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Depressed and shaking. 6 days after surgery
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19 May 2024 - 10:01 am
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Our Boston Terrier/Jack Russell mix had his hind, right leg removed 6 days ago after a bad break that wouldn't heal. His recovery so far has been great, but last night he started shaking and looks miserable! It's breaking our hearts and worrying us sick! He's taking his meds, and ate, drank, peed and pooped with no problems, but I was wondering if there's anything I could be missing, or any advice on how to cheer our boy up.

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19 May 2024 - 3:10 pm
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Hi Eric, welcome! What's your pup's name? Sorry to hear he had to lose a leg, we are glad you posted here.

Can you tell us, what has his activity level been like? Many times, a Tripawd looks really good right after recovery and they do too much, too soon.

What is his pain medication type/dosage/timing?

When it comes to activity, does he have a sibling he plays with? How long are his walks? Right now he should only be going on leashed potty walks, and very short ones. What are your floors like? If they're slippery, he might have fallen when you didn't see it happen.

Has anything helped reduce his pain signals like the shaking?

Sorry for all the questions! The more we know the better we can point you in the right direction. It IS a great sign that all of his other behaviors are normal.  

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