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Hi, everyone! 

We shifted categories now that we belong in one that's a little more "ongoing updates" based. If you want to catch up, here is the link to our Original Post.

First of all, we just want to say thank you again to everyone who has contributed so much help so far. This community has been invaluable. 

So, Holden is on day seven post-amp and he is doing pretty well. He's not back to his normal self emotionally yet and he's been really bad about wanting to eat his regular kibble (this is old news), but he does get a spark of excitement when we go outside or when one of us comes home. Little pieces of him are starting to shine through the haze of the medication. Just wonder how long it will take until he's really "back."

When we went into this and had his leg amputated, it was only on the speculation that this was some kind of OSA - an entire host of vets couldn't place a firm diagnosis on the situation. I'm glad we moved ahead with it, though, because with a full leg sample, we got the news this morning that they were able to diagnosis it as Fibroblastic Osteosarcoma. 

Information on this is hard to find. Actually, the most information we've been able to find on this at one time has actually come from this site and Wyatt's story. So, thank you more than you know. 

Holden gets his staples removed next Thursday, so we'll be scheduling our first chemo conversation with another vet at the same hospital and move forward from there. 

We feel extremely lucky to have caught all of this as soon as we think we did. The little boy is only 2.5 - we want him to get as much out of this life as possible! All of our fingers and limbs are crossed as we move forward and we'll keep you updated and ask the questions I'm sure we'll have

Onward! 

Holden, Mel, Katie

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17 February 2017 - 10:28 am
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Oh I guess I didn't realize he was such a baby ... that is so young! 

But this sounds like a great update and it sounds like he is progressing normal and healthy!!! I do love his face! 🙂 So sweet!

He will probably feel mucho better once those staples come out! 

Hugs!
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Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Onward indeed handsome Holden!!! Sounds like Holden is having one of the "smoother" recoveries for just seven days into it. I know it seems like it will take forever to get thru this recovery phase. Holden will get his sparkle back slowly but surely! Every dog's recovery phase is different. Many do start to turn the corner "arou d" the two week mark. In my Happy Hannah's case, it took ame good three weeks before I finally could say I did this FOR her and not TO her!

Lpve seeing pictures of this hanadsome youngster! 🙂 He's so unique..but you already know that! 🙂

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. Keep notes every time you see a little Sparkle come back. That way, even when you don't think there has been any Improvement, you can check your notes and see that, indeed, the Sparkle is coming back!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Hi everyone, 

Thank you again for the positive words and vibes! 

We're on day 11 and Holden is doing well physically but is still barely eating. We've been gently switching things up here and there from his normal kibble to some tasty wet food and/or meats we cook for him. Sometimes, he'll gobble up the wet food and then other times he'll barely eat all day. He has been a picky eater for most of his life, but we're concerned about how little he is eating during this recovery process and that it doesn't seem to be improving at all.

We meet with the vet on Thursday to get his sutures removed and speak with the Oncologist, so we'll bring it up then as well, but wanted to see if you guys had any tips or thoughts in the meantime. Anything is helpfulbig-blink

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Mel, Katie, and Holden

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21 February 2017 - 10:03 am
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Okay Holden, you start eating better young man!

Yeah, if Holden is a picky eater to begin with, the recovery and all the meds can make him even pickier for ahwile! Continue to give him whatever he ikes...chicken, steak, scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, cheeseburgers...whatever it takes. Try some stinky food like liverwurst. Also, Fresh Pet has a refrigerated chicken food that dogs seem to go crazy over.

Try and get enough in him to coat his tummy when he takes his pills. If the Vet thinks it's necessary, he'll give him an appetite stimulant when he takes the stitches out.

Sounds like otherwise Holden is adjusting to the "new normal" just fi e. And it gets sooo much better!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS..I know it was just an oversight (a biiiig one), but you forgot to include a picture of that handsome boy! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie,

Thank you for the great recommendations - we'll try some of those for sure. I'd love any excuse to feed him burgers, haha! He'll probably never want anything else again after we give him onewinker But that all makes sense, we'll look into the chicken food as well.

Also SO SORRY for such an oversight! Here you go... we did a little photoshoot outside this weekend (It was 70 degrees in Chicago - he loved it)! His Instagram is @handsome.holden

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Okay...all better now! Got my smilin' Holden fix!!! Such a handsome boy!

Made my day! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks...and you're forgiven! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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How does he do with things around his body? Is he still wearing that compression thing?  I'm wondering if the compression thing is making him not want to eat.  My pug Maggie HATED anything around her chest- including a loose fitting shirt, it really changed her personality.  Just a thought.

He is a stunning pup!  Glad to hear he is doing well otherwise.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Your dog makes me wish I had an Instagram! SO handsome!!!!

My dog is CRAZY for pumpkin ... the canned kind, plain, not for pie. It's also a great source of fiber, so good for keeping things "regular". Maybe try mixing it in with the kibble? Or low fat cottage cheese? Or some warm chicken broth to entice him? Maybe cook up some lean ground beef/chicken/turkey and mix a bit in with his food. Do you normally feed him once a day? Twice? Leave food down all the time? 

I am blessed in that Izzy ALWAYSSSS eats. In fact, after her knee surgery on one of her remaining legs this past fall, I'm pretty sure I brought her back from the brink of pain killer OD with a bowl of food! It's funny but not funny but nonetheless true.

Even though my fatty dog is the Original Chowhound, I used all of the aforementioned "tips" as ways to hide medicine in Izzy's meal. 🙂

Let us know how he's doing!

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