Just a quick update to say that five-six days after amputation was decidedly too soon for us to go off pain killers. It turns out that this is such an individual thing, there is sadly nobody to blame, but by Friday evening Harry was yowling and twitching and biting at me in a “hey, that hurts, knock it off!” sort of way. I still don’t know if it’s nerve/phantom limb pain or incision-site pain (Turns out there are actually three types of pain associated with amputation, as described in this interesting article: Post Surgery Pain in Tripawd Dogs and Cats). It did come on quite suddenly, but it lasted until the Metacam kicked in (nearly an hour) as well…so your guess is as good as mine. Either way, it was unbearable to witness.
So, it was off to the vet, through a blizzard, in the dark – to fetch some replacement Gabapentin (after dosing him, immediately, with the Metacam I still had to hand). This takes a few days to kick in, unfortunately, so it’s only today that he is back to seeming mostly comfortable. He squawked and shivered off and on yesterday and I just had to comfort him and wait it out (cannot express how hard that sucked). But, he is now doing swimmingly once again.
Here he is showing intense interest in an intensely interesting scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season 3, Episode 10: Amends (and who can blame him?):