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The first 24hrs back home after Zuko’s amputation!!

Posted by: | April 27, 2017 | 7 Comments |

So, its been about a day and a half since the surgery and a little over 24hrs since Zuko’s been home and I cant believe how great he’s been doing!! All that worrying and things seemed to be just fine.

When I picked him up they gave him a little something to calm him so he could rest easy and sleep through the night which helped not only him but me as well!  After he hopped his way to the car and I carried him in, it started to kick in and he fell asleep during the ride home. When we got home, I tried to see if he’d pee but no luck so I  carried him into my apartment and laid him on his doggy bed.  There were a few occasions where he’d open his eyes or lift his head up but he’d just go back to sleep. I tried to offer him some food but he wasn’t interested so i just let him be and we both slept great!!

This morning I woke up and could see him looking back at me so I thought it was a clue that he wanted to go outside. He was still a little out of it and wobbly but he hopped along and went potty! it was such an achievement! I’ve been trying to use a towel sling to help support him but he really wasn’t having it. I would put it under him and he wouldn’t move at all! So I ditched it and just let him hop! He would do a few hops and just stand there and look around – I could tell he still wasn’t himself just yet so after he went potty I just carried him back inside to rest.

I tried to offer him some food but he still didn’t have an appetite. He was drinking water just fine so I wasn’t too alarmed. Giving him his meds was a challenge just because he usually takes them with food but since he wasn’t eating, that wasn’t possible. He’s also such a fighter that when I would try to shove it in his mouth he’d resist but I was determined!! haha

As the day went on, he seemed to get his energy and his spunk back! He wanted to get up every now and then and hop around a little – I think laying on his remaining rear leg all day made it a little sore. At around maybe 5 or 6pm, after I brought him out he just stood and then laid down in the kitchen so I figured I’d try and see if he was hungry and he was! I mixed some chicken, ground beef, beef stew canned dog food (which he seemed to really love!), and some of his dry kibble all together (plus his meds too!) and his eyes just couldn’t believe what he was seeing and smelling! He devoured it!

I let him rest for a while and then brought him out again. He was so happy to be hopping around outside that he didn’t even want to come back in!! but I knew he shouldn’t over exert himself so carried him back inside. It’s so crazy! He just hopped along like he’d been doing this forever haha he was even able to poop! I was really worried about how he would manage that especially with only one rear leg but he figured it out but taking a few small poops here and there instead of one big one like he used to.

I cant believe it! so many achievements in just one day! I’m so proud of him 🙂



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  1. By: linda8115 on April 28, 2017 at 8:32 am      Reply

    Wow so happy things are going well for you and Zuko! Actually they’re going better than well I’d say it’s stellar! Keep doing well sweet boy! You are rockin’ on 3!

  2. By: Joy&Ginger on April 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm      Reply

    Congrats to Zuko, he looks like quite the happy boy. We had some ups and downs as the nice IV meds started wearing off, so don’t be alarmed if his energy levels/mood changes. But overall he looks like he’s ready to sail right through this recovery business.

  3. By: jogswithdogs on April 29, 2017 at 5:23 am      Reply

    Oh, that’s just wonderful! It looks like Zuko is well on the road to recovery.

  4. By: otisandtess on April 29, 2017 at 9:23 am      Reply

    Sounds like he is doing great! Neither of my dogs would move with a sling either. You’re right, however, about not letting him overdo it right now. He still has some pretty strong hospital meds in his system. Short, leashed potty breaks should be it.

  5. By: jerry on April 29, 2017 at 9:28 am      Reply

    That is PAWESOME! I love your happy and optimistic attitude, it’s clear that Zuko is absorbing it and reflecting it right back to you. Here’s to many more hoppy days ahead!

  6. By: Brenda on April 29, 2017 at 10:14 am      Reply

    Sending bid hugs to Zhukov. He’s a trooper.

  7. By: Brenda on April 29, 2017 at 10:15 am      Reply

    Sorry for typo…Hugs to Zuko

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