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Even with amputation, life expectancy with an osteosarcoma is 4-6 months???
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22 March 2022 - 12:02 pm
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Hi Tripawd friends! Update on Max:

Post-amputation, he's been doing great. It's like nothing has changed, and I'm so grateful! He goes on walks like a rockstar (leading the pack and pulling his mom up and down the street) and is still playful with his brothers. We celebrated his 10th birthday with a trip to Woof Gang Bakery and lots of treats. 

We just dropped him off for his first chemo treatment. I HATE that he has to go through it, and I'm really hoping that he doesn't experience any negative side effects. What seem to be the typical side effects for this kind of chemo treatment, if any? I'm ready for all of this to be over!

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22 March 2022 - 1:24 pm
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He's so smart. Yep, nothing has changed in his eyes now that he's back to doing what he loves. Dogs are such great teachers aren't they? They remind us about what really matters in this world. Having fun with friends, family, and making the most of every single day. Max has got this down!!!

Good luck with chemo today! Please don't worry too much. As long as your vet sends you home with some anti-nausea medication (Ondansetron or Cerenia), just in case, you're well prepared. Typically all we see with most dogs is a little bit of tiredness during the first day, possibly nausea or upset GI. Look for them within the first week, or sometimes it can happen about 7-10 days out but rarely. Most handle it quite well. It's not like chemotherapy for humans at all. Much lighter doses, and a real focus on quality of life.

Keep us posted on how things are going. We are cheering for Max and the pack!

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22 March 2022 - 2:19 pm
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Yep, add me to Smart Max's Fan Club as we all cheer for him loudly!👏👏👏

As Jerry said, even IF he does experience  some mild "side effects" for a couple of days, the Cerenia and some extra loving and spoiling and cheesevurgers  will help chase it away.  

Thrilled to hear how well he's doing like the Tripawd RockStar that he is!!!

HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY MAX!!!   Keep 'em coming!!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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