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Thanks for the tips!! We are starting to browse different doggy strollers online, but we are a little hesitant. While she only weighs about 20 pounds, I feel like she is bigger (longer?) than most 20 pound dogs. I don't want her to be cramped or uncomfortable, but I also don't want to spend $300 on a large one that we may only use for a few weeks. We'll keep browsing though because I think that's a great idea!

I have also noticed Mona panting heavily every so often. We've been trying to make sure she drinks plenty of water and doesn't move around too much (although lately we turn our backs for a minute and then look over to see that she jumped on the bed whatever). I've been reading that panting can also mean that a dog is anxious. Does anyone have any advice on this? Thanks!

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I noticed Mona is on Tramadol every twelve hours. Sometimes panting can be a sign of pain (and sometimes the Tram itself can make them pant).

If the panting seems to be, for example, around the six to eight hour mark after her dose, yoy may talk to the Vet about giving it more frequently. Sometimes the dose can be prescribed three times a day as opposed to just twice.

Talk to your Vet about doing doses more frequently as a possibility.

Still so very, very, very early in recovery! Hang in there!!

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20 July 2017 - 10:27 am
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Yep, panting can be anxiety or related to the pain medication she's on. It can also mean she's just hot. In SoCal right now I imagine that you've got some high temps right now? Is she in air conditioning all afternoon? If so and she's still panting, let your vet know so you can adjust the pain medication. She may need more or less depending on her specific needs.

Meanwhile yeah, a dog stroller is an investment for sure. But they come in so handy when a dog is older, whether they are on three or four legs. Here's a post about training and also has some links to good strollers we and members have found helpful:

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I wanted to give everyone an update on Mona! First, she is having a GREAT recovery so far! She has been eating and sleeping like a champ and is full of energy. She recently got her stitches removed, and the vet said that everything seems to be healing properly. She's also in the clear to go on walks again!

Now for the really good news... Mona does NOT have cancer!!! We got her biopsy results back, and we found out that she actually has coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever. This was caused by her inhaling fungus in the soil when she was living on the streets in Mexico before we adopted her. While means that she may be on medication for months, or even years, it can be cured! We are thrilled about this news. We were given a life expectancy of about a year if she had cancer. Now that we know she does not have cancer, we are hopeful that Mona can live a long, happy life!

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YAY FOR MONA!!!!  WOW!!!  WE DON'T OFTEN GET SUCH GOOD NEWS!!!!

Absolutely wonderful to hear how well sweet Mona is doing!!! 🙂   Just happy being Mona again 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂   Good job 🙂 🙂   

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YAY for sweet Mona!  Celebrating with you!  Not often we get good news like this here!  Not that any fungal infection is exactly good news but the fact it's treatable is great!   Here's To many more happy years Miss Mona!

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WOW that is terrific news all around!  Glad to hear Mona's getting back to her spunky old self, and extremely happy that you aren't dealing with cancer. We always hope the lab test results say "Valley Fever" but it's so rare, it hardly ever happens. Congrats on being the rarest of the rare, just like your adorable Mona! Very cool. 

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