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Tule is a 9 yo Black lab. He is in surgery now having front right leg removed due to fibro sarcoma (sp?).
I heard about this site and hope I can find tips on how to handle his recovery etc. Waiting now for a post OP call from the vet.
I’m told we will bring him home tomorrow.
We have hardwood floors so purchased some non slip hall runners and rug. Have portable wire cage thing to set up. It seems a kennel would be difficult for him to get up and down for a while.
Open to any tip or advise for tomorrow.
Hi Mike, welcome to you and Tule. Your future posts will not have to wait for approval.
First off- you might want to look through the Reading List, lots of info there from this site on what to expect with amputation and recovery.
You are on the right track with the rugs and gates. A smallish room with good traction and no furniture or stairs he can jump on would be a good recovery room.
You might also want to look at our gallery so you are prepared for what Tule will look like when you pick him up. Scroll down to the Surgery and Treatment Pics. It can be shocking at first and you will want to stay strong for Tule so he will know everything is OK.
Know what pain meds he will come home with and the dosing schedule. Staying ahead of pain is really important to make Tule as comfortable as possible during his recovery.
It’s not uncommon for pups to not have an apatite at first so you might have to have a variety of tasty foods available.
Let us know how surgery goes and when you get him home.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
I thought you might be on the west coast based on the time Tule was/is in surgery.
We have a Nor Cal Tripawd group who gets together a couple times a year (when we’re not dodging power outages, fires and bad air quality).
Let me know if I can do anything to help!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
22 February 2013
Just checking in to see how your boy is doing. I know the first couple of days can be rough, and sometimes the roughness can last for a week or two. So let us know if you have any questions or how we can help.
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!
15 November 2019
Hope Tule is resting well. We are just a week out from surgery and those first few days can seem pretty slow going, but it is amazing how fast they heal. We are keeping Eva in a pretty small place and did what you did with the hardwoods, runner carpets everywhere especially to the doors . We have found that the first few days are lots of sleeping and trying to stay comfortable, but us keeping positive really has helped our Eva. Eva also started chemo right way and so eating was my biggest concern. As Karen said, we just spoil her with anything she will eat. Sometimes she loved chicken and other times it turned her stomach. So patience on the food. It sometimes takes all day with a bit here or there of 5 different things, but lots of love and rest makes a difference. We also have found that feeding on a plate or out of our hand seems to help. We also have found that her pain meds impact her appetite so we have learned when to try to feed her based on when she last got her meds. for her, it was about 3-4 hours after her meds that she was most alert and hungry. We also got a smaller water bowl that we could hold and fit in her cone helped her drink more since she didn’t always have to move to the water bowl.
Each days gets better and little more personality comes back. One other thing that we did that seemed to help when she had to go out to the bathroom after dark was a bright flashlight so that she could see in front of her seemed to help her.
Other than that, just lots of love and some binge watching movies so you all hang out together.
25 April 2007