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Tough recovery day
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Hi, I feel this way today… my Dog Debo just had his back left leg amputated because of osteosarcoma last Thursday. Tomorrow will be one week…. I just want it to get better. It’s been really hard. He’s 10 years old and a boxer / g shep mix. I had to take him to the Emergecy vet Monday night because his wound was getting infected, he’s now on two antibiotics. Also had some phantom limb pain which was the worst pain I’ve ever seen him in… he also has seromas forming the vet said. I have to do warm cold compresses but it’s hard because he doesn’t want it. The only thing I can do is Just sedate him w pain meds so he can rest. We have 3 steps to get outside and it’s been problematic… Debo is 85lbs. I feel awful like I’ve made things worse. This forum is really helping to give me hope and stay positive. I hope your dog is getting better and better…sounds like they had their surgeries only one day apart… praying for your dog and mine!

Kate , Debo the Dude’s mom!

Livermore, CA

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Welcome Kate and Debo, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I’m sorry Debo’s recovery has been so rocky- hang in there!

For the phantom pain did the vet prescribe gabapentin?

Please consider starting your own thread to introduce Debo and tell us your story- and so we can help you with your specific concerns.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo


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8 August 2018 - 11:50 pm
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Hang in there Kate!  Recovery  doesn’t  last forever, it just seems like it!

The hurdles  Debo are  facing do, indeed, happen  during recovery.  Sounds like you and your Vet are on top of things.  Good job!

It may not feel like it now,  but just remind  yourself  you are doing this FOR your Devo and not TO him!

Keep us posted.


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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