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27 March 2018 - 6:16 am
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Wow, she is a real champ 🏆 so glad to hear how well she is doing ☺️

But be prepared for a possible crash between days 3-5 when the hospital meds get out of her system.

If it happens it’s good for you to know it is normal. 

Keep up the good work and give your baby a big cuddle 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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27 March 2018 - 6:32 am
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I am glad to hear she is doing well.   Keep us informed of how she is doing. 

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You’re rockin’ it Nila, thank you for the update!

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paws120 said
That’s great news!  I’m so glad it went smoothly 💖

She is eating, drinking, and getting around. You can’t ask for more than that! Lots of loving and rest for both of you, this part is behind you 😎

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR NILA!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂   SURGERY IS DONE AND NILA IS RECOVERING NICELY!!

Eating, drinking, potty…YAY!!

As Jackie said, once the steong hospital meds wear off, she may have a bit of a crash.  Sloooow and easy, sloooow and easy.   Keep the pain meds consistent and stay ahead of it.

Such a great update!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Thanks so much everyone for the well wishes, info and support! She’s continuing to do well throughout the day. We just have her on Tramadol, a small dose of Prednisone to see if it would help with the knuckling, along with an antibiotic and most of her supplements for HSA (will be adding the others soon). They said to go ahead and take her bandage off today. She loves “her” bathroom (aka my bathroom) and stays in there unless on supervised outings. She still doesn’t seem to realize she had major surgery and is happy as can be! We’re not going to rush anything and will let her set her own schedule within reason. Due to all of the snow melt and rain we’ve had, she won’t be going in the backyard to romp anytime soon. Maintaining grass is difficult with multiple dogs and all of the precipitation here. We used to live in Arizona and just had mainly desert landscape. Oh, how I miss that place! If any questions come up, I’ll certainly ask. 

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If you don’t mind, I would suggest you talk to your doc about giving her some gabapentin for her amp. It is a great drug to ward against phantom limb pain.

Sheesh I’m starting to feel like a drug pusher here! 

I’m not into unnecessary medications. Most of our furkids experience this problem, and many doctors don’t realize how important gabapentin is for recovery. I understand your circumstances may be special, and you may have already discussed this, but if you haven’t you might want to. 

Hope I’m not sounding pushy. And if I missed something posted previously I apologize. One of my furbabies is keeping me particularly absorbed of late.

I am so glad she’s doing well, I know that does your heart good. 

Take care,

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤️

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I’m glad Nila is doing so well post-op.  Sometimes when a leg is really painful even the pain from the surgery (with pain meds of course) is less and they feel so much better.

My quad pug Tani had a brain injury and so knuckled one back foot when she was young. When she got older and had other brain related issues the other feet would knuckle some, but more that she would drag them. One of the things I did was to massage her feet and toes and flex the joints while she was resting next to me.  As much as possible that is- she really didn’t like being touched very muchbig-grin

The theory is that it helps the brain re-connect with feet.  I don’t know for sure if it helped, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Later in life I did try the boot/splint thing but since she dragged her feet so much it just made her trip.

I hope recovery continues smoothly!

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I’m happy to hear that Nila is doing well, but I agree that you might want to add Gabapentin to the mix.

I’ll call our vet’s office in the morning to see what size Cassie’s foot was – I wanted to try to call today, but work was a bit busy.  Hopefully the boot will be the right size.

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Thanks everyone for the info about Gabapentin! We already have some here if it’s needed. Oh Jackie, you are such a drug pusher 😉  I understand about the phantom limb. In Nila’s case, I think it’s more of a relief of both pain and nuisance after the rupture 2 weeks before surgery. We do massage the foot periodically. We’ll be sure to watch for any crashes for the next few days. We’re so happy that things are progressing well and she can start the next chapter of her life 🙂

Donna, thanks for checking on the size for the boot. I sure hope it will work for Nila. It’s always great to have options!

Have a pawsome day!

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Good morning Bev and Nila smiley

Sounds like you are on top of it, good deal. Please give your girl tummy rubs for me!

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I’m happy to hear that Nila is doing well, but I agree that you might want to add Gabapentin to the mix.

