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28 October 2016 - 9:23 am
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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR POOPpoopicon_png HAPPY poopicon_png DANCE!!

I know it’s hard to make this”wild child” rest, but that’s what she needs. And yeah, you’ll find that tripawds need to walk faster as they need momentum for balance, forward motion, etc

So glad she’s doing well! Now she may still have some ups aand downs for a vit, vut then smooth sailing as her sparkle comes back vigger and vrighter than ever!!

Love!

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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28 October 2016 - 12:42 pm
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Time for the POOP DANCE!!!

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Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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WOOOHOOOOOOOO! That’s just fantastic, I’m so glad she’s on the mend. How’s her incision today? Remember if there is any sign of greenish color or stinky odor, let your vet know. If it’s leaking as in a seroma , the fluid should be pinkish and watery, not bloody.

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3 more poops 💩 💩💩!  Incision looks good.  Not draining and just some redness and a bit bruised at the bottom.  The surgery center said to send pics if I have any concerns at all. They are awesome. 

Thanks so much for the support and reminder that so far so good, but that there will be some ups and downs.  I am impressed so far.  So far it’s not as hard as I imagined.  I think since we’ve been pretty much home bound and connected at the hip for 2 months from TPLO surgery that we’re both used to the routine.  

Only problem is that the meds seem to wear off about an hour before it’s time to do again. 

I have them separated so she gets something for pain every 4 hours.  The caprofen really helps and the neurontin does too but that’s only at 10 and 10.  Waiting until it’s been 8 hours since last tramadol dose so she can take another.  Doing those at 6, 2 and 10pm. We do th soaker cath the same as tramadol.  

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28 October 2016 - 3:22 pm
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You’re doing a great job helping the Wonder Dog recover. I didn’t do so well with my cat I’m sad to say. She’s doing so great 2.5 years after the amputation but I don’t believe I managed her pain well enough.

I did not separate the pain meds like you are doing and I administered them at the same time. The directions were 3-4 times per day. I chose every 8 hours. In retrospect she needed them every six hours. If Rosie’s meds are wearing off a bit soon perhaps you could make a slight adjustment?

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28 October 2016 - 5:26 pm
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I remember seeing pain signals at about hour 7 of the 8 hour Tramadol dosage and ended up staggering the Tramadol dose.  Otis got 3 pills every 8 hours, so I gave 2 and then one an hour later so they never were totally out of his system.  And truly, the first two weeks are hard, but overall much easier than cruciate repair.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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29 October 2016 - 10:43 am
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Keep in mind that pain medication timeframes are guidelines. Everyone’s metabolism is different so if the meds are wearing off earlier than the schedule provided, let your vet know and find out if it’s OK to give earlier and how much earlier. Your goal is to stay ahead of the pain, since it’s much harder to reduce pain once symptoms show up.

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rnbsmama said

krun15 said
Out of surgery and home- yay!

I cant believe how fast she hops!  I am going to get a lot of exercise over the next few weeks.

More than the next few weeks- Tripawds like to go fast!  I have trouble keeping up with my little pug mix Elly 

OMG!  You are so right.  Running around my yard half dressed in the pouring rain at 3:00am this morning.  

She slept good through the night with very little movement.  Her farts smelled really bad and woke me up several times throughout the night. 

So after her breakfast and morning meds we went hopping and running around the yard until she peed for about 2 minutes and then to her favorite spot , next to the fence, behind the huge dripping wet rhododendron we went and she pooped.  Not huge, but definitely a healthy poop💩💩!

Time to dance and then sleep.  Will update everyone later today.  So far so good!  😆  

What is it with these dogs and middle of the night forays to poop 1. when it is wet and 2. in awkward locations? Glad my Fionn is over that now! Sounds like she is doing FANTASTIC! clapI played with the timing of the meds also, and split doses up. Talk to your vet if you feel like her pain really isn’t well controlled, but this stage will pass pretty fast (but I know how hard it is to think they are in pain). Have you tried ice packs? Fionn loved it and after a week, the vet suggested alternating ice and heat. Sending you both healing wishes!

Nancy and Fionn

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

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31 October 2016 - 12:40 am
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Haha, this really takes me back. When my Elsie was a tiny pup, she had serious gastrointestinal problems, one of the consequences being terrible constipation. One thing that helped was to get her running, so I’d be out in the garden in my pyjamas at 3am standing throwing a ball, trying to get her to go…

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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