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3 January 2020
So Piper had her left foreleg amputation last Tuesday, so is almost a week post. She is doing amazingly well, and I’m so relieved. She came home with a HelpEmUp harness but really hasn’t needed to use it the last few days. She came home Wednesday afternoon and conked out, she was so exhausted from the ordeal, but so relaxed to be home. Our veterinary clinic is downstairs from our house, so our dogs of course go to work with us every day. She fell asleep in the office for a few hours, and I had to go upstairs to get dinner ready. I had a monitor camera on her so I could watch when she woke up and I could walk her up the side of the house to go in the back door. Well I guess it didn’t alert me for some reason and the next thing I know I look to my right and there is Piper having gone up the whole set of stairs by herself! (and it’s kind of steep AND curves halfway through). So since then she has also snuck DOWN the stairs by herself! So my question is why is it bad to let her navigate the stairs now – is it because she might lose her balance and fall? She seems incredibly steady. I feel like that could happen a month from now, or 3 months from now too. She’s eating great, doing her business outside, almost as if nothing ever happened. I do have to say, she seems a little depressed and maybe a little more distant, but from what I’ve read it can take a couple of weeks to get the “spark back”. She is on meloxicam, gabapentin, codeine and amantadine (the surgeon didn’t continue the amantadine, but I did – it’s not doing any harm and may be helping).
4 April 2019
Good going Piper!
I believe it is because you do not want Piper to do much activity i until the stiches. Just short potty breaks and sleep. Also, I’m sure she is on pain meds. Brownie did something similar. I walked him outside while I came back in the house to change his bed. I turned around and there he was watching me. I was like how in the heck did you do That?
I am sure others will chime in, but it is great Piper is doing so well!
Brownie had front leg amputation. He can climb upstairs, but he has fallen going down small steps. I believe rear leg amputees have issues going up, but can go down stairs fine.
Nice to hear from you and Piper!
18 October 2009
It takes as least 10 to 14 days for the outer incision and underlying tissues to heal- sometimes a little longer. One danger of Piper falling now is that it could cause damage to surgery site which would cause a setback in healing. And even the effort of going up or down stairs could pull a stitch.
Also what Nancy mentioned- we were told only short, leashed potty breaks for the first two weeks post op.
Piper will fall, all Tripawds do, it’s just the nature of life on three. It would be great if you can keep that first fall from happening until Piper is all healed up.
That being said- it sounds like she is doing well overall and that is great. What a recovery rock star!!!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls