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We are looking at a rear leg amputation shortly and I want to make sure I’m as prepared as possible to help Horace’s recovery. We both work full time but I’m planning to work from home for a little bit after the op as I don’t want to leave him alone – how long should I be planning to stay at home with him if things are free from complications? What things are absolute musts that have helped those of you who have been through this? I just got a raised food/water stand today and a new thicker dog bed. I’m planning on making a sling from a tote bag. To make things more complicated we are moving home on the weekend, the new house is hardwood throughout so I bought some small rugs and will make paths with them. What am I missing for comfort and what medical supplies might I need?

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I’d say you are doing a great job making preparations. Of COURSE this all happened when you were moving right? I’m so sorry, talk about stress! Well if it would be easier maybe you can board him at the vet’s while you guys get the boxes put in place and stuff? If not, just do your best. The rugs and traction is key, so that’s a good place to start. You may also want to check out the Tripawds Recovery Shopping List and the What to Expect posts we did for immediately before and after surgery.

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Hey Jo and Horace 🌸🐾

You’ve got the main points covered but hey, moving house is a real challenge …

My girl was a front legger but for rear leggers others here got their pups to wear boxers (placing the tail through the fly) to protect the incision until stitches came out.

I agree with Rene, if you can leave Horace at the hospital whilst you’re moving it would be good and less stress for you!

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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