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19 October 2016 - 3:02 pm
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Hello everyone...my name is Cyndi and I just brought my dog, Spaz, home from the vet.  She had her right front leg amputated yesterday.  She is my 13 year old puppy.  The vet didn't send me home with any pain meds and periodically she just starts whimpering and whinning loudly when she shifts or tries to get up.  I do have Previcox here, Spaz prescribed, back from June (227mg 1/2 tab 1x day).  My husband also has a prescription for 50mg Tramadol HCL.  i have seen this discussion mention previcox, tramadol, or combination.  Any suggestions to help her with pain once I can get her to do more than drink water.  I was told I can still give her her 1/2 aspirin up to 3x day.

Thank you everyone for helping this over anxious momma

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Welcome and best wishes for Spaz!

Please seek a second opinion from a vet who is up to date on current pain management protocols. Do not consider feedback here a substitute for instructions from a veterinary professional. That being said:

1. Tripawds members with a "Veterinary Expert" badge under their name are vets or technicians.

2. Aspirin is not ideal and can cause complications in certain citcumstances

3. Many dogs do go home on Tramadol and some sort of NSAID (e.g.; Previcox) but the proper dosage is based on the dog's weight and some dogs have adverse reactions to certain NSAIDs.

Please ask your vet, or consider finding another vet.

FYI: We've moved your post here to its own topic where it will get the attention it deserves.

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19 October 2016 - 3:45 pm
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Hi Cyndi and Spaz ❤️🐶

My girl Eurydice also had her leg amputated but NO question she would be left with no pain meds 😳😳😳😳 !!! 

Seriously, this is a no brainer!!!

This is major surgery and it hurts like hell, you've got to get a serious vet to help you as soon as possible!

I totally agree with Jerry, even if all of us have personal experience and info concerning our babies, we are no vets and this is so serious you need a vet's advice at once. 

Please keep us updated, we are all here for you and Spaz 💖🐾🐾🐾🐶

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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19 October 2016 - 4:01 pm
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OMG ... no pain meds? Please call another vet! I don't mean to sound harsh but that is not enough painkillers for an amputation!!!

I love the name though! Looking forward to learning more about Spaz!

XO

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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19 October 2016 - 4:28 pm
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Not a vet and not giving vet advice! PLEASE swotch Vets immediately and get to a vet who will.prescribe Spaz some pain meds!!!

Is she by ANY chance at least on a pain patch??

You are so right to be questioning your Vet!!

We would love ro hear more about Spaz when you can catch your breath....reason for amputation, hiw much she weighs, and all about your sweet senior Spaz! But for now try and locate a Vet who is more up to date on treating pain.

Most dogs here come home eith Tramadol, Gabapentin and a drug in the Rimadyl family, as well as an antibiotic!

Once she gets her pain meds they do need ro be given with food.

You do want to make sure she pees, but pooping may not happen for a few days and that's okay. Drinking water is important...maybe add some chicken broth or tuna water...even aif scoop of ice cream to help entice her.

Just rest and potty breaks for now. If you jave hardwood floors, use some non slip scatter rugs for traction .

STAY CONNECTED!! You are not alone and we are here ro help anyway we can. Recovery can be rough for zvout two weeks, more or less. Try and get some rest when you can. It gets easier...but not at first!

Hugs!!

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

Again, not a vet, but would take aspirin out of the mix as soon as possible. Of course, with your Vet's approval.

Sooo glad you posted! We'll fill you in on more first hand experience information, but for now, let us know when you've found a Vet who will properly treat her pain!

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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19 October 2016 - 4:33 pm
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Cyndi - so sorry you and Spaz have not had perhaps the most forward thinking plan for pain management provided.  I am sure your vet means well - some are far more conservative toward pain meds than others.  But you have been given some excellent guidance here on what to ask and perhaps even who to ask; if your vet is resistant, you definitely need to pursue a second consult with someone who is a bit more current as Admin put it.

Pofi was on Rimadyl (anti inflammatory), Tramadol (narcotic - works on pain receptors in the brain) and Gabapentin (for nerve pain). 