I’ll call our vet’s office in the morning to see what size Cassie’s foot was – I wanted to try to call today, but work was a bit busy.  Hopefully the boot will be the right size.

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Hi Donna!

Nila is doing really well and although we have Gabapentin, we haven’t needed it. The only issue she’s having is the knuckling on the rear foot.

I was just checking to see if you had a chance to check on what size Cassie’s boot/foot is and if it will (hopefully) work for Nila?

Thanks, 
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Sorry..a weekend full of grandchildren. 

The vet’s office didn’t have the measurements,  but if you message me your address I’ll send it to you.   If it works,  then great.   If not,  then just send it back,  nothing lost. 

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Hello everoyne!

Well, just wanted to give a 1 week update. Nila continues to do well. The only issue is her knuckling which Donna is sharing Cassie’s Toe-Up with her. Thank you Donna and Cassie! heart It should be here in a few days and we are hopeful it’s the right size. If not, we’ll find something that is her size. We do have a wheelchair for her if it’s needed. Other than that, everything is good in Nila’s world!

I do have some other news. Our Saint Bernard, Bear (6 years young) started limping and not bearing much weight. When we looked him over, we found a “lump” by his right, front wrist. So, we started him on some pain and anti-inflammatory meds. Went to the vet the next day. He wasn’t sure if it was osteomyelitis or cancer (probable osteosarcoma) and said xrays at this point wouldn’t differentiate between the 2 yet. So, we started him on a course of antibiotics hoping it was osteomyelitis. Well, nothing much changed and we went to te vet last Thursday for an exam and xrays (lots of bone invasion creating instability and could possibly fracture). Well, you guessed it….cancer 🙁  The earliest appointment was for April 9th (our vet has a meeting to attend and will be out of the office most of this week)! So, we took it and just took things day by day. By Friday evening, we could tell he was in pain and very uncomfortable. So, I called our vet Saturday morning and talked to him. He said he had just talked to his wife the night before at dinner and advised her he might have to do an amputation on Sunday (yes, Easter Sunday) before he flys out that afternoon. Well, at 7:30am yesterday we took Bear in to the vet. We did chest xrays which looked perfect and were clear. His CBC/Chem came back perfect as well. So, they did the amputation and it went well. We’ll have the pathology reports within a week. We got him home and recovery was a ruff for him, but my husband and I alternated staying in the bedroom with him. He was finally coherent enough to get some pain meds about 5pm and sat up for a short time. Before bed he wanted to go outside. So, we helped him, but he did most of it on his own. He got a good drink and had a BM. We put a compression wrap around his incision and gave him his nighttime meds. Gave him some Gabapentin about an hour after his other meds to help.Last night was ruff, he was crying and whining much of the night, but I was right there with him. This morning he wanted to go out to potty, didn’t do anything but got along really well. Gave him his morning meds, put a Thundershirt on him to help with compression and he’s relaxing comfortably in the bedroom. So, yes, we have had 2 amputation surgeries in the last week! WOW!

Thanks for all of your well wishes and support!

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I can’t quite believe I am reading this, Bev! Two amputations in a week?! I was going to say your whole world must be spinning, but you sound quite remarkably on top of things. I must say I do tremendously admire the way you have faced the situation and got your dogs the help they need. You’re one hell of  a dog Mum, truly!

It is always challenging to bring a dog home the same day as the surgery, and for a big dog such as Bear, it must be additionally tough, but it sounds as though you are doing quite remarkably well, and the fact he was able to go outside, with a little help, is great news. The crying and whining last night could well be a reaction to the general anaesthetic earlier in the day. But just to check, what pain meds is he on? Meg was in hospital for three nights post amp, so I wasn’t providing the care at this stage, but I’m sure others will chime in who have. I’m pleased he’s relaxed and comfortable now, but if that changes I guess you may need to adjust his meds schedule (with advice from a vet of course). Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t already know. You’ve been here before, after all!

I’m pleased that Nila is doing so well, and here’s hoping Cassie’s boot helps with the knuckling.

Big hug for all of you. Please stay connected and lean on us any time you need some support. We’re here for you.

Sending love,

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