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3 February 2009 - 12:08 pm
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Hey guys,

Tucker is at a week post op! He is doing great! My only worry is that he runs around like he has four legs. He has fallen a couple times and it seems to hurt when he does (obviously!) but other than that it doesnt stop him from running around. Last night I left him snoozing on his blanket in the living room and went to the kitchen to make some hot tea and he must have gotten up and seen I was gone and went looking for me. I came back into the living room and couldnt find him and was walking all around the house and stopped at the stair and looked up. There he was standing at the top of our second floor stairs looking down at me! I freaked out! He just hopped down the steps! Everyone is right, the Pawrents take the amputation the hardest!

Tucker had his drain taken out yesterday which I am sure was a huge relief for him! Now he has started laying on the side of the wound and rubs it on the carpet like it is itching him (he knows better than to lick it by now! I fuss at him every time he does!). I am worried he will take the stitches out by doing this! Has anyone else have this happen?

Also, when did you start re-introducing other dogs to them? Tuckers little brother our youngest lab has a birthday today… ONE year old! He is still very much in the “puppy” stage, jumping all over everyone and acting crazy in general! Sunday night we let Hoyt upstairs while Tucker was in the crate to see how he would act, he was running around like crazy and Tucker was barking. I felt bad because I felt like we had gotten him excited to see his brother but wouldnt let them play! Tucker already doesn't act like he has only three legs and Hoyt is so playful I don't know if they will take it easy enough to let them play just yet. Any advice?


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3 February 2009 - 1:06 pm
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Hi Tucker…take is easy pal….LOL. Isn't it amazing how they adjust?

I had to put up baby gates for Zeus all around the stairwells in order to confine him to one floor. They really don't want them running around a lot or taking stairs until the stitches come out for obvious reasons and the baby gates prevented him from following me everywhere. He would sit at the bottom of the stairs and whine while I went to take a shower, and of course it broke my heart, but it was for his “own good” even though they don't realize it. 

We also left Zeus' bandage on the entire 2 weeks until we got the stitches out so he wouldn't lick, rub, etc…it helped prevent that, BUT I do know that his skin was itchy for him…so I would slide my hand down his bandage and just rub gently and I gave him benedryl for the itching.

As for other fur kids…I have another golden retriever who is 8 and he stayed with my sister for about 5 days while Zeus got a little more steady on his new legs…when we brought Buddy home, he seemed to understand and was more gentle and careful around Zeus. They do play now and still rough house occasionally, but I tend to put a stop to it relatively quickly because I don't want Zeus to land wrong on one of his legs…you just have to keep an eye out I guess is my best advice. I hope this helps a little ~

Happy Birthday Hoyt!

Happy One Week Tucker!!!

Love to you both ~

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Thanks for the great update! Don’t forget how resilient dogs are … Jerry would take a spill after his surgery and jump right back up. Tucker will regain his strength and get used to life on three legs soon enough. Feel free to get the pups together anytime, just watch them closely the first couple times. they should be fine, but all dogs are different.

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