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Jack's recovery from amputation
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Virginia




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27 September 2019 - 10:53 am
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jerry said

And I also agree that no vet in their right mind would consider euthanasia for this situation. If so, it means it’s time to find a new vet.

  

beachmom3 said

I was told we would reevaluate Monday. Possibly discuss wound debridement and drain vs quality of life. 

  

  It sounds like Jack’s “quality  of life” this early after surgery and with this drainage  issue is no where near even thinking  about euthanasia!!!!!  No where near!!!!!  When needed, drains are CURES!!

Just vecause we all like to learn as much as we can to help others in the future, do ask  why they didn’t  do a culture right off the bat at the first sign of infection.  Usually we see cultures done, but it’s  always  good to have comparisons  as to why they aren’t  done too.    

And again, just for learning, do they feel like the 17 days worth of antibiotics  are working as a reason for not doing a culture…..or because  a culture is inconclusive if a dog has 17 days worth of antibiotics  in his system.  My questions  are probably  way off base, but still would be interested  in knowing. 

Oh, and for more learning, do you mind sharing what herbs Jack’s been put on and what purpose each serves? I love it when Eastern, holistic and Western can work together.

Thanks for updating  us!  We know you have your hands full!

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29 September 2019 - 8:58 pm
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Just checking in.  We are all cheering for Jack to get over this hurdle!

((((((((((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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This weekend showed great improvement for Jack! The dead tissue fell off, the wound stopped oozing as much and it actually is shrinking up a bit! All good signs. We did the medicine regime as directed to keep him pretty chilled out and it helped. We had scheduled a check up today but have cancelled it because the vet said we are moving in the right direction and he doesn’t want the car ride to aggravate the tissue. I have been sending daily pics for 10 days and will continue to do so until we go in next Monday.

Jack is in better spirits too. Eating a lot, looks at us and wags his tail and still demands attention! He looks like a bobble head with the cone of shame . We are leaving it on so he doesn’t get to the wound and re-aggravate it. 

Despite being tired, we are encouraged! We all got more much needed sleep this weekend!

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SO HAPPY JACK IS DOING BETTER! 

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30 September 2019 - 9:12 am
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YAAAAAAY FOR JACK!!!!!  SOOOOOO RELIEVED TO READ THIS GRRRRRREAT UPDATE!

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So glad you stayed the course and didn’t give up!!  So very glad!! And I know Jack is too!! I know seeing him feeling better has lifted uour spirits tremendously! And yes, sleep is a beautiful  thing!

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30 September 2019 - 9:36 am
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YAY! Thank DOG I’m so hoppy to read this!!!! Here’s to a healing week for Jack!

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That’s WONDERFUL news!!! Yay!!! I am so happy for you,  this is a great step in the right directionsmiley_clap

Thank you for sharing,  i was thinking about you this morning❤

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Yes, this is wonderful news.  

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30 September 2019 - 6:12 pm
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Go Jack! This is such great news! We are at 5 days post amputation and posts like yours are so important to make sure that I don’t assume that everything will be smooth sailing, as all was well with his surgical site until day 9! So glad he is back on track to recovering xx 

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Hiya! I haven’t been on in a week or so, so I’m just now seeing this.  My dog Chomp is 1.5 months out of his amputation and just had to have a drain put in after a secondary surgery (his initial wound was so large and the skin was essentially dead/not healing in certain areas). We were scared of this, particularly putting him through another procedure so soon, but it’s been a smooth process.

Our situations are obviously very different but I just wanted to chime in that drains aren’t super scary if you end up having to go that route. Happy to answer any questions about our experience if you have them. Kudos on your commitment to wound management. It’s not easy to stomach, but it sounds like you’re a pro!

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So glad to hear how well CHOMP is doing!!  And thanks for sharing  the info about the drain and that, while it may sou d scary, it is such a great solution for issues like yours (and looked like it may be good for Jack too).

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yea for Chomp!!! 

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I haven’t updated for several days because things have been going well. I thought I would wait til today, after Jack’s suture removal.
Well, in true Jack fashion, things got crazy at the vet. He is still wearing the cone and when they tried to muzzle him, he sort of snapped. He was very irritated and anxious and the vet asked me if it was ok to give him light sedation that was fast acting. I agreed because I didn’t want anyone else bit. Only took a few min to get him knocked out and they removed stitches, cleaned his cone and reapplied it. The vet even suggested loading him on a stretcher and taking him to the back of my suv and giving him the reversal agent there because Jack would be tired and he is a big boy and it would help us with movement. I agreed. Well that is when things went nuts. After the reversal, he woke up in a RAGE. He was barking, howling, growling, snapping at the air! He was clearly hallucinating. He crawled from the back of the SUV to the front passenger seat and wedged in with his body and cone. He was crazy for 15 minutes. He bit the leather interior off of my passenger door and plastic off the handle. The vet had to give him a small sedation dose to calm him down. Then we had to move him back to the back. It was nuts. He then was chilled out the entire 45 min ride home and we had to use an outdoor loveseat to put him on to get him out of the car.
The vet has never seen a reaction to the sedative like this. He inquired with me about Jack’s previous behavior and if he was ever aggressive. I told him no, he never has been. He said he didn’t want to scare me, but we need to watch for behavioral changes and aggressiveness that could possibly indicate mets to the brain. I am praying he has just had a rough few weeks and that isn’t it.
I am hoping after ten more days of antibiotics that the wounds that developed will be gone. They are looking pretty good. We can take off the cone when they are gone.

Here is to a better week for my boy.

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Oh my goodness… that is so scary!! That is a lot of dog for all that rage in a drug induced stupor!! Bit the leather interior off the passenger door…. holy crap! 

I am glad nobody got injured, I am glad he did not injure himself… I am just shocked. I have seen dogs wake from regular inhalable anesthesia in a bit of a frenzy, but I have never seen what you are describing.. maybe the confusion and the cone just set him the wrong way….how is he now?  Is he still acting loopy or is he alert?

What an ordeal   (((((HUGE HUGS )))))) I am also hoping this is the worst of it and now onward and upward sp_hearticon2

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Wooooah that must have been soooo scary. I’m so sorry you had to go through that!

OK don’t panic with that worst-case scenario. It’s more than likely that Jack will put this behind him faster than you will and get back to normal. He will be your old pup in no time, just let him rest.

Lots of love coming your way, please keep us posted.

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