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Miss Kitty the dog is home!
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Yay!  Only one day in the hospital and I got to come back home to the mountains.

Mom got me Toe Grips so that I don’t slip on the wooden floors.  So far so good.  

Because I have a drain, the hospital gave me a nifty t-shirt so that the drain can be clipped to it.

For pain, we only have Carprofen.  The vet tech said that they injected a long lasting painkiller directly into the surgical site.  Nothing stronger for pain as they say new research questions the effectiveness of opiods in dogs. Cross your fingers for me!

They are spoiling me rotten.  I got a blueberry muffin on the long ride home, and later in the the day mom spoonfed me my raw beef and bones mix with a fried egg and cottage cheese.  Nom!

The biggest challenge right now are the mechanics of getting up on the bed which is about 20” tall.  So far Dad has lifted my 82 pounds (minus one stinky leg) up on the bed.  Any suggestions to allow me to do it myself will be most welcome!

Adriana and Miss Kitty

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WELL DONE MISS KITTY!!!   AND YOU GOT DOMR YUMMY TRESTS TOO

This is MAJOR SRGERY AND IT HURTS!!  YOUR Vet gas given her basically an anti inflammatory  that has almost zero  impact  on this kind of pain!   When that injection wears off she will hurt!

Call the Surgeon and advocate strongly for Tramadol and Gabapentin!!!!!!!!   Did they give her an antibiotic, hopefully?

Here`s a link just posted 

http://tripawds…..very-pain/

Search blogs here for info on pain management .  Sadly, some Vets are still in the dark ages ehen it comes to that.   If that Vet just had a limb removed, he would be in the hospital for days on a morphine drip and strong pain meds!,

So glad she’s  home.  Slow and easy for about two weeks.  Short potty breaks and back to bed .  

Let is know how the med ” disxussiins” with the Vet goes.

Good job Miss Kitty!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

PS   Lifting her by yourself would be mighty risky,   stitches, drain could all be compromised .   May have to sleep on floor with her when hubby isn’t  there to help

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So glad you are home safe and sound! Sally made some great points.. pain meds are crucial right now. I know the injection will last probably a few days, but after that there is going to be a lot of discomfort without them. And the gabapentin helps to stop phantom leg pain . I hope you are able to get some good meds for your furbaby. 

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Goodness me !!!!

Zero pain medicine ??????

What is that vet thinking ?????

I totally agree with Sally and Jackie, speak to every single vet you can think of until one prescribes tramadol and gabapentin, there is no two ways about this, sweetie !

It is major surgery, for goodness sake 😳

Most of our babies were in pain drugs for weeks after surgery, in some cases even longer so that is saying a lot … 

I also agree it is dangerous to fiddle with your boy getting in and out of bed just after surgery (even with your husband’s help), much better to sleep on the floor for a while even if this means being tucked into a small corner of the bedroom …

On a plus side, I am thrilled to hear your sweetie is back home and you are one day closer to a full recovery and a happy, happy life 💗

Sending you a truckload of hugs and cuddles 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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We see our family vet tomorrow morn8ng to remove stiches from elbow lump removal.  Will have serious discussion on pain meds.

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Sounds like a plan. If you have questions, you might want to write them down and take them with you. It is too easy to get side tracked when talking to the doctor only to get halfway home and realize you forgot one that was important. Hope you guys have a good day today!

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18 April 2018 - 8:04 am
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Fortunately my daughter’s college roommate is a vet and she a surrogate daughter.  She is on speed-text for any concerns as well.  

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Yay!  Only one day in the hospital and I got to come back home to the mountains.

Yay Miss Kitty Welcom Home!!! Home to the mountains, that’s my kinda talk!!!

Mom got me Toe Grips so that I don’t slip on the wooden floors.  So far so good.  

Because I have a drain, the hospital gave me a nifty t-shirt so that the drain can be clipped to it.

For pain, we only have Carprofen.  The vet tech said that they injected a long lasting painkiller directly into the surgical site.  Nothing stronger for pain as they say new research questions the effectiveness of opiods in dogs. Cross your fingers for me!

Now this is just my oppinion, but i have to agree that you have not been sent home with enough pain meds!! It seems odd to me that after such MAJOR surgery, a little more than an anti-inflammatory is going to be needed! Stewie was sent home with Tylenol 3’s for pain (this would not have been my drug of choice in hindsight, it cause quite a few issues for Stewie i think), Metacam for anti-inflammatory and Gabapentin for nerve pain. He was on Gabapentin 5 days before his surgery in order to build up his system with it slowly. it is one of those drugs that you need to ween off slowly, depending on your dose. 

My Dad had his leg amputated and he was in hospital on MAJOR pain medications for a few days!!! I don’t understand why some vets figure that our pets don’t feel pain like we do… i believe they do wholly, it’s just that they instinctually hide it better than we do!!! Of course their threshold is higher than ours, but pain is pain after such major surgery!! 

