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13 August 2019 - 8:44 am
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WAY TO GO RIOT!!!!😁😁      SO HAPPY YOU’VE  DECIDED  FOOD IS A GOOD THING AGAIN!!

Paws crossed for good  blood work tomorrow.  Maybe Riot won’t  be as wiped out now that he’s  getting his appetite  back.  When he does his chemo, do you jave ro leave him all day, or do you have an actual scheduled appointment where Riot is in and out in under 45 minutes-ish?

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13 August 2019 - 9:19 am
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Ooooh that’s such great news! Go Riot! Good boy! Keep it up! smiley_clap

What appetite stimulant are you using? 

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Thank you both. I really hope he keeps it up. He has a set appointment for chemo. It’s supposed to take about 90 minutes, with blood draw and chemo run time. They often run late, as it’s also an emergency department. He’s on Mirtazapine. They said it works better than Entyce for most of their chemo patients.

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Oh I do too! There’s nothing sadder than an animal who won’t eat.

That’s interesting about Mirtazapine, I figured Entyce would be new go-to appetite stimulant. Good to know, thanks!

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Ugh. It’s been awful. Now my Dad is in the hospital with dehydration.  Hopefully he’s out tomorrow. 

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13 August 2019 - 5:15 pm
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Geez…..sending extra doses of good luck, pawsitive energy and more food luck again!

Yoir Dad is where he needs to be to get this handled.  Dehydration is a sneaky booger,  Iit’s  also pretty quickly turned around too.

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Riot was able to get chemo today. The oncologist was impressed with how well he’s doing. Another round in 3 weeks if his counts are good. More scans in 6 weeks.

My Dad will likely be discharged tomorrow. 

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YAY! Great news all around, I’m so happy for you guys!

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YAAAAY!  😁😁  I know you are relieved!!!   As for Riot…just another day of more spoiling  and loving!😎

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Thank you both very much. Riot had an easier time this round, as I asked that we wait for his blood work in an exam room, instead of him being in the busy and loud back room. He did much better with anxiety. Hopefully his counts will be good enough in three weeks for another dose. He gets scans in 6 weeks, either way. He ate a few bites of food last night, but nothing this morning. I couldn’t get his anti nausea or pain meds down him, so another rough day for Riot. I’m hoping that if my Dad gets discharged today, still up in the air, he’ll feel happy enough to eat a bit. At least enough to get some pills. He won’t take the appetite stimulant either. He’s not the kind of dog you can force a pill down. Hopefully he’ll just sleep today, and be feeling  a bit better tonight. I’m going to write up a blog post soon.

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You guys are getting the hang of it! Amazing what a difference that makes. When we go to the vet, our Wyatt is so much better when we just hang out in an exam room inbetween procedures.

We’ll keep our paws crossed for more good visits and reports! But poor guy, I’m sorry he’s not enthused about eating again. Have you ever had your vet show you how to pill him? Just wondering, many people don’t think of asking.

Yay for your dad getting close to being released from the hospital! It will be soo nice to have some normalcy. I’ll be Riot will be great healing therapy for him when he gets home.

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Thank, Jerry. It’s not looking good for him coming home, but we’ll know in a few hours.

I’ve been shown how to do it. He’s very head shy for procedures. He knows instantly when something has changed from basic attention. He’s great with ear cleaning at least. He’s just not a pillable dog. His vets have all agreed it’s not worth the stress on me or him. If he doesn’t eat it, then it better come in shot form, or he does without.

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Darn, I was hoping to read that Dad was home and Riot licked his bowl clean.

Good job changing up the chemo procedure at the vet! I recently talked to my vet about doing everything for Elly in the exam room- they usually take the pet in back for shots, blood draws, etc.  Elly does sort of OK while at the vet, but then I have weeks of her anxiety being through the roof every time we get in the truck. Last month during our visit she never left my side and the aftermath was much more manageable!

Sorry about the meds, Maggie was hard to sneak pills into but I could get them down when I had to.  Stressful all around.

I really hope Dad gets home soon.  My Pug boy Obie is seriously attached to my dad and is quite miserable when he is not in the house overnight.

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You guys may have already tried this but  our pup had a great response to Cerenia. We had an awful time trying to get her to eat both during and after we stopped chemo. Neither mirtazapine nor Entyce worked for us and she was even refusing McDonalds, hot dogs, filet mignon, salmon etc. Though she didn’t present with obvious signs of nausea our oncologist tried it anyways just in case nausea was underlying her poor appetite and it was a miracle for her. With the injectable, it was a drastic change. Within a half hour she was much more perky and eating like her normal piggy self. We kept her on daily Cerenia we gave at home in pill form afterwards. Might be worth a shot? 

If you go that route and it works, you can get Cerenia much more cheaply through Valley Vet’s online pharmacy. It was half the cost of what our local vets were charging! https://www.valleyvet.com

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Well, some good news. My Dad did get discharged. Now I can go to my home, and get a few things done before going back. My Mom has done a great job, but she can’t walk my boys. Only my Dad and I have done the needed training with them. My almost 9 year old can still pull like a bull if he thinks you’ll let him.

We do have Cerenia. I haven’t honestly noticed a difference, but I’m going to try and get it down him and hope for the best. Maybe because he’s a bit less stressed than the last two chemo treatments, it will have a chance to work better. Thanks for the link. If we use it more, I’ll do that. It was surprisingly expensive.

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