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Old 01-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Fingers crossed that the tail can be saved but if you do have to have it amputated, I don't think Mojo would miss a beat We just had Sasha's leg amputated because of cancer in September and after the stitches healed, she's more full of spunk than she was before the surgery! She doesn't have a painful leg to drag around anymore and she can still beat every single one of our dogs to the ball She still swims and hikes and runs without an issue. People sometimes react negatively but she is much happier without her leg
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Best wishes for your girl Mojo.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:40 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Well the tail is gone!
After they shaved the area for surgery the Vet discovered a few more lumps that looked suspicious - so we decided to go the amputation route.
Her butt looks quite cute now, she's got a little stump like a rottie - but it's fuzzy I think it's gonna be a very wriggly butt instead of a waggy tail

I have not been able to have a really good look at it yet, I'll check it out and take some pictures in the morning if she's feeling a bit better.
She still very groggy and asleep in her crate - I have an elizabethan collar here in case she wants to bother her sutures. She had pain relief and I got some painkillers for the next few days.
She's been a bit confused by the lack of tail, she's fine laying down but when she gets up she spins around to her butt.
It's so hot here, over 104 degrees Makes keeping her comfortable in the crate pretty tricky. (we don't have a good aircon)

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Ask your vet about giving neurontin (gabapentin) for a few weeks post-surgery
msvette2u would you recommend this routinely or just if she shows symptoms of phantom pain?
My Vet is very good at what she does but they are a real country vet practice, very matter of fact - she didn't mention anything about drugs incase of phantom pain, is that a common occurrence?

Now it's just fingers crossed that nothing bad has spread to any other part of her body - we should get the pathology results off the tail on tuesday. Fingers crossed it was a localised thing!!!!
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Well I'd start her on it before the other pain killers wore off and keep her on for a week or two, just in case? Because once it starts, if it does, it may be harder to stop it.
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I am sorry to read this and hope she has a smooth recovery.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:31 AM   #26 (permalink)
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She's doing well so far, much brighter today than yesterday - she was really out of it and the horrible heat didn't help
She's still on pain relief obviously but is eating and drinking well now.
Today she walked around with me a little but she still gets "surprised" and goes to check on her tail so she's wearing a bucket

And I think her butt is gonna look really cute once the hair grows back she's gonna have a little fluffy bob
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She's doing well so far, much brighter today than yesterday - she was really out of it and the horrible heat didn't help
She's still on pain relief obviously but is eating and drinking well now.
Today she walked around with me a little but she still gets "surprised" and goes to check on her tail so she's wearing a bucket

And I think her butt is gonna look really cute once the hair grows back she's gonna have a little fluffy bob
Tasha's bob is adorable. Especially when she starts wagging it. I think your girl will be just fine. It is just going to take some time.
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