Here is a hooman discussion about phantom limb pain that Stewie started with a hooman friend of his who had her leg amputated due to bone cancer…

http://tripawds…..t-of-view/

They are spoiling me rotten.  I got a blueberry muffin on the long ride home, and later in the the day mom spoonfed me my raw beef and bones mix with a fried egg and cottage cheese.  Nom!

Ooooh Miss Kitty… Blueberry Muffins and spoon feeding…. you are one luck girl!!!!

The biggest challenge right now are the mechanics of getting up on the bed which is about 20” tall.  So far Dad has lifted my 82 pounds (minus one stinky leg) up on the bed.  Any suggestions to allow me to do it myself will be most welcome!

Again, in my oppinion, i don’t think its a wise thing for Miss Kitty to be up on anything right now. With major surgery like this every ounce of healing time is critical. If Miss Kitty jumps off the bed and injures herself, it will be a huge set back for you both! Dog and cats for that matter forget that they only have 3 limbs now, Stewie proves that every time he still tries to pee like a fella and falls over every time!!! 

My suggestion would be to keep him on the floor for the next couple of weeks and allow the drugs to do their job and give Miss Kitty as much bed rest as you possibly can!!! Bed rest, bed rest and more bed rest… on top of everything else, like meds and food and potty breaks, but most importantly… tons of lovin’!!!

Adriana and Miss Kitty  

Keep rockin’ this recovery Miss Kitty, you’ll be back to your old ‘new’ self in no time at all!

Petra, Stewie and his restless Kittens

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misskittymom said

For pain, we only have Carprofen.  The vet tech said that they injected a long lasting painkiller directly into the surgical site.  Nothing stronger for pain as they say new research questions the effectiveness of opiods in dogs. Cross your fingers for me!

Hey Adriana, see if it was Nocita that they injected (“Nocita Controls Post-Op Dog Amputation Pain Without Pills”.) If so, that is a great, brand new pain relief drug, and would explain why you weren’t given a pill medication.

However, Nocita is only a three day pain relief drug, so Miss Kitty should have another rx fro something like Gabapentin and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Rimadyl to decrease inflammation when the Nocita wears off. 

As for the latest research on opioids, those studies are about Tramadol I believe, but not stronger opioids like Fentanyl, which are part of current AAHA Pain Management Guidelines

I’m super happy to hear Miss Kitty is doing so well! And yep, try to avoid any extra activity, which can cause fluid build up and an icky seroma

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Yes, I think she got Nocita.  I’ll be on the lookout for pain when it wears off. She’s on Rimadyl 2x a day and I have Gabbapentin, should she need it.  (For me, Gabbapentin was a lifesaver after 6 weeks of unrelenting nerve pain.)

We hit two milestones today:

1. My drain is out!  Yay!

2. I POOPED, woo hoo!

She’s eating pretty well, but is conning me into spoon feeding her.

Still working out a ramp or steps to get her p to our bed and into the car.  When stitches are all we’ll definitely go with a harness.  A friend is lending us a Help ‘em Up Harness to try out.

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YAAAAAAAAAY  FOR poopicon_png   We love celebrating  poopicon_png    😎   And drain is out too!!clap  WOOHOOOO!!

If being spoon fed helps her to eat and keep up her strength , that’s  just fine.

Sounds like she’s  handling  recovery like a champ.  I know you’re  keeping  good eye on managing  that pain once the injection wears off.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

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misskittymom said

We hit two milestones today:

1. My drain is out!  Yay!

2. I POOPED, woo hoo!

clapclapclapclapclap Drain out and Poop Day!!!! That deserves 5 out of 5 smileys!!!

She’s eating pretty well, but is conning me into spoon feeding her.

Good con Miss Kitty! If only i could do the same some days!!! Ha!  “…. Oh James…!!!” Stewie was spoon fed for a few days. He took full advantage of the pampering and i didn’t mind at all!

Still working out a ramp or steps to get her p to our bed and into the car.  When stitches are all we’ll definitely go with a harness.  A friend is lending us a Help ‘em Up Harness to try out.  

That’s brilliant that you have a friend who can lend you the harness, that will be a huge help!

All the very best in a continued successful recovery Miss Kitty, you’re doing great! You too Mum!

Petra, Stewie and his curious Kittens

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That is wonderful news!! Awww… she’s milking it by being spoon fed superstar How many opportunities does she get in a lifetime to have that luxury? laughing

No drain! Pooping! That is fantastic!

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OMD!!!  THE DANCIN6 BABY………no words for that😲😷

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misskittymom said
Yes, I think she got Nocita.  

I’m thrilled to read she received Nocita for post-op pain. Your vets rock! That’s a pretty new drug and one that works much better than the usual Tramadol dogs are sent home with. And so much easier on pet parents too. 

I suspect we will start seeing more long-term injectable post-op pain relief drugs like Nocita, which means that we as a community can no longer assume that just because a new member says they came home without pain pills, they weren’t given any post-op pain control for the Tripawd. Thanks for reminding us of that!

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