Sending out good vibes for better pain management very soon for your Spaz.  Can you share with us why Spaz needed her amp?  Injury or disease?

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

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19 October 2016 - 5:10 pm
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Ditto to what everyone's said. Call another vet or question your own as to why no pain meds. Clyde (also a front leg amputee) came home on Rimadyl, Tramadol and a Fentanyl pain patch. I can't imagine him coming home on nothing at all. Poor Spaz - you'll get it sorted out quickly, I'm sure.

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benny55 said

Is she by ANY chance at least on a pain patch??

We would love ro hear more about Spaz when you can catch your breath....reason for amputation, hiw much she weighs, and all about your sweet senior Spaz! But for now try and locate a Vet who is more up to date on treating pain.

You do want to make sure she pees, but pooping may not happen for a few days and that's okay. Drinking water is important...maybe add some chicken broth or tuna water...even aif scoop of ice cream to help entice her.

Just rest and potty breaks for now. If you jave hardwood floors, use some non slip scatter rugs for traction .

STAY CONNECTED!! You are not alone and we are here ro help anyway we can. Recovery can be rough for zvout two weeks, more or less. Try and get some rest when you can. It gets easier...but not at first!

She wasn't given a pain patch either.  I work at a no-kill cat shelter, and we have a vet that comes out and spays/neuters our cats as well as the feral colonies and another no-kill shelter.  I texted her and I finally heard back.  After giving her Spaz's weight she said to go ahead and use the previcox I have (Spaz's prescription from June of this year for arthritis).  To start her on a whole 227mg tablet, then maintain with 1/2 tablet.  The panting finally stopped, she actually got some sleep, and no more whining and whimpering...YAY

Spaz was 62.1 lbs when she went into the vet on Friday.  We jokingly call her a pure bred Spointer (Springer Spaniel/English Pointer), and she lives up to her name Spaz!  She even personally chose her name out of four choices twice.  The reason for amputation is because of a fatty tumor on lower right leg (the vet said she has to have lab in her somewhere because they are the ones known for the massive fatty tumors). It has been removed 3 times in two years, the last being earlier this year, and each time less and less of the tumor could be removed because of it being so entwined in her leg.  After the last time the vet said that would be the last time he would be able to remove any of it.  It had gotten so big again that now you barely touch it, or she bumps it, the skin would break open and blood would be everywhere and she has spent the last 3 weeks with bandaging wrapped on her leg and the cone of shame to keep her from licking it open.  Kent and I discussed it and figured out our only choices left were amputation or euthanization, and except for the fatty tumor she is still going strong.  The vet felt that with all her muscle mass in her rear legs that she would be able to handle the amputation.  I was going to post a couple of pics of her (a collage before amputation and one when I picked her up today), but they are on my computer and there isn't a spot for me to click on to insert pic from computer.  Just from the web.

She peed when we got home, and she actually peed and pooped about an hour ago, though she was exhausted after words and it took a little bit to get her back in the house.  A few steps and lay down.  Give her a few minutes rest, a few steps and then lay down.  Drinking isn't an issue.  I have a LARGE water bowl for her and the two cats.  She downed about 2/3 of it as soon as we got home, plus a little bit more later out of the bowl I put next to her dog bed.  It took awhile but I finally got her to eat 90% of a 12.5 oz can of dog food literally out of my hand, and about 1/2 hour ago got her to eat her "you did great at the vet" McDonald's cheeseburger that she refused around 2:30-3:00.

I do have tile flooring where the water and food bowls are so I put a rubber mat down on the floor (the kind you find the doorways of some businesses during winter time to trap snow and ice).  Right now she is resting on her dog bed in my computer room.  She has a dog bed in the living room with a blanket on it, she has the one (it moves around the house) in my computer room with a blanket on it, and she has her kennel with a blanket in it that she can lay in now that the cone of shame is off (we are keeping an eye on her because if she starts licking the sutures cone goes back on...her first fatty tumor removal she took out everyone of her stitches in a couple of days).

