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HAPPY HANNAH gave me quite a scarey week-end (alwasys the week-end!) Could "wah-out ti e between Piroxicam & Pred cause it?
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24 March 2014 - 6:46 pm
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Yes Pred can take a day or 2 to kick in and that is probably what happened; the piroxicam was actually doing something and then you had to wean her off.  I think if you give it a few days the prednisone should make her feel much better.  It is rare but there is a condition called hypertrophic pulmonary osteodystrophy  (HPM) where a lung tumor can cause lameness and edema in any remaining limbs.  Prednisone is the best treatment for this and may help lessen the edema.  If she really seems painful you can safely add Tramadol on top of the prednisone.


I think you should watch her appetite and attitude.  There was no doubt for me when Tazzie was ready; I really could see it in her eyes.  You will know when the time is right but I hope the prednisone will work its wonders.


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Whew.  Glad you got past this weekend, but so sorry it was so scary.  We all just want Hannah happy and eating her steaks and carrying around her dear fluffies.  I'm glad she's better.  Hugs ... great big ones... to you both.

Karma, Addy and the crew, and our forever angel Brendol

Adelaide is a young tripawd Husky, from an injury.  Her amp was on 10/1/12.  She has 4 sisters, Aissa (a senior border collie/chow), Maggie May (a puppy Great Pyrenees), Mathilde and Morrigan and 1 baby brother, Bagheera.  We are all watched over by our angel Brendol, who was dx with OSA 1/30/13, amp on 2/6/13, and left us on 8/20/13.

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Salt I'm fairly sure shes faking all this because she wants a big STEAK.........

Glad the scariness is over - you know, just like rene said, you can ALWAYS come find us in the chat room if you need us.  I bet that pred will start working its magic soon.  Keep us posted - thinking of you 


Erica & Jill the Bean.

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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24 March 2014 - 8:21 pm
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Hannah, Hannah, Hannah! What on earth are you trying to do to your Mom and all the rest of us?

Usually I don't have anything to add on the drug/med side of things, since we are here because of different circumstances. however, I do know that when our Cody (another black Lab) was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor after he suddenly went blind, the vet put him on pred. A few days later he was feeling way better, and the pred even helped to shrink the tumor enough that he had a few more months of sighted good life.

It sounds like the change in meds is already starting to work. You keep up the good work!

Kathi and Murphy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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24 March 2014 - 8:22 pm
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Maybe just possibly Her Queenly Hoppiness didn't have enough ice cream with that steak?  I've been mostly offline in stupit work things for months, dear Sally, and reading about this weekend's events filled me with such helpless frustration.  And then I read the replies from all the friends who have been close while I've been away.  And I know you've felt the strength and comfort and pawsitive thoughts and prayers surround you and Hannah.

I hope with all my heart that this was just a blip in Hannah's progress and not to be repeated.  And I add my thoughts and healing prayers to help make it so.


Hugs and hearts, Liz and Angel Roo Rooooooooooooo

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24 March 2014 - 8:36 pm
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Hannah - You can't scare your Momma like that on the weekend. I'm so glad things have improved. The darker colored stool worried me, but since it has gone back to normal (no diarrhea?) sounds like a passing thing.

Sending happy thooughts your way and will be checking in to keep an eye on both of you.

Luanne and Team Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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