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16 March 2020 - 6:05 am
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The twitching/ tensing is in her remaining front leg. She’s still doing it this am. I just might send a video to the vet. Thanks!

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16 March 2020 - 10:31 am
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Hmmm. Yeah, your instincts sound spot-on, her body’s tired from just generally getting used to doing things in a new way. Many Tripawds have non-painful muscle twitches for years after amputation, it’s just a disconnect between the severed nerves and the brain. Good move to give her massages, I’m sure she loved the attention.

Video it when it happens and let us know what it looks like and of course keep your vet in the loop. 

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16 March 2020 - 10:59 am
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I’m not sure if this will work but this is the video I took this am

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I sent it to the surgeon and she said she doesn’t think its related to the surgery. But that if I’m concerned about it to bring it to the attention of our regular vet. She said keep up with the massages and try warm packs. My fiancé stayed home with her today. He said she’s been having some trouble getting comfortable but that the twitching is much less than it was earlier this am. So he is going to give her some CBD oil. We were using it prior to her surgery and it was really helping her. We stopped once she had surgery but it seems like a good time to start up again. 

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Nope, said content not found.  A techie will come by and help.

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16 March 2020 - 3:41 pm
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Hmm, can’t seem to get the video to work. Be sure to click on the post and copy the URL in your browser bar, then paste it here.

Use care with the CBD oil, as it can make some dogs really wonky when combined with pain medication. I would also let your vet know just to make sure it’s OK to do so.

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16 March 2020 - 5:57 pm
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So I spoke with my vet about this thing she has going on. She said to up her gabapentin from 100mg every 8 hrs to 150mg every 8 hrs. It seemed to help at first and she was able to sleep for about an hour. Once she woke up it seemed to start up again. They want me to call with an update tomorrow. She’s acting normally and gobbled up her dinner! I will definitely check with the vet about the CBD. Thanks guys!! 

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Little update… The muscle tremors/spasms were worse when we woke up this am. It was pretty constant and she was really uncomfortable. Called our vet and they got us in quickly. They think that the combo of her arthritis and the new strain on those muscles is getting to her. So she prescribed amantadine. Then we went over to our physical therapy place and got a nice massage and laser treatment. They’re all so good to us!! So now we are just waiting for the new meds to kick in to see if it helps. She didn’t sleep well last night so we are hoping she gets some well deserved rest after this. She was in great spirits at the vet and at PT. So spunky and happy! And has been devouring her food! Also her mobility has improved quite a bit, much more stable!! They also said her incision looks really good. All in all, really glad we went in! 

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Oh we are so glad you went in too! How pawesome that her vet team were able to diagnose and treat the situation. Amantadine should work really well, at least it does for our Wyatt sometimes when he needs extra pain management .

I’m so happy she had PT too! With her appetite and spunk still in full swing, my guess is that she will be feeling really good in no time at all. 

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It’s been a few days and I just wanted to give you guys a little update. Doris’ spasms/tremors have greatly decreased. So that’s good news. But with the upped dosage of gabapentin we have noticed a change in her. Not as happy, tired, sleeping more, but also restless sometimes. She just isn’t her usual self. So I made a call to the vet today and explained what was going on and we decided to back her dosage down to 100mg twice a day. (Secretly I backed down the dosage last night and it seemed to help) The past two nights she has also been having these episodes of rapid, shallow breathing. She would be in a deep sleep but when you pet her or roused her, she would stop breathing like that. It was really weirding us out. So we spoke to the vet about that as well and they believe its dream related. I believe it also has something to do with the drugs as well. So anyways, we’re hoping to see a change with that as we change her meds up. She gets her sutures out on Monday!! Can’t wait for that! Unfortunately because of this coronavirus we won’t be able to go into the vet with her. They’ve implemented a concierge service where they come out to the car to get her and then would bring her back. I’m going to call today to get more details so we’ll be better prepared. Hope everyone is staying safe and sane!! And we hope you have a nice weekend! Here is a little throw back photo of my girl last summer. Can’t wait to get back to lounging by the garden with her! 

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20 March 2020 - 10:51 am
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Well that sounds like pawgress to me, so glad to hear things are getting better. Many pets turn a corner when stitches come out and hopefully she will really start to sparkle then.

You guys stay safe and healthy too. This is such a weird time and going through amputation recovery doesn’t make it any easier. Stay pawsitive and keep on thinking about getting back to your old routines, it will happen!

Cute pic! She has a great smile!

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Awww Doris❤  I could look at your sweet self all day long😊   You are just so darn cute.

So glad  you’re staying in touch with your Vet.   Sounds .ike grear feedback from them.  And yes, Doris is having some fun dreams….and the meds probably, ake them in technicolor!😎

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Today we go to have her sutures removed! I spoke with the surgeon last night and assuming all goes well her restrictions should be lifted! My girl is starting to go a little stir crazy! Can’t wait to get her back out on a walk. She’s still been having twitching/tremors in her front leg. The surgeon said it very well may be medication induced. She said it isn’t common but its possible. So we’ll see what the next few days has in store for us. Hope everyone is doing well! Will update later

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Wooohooo! Welcome to the biggest recovery milestone, this is great!

Now remember, even though restrictions are lifted, she should still be taking things very, very slowly. Like 1/8th of the amount of walking and activity she used to do. Start slowly and build up over the next several weeks so she doesn’t injure herself. Oh and remember that interactive mind games can also help quell her restlessness.

Let us know how today goes. We are so hoppy for you!

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SUTURES ARE OUT!!! I’ve been waiting weeks to say that! So relieving to hear them say that she’s recovering really well and that her incision looks great! We will definitely be taking your advice and resuming normal life very slowly. Definitely planning on doing some nose work and enrichment puzzles. She loves them! For walks, we’ll still be bringing her stroller and we’ll definitely be starting slowly. I’ve been doing her stretches and massage plus she has PT scheduled for later this week if it isn’t canceled. I’m also waiting for a call back from the vet regarding lowering her gabapentin dosage. She’s currently on 100mg twice a day. Oh, and i almost forgot. The surgeon got her biopsy results back… Its osteosarcoma. 

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SUTURES ARE OUT!!!!!  YAAAAAAAAY!!!!  ICE CREA,!! DORIS GETS A SCOOP OF ICE CREAM TO CELEBRATE!!!🍨🍨  And we want pictures!!

Doris gets to be Doris again. YAY!!!😎

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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