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Canine Osteosarcoma leading to amputation

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Figuring it out

January 22nd, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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He seems better this evening. He mostly slept all morning. I had to go to work for a few hours. He seemed good when I got home.  Here’s what I’ve figured out:

1. Maybe the Tramadol. We had increased it and the Gabapentin 2 days ago. Both to 3x per day. So I cut Tramadol back to 2x per day. He doesn’t seem as drugged. And in general he doesn’t seem in pain.

2. Slipping. I think a lot of this might be a traction issue as was mentioned. We put down rugs in the main area where he has been staying for his recovery and I put the Toe Grips on him. Toe Grips work pretty well but the vet cut his nails really short during surgery so he still can’t get great traction with them. I feel like he mostly cries in the kitchen and outside (conceret slab outside entrance which gets slick) where he feels unsteady. So tomorrow we’ll go buy a bunch more rugs.

3. Maybe right hind leg is bothering him from compensating. He seems to drag it a little. Our post-op visit is tomorrow and I’ll make sure that they really check out all his limbs.

4. Going to work actually made me feel a little better although I worried about him the whole time. But good to get out of the house a little. And I had a chocolate milkshake on the way home. When I got home, Sawyer was very interested in my milkshake. Too bad it wasn’t vanilla so he could have a lick or two.

5. His random yelping seems to have stopped and he’s not having the twitching at his incision site like he was before. Not sure if that’s the increased Gabapentin or just healing time. I give him a massage 2x a day and he’s not tender in that area. He has never really been interested in his incision and has had to wear that dumb cone only minimally.

6. Nothing really makes him perk up. I think his tail has been untucked once since he got home. He was never a tail wagger. Not like Rosie who’s tail could power my house if I could harness it’s energy. There aren’t many things that he loves. He’s never been into toys or food. When I rescued him 6ish years ago, he was being crated 14+ hours a day. His front teeth were worn down from chewing on the crate. He had toys in the crate and I think that since then, they’ve just never had any appeal for him. He’s always been pretty content to chill on the couch. Mostly he loves me, hiking and running. The thrill of the hunt. That’s Sawyer. He is pretty fond of belly rubs and being brushed which we have done a lot.

7. Murphy is much better with tough love. I have really tried today and yesterday be more nonchalant. When he cries, I just try to give lots of positive reinforcement. But I am breaking the cardinal rule and “babying” him a bit. I do bring him his food and water. I’m afraid that he won’t eat or drink if I don’t. He’s never been into food and when his leg was hurting him before the amputation, it got to the point that he wounld’t eat unless I stood by him. Also M or myself have been sleeping with him since the surgery. Usually, the dogs take turns sleeping with us because 300lbs of dog is too much. But our bedroom is upstairs. So one of us has slept on the couch near him. We did help him upstairs last night because neither of us could take another night on the couch. And he was acting so weird that I was afraid to leave him alone. He slept between us and was happy as a clam. He was not excited about going down the stairs and M basically had to carry him down. My next house will be all one level.

Thanks for everyone’s support and suggestions. Someone helped me start a Forum but then most of the posts and replies have been here so I just stayed in the same place.


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3 Comments so far ↓

  • cvb5

    This is great news– Otis’ incision sight twitched and he yelped repeatedly only on the day after we removed the anti inflammatory. Now, two weeks, post surgery, he is still on those drugs (meloxicam and gabapentin) as we taper him off tramadol.

    Otis climbed onto our bed (unknowingly) too early in recovery and then fell off– he didn’t get up after that for a while, and I think that was really tough for him, plus we didn’t realize how bad an infection his body was battling. So the traction improvements will probably be REALLY helpful!

    Otis loves hiking, food, and people. His tail was tucked for almost ALL of the two week period except for his excitement to see my dad the day after he came home. It was just this past weekend, once we got the infection under control, that we really saw it reappear.

    Sending love to you all– I found my positive attitude was partially correlated to returning to sleep in my bed. I would have kept sleeping on the couch but for my fiance who said he couldn’t deal with me being a zombie. The first night sleeping apart from Otis wasn’t exactly restful, but it convinced me that he could do ok and we could return to a more normal routine.

    Lots of love,
    Camille and Otis

  • Lindsay

    2. Just a tip I picked up along the way. You can add a dab of super glue or nail glue on the toe grips to help them stay on. It works great!

  • Sarah

    So glad to get the news he‘s had a better day. Wonderful!
    Thank you.

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