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17 September 2010 - 12:55 pm
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Hi everyone, it looks like the site could use some good news today. 

 

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We went to the vet for Ajax's 2 month post-amp chest xray (amputation of right rear leg 7/19/10 due to stage 1 chonrosarcom).  The xrays were clean, no mets, which was pretty much what they expected.

The rest of the good news is that the surgeon (who is also a rehab specialist) said he is doing great.  She said we can let him do whatever he wants, go as far as he wants, climb, run etc.  The only comments/suggestions she had were the obvious one that swimming is great, and that we shouldn't take him jogging or throw in the air so that he jumps, which of course we knew.

We asked about the increased panting, and she said it is normal, not any sign of lung distress.  Since it comes at night, it could be a little anxiety or a little soreness, though she poked and prodded him and he did not show any signs of soreness.

We asked about the increased barking and she said "that just means you're spoiling him."  Which is true, so now that he is good to go, mom has to get a grip.

More news:  And the rest of the news is that Ajax is going to be a star at the Animal Medical Center.  His surgeon is going to use his mininmally invasive chest surgery (removal of benign thymoma) in a lecture, and his oncologist (who is also a big fundraiser for the teaching hospital) is blogging about him and the value of their interdisciplinary approach.  Woo hoo!  Maybe I can send his video and get some royalties for cometdog.

Tip:  We asked them to do a lipoma map to help us not be paranoid.  Ajax had 5 or 6 decent sized (though not unsightly) lipomas before we discovered the tumor.  The tumor felt different, but of course we are now uber-sensitive to every change.  They had a picture of a dog (view lying on his belly and another one lying on his back) and basically drew in the lipomas that we have already found and aspirated.  I think this is incredibly helpful and every Lab (or otherwise lumpy dog) owner should have one.  No one ever suggested this to us, we asked, but they had the chart so they must do it fairly often.

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17 September 2010 - 2:35 pm
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And thanks for writing some good news! I like the idea of a lipoma map, as we could certainly use that for Chloe. She has had 2 aspirations so far, and of course we are paranoid of every minor change in her. Dealing with a fur baby with cancer/amputation/chemo makes you neurotic!

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yeah, I don't know why they don't lipoma map as a regular practice ... i didn't think to ask, my husband did, but it's so simple and so helpful ...

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That's excellent news Ajax!  Yippy! YAY! and Woohoo! 

 

More news:  And the rest of the news is that Ajax is going to be a star at the Animal Medical Center.  His surgeon is going to use his mininmally invasive chest surgery (removal of benign thymoma) in a lecture, and his oncologist (who is also a big fundraiser for the teaching hospital) is blogging about him and the value of their interdisciplinary approach.  Woo hoo!  Maybe I can send his video and get some royalties for cometdog.

 

I didn't understand some of the big words written, but I understand the word "royalties" and that's money!  Now, you know why we have a clause for future gigs in our contract!  MONEY to ME!  (I knew you'd be a star Ajax- you have it written all of over your face - and I'm cashing in!)

My legal counsel "Ginger" Legalpants  from Su, Grabbit and Runne Law Firm will contact you shortly!winker

 

   

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She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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17 September 2010 - 3:52 pm
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Ajax will have his humans call your humans, they'll do lunch.

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Great news about Ajax! We always love hearing good news like this around here.  That limpoma map sounds very interesting.  I'm forever wondering what lumps we did or didn't aspirate on Mackenzie and I'm not sure the doctors keep good track of this either.  I'll have to check into this.  Thanks for sharing this!

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!


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We have a little dog sticker that we keep in the chart to keep track of any growths and if they have been aspirated, etc.  That way it is easy for other doctors to know what is going on.  It is a great idea to keep your own personal record at home!

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Great report!  Congratulations Ajax!! 

And a superstar-to-be to boot!  Cool!

The lipoma map....cool idea....I have a hard time keeping track of Maggie's 'lumpies'...

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

http://maggie.t.....t-24-2013/

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17 September 2010 - 8:17 pm
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Love good news!!!  And now you're going to be a celebrity!

You rock Ajax!

Pat, Angel Ruthie & Tess

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Great news Ajax, we are all smiling here, so happy to read that things are going so good for you!

 

 Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

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Yay Ajax!!! No lung mets! You are right that we love good news around here! Here is to a great 2 month ampuversary! 

It seems Ajax and Chloe had their amputation 1 week apart since we just celebrated her 7 week yesterday 🙂

Keep up the good work!!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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17 September 2010 - 10:59 pm
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Awesome news!

Hey that surgery documentary sounds like it could be a winner in the Gross-Out category, we can't wait to see it.

Is there any way you can scan the lipoma map and post it? Sounds like something we should all ask our vets for. Thanks for the idea!

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