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My sweet Sophie is having her right front leg amputated tomorrow. She’s a 10-year-old terrier mix, and a month or so ago I found a lump hiding under the fur on her leg. It’s a soft tissue mass, but wrapped around the leg in such a way that the vet says the tumor can’t be removed without taking the leg. I feel awful, and wonder if the leg could have been saved if I had noticed it sooner. But the tumor is right where there’s a bulge of muscle in the upper leg, and besides, all her life she has disliked being touched or petted on any part of her legs or feet. 

The vet thinks that the cancer is just in that leg, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that amputation solves the problem. But this evening, all of the “what-ifs” are running through my head. Is there anything I should know? Anything to ask or tell the vet? (I have their pre-surgery instructions, of course.) 

Please be thinking of us tomorrow.

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foggidawn said
…all of the “what-ifs” are running through my head. Is there anything I should know? Anything to ask or tell the vet?

1. Forget what and tell if to take a hike!

2. You have come to the right place for answers to all common questions. Please start here for help navigating the MANY helpful resources this community has to offer. Bookmark Jerry’s Required Reading List , read the FAQs, search the forums and blogs with specific questions, or download the Tripawds e-books for fast answers to common concerns.

3. See: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats (Part 1) And: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats (Part 2) And: Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist And many more in the Tripawds News blog , or search all blogs here .

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foggidawn said
…all of the “what-ifs” are running through my head. Is there anything I should know? Anything to ask or tell the vet?

1. Forget what and tell if to take a hike!

YEAH!! YOU TELL ‘EM ADMIN GUY!!!

And the Admin Guy gave you great links to check out. 

We all under the second guessing,  and worry and uncertainty.  So STAY CONNECTED  to us!  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

Is Sophie staying  at a staffed overnight clinic?  

The Surgeon  will send off for a pathologist  report and then you can decide  what, if any, future treatment  is required.

Recovery is no picnic for about two weeks.  Itmis MAJOR surgery and she needs to get lots of rest and very short potty breaks and then more resr.  Keeping  the pain meds consistent is  important.  The Cet will most like send you home with Tramadol,  Gabapentin,  Rimadyl  and an antibiotic.  Sometimes  there a bit of a crash around day three because  the  hospital pain meds are  out of their system. 

She may not feel much like eat for a  few days and she may not poop for a few days.  All normal.   Drinking  and peeing are important  though.

If you have hardwood floors, you’ll want nonslip  scatter rugs for traction .  And you’ll  want to keep lots of chocolate  in hand for you!!! It helps!😀😀

Update us when surgery is over,, okay?  And let us know what questions  you may have  And remember,  we are all right by your side the whole way, okay?  Were all cheering for the adorable  Sophie!  And we can wait to see more pictures!

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Thanks. I dropped her off at the vet this morning, and the list gave me lots of good questions to ask.

Yes, she’s staying overnight; I’ll pick her up tomorrow afternoon.  In the meantime, I’m getting everything set up for her return, including heading to the grocery store for some tasty treats for both of us.

I have mostly carpeted floors; we’ll see how she does with the linoleum in the kitchen. I’ll get some rugs or foam tiles if she struggles with it, but it’s got a bit of texture, so she may be all right. And she doesn’t spend a lot of time in there, really.

Waiting for the call now to say that she is out of surgery…

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We are sending all our love for an uneventful surgery that will get rid of the cancer! Keep us posted.

Yes, sometimes linoleum is OK so you never know. 

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Welcome.

Keep yourself busy today- waiting to hear is sooooooo hard!

And she doesn’t spend a lot of time in there

She doesn’t hang in the kitchen? My dogs think the kitchen is the source of most all good things in their lives big-grin

My rear amp Tripawds have done fine on tile floors, I’m not sure about linoleum.  We only had a small room with linoleum when my first Pug Maggie became a Tripawd and she refused to walk on it with four legs, something about her depth perception, so the small area she had to traverse to get outside was always covered with a rug.

Sending strong. positive thoughts for a successful surgery!

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Hah! She likes to watch me cook from a safe distance, then slip in to get any goodies that I might have dropped when I step away! Before I got her, I had been used to dogs who like to be underfoot in the kitchen, but she’s always been skittish.  I’m not sure if it was some trauma in her early months (I got her from the animal shelter at ~5months; all they knew about her was that she had been found on the side of the highway) or just her personality, but she’s got some quirks, and hanging back from all of the clatter and unexpected movements involved in cooking is one of them.

