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Difficulty with pain meds post amputation
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Livermore, CA

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25 December 2018 - 10:42 pm
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I’m glad Jynx is doing better, and you are doing great working out the pain meds.

Some of the stiffness, soreness and lethargy is probably due to her being a new Tripawd.  It takes a lot more effort to get around as a Tri and so soon after surgery she is tired and her muscles are sore from learning new gait and balance.

She is still in recovery but sounds like she is really on her way this time!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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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26 December 2018 - 3:59 am
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Fingers and paws crossed for an uneventful work day!


Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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We are now day 15 post op. Jynx did well with me the first day back at work (my mother kindly checked in on her during the day too).

Her pain is under much better control without being oversedated (though she’s still sleeping most of the time and not back to her usual self). All the stitches are now out and the wound looks good, there’s more tail wagging, and she is moving slightly better, though still having trouble with her right hindleg which seems to now be causing her the most pain. 

We have ceased the tramadol and she is now on the full dose of gabapentin prescribed post surgery at 400mg per day for a 23kg dog (given as 100mg, 100mg, 200mg) as well as carprofen.

We went to her local vet today for pain med refills (but saw a new vet who was VERY thorough and lovely!) who feels she will probably stay on the carprofen and gabapentin long-term (but perhaps with doses scaled back a tad), and that there were other meds/joint injections we could try as needed. 

We also took her to the park for just a few mins and she was delighted to have 2 dogs come and say hello (though was desperate to run off with them!).

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate)!


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28 December 2018 - 6:26 pm
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So glad she’s  doing well!! And it’s still is early in recovery!!!  She’ll continue  to get her sparkle back.  

Glad she got a thorough  check up from the new Vet.  And yes, some dogs do stay on a low dose of pain meds after amps for a variety of reasons, arthritis  is certainly  one of them.

And a Merry Christmas back to you!  Having Jynx home and doing well is the best present evvvver!


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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So glad you ended up leaning on the gabapentin and not the tramadol.  I think that’s the best way to go!  Glad she is perking up!

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I am so glad Jynx is doing better clapGlad you had a good vet experience! When I find one that I like I request my future appointments be made with them. I think it is really hard to find (just like with people) a doctor that you “click” with. When I moved from RI to KY it felt like it took forever to finally pick a doctor that had the same values and viewpoints. 

Anyhow, it is good that things are moving in the right direction, now that the sutures are out and the incision is healing I think you will see a big turn around heart


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