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Frank's New Story

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Frank's New Story

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April 29th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Tuesday is the day!

I thought at this point that I would be feeling anxious or worried, but honestly I’m actually excited for him to have this surgery. I’ve been seeing him hobble around on four legs for almost three months now, and at times it’s been really hard to watch. He needs this, and I know that his life will be so much better afterwards. Also it helps that I have so much confidence in his vet. She’s been with him through this whole thing, she knows every detail of his medical history, and I trust her completely. I know recovery won’t be easy and there will be difficult times for him (and me) ahead, but he is so resilient.

On Tuesday, Frank loses a leg. On Tuesday, Frank really starts his new story.

P.S. Do you have any pre-/post- surgery tips?


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4 Comments so far ↓

  • tinsch

    Good luck with the surgery and to a -hopefully-speedy recovery!! Frank is just too cute!
    If you have questions try posting in the forums as you will get quicker responses there , for example in Treatment, Recovery & Oncology. Just start a new thread and ask away! 😊 Here’s a recent one that may help: http://tripawds.com/forums/treatment-and-recovery/new-diagnosis-of-osteosarcoma-surgery-scheduled-on-friday/
    All the best, keep us updated and: more Frank-pictures!!! 😊😊
    tina & Manni

  • benny55

    You have a grrrreat attitude! You have already reconciled that you are doing this FOR Frank and not TO him! You’re ahead of the curve already! 🙂

    Why is Frank having is leg amputated? Front leg or rear leg? How much does Frank weigh? How old is he?

    Recovery is no picnic for about two weeks, especially the first several days and loooong nights! It is MAJOR surgery and it does hurt!

    The Vet will send you home with Tramadol, Rimadyl, an a antibiotic and probably Gabapentin. Some Vets use a Fentanyl pain patch too.

    If you have hardwood floors you’ll want non slip scatter rugs for traction.

    Drinking and peeing are important. Eating and pooping may be off for a few days due to the meds.

    When you pick Frank up after surgery, don’t even bother to pay attention to his incision. He isn’t! Frank just wants to see your smiling face And hear you tell him what a good boy he is! He’ll be sooo ready to go home!!

    No stairs, no jumping up on the sofa, no horsing around! Rest, rest and more rest! Short potty breaks and then more rest! 🙂

    And yes, as Tina said, posting in the forums is a way to get some immediate responses.

    We all understand that this journey is not easy. We also know that, once recovery is complete and Frank’s sparkle comes back, you will be so thrilled!

    Keep usnposted! We’ll be cheering for Frank! 🙂

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

    • frankduke

      Frank is 8 months old. It’s been a little while since I’ve weighed him, but as of a month ago he was a little over 50 lbs. (He is really fast growing though so he’s definitely more than that now). He’s having his right rear leg amputated because of severe osteomyelitis and a fracture which could allow the infection to spread. In my first post I told the whole long story so if you want to know more about it you can look there 😊. Thank you so much for the encouragement! The next few weeks are definitely going to be difficult with him recovering and me in the busiest time of the school year (finals yay…), so I’ll definitely take all the encouragement there is! 😊

  • admin

    Do you have any pre-/post- surgery tips?

    YES! Bookmark Jerry’s Required Reading List for lots of helpful links. Read the FAQs in the Tripawds News Blog. Search the forums for specific questions. Or, download the Tripawds e-books for fast answers to all common concerns.

    Start here if you need help navigating the many Tripawds Resources!

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