truly amazing and loved beyond measure!"
Thank you everyone for all the prayers. Keep them coming.❤️🙏❤️🐾

Okay so it is now the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I hope ALL of you and your wonderful Tripawds had an amazing Turkey Day. Ours was good. Killian is doing so amazing, it's actually hard to believe how quickly he is adapting. We are having a hard time keeping him from doing too much. We can't catch the little guy, lol! But we completely Tripawded the whole house so no slippies happen and if he wants to go upstairs to his big boy room we carry him up and down. They are always blocked so he can't go up himself. Even though he has our porch steps mastered. Shhhh don't tell the Dr. LOL! There's only 4 steps, they are not steep, and we do not let him go down without our help. Plus always leashed unless he needs to poo or pee. Things have been pretty good so far. Oh and when you're a fur baby parent pees and poos can become a very important thing. As I said he was peeing the 1st night and then he pooped the next morning. I wasn't expecting that for at least a week but there he went right in his favorite spot under his Holly tree, lol. He's been eating, drinking, taking his meds and getting around wonderfully. The only thing I was surprised at with the post op instructions was that the only way we are to clean his incision is with a clean wash cloth and water by just dabbing it gently. So that's what we have been doing and it looks wonderful except for one area which I'll get to here in a moment. We haven't even needed to use the E-collar. Just nice soft clean t-shirts. But on his incision at the very bottom there was a spot that we just didn't like how it looked. I sent a pic to our PVSEC/Blue Pearl surgeon and he said that was just because it was an area that had a lot of skin and those places can be tricky so it looks a bit puffy and red. So we left it go and just continued to clean the way they said. Then yesterday after turkey dinner with our family we put up our tree and we noticed that he had licked his shirt for the first time since surgery!!! It was that spot that we had been keeping an eye on. So we took his shirt off immediately and we saw that that spot was now possibly infected. Only that one spot! I thought "damn it we asked about this in the beginning" and Killian only bothers licking something if it is bothering him or he knows something isn't right. So on the E-collar went as Killian just cried and cried. I called PVSEC/BLUE PEARL and got a hold of the surgical department to tell them what was happening. They asked for me to send pics and video and I did. A tech that knew Killian's surgery information called me back immediately and let us know that it does look as though it is infected and that they would call in an antibiotic for him in the morning. I asked if there was anything we could do like clean it with Hibaclense or peroxide and they said absolutely not. She told us to bandage it in that area because the rest is healing amazingly. So question for you all, I'm just wondering... Does anyone know why you can only do dabbing with a wet rag??

Anyway, we cleaned him up. Bandaged that area, put his shirt back on and I slept with him all night. Well HE slept, while I never took my eyes off of him. Not sure when I slept last 😳 So we get up this a.m. and take of his shirt and the bandage. It oozed horrible yellow pus and blood onto the bandage. I wanted to cry but didn't so I don't upset Killy. It looked so horrible to me but my husband said it really wasn't that bad and reminded me of the time Killian got bit by a small snapping turtle in our pond. It bit him on his left side right at his rib cage. It was quite a huge bite. So after remembering what that looked like and turned into, my hubby is right this is not as bad. Except this could get bad! So we just waited for the surgical tech to call and she said the antibiotics were called into the pharmacy and to just keep doing what we're doing but use the e-collar. The problem with the e-collar is that he is afraid of it, cries the whole time it's on so he won't rest and it's heavy for him and he barely holds his head up off the floor. I left the e-collar on him while my husband was cleaning up leaves and I had to go get the antibiotics. I just put everyone out on our big back porch to get some fresh air. We have big comfy doggy beds on the porch for everyone too. When I got back I had to take the e-collar off to give him his meds and get him to eat something with the antibiotic. And he did. He's such a good boy. It was time for his pain meds too so I've just been sitting with him while he is sleeping to make sure he doesn't lick the area.

