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A little tougher day 6

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Petra continues to make great strides in her recovery overall but had a bit of a tough day. She woke up with an upset tummy so refused breakfast. She got gaba and Tramadol during the day but no NSAID until this evening when she was feeling better and ate a good dinner. She seems to be having a tougher time getting comfortable today and is wanting to lick her stitches which she had not been doing up to this point, so we had to put the cone of shame back on. Poor girl can’t catch a break today. I also noticed a small seroma on her incision line so used a warm compress to try to relieve discomfort.  More rest and recovery is in order,  guess.

On the bright side, it’s getting harder for me to distinguish her gait from that of my other dogs moving around the house! Although she still does not have much stamina, she is moving around and getting out to potty with no trouble.

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Day 3

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Happy to report we all got a better night of sleep! I gave in to Petra’s ardent desire to sleep in bed with me (lifting her in and out, of course) and she assumed her usual little spoon self next to me and slept for 7 hours straight! She is getting around quite well on three legs and seems to have more stamina today. Oh, and joy of joys, she finally pooped today!

Seeing Petra recover and get healthy is the best present I could ask for this year, and I’m so grateful to have the support and resources here from y’all. Wishing all a Merry Christmas!

Petra is home!

Petra spent one night in the hospital and was discharged this evening. Gratefully, I had my sister and brother-in-law to help me pick her up and get her settled back at home. She is doing remarkably well for day one, getting around with a bit of a hop and some stumbles. She had a good dinner and has gone out a couple times to potty. Hoping she (and I!) will be able to sleep well tonight. The rest of pack is happy to have her home, too!

Tomorrow is the big day.

I will be dropping Petra off at the animal hospital in the morning for her left rear leg amputation. She has a cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma on the leg that is too large to remove. It appears there has been no spread of the disease so hopefully the amputation will be a cure. I’m pretty nervous and praying that surgery and recovery goes well. Petra is a boxer who came to me as a two-year old foster; our bond was special right from the start. I hope to have many more years with my girl!

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