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Hemipelvectomy pet parents out there?
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16 May 2024 - 6:59 am
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Hello,

My sweet 9 year old goldendoodle Calvin had a hemipelvectomy yesterday due to osteosarcoma in his ilium. The CT of his lungs and abdomen were clear. I am ordering the ebook on post op recovery and am so grateful for it. I totally get that Calvin needs us to lead with confidence and I am all in on that. I would just love to hear of any other pet parents who have had a dog with a hemipelvectomy for insight. Thank you for this webpage, the youtube video about amputations was inspiring and gave us the confidence to do this thing.

My understanding is that a hemipelvectomy is more intense as they need to actually take part of his pelvis, often the pelvic ring is kept intact and the femur and lower limb is removed. Any insight and experience is helpful.

Best regards,

Terry & Dave

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16 May 2024 - 10:21 am
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Hi Terry, welcome! Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away.

We are sorry you had to join our club but so glad you are here! It really does sound like you have a great attitude and are getting well-prepared for his homecoming. That's awesome! 

Have you had an update from the vet about how he's doing?

Surgically yes it's a more complex surgery, but we've had many dogs here go through hemipelvectomies over the years. Usually not at the same time so you may not get any responses from others in the same boat today, but here are some forum posts about hemipelvectomy dogs and cats too, that you can sift through.

Be sure to check out our What to Expect articles to get you ready for his homecoming. And thanks for the kind words, as well as ordering our e-book, we are so grateful!


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16 May 2024 - 12:26 pm
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Thanks for your timely response Jerry! I spoke with the vet about an hour ago. She said his pain is well controlled, but he is a bit anxious. For oral meds he is on Gabapentin and Terazadone. He had injections of Nocita (I think that was the name of it) into the incision site to help control pain. He is also still on IV meds, I forget what they were.

The surgical team will check in on him again today. We are going to see him this evening, she asked us to bring a rotisserie chicken to entice him to eat. She will try and get him up walking this afternoon. She said tripawds often do better in regard to their anxiety after they have walked a little bit. 

The plan had been for Calvin to come home tomorrow but that is TBD, they may keep him an extra day to let him settle out a bit.

My husband and I work from home and are setting up a space for him to recuperate in our home office. There is big window, with a 180 degree view of the front, side and backyard. It has always been his favorite place to monitor the squirrel, deer, turkey and dog walking activity. 🙂

We are going to pick up some non-slip rugs this evening. I am very much looking forward to seeing him this evening!

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17 May 2024 - 10:58 am
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Oh I'm glad he's getting such great care! How'd it go last night?

I really like that your vet gave him the Nocita too! Keep in mind Trazadone is a sedative, not a pain reliever so when he comes home if that's on the list for his meds, it will help him relax but won't help with pain. 

That's awesome you guys work from home and can look after him during recovery. I hope he's home with you today!

Virginia







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17 May 2024 - 11:13 am
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Just want to add my support and add my name to the amazing  Calvin's Fan Club 😎

You and your wife have a great attitude  and that goes a long way in helping Calvin get through  recovery.  As Jerry said, recovery  may be a bit slower and than some as this really is MAJOR surgery.  Recovery  doesn't  last furever!

Update when you can.  We are here to support you and Calvin in a way you need.

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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18 May 2024 - 10:30 am
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Hi and welcome.

Glad to hear that Calvin did well in surgery and is on the road to recovery.

One word of caution about the window... be sure Calvin isn't going to try and jump up and bark at the critters.  Years ago one of my Pugs had knee surgery and I had to block all the windows because he would go bonkers with the stimulus smiley4

If Calvin just watches then it will be great for his recovery! 

Hopefully he comes home soon.

 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls and Boy

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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18 May 2024 - 2:04 pm
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Thank you Sally and Karen for joining the Calvin fan club! We just got home from visiting Calvin. His progress has been slow, but they said it is all to be expected and within normal limits. He looked so much better today.  He will likely come home tomorrow or the latest on Monday. He will have his surgical drain removed tomorrow, he is still draining a good bit so they wanted to keep it in for another day.

Thanks for the insight on the tarazadone. They stopped the tarazadone on day two, that was to help him with anxiety. He had sort of a panic attack when they tried to stand him up initially. He is very much a spazzy doodle. 

He is walking with assistance today, they want to spend another day trying to work more on that as well. Apparently he hates the sling under his mid section but likes to have his tail and butt supported while he is walking. Holding onto his tail sounded horrific to me, but they hold really close to his behind and they say tails are strong enough to handle it. We were able to visit with him for about an hour. He is eating, drinking & peeing but hasn't pooped yet.

Good insight on the window, we will see how that goes. That has always been his spot, he typically just watches the activity. He barks a little bit, but he doesn't try to jump up, but it is definitely something to think about. He also loves to sit on the back porch and just smell the air and watch what is happening. We will see if we can do that spot as well. 

I do have a question. Calvin is peeing on a pee pad now, standing is still so new to him that he isn't able to pee outside, they have expressed his bladder when outside. It makes sense that he would use a pee pad now. Do they need to be house trained again after all this or does it get better when he is home and he starts to settle out?

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18 May 2024 - 3:55 pm
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Glad you got to see him! How did he like the chicken? 

Super happy he's getting such great care, I love that they gave you so much information. Although the tail thing would have made me shocked too! I had no idea. 

So no, we've never known a Tripawd who needed re-housebreaking. Although he might have an accident, he probably won't need to get re-acquainted with the outside for his business. Things do get better! And remember that when a dog loses one back leg, they lose half of their propulsion power (they carry all of it in the rear). So it will take time for that back leg to learn to carry all the weight, but he will get there.

Has the vet team recommended rehab therapy? That will be really helpful for him! You can learn exercises that will help him strengthen his core and back muscles, and in turn build strength and endurance. Plus Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so do ask the vet team about rehab. If they don't refer you to one let us know and we'll help you find one.

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18 May 2024 - 7:04 pm
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It sounds like Calvin is doing really well....all things considered!!!

Your Vet team seems to be really on top pf monitoring  him and addressing his needs.

The fact that he is eating, drinking and peeing (even with pee help) great news.  Poop will happen....make take several more days at least, so no worries.

My Happy Hannah  (a rear legger) would freeze up of I tried to help her with a sling.   Interesting the suggestion to help support at the base of the tail.

I know you are realky anxious to get him home and I'm sure Calvin mis ready to go home too.  Staying the the Vet another day or two gives you chance to catch up on rest and gives him a chance to make progress.

Glad you are getting to visit him.  I know that makes you, and Calvin,  feel better ♥️

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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