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Update - Leo one week post-amp
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25 September 2008 - 6:06 pm
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Wow! Our tripawds are warriors! Leo’s recovery has been amazing. He is getting along better then I expected. He used his doggy door all by himself for the first time yesterday. I am having a hard time restricting his acivity. He wants to be on the go all the time. Every time I put him out he runs off after lizards and hobbles around the yard. He is constantly getting up and hopping around the house when I keep him inside. He also has eaten everything I have put in front of him. My co-workers even sent him a plant with daisies in it as a get well gift.

The first night was really hard because he cried and moaned the whole night even though I slept (or attempted to sleep) on the floor with him. Since then he has been happy and energetic. Also, I caught him licking his stitches after I got out of the shower on Wednesday so he has been wearing a t-shirt since then. He gets his stiches out tomorrow morning and I can get more information about what his activity level should be. It would not be good if he injured himself from overdoing it. His remaining front paw is a little swollen too. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him but I am going to address it at the surgeon’s tomorrow also.

I want to thank everyone so much for all the support and advice I have received here. Without all of you I would have never made it. I would have been a complete nervous wreck.

Hugs and kisses,

Sheri and Leo

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25 September 2008 - 6:47 pm
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Way to go Leo!!  Aren’t our kids just amazing? 

Radar did pull a tendon a couple weeks after surgery so I would be concerned about the activity level also.  However that said, most of the time they will slow themselves down when they need to.  Let us know how the vet visit goes.

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Connie & Radar

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25 September 2008 - 7:37 pm
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Awesome, Leo! Sounds like you’re getting over those hurdles by leaps and bounds. Congratulations, you Warrior Dog, you.

Hey, we would love to see a picture or a video of you going through the dog door. Lots of people here have asked about whether or not it’s possible to use one after becoming a tripawd. If your Mom has time to send us some footage, let’s show them what we can do!

Keep it up,

Jerry

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26 September 2008 - 4:50 pm
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I can definitely get some video up of Leo using his doggy door. Can I post here or should I post a link from YouTube?

His surgeon said I have to restrict his activity for at least another week because his front leg and foot are very, very swollen. Does anyone have any experience with swelling? How long does it take to go away?

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Hi Leo,

I newly tripawd too (Sept 19), so you’re just ahead of me. Great to hear you feel well enough to get about, but sorry to hear about the swollen leg. After so many quiet weeks I’m sure you’re keen to get out and about, like me!Hope it improves with rest.

Alfie xx

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26 September 2008 - 8:11 pm
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leodoo said:

I can definitely get some video up of Leo using his doggy door. Can I post here or should I post a link from YouTube?


Yes. Wink Upload the video to YouTube, then use the embed video code to post it here.

Just click on the HTML Mode button and paste in the entire <object> code where you want the video to appear.

Or for more advanced options, use the Insert / Edit Embedded Media button and enter only the embed src= link in the File/URL field.

If you have any trouble or are uncomfortable doing any of this, simply send us the video link and we’ll embed it for you! Can’t wait to seee Leo in action.

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Leo – we are so glad to hear you’re doing so well!  Isn’t it amazing?  Who knew? 🙂  Who knew that we could be so resilient… of course, my mom still worries about me daily and I try to take that worry away from her by being extra cute (and I think it’s working since almost every day she is telling me I’m just so extra cute with anything I do :))

 

 

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Hi Sheri, I wish I could answer your question about the swelling and bruising and how long it takes to go away, but my guess is that it really does depend on the dog and how bad the swelling is.  A lot will also depend on how quiet you are able to keep him and that could be a little bit of a problem since Leo is such a go-getter.  Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Vicki T

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