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Need advice on preparing for a new way of life for my pup
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Update  on Thunder post op day #4 right hind leg amputation.  After a few really tough days Thunder is doing well.  He’s older – will be 11 next month so that probably contributed to his slow recovery. Yesterday morning he finally got up on his own & has begun figuring things out. Made us so happy as we were thinking we had made a horrible mistake with this surgery. Still dealing with some anxiety, especially in the evening but we have trazadone for that. 

We did you start weaning meds? He’s on alternating doses of every 8 hours (so something every 4) of tramadol 150 mgs and gabapentin 300 Mgs. He cannot tolerate anti inflammatory meds. 

This community has been amazing for the support & advice y’all give!  Thank you

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YESSSS!!!! HAPPY DAYS!!!! big-grin This is the best news all day, thank you for taking time to update. I just got off the phone with someone who is so worried she made a mistake, just as you felt. It’s been 24 hours and her dog isn’t up and about yet, so she’s understandably worried. But when she, and others, see that yes, recovery DOES happen, well that is the best gift you can give someone ever. THANK YOU!

Thunder, you rock!

Most people start going off meds slowly when stitches come out. But all dogs are different so consult with your vet and then see how he does when you start gradually withdrawing them. Also remember not to stop Gabapentin completely, that one needs a gradual reduction. Your vet team can tell you more. 

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Just read your story, sorry I’m late for the pawty. Yay for Thunder!! Yay for all of you ❤️❤️

I’m so happy he’s recovering well, this is great news and early for his age. 

You already got spot on info so I’ll just join the cheerleading squad 😉👍

Keep doing what you’re doing, so happy for you!

Jackie and Huck ❤️


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So glad you are starting  to see Thunder getting up on his own!  Great news!!  Actualky, I wouldn’t  call where he is in his recovery  at this point “slow”.  He’s  really where a lot of dogs are at four days out!😎

The evening anxiety, are you able. to ,differentiate if it’s from  pain or from being anxious?  Just wondering  if he’s  showing signs of pain or if it is anxiety  related.  Actually, I guess if it only happens at night and not inbetween pain doses, iit is anxiety.   Never mind😆

Talk to your Vet, but you may be able to start weaning  him off the Traz before too long, or at least reduce it.  As Jerry said, many dogs stay on the pain meds at least til stitches  are out.   Some can reduce them a little bit before.   This can vary dog to dog.  My Happy Hannah needed some form of pain meds for three weeks.  Just has to see how he does as he gets closer to the two week mark.

Slowly but surely, Thunder is getting  through this recovery  phase like a Champ!


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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I am adding a link to your newest post so that everypawdy can follow along smiley



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