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Jack's recovery from amputation
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Virginia




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7 October 2019 - 5:04 pm
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Agree with Jerry, there is no need to stress or panic about what the Vet said.  Is this the same Vet that gave you euthanasia as an “option” several days ago???

Jack clearly does NOT like being at that Vet and is quite fearful, clewrly very fearful, of anything to do with the cone, his incision,  etc.  Sure sounds like “fear biting” to me.  It also seems like that come is a trigger.  He has had it on quite a while now.  I’m  sure it affects so many of his senses….his vision…and his hearing and sense of smell are probably  out of whack too.

As far as waking up and flipping out, considering  the fearful and agitated  state he was in prior to the sedative,  this doesn’t  surprise me.  The panic multiplied  and went off the rails once he got in that horribly  frightening  situation  in the car.  

What an awful ordeal for you and for him.   I can’t  imagine  how upsetting all of this has been.   Again, I think all his “naughty boy behavior ” is related to the stress of having  the vine, having his  incision messed with, having a rough recovery overall, and adjusting to three.

I know you have to be a bit apprehensive  about him waking up after having two sensations and a reversal all within a very short time.  I know when mu dogs have had “light sedation” it does indeed impact them negatively.  The “shaking ioff the drunken dog period” lasts until the next day. 

 Deep breaths…..put this behind you just like Jack has…..more deep breaths.  

Stay connected  and let us know how the waking up goes.  Have a feeling  Jack likes to shake up the status quo  and let everyone knows he doesn’t  fit the mold!!

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7 October 2019 - 5:28 pm
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Oh my! What a rough day you’ve both had! Poor jack, im sure it was scary and alot for him to process and that had a negative impact on his temperment. You guys have been through so much!

On the up side im glad to hear jack is doing better and that his wound is healing. Huge hugs to you both to night ❤ after some rest tomorrow will be a better day.

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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He took about a two hour nap yesterday afternoon. Woke up and was ready to eat when I got home. He had a great appetite last night and wanted my non-stop attention. No lingering side effects of what took place earlier.

No, this was not the same vet that mentioned the “may need to look at quality of life”. That was the associate vet who said that to me a few weeks ago. We saw our regular vet yesterday and I really just think he is awesome. He hugged me twice before I left yesterday and apologized over and over that Jack is going thru so much. 

Today before I left for work, I let Jack out to potty. He kind of trotted/ran slightly outside. He is getting accustomed to 3 legs and mobility. He went potty then walked over to my car like, Hey let’s go for a ride! I told him I would later today as I had to go to work. Then he hopped on over to my son’s car like let’s take this one!

He ate a big breakfast and was chilled out when I left for work. The wound is looking so much better and it is nice to see the 40 plus sutures out!

Thanks all! You are a great support group!

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8 October 2019 - 9:34 am
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That must be such a relief. I’m glad he’s on the mend.

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8 October 2019 - 9:46 am
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A COUPLE OF HAPPY TEARS FLOWING OVER HERE!!!!  😁😁😁😅😅  Over the moon happu to read thiss great update!!

Love his thought bubble of, “Okay, let’s try this car then if you won’t  take me in the other one!”

Thanks for the update…..and for the smile on my face all day!!

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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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8 October 2019 - 9:57 am
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Whew…. deep sigh of relief!!!!

That is exactly the morning you needed ❤❤

Jack is being Jack,  no better gift 💖

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8 October 2019 - 10:44 am
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Awwwww! As hard as I’m sure it was to go to work, I’ll bet that was just the highlight of your day knowing that he’s ready for car rides again! I cannot WAIT for the first one. 

Great news all around, here’s to more.

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11 October 2019 - 9:19 am
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The last few days have been better!! The wound is healing nicely with minimal drainage. So much better since sutures were removed on Monday!

We decided to remove the cone of shame last night. Jack had been trying for days to scratch his neck and head and couldn’t with the cone so we were constantly having to scratch for him. We took the cone off and he immediately seemed happier and jumped up on the couch and stretched out. That was something he had been unable to do for a month! My hubby said, well he is back to normal. Ha ha.

We did decide to cover him with a tee shirt again because he can stretch out completely on his side and get his tongue on the wound. We don’t want to back track but move forward. 

It is so nice to see him being his old doggy self. We have another six days of antibiotics to give as well as tapering down the pain meds. He will continue his arthritis med that he has been on since June as well as the two herbal mixtures. If we have to add more down the road, we will do so. 

How can I share a pic of him?

thanks all. You are great!

Jill and Jack

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11 October 2019 - 9:36 am
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So thrilled to hear how well Jack is doing!!!  Without doubt, when a dog can reclaim their couch,  all is well!!!!😁😀

Try this link for adding images .  Can’t  wait to see the photos.

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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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11 October 2019 - 10:29 am
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This is kind of update that really makes me smile! Jack is reminding us all to Be More Dog .  Hes feeling good and ready to get back to life! That definitely deserves a car ride and a nap on the couch. 

Glad to hear hes improving i know it was tough for a while.

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My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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11 October 2019 - 10:40 am
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Jill that is terrific news! He has come such a long way. I know it seemed to take furever but what a way to celebrate the weekend. YEAH! Yeay for more dog fur on the couch!

We can’t wait to see photos! The link for adding images explains but let me know if you need help OK? Quickly, here’s how to upload.

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11 October 2019 - 12:07 pm
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I am so thrilled for you.. you had the giant sized rollercoaster ride of a lifetime and now life is finally calming down smiley_clap

I cannot wait to see photos of this special pup, way to go on your diligence and fantastic care of your pup sp_hearticon2

I bet that couch was heavenly when he finally got to stretch out and relax smiley2

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