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19 October 2016 - 7:06 pm
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I'm also a bit perplexed by the lack of pain meds.  Any chance that you have an appointment with the surgeon tomorrow when he was going to give you the pain meds?  Probably not.  Otis came home with a patch, Rimadyl and Tramadol, as well as an antibiotic.  We had to increase his Tramadol dosage about day 5, when the hospital meds wore off.

Otis wore a Tshirt to protect the incision until the staples came out.  I used a hair tie to gather it at his back.  Might help with the licking, as long as you are keeping an eye on her.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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19 October 2016 - 8:42 pm
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I am appalled that the vet sent you home with no pain meds!  What on Earth is he thinking?  I think you need to start blowing up his phone as soon as he opens in the morning.  Maybe start off by asking him what he would take for an amputation.  Humans would be in the hospital for days with at least a morphine pain pump.  There is absolutely no excuse for this!  Ask him what the standard of care is.  I can guarantee you that it is not nothing, especially aspirin.  Aspirin will likely increase the risk of a seroma .

Murphy, like many here, came home on Tramadol, Rimadyl & Gabapentin for pain.  You can also apply an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to the incision for about 10 or 15 minutes a couple times a day.

Where are you located at?  Is there a teaching hospital near you?  If you don't get the appropriate medications from him, I would consider getting a second opinion and possibly even reporting a complaint to the licensing board.

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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20 October 2016 - 3:07 pm
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The Previcox that I had at home, and that the other vet I know said I could give her, has done wonders with her attitude.  She is perky and tries to get up to follow me around me around more often.  I was lucky to be able to take today off work to spend with her, and I am hoping my husband will be off work tomorrow....otherwise I get to figure out how I am getting my 60lb puppy into the car to take to work with me.  I am not up to leaving her alone yet.

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21 October 2016 - 7:46 am
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You still may want to consider speaking with your vet about starting Spaz on an additional pain med with the Previcox.  I would suspect Spaz still has some residual pain meds in her system from the actual procedure and the addition of the Previcox may have taken the edge off.  I'd be concerned that once all the clinic meds have gotten out of Spaz's system that the Previcox may not be enough.  My Leland was on Rimadyl, Gabapentin, and antibiotics for about 2 weeks after his amputation.  I know Sally used to always say that if we had a limb amputated we'd need more than an Ibuprofen to manage the pain and it's the same when it comes to our fur babies.  

Anyway, I hope you consider speaking to your vet about getting Spaz started on Tramadol and/or Gabapentin in conjunction with the NSAID she's currently on.  I'd hate to see you try to play catch up in getting Spaz's pain back under control.

Best of Luck,

Sahana and her Angel Leland and Lucian too.

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Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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As of Friday Spaz is on the previcox, 1/4 tablet of the 227 mg 2x's day and the Gabapentin, one capsule 3x's day.  She also got a huge antibiotic shot after surgery, and another one, to be safe, on Friday. 

As a side note...I am so very sorry to all those that lost a beloved family member and best friend.  These furry bundles of joys are your children, and will be missed greatly.  But, one day you will be together with them again at the Rainbow Bridge .

And...to those who are still suffering from cancer, and/or trying to learn to live life as a tripawd (like my Spazzy) my prayers are with you that you go into remission and stay that way, and that life as a tripawd is paved with ease.  My love to all you three-legged friends, and many thanks to your humans for all the support they have shown me.

Virginia




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Glad your sweet Spaz has gotten a bit perkier...and it gets better and better! Sounds like she may even be a bit ahead of the curve as far as recoveries go! 🙂

I know you have yiur hands full right now. Yet, you took time to offer some very kind comments to thise currently in the jkurney, as well as those of us who have had out pets head on over to the Rainbow Bridge . Very kind.

Stay connected and let us know hownthat feisty Spaz is doing. We woukd love to see more pics of that cutie pie!

Love!

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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I'm so pleased to hear she is feeling better. She's lucky to have a Mum like you, prepared to stand up for her and ensure she gets the pain relief she needs. 

Warmest,

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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