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Old 01-06-2013, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tail update - or lack thereof :) with a picture!

Well the tail is gone!
After the Vet shaved it to remove the lump she found more lumps in that area so we decided to go the more aggressive route and remove the tail rather then dealing with open sores that were unlikely to heal properly.
Mojo came home on Friday night after her surgery - she was totally out of it and it was so darn hot here, over 104 degrees. I was really concerned because she has to wear a cone (elizabethan collar) and she wasn't drinking - I managed to get her to lick some ice cubes and at about 3am she finally had a pee and a drink.

Yesterday she spent most of her day either on the couch or in her crate LOL she's loving the attention, not often she gets to lay on the couch and people bring her a water bowl LOL She was still quite frantic about her butt, wanting to turn around and look at it - it's like she gets a fright all of a sudden when she's moving because it feels funny.

This morning when I took the picture she was feeling really good, (she's still on painkillers tho) but she went outside on lead for a potty break and when I let her walk around in the yard for a couple of minutes she actually trots and even cantered back to me when I called her she also wants to play fetch with her kong but she's not up to that yet.

She still gets a bit scared at times - the lack of tail must just feel really weird, she will walk and then all of a sudden go to spin around to look at her tail then get all hunched up and run to me and cuddle against my legs - but she is moving much more confidently already

We're back to the vet on tuesday to get the pathology results from the tail - keep your fingers crossed for us that it was a localised issue!!!!!!!!

To all of you who had tail-less dogs, were they able to swim ok? There's a lot of conflicting info on that - Mojo loves to swim so I hope it won't be a problem for her once she's all healed up!

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I hope you get good news!! She is a pretty girl
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Awww she has an adorable bunny tail! So glad to hear she is healing up well! (:

I don't know about other people, but I know that my tail-less dude swam just fine. He never missed a beat. (:
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She still gets a bit scared at times - the lack of tail must just feel really weird, she will walk and then all of a sudden go to spin around to look at her tail then get all hunched up and run to me and cuddle against my legs - but she is moving much more confidently already
Make SURE she can't get to the tail. My cat Banzai had to have sections of his tail amputate a couple times because he ripped out the stitches and chewed up the stump after each surgery.

We finally ended up putting him on serious anti-anxiety meds for a week to let the stump heal.
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She is a beautiful dog. I hope she is going to be ok.
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Aww, she's beautiful! I hope that pathology delivers good news and that she can still swim. She will the most beautiful tailless GSD for sure
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I hope she heals quickly, dogs adapt amazingly well
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Thanks for all the nice comments everyone

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Make SURE she can't get to the tail. My cat Banzai had to have sections of his tail amputate a couple times because he ripped out the stitches and chewed up the stump after each surgery.
We finally ended up putting him on serious anti-anxiety meds for a week to let the stump heal.
Yeah I'm super careful about her getting at the stitches, she wears an elizabethan collar whenever she's not right with me where I can supervise
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Well the tail is gone!



She still gets a bit scared at times - the lack of tail must just feel really weird, she will walk and then all of a sudden go to spin around to look at her tail then get all hunched up and run to me and cuddle against my legs - but she is moving much more confidently already


She might also be having a sudden shooting pain from the surgery. That could cause her to jump like that as well.

She sure is a beauty!
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Aww she looks like a younger longer furred version of my Tasha.
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