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Daisy at two weeks post-op (restitching and stairs)
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21 August 2010 - 7:19 pm
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Daisy went in Friday to have her stitches removed.  My dr. wasn't there but the doc that was there didn't like the looks of the holes at all and the rest hadn't healed enough so she kept her for the day, put her under again, and cleaned up the wound and restitched it.  We're going back next week (3 weeks post amp) for a recheck.  Maybe because old dogs heal slower?  She gave her another round of Baytril to take, too.

She does seem to be feeling so much better! laugh I appreciate the Rimadyl advise.  This last week she has been taking just that with no Tramadol and I'm very pleased with the results.  She is getting around quite well.  Too well, actually.  She fell down the stairs today.  exclamation  I know that makes us bad parents, we should have been more prepared.  I didn't expect her to attempt them yet.  I do block them off when we go to bed but I haven't been doing it during the day.  Poor girl.  sad

The other Daisy's family (Lexi) sent our Daisy her ruff wear harness .   I can't wait for the stitches to come out so we can try it on!

Candace in Oklahoma

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21 August 2010 - 7:38 pm
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Oh what a bummer! But at least she got some good care. It’s not unusual to have slow healing, try not to worry.

Sorry she fell but so glad she’s OK. You’re not a bad pawrent, we all learn from these kinds of situations.

That was really nice that Lexi sent you Daisy’s harness!

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I'm sorry about the slow healing, but I'm glad she's feeling good
enough to get in trouble!  Don't feel bad.

A harness from one
Daisy to another…how appropriate.

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Well, I don't think you are bad pawrents at all!  Even at almost 12 years, I still make Comet come down the stairs on her own.   I hope Daisy is okay – I'm sure it hurt you more!

 

I love that Daisy's harness found another Daisy!  I know her mom was sure excited to know she got to give it to your Daisy!  Is it called karma? 

Hope Daisy gets better soon – just a bump in the road. 

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I'm sorry she fell, but so glad she's willing to try on her own.  I can't tell you how happy I was the first time Trouble hopped down the hallway to see what I was doing in the kitchen after her surgery.  Daisy will learn how to maneuver on the stairs.  I don't know how they do it, but they do 🙂

Is it possible she's having a reaction to the sutures?

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Did I mention we have hard wood stairs?

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Chloe also attempted stairs on her own (we also didn't block them because she didn't seem interested in them before) and she had a slight tumble. Luckily it was only a short stairway (5 steps) and she lost her balance on the top stair and was cluctching the landing with her two front paws. I helped her butt back up and she seemed fine apart from my stomach dropping to the floor… After 3.5 weeks post amp Chloe has become a pro at the long stairway (15 wooden steps) up to my parents' room, so I am sure Daisy will surprise you when she starts getting the hang of it!  

Sorry to hear about the sutures, Chloe had staples and they worked out fine for her, but every dog is different in how their body reacts to things. Better to have gotten it fixed so that it can heal better than to not do anything about it. 

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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22 August 2010 - 7:28 pm
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Sorry to hear about the 'restitching'. Flash was back in Friday morning, had popped a few stitches in his wound..

When do you usually let them go up and down the stairs, and for how long does the wound usually 'leak'? Flash still has some 'pinkish' fluid on his t-shirt, his surgery was last Wednesday.

He wants to go down the stairs so bad to hang with the rest of the family, I started letting him come down with his leash on so he doesn't go too fast. I swear this guy is a daredevil stuntman dude!!! lol

Hope your Daisy heals fast!

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22 August 2010 - 10:48 pm
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So if your Daisy now has Lexi's Daisy's harness does that make it a “Daisy Chain”   (groan)? Sorry I couldn't resist.twisted 

Here's to a speedy recovery and no more stomach dropping escapades on the stairs!

 

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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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You're not a bad parent!  A few days after his surgery Ajax decided to do “puppy up” onto the bed.  This does not involve a jump, but standing on his (formerly two) hind legs, with front paws on the bed, waiting for a boost.  (He could jump, but we taught him to wait for permission and a boost).  Any, the floor under the bed is wood, his leg immediately slipped out from under him and he fell down.  This was only a few days after surgery and we hadn't closed the bedroom door b/c we didn't think he would even go in there.  You're doing great!

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tripod said:

 

When do you usually let them go up and down the stairs, and for how long does the wound usually 'leak'? Flash still has some 'pinkish' fluid on his t-shirt, his surgery was last Wednesday.

He wants to go down the stairs so bad to hang with the rest of the family, I started letting him come down with his leash on so he doesn't go too fast. I swear this guy is a daredevil stuntman dude!!! lol


 

These questions probablly deserve their own topic.   I don't know about the stairs.  I do know it's easier to go up than down.  She can go up right now (2.5 weeks post amp) but falls if she tries to go down.  I think Flash will tell you when he can handle it, but I don't know for sure.

Daisy leaked the full two weeks.  I'm pretty sure that if she had a t-shirt on there would still be some discharge.  “Some pinkish fluid” is not bad.  I've heard many get seromas and gushers!  Daisy had an infection early on, and she gushed quite a bit of blood red fluid.  It's almost clear now and has almost stopped.  HTH

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candace said:

I do know it's easier to go up than down.

FYI: Going up stairs will be easier for dogs missing a front leg, while going down will be easier on dogs missing a rear leg. Conversely, going down stairs will put extra weight and stress on a dog's one remaining front leg, while going up strains one remaining rear leg.

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