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16 September 2020 - 3:29 pm
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Hello all! I am new to this community, but I am very happy to have found it. My family and I have been fostering Barney, the basset hound for two months now, and fully intend on adopting this sweet guy.

Barney was found out in the country on an old dirt road with a limp to his back, left leg. An x-ray showed that he had a previously broken leg that had already been repaired. Problem was that the vet said all the hardware used to fix his leg was not normal hardware that a cat and dog vet would use. Barney then went to a specialist. The plan was to remove all the hardware and essentially “redo” the surgery.

Unfortunately, an MRI showed that Barney’s bone around all the pins and screws has started to deteriorate. He even has a screw in his pelvis that has been rubbing away at the head of his femur. Barney has no other option than to remove his leg. Luckily, he has had the opportunity to somewhat adjust to life on three legs. He doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the leg, and when he runs, he doesn’t use it at all.

His surgery is set for tomorrow (9/16). I know he will be fine, but it’s hard not to worry. You know? It’s also been quite challenging since the rescue is the one talking to the vet and receiving all of the information. We’re kind of just Barney’s ride to and from the vet at this point. The rescue group has been amazing relaying information, and giving us little bits of advice, but we’ve been unable to talk directly to a vet and get a “what to expect” chat. The receptionist at the vet’s office told us someone would give us all the information when we pick him up from surgery. We were told that we would be dropping him off by 9 am, and picking him up after 4 pm. This seems so early to me. I fully expected him to stay overnight and be monitored. Has anyone picked their fur baby up so soon? I would love to hear any sort of advice or pointers before his surgery so we can feel more prepared. What did you wish you knew for your pet’s recovery, or what did you find to be most helpful for your pet during their recovery process? Thank you so much, guys!

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16 September 2020 - 4:43 pm
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Awww bless your heart for fostering and adopting Barney, what a lucky pup to find his way to you. Thank you for all you’re doing to help him have a great life!

You’re asking all the right questions to prepare for recovery. We often hear about rescues who don’t allow foster pet parents to communicate directly with the vet. I’m sure there’s a legal reason for that, but it really does a disservice to the animal and the people caring for them during recovery. I wish that would change. But to address your concerns:

We were told that we would be dropping him off by 9 am, and picking him up after 4 pm. This seems so early to me.

It is, but it’s not unusual. To save costs, many vets will release the patient the same day. It’s not ideal but it’s also not dangerous as long as the patient gets high quality pain control and you are informed about what to expect. I’m glad you found us, because bringing home a dog or cat the same day of amputation surgery isn’t the easiest situation, but it’s not impossible either. Many new members have been there, done that and survived.

If he doesn’t come home with at least 3 different pain medications and an antibiotic, I wouldn’t leave the clinic until you know why he’s not getting them. If you arrive early before he’s released you can find out exactly what pain meds he will be provided, and address any potential lack of pain control. Today’s Tripawds News blog post highlights some common prescriptions you can discuss with the vet.

The first 48 hours can be really tough. He may be anxious, whiney and restless. You probably won’t get much sleep. This isn’t unusual but it’s a sign that something about his pain management needs addressing. Don’t hesitate to speak to the rescue’s rep to get his pain under control. The longer you wait to correct it, the harder it is to bring down those pain levels.

Our What to Expect articles discuss a lot of information about surgery recovery too, so check those out.

After recuperation (generally about 10-14 days), it would be really beneficial for Barney to see a canine rehab therapist. We’re like a broken record about that here, but only because it’s so beneficial to any new Tripawd and their human. You’ll learn what to expect, how to help him stay strong and avoid future injuries. I also strongly recommend it since Barney is a long-bodied dog, and their mobility challenges are quite unique from the typical breed type. The best part is the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first visit so please take advantage of the program.

Let us know what other questions you have. We’ll be waiting for an update!

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Thank you so much! This is all so helpful. I just didn’t know where to look. You can tell that the lady who runs the rescue loves her animals, and does everything she can to help them. She’s already been talking about therapy and a chiropractor. I’ll definitely be reading all the links you posted. Thanks again!

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You’ve been given invaluable  information  from Jerry, so I can only say ditto!

And yes, STAAY CONNECTED!  We are here to help you navigate  through  recovery.  It’s  no picnic for a couple of weeks, but it doesn’t  last furever!

Shhhh…..our secret…..often Surgeon’s dont give much direction upon  release anyway.  Often a dog will be so somewhat  mobile (moreso  after a night at the 24/7 clinic) upone release and they feel like it’s Utopia  after that.  Not quite!  They don’t  go home with the dog and witness what recovery can look like on a drugged dog trying to adjust to three while getting over MAJOR surgery!!

So glad Barney has his furever home with you♥️. I”ve been owned  by some Bassetts thru the years and they are abs delightful  dogs.😎

Thought I’s add a link to Maya, another Bassett Hound who handled  life kn three like a RockStar.    This is a link to the “profile”.  After clicking g on, you will see “Topics started” or “topics posted in”.  You can follow May’s story there.  She did pass from spine mets, but had a great lofe kn three!

Update when uou can.

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

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16 September 2020 - 7:28 pm
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Ooops…forgot the link……  https://tripawd…..end/10483/

Edit…okay….forget that link…..try those one.  https://tripawd…..om/forums/

Well. Craaaaap….forget that link too.  Now is the time to call for a TECHIE ALERT!!!  NEeed a little help over here on linking Maya’s post.  Hant on, a techie will be along momentarily 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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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16 September 2020 - 9:39 pm
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benny55 said
Thought I’s add a link to Maya, another Bassett Hound who handled  life kn three like a RockStar. 

Thanks for sharing Maya’s story! Here is a link to all of BigJim’s posts about his superstar Tripawd, Maya.

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