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Preparation for Surgery. Post Amp Worries
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My 8 year old Greyhound Bynx, has just been diagnosed with Bone Cancer, affecting his left front leg, at the wrist.  He is the greatest dog in the world.  His disposition keeps me from knowing exactly how much pain he is actually in.  Without his limp, you could not even tell there is an issue, with the exception of the large growing/swelling “mass” on his leg.  He plays and as hard as I try to keep him from it, he still wants to run.

It is no doubt his lives for the day, as I worry about his future.  Is the pain I am about to put him through equal to or less than the pain he is experiencing now? Because there is no whimpering from this super-trooper at all. The limp is all I  know of his pain, and his eyes show relief when I massage the leg. 

I am not sure what I am looking for on this site, but whatever it is I know here I am not alone.

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Hi Bynx and family, welcome. You’re right, you are not alone. So many of us have been in your situation and understand your worries. 

Have you seen Jerry’s Required Reading List yet? Or the Tripawds e-books library? You’ll find tons of answers there and of course here in the Forums.

We have met many pawesome Tripawd Greys through the years and when I come back and not on my phone I will share some links about them.

For now, know that as hard as it is to give the go ahead to amputate, you are doing the kindest thing to help alleviate his pain. He will get his quality of life back and every day is icing on the cake after that.

Hang in there and stay tuned for more feedback from the community.

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Nope, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!  We understand  the kick in the cut when hearing the “diagnosis “.  We understand  the fear, the uncertainty, the stress, the worry.  We also understand  the depth of love you have for Bynx and your determination  to do everything  possible to give him extended quality  time.  Yeah, we understand like no others can!

Dogs are stoic and do a great job of hiding  their pain.  If they are limping, they are in pain.  If he is limping, he is also probably  subject to fracture due to the diseased bone.  The fact that you can see relief  in his eyes when you massage him is also an inxiication that he hurts.

Has your sweet pup been evaluated  by an Orthopedic  Surgeon?  Will the amputation  be done at a 24/7 staffed clinic?  

Sure, amputation  is MAJOR surgery and recovery  is no picnic fot a couple of weeks.  Your Surgeon will provide a good paun management  protocol  to help him through the rough parts.  Generally, recovery  is approximately  two weeks.  It’s  all about rest and short potty breaks during this time.  Generally, dogs are off pain meds or at a reduced amount anywhere from ten to 21 days.  Every dog is diff.  Every recovery  is different. 

You’ll want to get non slip scatter rubs for traction if you have  hardwood flooring.   Raised bowls help too so any strain can be relieved. 

Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are here by your side to support uoj thrpugh rhe recovery  and on to a pain free quaility lofe!    Bynx will be chasing bunnies in no time!

Greys are such Greyt dogs!!  And we so have Greyhound members  here who have mastered being a tripawd like Olympian Champions😎   And they are  Greyt st Being More Dog, just like your Bynx.  Live jn the now with no worries about the tomorrows.

Let us know what questions you jave snd jow we can best support you.  And we’d love to hear more about Bynx and see ,pictures 


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