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18 October 2017 - 4:53 pm
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Yeah hello, thank you all for your help last time! I am having some other issues.

My dog Luke had his leg amputated for osteosarcoma and he has been going through chemotherapy the past few months. His vaccines are due but I cannot renew them until sometime after chemo is over, whatever the oncologist tells me as his upcoming visit. But I still need to exercise him and I live at a small apartment. Before i would go to the dog park but I've been walking him in the park instead since he cannot get a rabies shot and the dog park is generally too germy.

But now it seems like often when I'm going out, he's contracting something. It was diarrhea recently and now he has eye irritation). I'm worried about what will happen if I keep taking him out but he still needs exercise, any tips on "clean" places to exercise or possible cleaning procedures I can do to keep him from getting sick...?

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18 October 2017 - 9:28 pm
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Glad to hear HANDSOME LUKE is doing well! :-):-)

Wnere do you live?  Maybe so.eone here is from you area and can offer some places.

The other thing you can do is check out amazon smiles for some doggy puzzles and games Luke can play to keep him from getting bored.

This is my unprofessional opinion, but I would avoid vaccines at all costs right now, and for as long as you legally can!  You may try the "titer test"'to see if he still needs the ravies shot anyway.

There are some theories out there that differnt vaccines are over used and can possibly be a factor in this piece of crap disease. 

Wondering if the diarrhea was actually a side effect for the xhemo?  HOf course his immune sysr is down right now too, but just thought I'd throw that iut there.

Others will chime in.

It's wonderful tomkmow that Luke is enjoye being Luke! 🙂

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Hi there 🌺

As Sally says, there seems to be evidence vaccines last for much longer than the renewal date (by years, not months!)

I discussed that at length with oncologists and decided never to give my girl a vaccine again and I did not. 

Yes, they are more prone to infections when they are on chemo (Eurydice had two during the 9 months or so she was on IV chemo and metronomics) but infections can be treated!

Of course, you want to avoid all contact with sick dogs but normally if a dog is ill he won't be going out or if he is you can see something is not right and prevent contact with your baby.

All I can say is me and Eurydice did extensive travelling in Europe during chemo and my view always was they have to enjoy life and see people, if they remain quarantined at home life becomes really sad.

Unless your dog is particularly weak health wise I would not be avoiding parks and taking him out. 

You can always wash his paws when you get back home (one of Eurydice's infections was in the paw) and clean his eyes and the outer part of the ears for reassurance. 

Kisses and cuddles flying your way 😘😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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19 October 2017 - 10:35 am
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I'm sorry Luke's been having those issues. You ask a great question!

Here's something to keep in mind:

All dogs need exercise for sure, but for Tripawds, we as their people need to rethink the meaning of "exercise" for our doggies. Yes they need short walks and socialization, but exercise is so much more than moving the body. It's also working the brain. And for dogs, working on interactive games that challenge their thinking skills is just as tiring as fetching a stick or going on a walk. Not only are these things beneficial for their bodies by lowering their chances of joint stress and injury, but brain games improve cognition that benefits them as they age.

We have lots of tips about interactive brain games in various Tripawds blogs. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

http://gear.tri.....nteractive

http://amazon.t.....nteractive

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19 October 2017 - 11:51 am
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Thanks so much everybody ;__; 

the diarrhea was actually determined to be some kind of bacteria I think? He got into some garbage while walking at the park and started shortly after that. He has gotten over that though.

but yes thank you for all your suggestions. I'm simply not used to having a "sickly" dog for lack of a better word, and I'll definitely try the spot cleaning after walks. I'm sure I can fine some cleaning pads at the store.

also I'm located in Austin!

i also did get some treat puzzles a while ago but have left them at my parents house... will have to get them when I visit next time.

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