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We received this email from Kim today, and she wants to know:
wondering if anyone has the problem with their 3-legged occasionally
yelping out. Americas does this maybe a couple times a day, and can
just be laying there.It is always just a quick, short yelp. I’m sure
this is related to her amputation, but she checks out fine at the vets.
We did a story about Phantom Limb Pain earlier, you may want to check it out. Anyone else have any ideas?
22 February 2008
My 10-year-old Rottie, Presley, sometimes yelps when she gets up or lies down. Her left front leg was amputated almost 5 months ago. Overall she has been doing very well but the vocalizations are quite puzzling.
At first I thought she was in pain, but a couple times after she’d yelp, not even two minutes later, she’d run full speed after a ball or wrestle with her sisters.
Presley also moans A LOT at night. Some nights she keeps me up for hours with her moaning, groaning and whining. I usually get out of bed to console her by talking to her and petting her until she falls asleep, but after a little while, she’s back at it.
When she seems uncomfortable, I massage her gently to relax her. She really enjoys it and she’ll usually fall asleep. Maybe when she moans in the middle of the night she’s just trying to get my attention so that I’ll massage her. I know that’s what I’d do!
In fact, I can hear her moaning now from the other room.
Good luck with your tripawd!
Hmmmm, maybe she just knows how much you love her and that you’ll keep getting up if she whines like a little puppy? Maybe she’s got you trained! Just something to consider.
If you do think it really is pain, what about seeing an actupuncturist?
21 March 2008
Buster my pug is 2 wks post amputation and he’s been yelping a lot out of the blue too. Hes very jumpy and yelps if i just graze his back lightly..I didn’t even hardly touch him. He’s just hyper-sensitive, and anticipating pain probably. I thought he’d be ok after that tight pressure bandage came off yesterday and the stitches came out but he yelped this morning.
Micki, try Calpurnia’s tips, her Mom wrote an article about Phantom Limb Pain. It’s in our Resources section, the last article under "General Information about Dog Cancer."
I hope this helps.