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21 September 2018 - 9:36 am
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I’m just now catching up and am happy to hear things are on the upswing. Good for you for advocating to bring her home last night. A clinic should always disclose they don’t have 24/7 care in a situation like this. In New Jersey, it’s now a law that they must. So I’m thrilled she wasn’t alone.

As the day goes on, do keep an eye on her pain levels. Tramadol is one of the weaker opioids and bare minimum painkiller for any surgery. Most dogs are more comfortable with additional medication like Gabapentin, a Fentanyl patch and sometimes Amantadine. Since it’s Friday, you’ll want to make sure she has what she needs through the weekend to avoid an emergency visit. Good luck and keep us posted OK?

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YAAAAAAAAY FOR  PEE!!!! Doesn’t  matter where, just as long as she is peeing!

YAAAAAAAAY FOR  BEING MOBILE!!!!

And yes, ditto Jerry about good supply of pain meds.  And the Novox and Rimadyl,  all basically  the same, just with different  names.

You are doing such a good job of staying  on top of things.  The rough part is still not over, but you’ll get through it and onto better days soon!!  I don’t  think I got more than a total of five hours sleep the first three days/nights my Happy Hannah first came home…..and that was after spending  one night at the clinic!

Would, love yo see sone pictures of rhis cutie pie! Her avatar  is so darn cute!

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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 September 2018 - 3:40 pm
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Thanks! What’s the best way to go about adding photos here? 

She’s still doing well, eating and drinking and getting around, not showing much pain except sometimes when I pick her up to go up and down the steps to get outside. And since the flood at the vet this morning, she has peed outside twice, so I am pleased with her progress in that regard! For now, the meds seem to be working to keep the pain down. Her vet is on call this weekend and I have his cell phone number, which eases my mind a bit.

We both slept for a solid three hours after our excursion to the vet this morning, and have been enjoying a lazy day all afternoon, too. We’ll see how tonight goes.

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21 September 2018 - 5:11 pm
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What’s the best way to go about adding photos here?

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Let me give this a try, then. Here’s Sophie on the way to surgery. You’ll notice that both legs had already been shaved a little bit from the surgical biopsy the previous week.

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And here’s Sophie in the early hours of this morning, still wearing the bandage and wrap from the vet:

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I’ll try to get a picture of her without the bandage and looking more perky soon. 

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Awww yay you did it! Thanks for trying, she is adorable even with the bandage. Stay strong, she will get that perk back before you know it!

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21 September 2018 - 10:19 pm
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She sounds like she is doing well so far!

Thanks for sharing pics too, around here there is no such thing as too many pictures.

It’s great that your vet is on call over the weekend- hopefully you won’t need to call but nice to know he is there if needed.

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Good morning! We had a much better night last night than the night before, in that both of us got some actual sleep. There were a couple of small yelps, but none of the louder and more agonized-sounding ones like from the previous night. I gave her a dose of Tramadol around 4am; I think she thought she was having a really good dream at first, as I don’t usually bring her chunks of hot dog in the middle of the night! 😉

She has a small seroma which doesn’t seem to be leaking much at all, and some bruising. I talked to the vet about it yesterday before the clinic closed, and he said that her body should reabsorb the fluid, so no need to bring her in.

She’s a little more enthusiastic about eating today, partly because I’m mixing some wet food in with her normal dry food, not to mention those tasty, tasty (pill-filled) treats of hot dog bites or peanut butter. She’s not at all pleased about being taken outside to do her business, and I’m wondering if that’s because she’s nervous about walking on the grass, or if it’s because she’s feeling some pain. 

At the moment, she is snoozing and working on healing. She’s shown no inclination to bother or lick her incision so far, though I suspect that stage may come when the wound starts to itch as it heals.

Here’s a picture of her, napping next to her toy basket: 

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OMD!!!  CUTENESS ALERT!!!!😁😁😁      SHE IS SO DARN ADORABLE!!!😀

You are doing an excellent  job of caring for her and watching  over her.  Continue  to keep her pain meds in her system  on a consistent  basis.  Movement as she goes outside to pee could be painful for her.

Yeah, the fluids should soon be reabsorbed so she won’t  have that seroma puffy area.

Hahaha…love that she thinks she’s  dreaming when she gets hot dog treats in the middle of the night

Hang in there!  You’re  doing great!!

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Update: first post-surgery poo happened this morning! She’s still not a big fan of being taken outside to do her business, and gives me many reproachful looks when I encourage her to tinkle, but she gets it done eventually.

She’s still happy to eat the wet food when I put it in her bowl, but she’s a bit picky (or maybe suspicious!) about other food. She got some ice cream as a special treat, which she ate enthusiastically, but turned up her nose at a bite of hamburger. (Probably because her tummy was full of ice cream.) I’ve never known her to turn down any kind of meat in the past. I’m thinking the antibiotic may be upsetting her stomach, but it’s also possible that she thinks things I give her all too often have pills in them.

Right now, she’s being snuggly and napping beside me. heart

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I’m just catching up on the posts about your Sally too. It sounds like she’s doing really well and what an amazing job you’re doing! She’s so lucky to have you by her side. Keep us posted as to her progress !

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p.s. Sally did I mention that your posts always make me smile?

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Good girl Sophie! Keep eating and getting stronger!

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And we have poopicon_pngpoopicon_png😎😎

And YAY for eating …well…some….even if it is just ice cream🍨🍧🍨🍧🍨

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

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This morning, Sophie was a little more tired and a little more picky about eating. I was concerned that maybe we overdid it yesterday (we took a car ride to get the ice cream, and later a friend came over to watch a movie), but who knows? It could also be the weather, or the balance of medications in her system.

The excellent news today is that my mother is here for a little while to help, since I have to go back to work. She brought her own tripawd dog, Sasha, who lost her right front leg a little over a year ago (she was running downhill, stepped in a hole, hit a post, and broke her leg in multiple places). I will try to get a picture of the two of them together while they are here. Sasha is a complete goofball, and this whole process has been just a little easier on me, having seen her recovery. And it’s much easier to get Sophie to do her business and eat her food when there’s another dog around doing the same things.

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Update: Happily, nothing much to report! We’re getting to the stage of recovery where I have to hold her back from some things that she thinks she should be able to do at will (such as going up and down the stairs). She’s still resting plenty, and I’ve started stepping down the pain meds just a bit.

As I mentioned, my mother and her tripawd Sasha are here to help keep an eye on Sophie for a few days. I haven’t gotten a good picture of the two girls together yet, but here’s Sasha:

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She is looking very wise and serious in this picture, but I assure you, it is all an act! She’s a dopey, affectionate goofball.

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