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One Week Since Libby's Surgery.....
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.....and she's doing so well!  As someone else here said recently...what a difference a week makes.  

Every day she has done at least one thing that was routine to her before the amputation.  Today, she jumped up on the couch!  Holy cow!  The other night I saw her run for the first time.  Her appetite is good, her "innerds" are working just as they did before.

She is down to taking just the Rimadyl now.  I thought it might be too early but the surgeon had no problem with it.  She seems to be fine without it.  

If I had to think of anything on the down side I would have to say she isn't interested in playing yet. One night she picked up her ball when daddy called her outside but she didn't play with it.  She just doesn't seem too interested.  She used to love to roll in the snow and the first time she tried, she yelped because she went down on the incision.  I'm sure she will learn a new normal way of doing that once it's healed.  She still hasn't stopped licking her front leg where the IV was.

All in all we are very pleased with her progress.  No biopsy results yet, but I've started changing over her diet and doing a lot of reading and information gathering from all you experienced pawrents!

She continues to amaze us every day! She looks like she's going hunting in this pic but my hubby sacrificed his t-shirt for her :)  Oops...didn't mean to post it twice.

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Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14



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7 February 2013 - 7:32 pm
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Its great to see good reports.  I am so glad she is doing really well.  :)   Great job Libby.  Keep up the good work.

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What a beauty Libby is.  So glad to hear she is getting back to her routine.  Each day now will get better and better.  Libby is still building up her confidence.  Once she gets that back, there will be no stopping her.  Way to go Libby, keep up the good work!

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Thank you for the encouragement, ladies.  I think you're right, she needs to build her confidence.  

She's my rock star! :)

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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It's OK you posted her pic 2x, it's twice as nice to see her having fun!

This is a fantastic update. She WILL get that sparkle back soon, just wait till next week brings.

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WAY TO GO LIBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wait til your mama sees what a difference TWO WEEKS makes!!!!!!!!

 

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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You are looking great, Libby!  Keep it up, girl.  Jackson sorta picked up his ball 1 week post-op, but dropped it shortly after.  That was a new ball too!  At around 2 weeks, he was playing, still not much, but the most he'd played in about a month.  Then about 3.5 weeks post-op, he went for tug 'o war and was successful.  He'd tried tug o war before, but couldn't do it.  I'd say now that we're 6 weeks post-op (holy cow, that's TODAY!), he's going for all his toys.  The two week mark was really magical.  You'll see.  And you'll certainly see w/o extra drugs on board.  I'm SO glad her pain management was so smooth.  YEY!  Have a great weekend, Libby - I hear you're getting some special items today....big-blinkclap

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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jerry said
It's OK you posted her pic 2x, it's twice as nice to see her having fun!

This is a fantastic update. She WILL get that sparkle back soon, just wait till next week brings.

Congrats! Let us know what kind of questions you have OK?

Thanks, jerry.  We are taking the weekend to get our thoughts together for our appointment next week.  We should have biopsy results by then and be able to formulate a plan.  I'm sure I'm going to have questions to bounce around here so I'll be well prepared for next week. :)

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WAY TO GO LIBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wait til your mama sees what a difference TWO WEEKS makes!!!!!!!!

Libby thanks you for cheering her on!  🙂

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You are looking great, Libby!  Keep it up, girl.  Jackson sorta picked up his ball 1 week post-op, but dropped it shortly after.  That was a new ball too!  At around 2 weeks, he was playing, still not much, but the most he'd played in about a month.  Then about 3.5 weeks post-op, he went for tug 'o war and was successful.  He'd tried tug o war before, but couldn't do it.  I'd say now that we're 6 weeks post-op (holy cow, that's TODAY!), he's going for all his toys.  The two week mark was really magical.  You'll see.  And you'll certainly see w/o extra drugs on board.  I'm SO glad her pain management was so smooth.  YEY!  Have a great weekend, Libby - I hear you're getting some special items today....big-blinkclap

Thank you for that time line, that really helps.  It gives me an idea of what to expect.  One of her favorite people (my sister) will be here shortly and I know that will get her tail a waggin' :)  Jackson was playing tug o war....cool!  I'm looking forward to the magical 2nd week :)

 

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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Glad to hear Libby is doing so well!  Dont worry, she'll play again soon!  Each dog is different; some bounce right back into action, while others take a little time.  My Max wasn't really back to "normal" until about 4 - 5 weeks after surgery.  After that, you'd never know what he'd been through (other than the fact he only had three legs!).  Tell Libby she's got the entire Tripawds Nation rooting her on!!

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Thank you!  I'll pass it along to Libby :)  She got a new toy and was excited at first but now it just sits there.  That's ok.  It's still early in her recovery.  Patience, Amy, patience :)

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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I'm late but happy one week!

My little pug Maggie was one of the stubborn ones- she didn't play with me for about 6 weeks.  I was sure I had done the wrong thing for her!  But when I thought about it I realized that Maggie was just not an adaptable pug, and very obstinate when things changed.  She was a rear amp who was easily discouraged.  At first when she fell I really had to coax her to try again.  Eventually she developed a move where she would intentionally fall into a sit position to change directions! 

Maggie came around and was her happy, playful and always obstinate self for almost 4 years (mast cell cancer), Libby will get there too!

 

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Thanks Karen!  Libby is also stubborn and is used a routine.  She's a little discombobulated I think.  I just have to be patient.  Thank you for your input!

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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Sounds like she's doing very well for just a week out. I forget exactly when Abby's playful personality came back, but it was somewhere around the 12 day mark.

She'll get there soon. She will continue to amaze and inspire you!
Keep up the good work, Libby!
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Yay!  So glad Libby is doing well.  A week really does make a difference and she will continue to do more and more of the things that she used to do.  For Bailey, she started playing with her toys and with us again after about 2.5 weeks.  She decided when she was ready, and I am sure Libby will do the same.  So glad things are doing well!  big-grin

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Thank you Jackie and Bailey!  She continues to amaze me.  Today she wanted to go in the park (it's behind our house)! It was so great.  I saw some of that spark come back.  We only went a little way but we'll go back again later today.  I can't wait!  Thanks again for all the kind words. 

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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