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so I’m not sure why I was hoping he’d be all better after a day of rest.  

Because ,you want Gator to feel better! Nothing wrong with HOPE of course you want him to feel better!
Sorry Mr. Gator is not feeling well! Im sure Gator will rest and feel better soon!

He is Lucky Gator! He has you and his new furever home and family! 

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Gator update – still coughing when the cough meds wear off every 4 hours or so, but it doesn’t sound as harsh, which I hope is progress.  Lost interest in the honey once the novelty wore off.   Very cuddly, but seems more comfortable sleeping on the floor than in my bed.  On a positive note, his ears look great, and he is sitting nicely to let me clean them without having to chase him, hold his collar, etc.  Amazing how easily this was transmitted – a dog is contagious before they show any symptoms.  The day care has no idea who he got it from (which obviously suggests that someone did not have the courtesy to give the day care a heads up after their dog started coughing).   Maybe something for those going through oncology to think about.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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24 January 2017 - 8:16 pm
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Gator is such a sweetheart, that’s terrific he’s letting you clean his ears without fussing about it.

Yeah, kids can catch all sorts of stuff at daycare! Almost makes me glad that Wyatt Ray is not daycare material at all, it’s just not an option for us. I guess there’s a little bit of good in that.

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It’s 2:30 am, and we are all awake for no reason at all.  It has been 7 hours since Gator’s last cough med, and what do I hear?  Absolutely nothing.  No coughing at all, even when we got up and went downstairs.  Hooray!

Otis and Tess went to daycare and the dog park for years without ever having a single issue.  It is a great way for dogs who enjoy that type of social play to burn off energy.  Also essential if you have to board.  But you are right, not every pup enjoys or is comfortable in a group play setting.   I think Clare is right, and poor Gator has just been through so much that his immune system is not at 100%.  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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25 January 2017 - 7:47 am
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Great News!! Mr Gator is feeling better!😍 

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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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Glad he’s feeling better, and I’m glad I’m not the only person who finds themselves blogging in the middle of the night!

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Paula and Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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Yay for Mr Gator!  So happy things are getting better!  I’ve just been reading that a large part of a dogs immunity is a healthy digestive system so I’ve been adding a probiotic/prebiotic/enzymes/herb supplement to Riley’s food.  He’s always had looser stools so that’s why I started it but it also seems to be really helping him energy wise too.  Plus within 3 days his stools have firmed right up.  So hoping I’m helping his immune system as a bonus here.  Keep getting better each day Gator you wonderful big yellow dog you!

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Vet recommended FortiFlora, a probiotic, so we will start that tonight.  Coughing now is very infrequent and very mild, which is pretty much what the e-vet predicted in terms of recovery.  And, I must admit he just seems happier right now.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Okay Gator, you are getting that immune system of yours in tip top shape! No more “issues”! Now get back on critter patrol! You silly boy, you can’t sneak up on them if you’re coughing or shaking yiur ears!

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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This is going to amaze you – we just found a post on adoptapet.com for a dog named Gator who was adopted out of the Humane Society in the same town Gator came from.  There is a photo, and it looks like my Gator!  No idea how old the post is, or when the dog was adopted.  The post says the dog is four.  Gator is 6, and came with two years medical records.  I sent an e:mail to the Humane Society.  If that adoption was two years ago, then I am home #3, not #2!  Which would explain his abandonment anxiety.  Hopefully, they will respond.  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Oh, poor Gator!

Well then, it’s a good thing he found his way to you and his forever home!  heartheartheart

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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Woooaaaaah. We can’t wait to hear more.

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O.M.D.!!! This is unbelievable! What are the odds???? Keep emailing them!! Inquiring minds want to know!! HAVE to know!

And just the fact that you happened to even see this post…WOW!

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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That would help explain things a bit.  I think it is harder on older dogs when they rotate in and out of homes although Obie adjusted pretty well.  I was his 3rd home at 4 years old although he was 3 years at his first home and 6 months in foster before me so his changes were relatively close together.  If Gator has bounced every couple of years….that has to be really hard for him.

Karen

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