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20 January 2022 - 2:40 pm
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Hi,

We have a 5 year old Cane Corso cross named Furphy who just had his front leg removed on the 18/1 due to osteosarcoma. We got him home yesterday on the 20/1. I think he is doing well, he does keep wanting to sleep on the incision side which worries me but he seems comfortable so I hope it’s ok. 

We are trying to stay positive and happy for him but it is definitely hard to see him this way and hear him yelping. 

looking forward to seeing everyone’s story and reading how to deal with it all. Thanks. 

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20 January 2022 - 4:07 pm
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Hi Furphy and furmily, welcome! Your future posts won't need approval so post away.

How big of a Corso is he? They are such handsome doggies. I'm sorry you got the osteosarcoma diagnosis. Rest assured that you made a good decision to get rid of the pain. Now, after recovery is over, every day is icing on the cake! He will show you how strong and even more pawesome he really is!

It's actually a good sign that he wants to sleep on the incision. That means he's feeling good!  What kind of pain management is he on? What kind, how much and how often? 

I know the first few days are full of emotion and worry, but it sounds like you've got this. I can hear pawsitivity in your writing voice! 

Let us know how we can help OK? Be sure to check out our What to Expect articles , and Jerry's Required Reading List is good too. Keep us posted!

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20 January 2022 - 4:38 pm
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Thankyou so much for the feedback! 

He is 54kg and quite lean which we are very happy with through this. For pain they have him on Gabapentin 3x daily, metacam and he gets his fentanyl patch off tonight. They also have him on Trazodone to make sure he’s calm and relaxed. 

im starting to read through all you forums and blogs now. Thanks again for the support it’s definitely nice hearing from people who understand. 

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21 January 2022 - 7:44 am
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Hi there

Last March, my 15yr old lab/rottie had her front leg removed due to osteo. Not sure if you have already seen it by I have documented her recovery via https://tripawd.....on-update/, hope it helps some.

Wishing you and your pup a speedy recovery!

Virginia




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21 January 2022 - 9:49 am
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Sounds like good pain management and recovery is going well.

  And yeah, no worries about laying in the incision side.  That's  really quite a good indication  it's not painful.  Now it may be that once the pain patch is off and you take him off the sedative, he may not 2ant to lay on it as mich for a little bit. Of course, speak with your Bet but unless Furphy is being overly anxious and stressed, you may not need to sedate him.

We know you have to be exhausted  mentally and physically getting to this poi t.  We always say our dogs and cats handle this better than we hoomans.  Just remember  recovery doesn't  last furever!  It generally....generally...takes about two weeks to recover from the actual surgery and about one month to adjust to the tripawd gait,  maintain balance, good flow, etc.  Oh, and you've probably already seen this tip, but ofnyou have hardwood floors you'll want nonslip scatter rugs for traction

Keep us post and try and get some rest!

And yes, we would looooove to see pictures of your handsome Furphy!!  Here's a link to help post pictures.  adding images

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. Yes, do read Mojo's journey and get ready to be amazed and inspired!!!👏😎

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!

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21 January 2022 - 6:10 pm
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Thanks so much for all the kind and helpful words! 

I will organise to get some progress pics up of Furphy and his journey. Today has been a good day, he’s lifting himself up and walking well for a short time in the yard. 

just waiting for him to go number 2 now haha. He’s be going number 1 freely but waiting on that all important bowel movement. I think that will make him feel so much better. 

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21 January 2022 - 9:40 pm
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Aww I'm thrilled he is doing well! His lean physique will be such an advantage as time goes on.

And don't worry. Poop eventually happens and yeah he will feel better! So will you! Keep us posted.

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23 January 2022 - 5:40 pm
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Hi! So just a little update. Furphy is doing well, he is getting up by himself now with no assistance and he is able to get himself in yard to do his business. No poop yet but we’ll keep waiting it’s not far away! Hahaha 

But we just make sure he’s only up for a short amount of time so he doesn’t over exert. But really happy with his progress, it’s not easy but we are all getting there slowly. 

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23 January 2022 - 6:12 pm
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YAY FURPHY!!!!  👏👏 This makes me so happu to read this update!  

Slow and easy is the name of the game right now.  Firphy is do things his way at his own pace.

You may try some NATURAL pumpkin (no spices, etc) to help "move things along".  It boggles my mind that it's good for constipation,  as well as diarrhea!  I'll never figure that one out.  Anyway, you can give it a try.

Hugs

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!

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24 January 2022 - 10:44 am
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Aww what a great pupdate! Thank you for sharing. I hope poopiconhappened by now but if not don't panic. Some dogs just need more time. 

I have to ask, how did Furphy get his name? It's adorable.

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24 January 2022 - 8:25 pm
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Hi All!

Furphy finally poopiconpoopicon today! We were so relieved and happy. He's eaten a bit more today which is nice to see. He's been having little cries today here and there but I think that may just be the pain killers as it's more of a whimper than any pain indication.

We rescued Furphy when he was 9months old and they had already named him Furphy but as it was already my favourite beer we knew it was meant to be hahaha.

We got the confirmation today that is it Osteosarcoma so we are taking him in for a check up on Friday and will discuss the chemo options going forward and hopefully be able to give him a really happy year or 2 or even more if we are lucky, it hasn't spread anywhere they can see yet so hopefully getting this early will help.

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24 January 2022 - 8:45 pm
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Wooohoo! Yay for poopicon! Isn't it a relief for everypawdy?

Woah that's a great story about his name. Favorite beer = favorite dog. It was definitely meant to be. I didn't realize there is a beer called Furphy. Looks tasty! I'll have to look for it here in the States.

Sorry to hear it's ostesarcoma. Yep, catching it early is great. At least you know what it is now, and can come up with a plan on what next, if anything. Let us know how the vet visit goes. 

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