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4 January 2018
Just wanted to chime in and say its hreat that Poppy is doing so well. My Abby was a front amputee in January and even as a nurse and former vet tech is was hard. I wanted to be there every time she struggled to help her but my mom reminded me that it is like letting your kids learn to walk. Sometimes you just have to let them fall. They will figure it out. My Abby does great now. I too bought carpet tiles and she walks off them when it pleases her. I dont let her do steps. My dad bulit ramps to go upstairs and to go outside off the deck. Abby is 11 and i just didnt think she would be able to master the steps. My stairs are wood and honestly sometimes i slip on them. Haha. I agree that pain management is still key at this point. How many days post op is she? After the intial healing period I still gave Abby the tramadol at night. She would be active during the day and then feel the pain at night from her active day. It also helps them het a comfortable nights sleep. Just remember that tramadol can be constipating so fiber is key. Canned pumpkin works great. I continued the gabapentin and still give it to her at night now. I dont know if she has phantom pains nut gabapentin does not have very serious side effects so i figure its not really hurting her. It is normal for the incision to be itchy. Once the staples come pit you can put some unscented lotion or aloe vera or coconut oil on it. It will also itch as the fur grows back in. Abby used to lay on the carpet and twist and turn to itch. Lol. Some dogs lay on their incisions and others dont. Did they remove her shoulder blade as well? Abby had to wait two days after her humerus break to have her surgery (damn nor eastern snow storm) and she would lay on the broken arm. I think the pressure made it feel better. Even now she lays on that side sometimes. Keep an eye on Poppy’s good elbow. She will balance more on her good leg now when she is laying down and since she is young and has not developed a callus there she may develop some swelling or even something called a seroma there. Older dogs have a callus that naturally develops on the elbows. Make sure she has nice cushioned placed to lay. Also invest in a raised food and water bowl. It will be harder for her to bend down to eat and drink. Since she is growing you will probably have to get a few different sizes. I used metal potted plant holders and dog bowls. The plant holders come in lots of different sizes and heights and you can get them on amazon for around $10. I cant think of any other tips i have learned along the way. It is all trial and error and seeing what works for your dog. I am adopting an 8 month old pit/lab front tripawd in a few weeks so i will have to go thru the learning curve all over again. And dont forget to do what jerry says “Be More Dog ”
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