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Here’s  a link about pain meds after amputation  if you need it.   I’m  not the best techie search person here, so others may be able to find better links for you.

https://tripawds.com/2018/04/18/tripawds-post-amputation-recovery-pain/

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So we ended up at the emergency vet , my poor girl has a seroma . Back on tramadol and now a course of antibiotics. Ive got to cold compress one side of the scar as it’s gone hard and massage the area to “squeeze” the fluid out. It’s not infected but antibiotics as a precaution . Bed rest has been ordered but as I found the little madam trying to follow me upstairs earlier I’m not sure how easy that’s going to be !!! Might manage some sleep tonight now x

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Aww sorry about the seroma but at least now you’re both on the right track for healing.

My apologies for not seeing the earlier post about her getting only anti-inflammatories 3 days after surgery. Had I done so, I would have been another one of those voices that urge you to keep her on pain medication for at least 7-10 days, which is standard protocol. Unfortunately there are still many old-thinking vets out there who don’t keep up on pain medication standards. Only giving anti-inflammatory drugs is akin to giving a human patient an ibuprophen three days after a leg amputation and calling it “enough.” That would never happen in any human hospital, our pets deserve nothing less. Kudos to you for advocating for additional medications. Your girl is counting on you.

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Sorry about the seroma , but REALLY GLAD YOU GOT SOME TRAMADOL!!!   YAY for the ER Vet!

And yes, your feisty girl has to take out easy!  seroma happen, but sometimes  too much activity can be what starts them up.  

I’m  guessing your Vet is referring  to very, very gentle massage around the seroma area, and not actually  pressing so hard as to “squeeze” the fluid out.  I’m  sure the area is sore, so she wouldn’t  stand for any hard pressure anyway.

Good job of watching  over your girl!

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Yeah just very gentle massage to move the fluid to the opening it’s found. Saw the vet yesterday and she’s happy despite there being what looks like a large blister ( where it bruised particularly badly) oozing fluid , not pus, clear fluid and blood like the scar was on Saturday. I’ve massaged a few times and she seems to enjoy it , but just sticking to regular cold compress now to take any Sting out. Back next Monday to then hopefully be discharged , she’s on antibiotics just in case and anti inflammatory drugs and tramadol until this weekend.

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Aww I’ll bet she is loving the massage and attention. You are doing such a good job at monitoring her, keep it up! Let us know how Monday’s visit goes.

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Rough night last night, the inflammation is infected , luckily vet foresaw it happening so Nina already started antibiotics on Saturday. She’s still eating and drinking but very uncomfortable. She wouldn’t let me ice it last night so we just had ear and belly rubs instead ( her not me 😂). 

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It seems odd that an infection developed while she was on antibiotics.  I would discuss with the vet and maybe have the infection cultured.  It could be that the antibiotic is not the right one- there are so many and they all don’t work the same on different infections.

And if she is still uncomfortable ask about increasing the pain meds or changing the dosing schedule to keep her as comfortable as possible.

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I think it was already there and come out as the area broke down. She’s very uncomfortable at the moment and a bit restless. Tramadol is helping but we’re not sure if it’s just the wound healing or phantom limb pain as the hip is twitching on the amputation side. Vet says persevere the weekend ( we have pain meds) then follow up Monday. She wants to move so much more now she’s over the worst so keeping her still is proving difficult !

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A bit of twitching on the stump probably just a normal reaction to the amputation as Dr. Pam explained here.

I agree with Karen that if she’s not better in a day or two or seems worse, to have the infection cultured for MRSA . I hope it’s not that but you never know, it happens sometimes.

We hope things get better soon. In the meantime you can try challenging her mind to tire her out with brain games. You would be surprised at how effective they are at tiring the body and the brain! Here are some ideas from the Tripawds Gear and Tripawds Amazon blog .

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We’ve been discharged from the vet!! Wound looks great ,still a little inflammation on the stomach but improving every day. Still on anti inflammatory meds but pain meds stopped and she’s coping great. Waiting on delivery of my ruffwear webmaster then we can start exercising a little, she’s raring to go but sticking with the garden for now. Can’t believe 2 weeks ago today this started and how far she’s come since then , seriously considering getting a cape for my Superdog 😀

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Waiting on delivery of my ruffwear webmaster…

We have no order from the email address associated with your username. Did you purchase from the Tripawds Gear Shop ? Just want to make sure we haven’t missed something here…

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My Dad ordered it , think he may have got it direct from them .

*Just checked , he followed the UK link on the tripawd gear shop page and it directed him to Amazon.

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SICH A GREAT UPDATE!!!!  SO LOOK HAPPY TO HEAR THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR YOIR SUPERDOG!!!!   And yes, she needs a SuperDog Cape😁

As you already know, she still needs to take it easy and not overdo.  Bit it’s wonderful  that she’s  so feisty and rearing  to go!!

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beckyc said
My Dad ordered it , think he may have got it direct from them .

*Just checked , he followed the UK link on the tripawd gear shop page and it directed him to Amazon.  

Oh OK that’s what happened now I get it, duh. Really great to know! Please thank him for us as Amazon purchases made through those links help support the community.

Were the videos of help to you? Were you able to put the harness on? PM me if you have questions OK?

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