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Tyson’s Battle

9.5 Years Young and a New Amputee…

Tyson’s Battle

6 Days Post-Amp and He Wants to Run…

April 3rd, 2018 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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…of course I am not letting him, but it appears that going faster is easier than going slowly.

Mr Tyson got up today from his bed and walked to the door for the first time on his own. Then he stared at me as if to say “Hey, woman, let’s go outside!”  So, we did!  It was a functional walk (he had business to attend to), but he wanted to go down the driveway and to the road.  Gus came too, always looking around and protective.  Then we booted it back to the house, by way of eating snow, and he went right back to his bed with a big ol’ grin on his face.

I have been taking him out on leash and with his harness and will continue to do so until the stitches come out, but my general thought is “when do I let him go it by himself?”  And is there anything I can do to help exercise/strengthen his other legs for him?  I will have to investigate.

We also got some of those Dr Busby’s Toe Grips to help out inside.  He has oodles of confidence out, but not a lot on our floors (despite the skid mats).  Hopefully these grips will help!

 


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Hoppy Easter!

April 1st, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Well, we are 4 days post-amputation and Tyson is constantly amazing me.

The leakage that he was experiencing the first day back has stopped and the incision looks very good.  Still a lot of bruising, but clean and dry….which is more than I can say for the weather.  Here in Alberta we’ve had snow and cold and it is not great for a new three-legged guy to get around!

Tyson refuses to pee close to the house.  We live on an acreage and he insists on pulling out into the wilds to do his business. 🙄 This dog….

So, I take him out every few hours for a jaunt up a small hill and into the snow to do what he has to do.  If I hold the handle to the harness he won’t move.  If I let him go just on leash, he’s happy as hell.  It’s truly amazing.

Ive managed to get my hands on a Webmaster Plus to use once the stitches are removed!  Yay!  So things are going well so far.  Our biggest task is keeping him from moving too much in these early days.  We bought a baby gate and blocked off a small hallway to keep him secluded.  It’s working great.  Now I don’t need to worry about him slipping or my other dog licking the incision.

So far, so good!!

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First night home post-amputation!

March 29th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Well, we brought Tyson home yesterday evening and man, he is amazing!!  It was hard for all of us, particularly my 6 year olds, to see his amputation site, but it was neat and tidy and Tyson was raring to go!

I had him out to pee three times and he even pooped, which was a little shocking!  I figured he wouldn’t be pooping for a while.  While he was pooping a bit of fluid/blood dripped from the incision site.  Must have been a combination of the strain and effort to squat.  I guess that’s normal?  Lots of fluid in there….needs somewhere to go.

But, man!  He wanted to walk.  He hates the harnesses so far, so I need to find something better.  I put them on and he looks at me and won’t move!  I took the harness off and he wandered off to find a spot to pee.  He. Is. Amazing.

I firmly believe that the hardest thing is going to be keeping him down until the incision heals….it’s going to be a nightmare.  We are getting more traction mats and a baby’s gate today.  I also found a supplier that sells Dr Buzby’s nail grips, so I’ll pick some up tomorrow.

Hoppy Easter, everyone. Night 1 down….time to look ahead!

 

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