I now feel like I did something wrong. We've never had to use an e-collar on him before because he never licked his turtle bite and he never once licked his double knee surgery incisions. So now I feel like I failed him. I had this feeling there was something wrong with that one area the whole time. But the Dr said it was okay, so you listen to them. Now it's infected and I'm scared all over again. This is all overwhelming. His post-op appointment is coming up this Tuesday, the 28th at 4:45p.m. I can't wait to get him there so they can maybe do more for this infected area. Also we STILL have not gotten back any biopsy results! They better have them at his appointment! The waiting is killing me. We still don't know what type of cancer or what the next steps will be. I mean I'm sure Chemo but I want to hear those results. Or maybe I don't. Oh gosh Tripawders, this is all just so much. So much to watch my sweet 9 year old Irish Wolfie baby, Killian Baine, go through. Plus having two very elderly pups, my 15 yr old Cattle Dog Peyote Morgan, who has terrible arthritis but he is now on Librela and Galliprant and is doing amazing. (If anyone has a pup with bad arthritis I urge you to look into Librela for them). Then we have our Emmy Lou who has diabetes and takes insulin twice per day and seizure medication and she is completely blind and then our giant 152lb goofball Great Dane Mastiff (Daniff) Merlin Alexander who is only 3 and just wants to play 24/7. It's just a lot to handle plus everything else life throws at you. Luckily my husband and I own our own business and if needed can take our doggies with us there and I work from our home office most of the time so our doggies are rarely alone. I think I'm the one with separation anxiety, lol. I hate leaving them! Especially now!!!

So when I picked up the antibiotics I also bought some large baby diapers. I saw a few posts on here that those can work well to cover the incision. I truly can't thank you all enough, this whole Tripawd community for being here for me and my Killian. I wouldn't have made it without all of your input, ideas and most of all knowing I'm not alone. 

Okay, I promise I'll try to do better at updates. We are just so super busy all the time, but like I said being self employed has really helped in this situation, because I can be here with my babies and Adam can go with us to all the appointments!

Thanks for reading this HUGE NOVEL!!! Sending love and prayers to all of you!!!

All our pupper love,

Jessica & Adam and the Woof Pack- Peyote, Emmy, Killian and Merlin🐾💞

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Thank you soooo much for taking  time to update.  You have a lot on our plate, as well as Killy, you have other puppets that need your attention too!!

STANDING OVATION. TO TEAM KILLIAN!👏👏👏👏  Hoomans and dogs doing a spectacular  job!!!

You have soooo many HUGE milestones to celebrate!  Killian is way ahead of the curve this early on!  To be eatng, drinking, pottying, mobile, sleep well.....OMD!!  Killian is a Tripawd RockStar.

Now, of he has a little bit  of a crash in another day or so, don't  let that alarm you.  Some continue with the progress, some stall for a few days.  Just continue to take things slowly  and don't let that crazy boy do too much.  Sounnds like uou are monitoring very well.

Absolutely you did NOTHING wrong when it comes to that infected spot.  Sending  the Vet pictures is exactly  what  needed to be done and then follow their  expert opinion.  To have an infection like this is, unfortunately not too unusual.  As far as the cone, even when dogs never have shown any interest in their incision,  we still strongly  recommend  it.  Amputation incisions  and required stitches can be a bit of an irritation and owee and they want to chew at it.Of course, while you are with him he can be cone free.  I wonder if a soft cone (inner tube type) would be less stressful to him?

He's on an antibiotic  now, so that should clear up the infection.  Keep an eye on it and if the smell gets yucky or it gets more puss, let the Vet know.  They may end up doing a culture  to make aure he is on the right antibiotic. 

It's my understanding   that Peroxide actually breaks down the tissue of a surgical wound as it's trying to heal and Vets any away from it.    So yes, just a light dab with a warm damp cloth every now and then is all you should need.  Might not even need to do that at all except  if oozing.

Try and get some rest, okay?  This early part of recovery  is no picnic and veing exhausted  doesn help.  Clearly  Killian is doing just fine, so no worries, okau?

 

Hugs 

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Jessica I love this update! Thank you for taking time to share all the highs and lows.

First, you didn't do anything wrong. You did everything RIGHT by getting your vet involved as soon as you knew something was not right with the incision. This is not an uncommon situation at all, and it's being handled. When caught early it usually goes away pretty fast and Killian's probably will too.

Another thing you did right is by asking your vet what to clean the incision with. You would be surprised at how many people don't. So that's another reason why you did everything right. It's important to only use warm water because you don't want anything to disturb the tissue that is healing. Here's an article about why peroxide is bad for incisions.

Super happy you mentioned Librela, I'm thinking of starting our Nellie on it. Glad to hear it's working for your old guy.

So keep us posted on how things are going OK? You guys are doing just fantastic really, and every little thing, even a wee, is a BIG deal so yes celebrate! We get it!

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