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Koa's osteosarcoma diagnosis and upcoming amputation

8 weeks post amputation

July 5th, 2018 · 16 Comments · Uncategorized

Koa continues to amaze us.  He is mastering going down the stairs and he flies going up.  We purchased a stroller for Koa so that he can save his energy for the beach.  He’s been tolerating riding in it around our block.  Two weeks ago, we got Koa in our neighbor’s pool to swim in preparation for getting him to the beach.  On June 24th, Koa returned to the beach for the first time since April.  He was a happy boy!  #teamkoastrong

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Almost 5 weeks as a Tripawd!

June 11th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Koa is now 4 weeks and 5 days into being a tripawd. We had our fourth vet visit last week Wed since his amputation. He had to be started on a daily injectible antibiotic two weeks ago due to an Enterobacter infection which he finished on Fri. He had all of his sutures removed on Wed. He is taking less pain medicine and is becoming more like the old Koa prior to his bone cancer diagnosis. He’s been greeting people with his excited bark and running to the door when the doorbell is rung. He sticks his head out the window when riding in the car which he hadn’t done in a long time. Going down the stairs is a slow but going up is a piece of cake! And he’s starting to see some of his dog friends again! Thank you for your continued prayers, love, and support!!!🐶He is #koastrong

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2 week post amputation

May 26th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Koa’s skin opened up near his incision and was oozing on Sunday night. Took him to the vet Monday morning. He was put under general anesthesia to clean the wound out, put a drain in, and resuture part of his incision. Koa didn’t seem to be bothered by it at all. He was in good spirits and hopping on 3 legs well. We also found out that day that his biopsy came back positive for osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Once he is done healing, we will consult with the oncologist regarding chemotherapy.

The vet took the drain out today and we rebandaged his wound which also needs to be changed out daily. His wound culture from Monday came back positive for an Enterobacter infection which I will have to give him a daily injection of antibiotic. Good thing I’m a nurse so we don’t have to return to the vet daily for injections and dressing changes. Hopefully all of the stitches will come out next Fri. Koa also got a laser treatment today to help with the healing process. Check out his goggles! He’s such a strong warrior.

 

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Wound check today!

May 15th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Koa’s been hopping on his own for short distances today. We are amazed at his progress! We went to the vet today for his wound check and bandage removal. His incisions look great! Sutures to come out next week Wednesday. He’s even been taking less pain medications and taking them less frequently. Now to master the stairs…#teamkoastrong#teamkoastrong

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Post op day 2

May 12th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Here’s the newest “tripawd” Koa! He’s doing well. Resting comfortably. He’s tired and probably having some post-op pain. He is home as of last night. He stayed 2 nights at the vet. He’s still trying to figure out his balance. He hops with a towel placed under him as a sling. His leg was sent off for biopsy and we should have results in a week or so to see if he needs to do chemo. 🙏🏼❤🐶❤🤞🏻#teamkoastrong

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