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27 February 2012 - 9:50 pm
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Hooray for a non-C diagnosis! Hope the rimadyl helps and there's not a need for any xrays!

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Jackie, Angel Abby & MBBunny Rita's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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28 February 2012 - 12:08 pm
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Such good news!  I'm going to add to this post b/c we had a similar (though less dramatic) issue w/ Ajax.  He had his amputation over 1 1/2 years ago and no issues w/ that,  no spread etc.  He then got a mast cell tumor, which we removed and are now treating.  He did great with the IV vinblastine - no issues whatsoever.  However, we just started are prescribed course of Palladia (after the vinblastine, not together).  It's every other day and by 6 days (i.e. 3 doses) I noticed on more than one afternoon that his back leg seemed very weak.  Then it would seem ok again in the morning.

We were at the vet today for blood work and Palladia check up.  Told her he had been having some digestive issues on the Palladia (lots of gas - like nonstop - and diarrhea.  We talked through that and have ways to address it.  I also mentioned the leg weakness and she thought it was more likely than not that he was just uncomfortable - with his stomach bubbling and gurgling - and couldn't/didn't want to focus oin the leg, or moving pinched or made a gas bubble or something. 

In retrospect this seems right as he was always moving fine in the am before breakfast, but less good after lunch and dinner.

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28 February 2012 - 1:43 pm
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Kazy-

I remember reading somewhere that back leg, and back pain and weakness were side effects of palladia. Could be another med- but I'm pretty sure it was palladia. Something to keep in mind as Ajax goes through this part of his treatment.

 

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28 February 2012 - 3:05 pm
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Really?  Thanks Karen - I haven't read that.  That's a useful tip, I'll keep it in mind.

I'm not loving the Palladia experience but can't really clomplain since (a) we had one of the easiest ever recoveries from his amputation; (b) we had no side effects whatsoever from the vinblastine; and (c) all these treatments seem to be successful based on all markers we can meausure. 

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Yes, I believe that is true for Palladia. We didn't have that problem while Abby was on it, but when we later tried Masitinib with her, she had some weakness/trembling in her back legs. It later turned out to be Hypertrophic Osteopathy, but when I called the onc's office to say that her back legs were very weak, they said it could be a side effect of the Masitinib. And Masitinib works very similarly to Palladia.

Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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29 February 2012 - 11:10 am
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Thanks!

They gave us something I can't remember the name of - Tylan?  for the tummy.  Said they like it b/c it doesn't get absorbed into the system.  Sprinkle powder on food.

His Royal Labness rejected it sprinkled on kibble but was pleased to eat it in cottage cheese.  It seems to be helping.

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