I got the call from the vet a little while ago — she is done with surgery and it went well. The vet suggested that I take her home this evening, so that’s the current plan. I’ll sure be glad to have her with me.

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So, it’s been quite an evening. When I went to pick her up at 6, the vet tech said the vet wanted to keep her overnight. Apparently she doesn’t tolerate pain as well as some other dogs. They’ve been giving her opiates today, which work well but wear off quickly, they said, and also some other longer-lasting painkiller. I left her there, but called the vet, who was out of the clinic at the time. He said he’d be checking on her at 8pm, and would call me then.

Here’s the thing: I had gotten the mistaken impression that the clinic was staffed overnight. It’s not, and the nearest 24-hour clinic is over an hour away. So, at the 8pm check-in, I said that I wasn’t comfortable with her being alone in the clinic, so he said I could bring her home. There was a bit of yipping and yelping as I got her situated, but she’s in her crate here beside me now, sleeping. I’m hoping she sleeps through the night, but I have Tramadol that I can give her after midnight if she wakes up. I’m sleeping on an air mattress right beside her. We’re going to get through this, I keep telling myself.

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You will get through!

Coming home the day of surgery is harder- but in my opinion you absolutely did the right thing since the clinic isn’t staffed 24/7.  I wouldn’t leave my dogs unattended after a major surgery!

The long lasting meds they gave her should get you though the night, but be prepared for some restlessness and maybe some vocalization.  Did they tell you what med they gave her?

What other meds besides Tramadol did she come home with?  Most here come home with Tramadol, Gabapentin, and an anti-infammatory.  But that does not take into account whatever the long lasting med they gave her is.

Hopefully you will have a restful night- don’t be shy about calling the vet in the morning if your not sure about the meds or if you think she needs more.

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Thanks. We’ll be seeing the vet again in the morning, first thing if she is in pain, a little later otherwise. She’s had a few instances so far of vocalizing and restlessness, but otherwise is staying pretty still. I’ve gotten her to take a few sips of water. Hoping we can settle in and get some sleep. 

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Alright! Surgery  is done and she is home!!!

Absolutely  you did the right thing  by bringing  her home, although  it will probably  be along night for you!!!  Seeing a dog shake off the anesthesia is not pretty.  She’s  very drugged (hopefully) and very confused.  

The next several days and nights may be rough.  Getting  the pain doses right takes some tweaking. 

And yes, do check with the Bet about the Gaba9 Karen mentioned, as well as an anti iinflmmatory and antibiotic.

Were here with for you.  TRY and grab a few zzzz’s when uou can.  Update as you can.

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I do have an anti inflammatory and an antibiotic to start tomorrow, as well as the Tramadol. Don’t have the bottles in front of me (they’re wayyy over on the table, and I don’t want to disturb the sleeping dog), so I’ll get the names later. Will have to ask about the Gabapentin tomorrow, as he didn’t give us any of that.

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Oh good.  The anti inflm may be Rimadyl  or Metacam.  And for goodness  sakes, if she’s  sleeping, that’s  great!  Hoping for a peaceful night for you both!

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Last night was rough, but she is doing so much better this morning.

Neither of us go much sleep, I don’t think. She had several instances of vocalizing and thrashing, so I gave her a Tramadol after midnight. I was glad I had brought her home so I could give her that dose and comfort her. At one point she inched up onto the air mattress with me and put her head on my shoulder. 

This morning, with no encouragement or coaxing from me, she got up and started walking. She seems to have gotten the hang of it more quickly than I expected. We went to see the vet; he took the bandage off and said the incision looks great. He says the cancer should be gone. They’ll want to keep an eye on her lymph nodes at future checkups, but there was no swelling or anything to indicate trouble at the time of the surgery.

She’s drinking water (peed all over the vet’s office, unfortunately— I couldn’t get her to do it outside this morning, so when the vet went to pick her up and put her on the table, she really let loose!) and eating some, though she’s being a little picky about it. She’s very fond of peanut butter, so that’s how I’ve been giving her pills, and I got some hot dogs in case she gets tired of the peanut butter. Speaking of pills, the anti-inflammatory is Novox and the antibiotic is Clavamox. I forgot to ask about the Gabapentin, but will call the vet if the Tramadol doesn’t seem to be doing the job.

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(Lest I make it sound like we are overdoing it, I wanted to mention that we’re both settling in for a mid-morning nap, and I’m keeping an eye on her activity level.)

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