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Have to choose between two types of amputation for dog, advice needed.
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22 December 2016 - 8:15 pm
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Thanks for the description.

The most major episode was while she was laying down, she was yapping her mouth while shrieking / yelping, then got up and became stiff. She would pant (though she pants a lot). Not so much the eyes. They usually don't last longer than 20 seconds. 

I will try to film it. 

I am icing the paw to reduce the swelling. Hopefully it will be ok.



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22 December 2016 - 8:21 pm
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Yup, there are similarities ... 

The good news is each day that goes by is one day closer to the end of recovery and to the start of your girl going back to being her lovely old happy self again 🎉🎊🎈👌🏽

You'll both get there soon enough 🐶🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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22 December 2016 - 10:17 pm
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I am not saying this to alarm you in anyway, but merely to get this resolved quickly, okay?

Saba needs ro be evaluated by a Vet!!! Any Cet at this point! It doesn't have to be the Surgeon,although that would be nice, but a Surgeon needs to check her out! Although I think a second opinion is definitely in order!!

The yapping at the air, the stiffness, that coukd be something totally separate from the amputation "recovery".' It coukd even be some type of seizure.

It also sounds like her front leg is very painful...or maybe even her shoulder. There could be soooo many things going on...some maybe related to the surgery...some maybe not!! She could have some painful staple sticking in a nerve. She coukd have a nerve ending exposed

The fact that the pain seems more consistent with trying to stand and with just getting up could indicate something specific ro her good leg.

I'm throwing all these unprofessional guesses out there as a way of saying that, at this point, a second opinion Vet appointment would be well advised.

Again, not trying to scare you at all! Just guiding you in a direction where Saba can get the proper evaluation and YOU can get some REASSURANCE!! It may all boil down to jst a quirky recovery, but a Vet needs to give you that reassurance.

Once you take guessing and worrying out of the equation, recovery will feel a lot smoother, PROMISE!!

PLEASE UPDATE US TOMORROW, okay?? We'll be checking in on sweet Saba.

(((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))))

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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22 December 2016 - 11:34 pm
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I actually got in contact with the owner (the main vet) of the clinic where she had her amputation. I spoke to her about her symptoms and sent her many photos over text. 

She says that it could have been caused by the catheter being put into that leg, though unlikely. She also said the swelling is not very large but that it is swelled. She stated that there isn't much else she can supply her with medication wise as she is on Tramadol, Amantadine, and Gabapentin. She advised that she can see her tomorrow night, and I will likely do that... but that she does not know what could have caused the swelling; it could have been her spraining her leg trying to get up, a spider bite, something to do with the catheter, it's unknown. 

She suggested cold compresses, as we have been doing and to come to her if it doesn't improve but that there is not much more medicine wise that she can do.

I expressed my concern that the suspect "phantom pain " might actually be pain from the swollen leg or something else entirely. She said it's possible and to monitor the leg.

I will keep looking at it and then see if it improves or not. I will keep you all updated.

As for her current condition, she is sleeping and her swelling is reduced. Still concerned though. She hasn't had a pain episode since 6pm. 



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23 December 2016 - 7:02 pm
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Oh Andrea ... 

I want to apologise to you for not having paid proper attention to Saba's leg situation ...

I was concentrating more in sending you uplifting energy as the first stages of recovery can be tough ....

Luckily Sally stepped in with her precious advice, thank you Sally, I mean it! 

I'll be checking for updates as they arrive!

Sending you a huge bear hug and cuddles to your sweetie 😘😘💞🐶

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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