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Mast cell tumor - and that wasn't even the first thing...
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Madison, WI
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9 June 2012 - 4:26 pm
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Hey all.  Gerry's a little bored, and sick of me watching him like a hawk and/or being in the cone, so that he can't lick.  But we're both resting pretty well and falling back into what has become the ol' recovery/medication routine by now.  If my count is right this is his 5th surgery in the three years I've known him (amputation, histiocytoma, disticia, and an infected mass in his gums plus fractured teeth).  I don't know if he's going for a record or what.  He doesn't even resemble any of the breeds genetically predisposed to disticia - that diagnosis had me so weirded out that I switched vets.  Probably unfairly though, cause the problem never came back after they zapped his eyeballs, and I've only heard great things about that vet since.  But I digress...

One plus side of recovery (only for us humans though) - the cute recovery pictures:

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Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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10 June 2012 - 1:23 pm
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Awww, what great cone of shame pics! You can tell his eyes look a little tired but at least he's spunky enough to play with his toys. What meds is he on?

5 surgeries in 3 years has got to be some kind of record. I hereby bestow an honorary vet tech certificate on you Bri, you've earned it.

Thanks for the update, I was wondering how you two are doing.

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10 June 2012 - 9:53 pm
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Yeah, he probably wasn't completely past the effects of the anesthesia for those pics. laughing

He's on Rimadyl for the pain - just for a few days.  He's also on metronidazole (anti-biotic, which I might have spelled wrong) for the diarrhea that hadn't cleared up yet (fecal was clear though).  And he's on Pepcid because the doc said something about removal of the MCT can release something or other and cause GI upset.  He's been on Pepcid and Metro before, but I can't remember if he has had Rimadyl before, or only Tramadol...  Either way, it's short-term so I'm not going to stress about it.  Just keeping an eye on the ol' stool.

Gerry is also already getting Dasuquin and a probiotic every day.

I'm impressed with how pretty the incision has been from day 1.  Granted, it wasn't an amputation, but still, I was surprised at the lack of redness, swelling, discharge, etc.

He's been sleeping pretty heavily lately.  I think that might be the heat wave we've been having though, as it's been knocking me out too. big-blink 

Results start coming in next week.  Neurology consult, thyroid panel, and hopefully the grading of the tumor.  The last two could take a little longer, or they could all be in by Friday.  Yikes.

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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11 June 2012 - 8:40 am
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Cute pics! Hope the results bring some good news.

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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11 June 2012 - 10:56 am
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Hey if he has to wear a cone of shame , might as well own it!!! 🙂

Healing vibes coming your way!!!

-Kori & Lupe

Diagnosed with possible synovial cell sarcoma of right front elbow 5/31/12. Amputation surgery performed 6/7/12. Final diagnosis of histiocytic cell sarcoma 6/11/12. Her soul and spirit were strong, her body was not...my little girl earned her wings 6/14/12. "If there are labradoodles and goldendoodles, why can't I be a cockadoodle?"-Angel Lupe (June 28, 1997-June14, 2012) http://lupepod......pawds.com/

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11 June 2012 - 4:01 pm
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Well, better too much sleep at this point than overdoing things in that heat. 

The waiting is the worst isn't it? Try to hang in there. How did he do when you went to work today?

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11 June 2012 - 7:17 pm
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He did well.  Had a sitter come hang out with him for an hour in the morning.  We'll do that for this week at least.  She said he was great and even went potty for her.  He was quite spunky when I got home and certainly has his full appetite!

Got thyroid panel results - normal.  One down, two to go.

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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11 June 2012 - 10:11 pm
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Oh man your adventure sounds similar to Chloe's adventure to the vet multiple times, only her episodes were this gagging-swallowing-pacing-grass eating-high volume water drinking-whining thing. One episode lasted 8 hours, all NIGHT LONG, just before her annual physical (I guess it was 'convenient'). I got about 2 hours of sleep that night. She was definitely having GI issues (vet thinks acid reflux), which wasn't fully diagnosed until a few days later (an additional emergency visit) after another 2 hour episode (included vomiting). She was on human pepcid for a couple weeks which helped tremendously. Chloe was on 20mg 2x/day for a week and then weaned off. So if Gerry is on pepcid, he should be fine on the GI side of things. As for lumps, Chloe now has 2 lipomas, 2 warts and a skin tag. AND at her last checkup tested positive for roundworm!  Have to bring her poop in for another check up soon to make sure the fluorescent yellow liquid (deworming) worked. No more cat poo treats in the empty field (part of house property) for Chloe! Basically what I am getting at is that we have had similar adventures (all this fun stuff happened in May at the end of my semester near finals week), so you aren't alone!!!! 

Gerry looks handsome even in the cone of shame winker We are crossing our fingers and hoping the tumor results come out favorably. Good luck!!!

-Nicole and Chloe

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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12 June 2012 - 9:06 pm
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Good news!  The tumor was a grade II with super duper clean margins.  The vet advised to keep an eye on that area it was removed from in particular for re-occurrence, and the rest of him too with less needed vigilance, but odds are low for it coming back and/or metastasizing.  

Also, our regular vet got the consult with neurology from UW Madison.  They concurred it was clear.  Their notes said it could have been atypical idiopathic seizures and a appointment with them could be beneficial.  On the one hand, I'm thinking I'd better be frugal with the Gerry fund (the savings account I keep for things like this - not that I ever could have imagined the last few weeks) for as long as I can - build it back up to it's former glory.  

Certainly if he had another episode, I'd see a neurologist asap.  But, it might be important to get their advice on the dog therapy dilemma whether he has another one or not.  Since he was so mobile and so loud during his episodes, he could easily be a danger to himself or others in a hospital or other settings, if it occurred there - unlike with your more traditional mill grand mal seizure (which one of the dog therapy veterans was telling me her dog had and was no problem).  I'll ask my regular vet about it.  See how comfortable she feels about advising me on the dog therapy problem.  Maybe she'll recommend we see a neurologist about question.  *Sigh*  I sure hope they're going to be able to tell me with confidence that after X number of months or whatever, it should be safe to say he won't have them again, but I'm not optimistic that they can say that.  After all, so far they can't even confirm if it was a sort of seizure at all.  It would be such a shame to have to quit it, but it could be so much worse if he did have even one episode on a visit.  Cause that could affect the entire program and other teams, or, like I said before, even get someone hurt accidentally.  Animal assisted therapy is about the people who need the visits for the comfort and joy of them, not about how good the visits would be for Gerry.  Him freaking out in the middle of the visit would be the complete opposite of comfort and joy, I'm sure.  Oh well, that's my dilemma in ramble-speak.

Speaking of dog therapy, in all our vet visits over the last couple weeks, I don't think there was a single one where he didn't go cuddle up to some nervous dog owner in the waiting room.  Seems almost counter-intuitive, but maybe vet offices would let us do dog therapy visits to their waiting rooms?  laughing  Then he'd be in the perfect place to have an "episode" anyway! 

So glad that we're stuck with this problem though!  (Instead of the big C problem)

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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12 June 2012 - 9:13 pm
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Bri, I'm so glad the test results came out with a low grade and clean margins!  And I like the idea about doing therapy in vet's offices.  Sounds like Gerry already knows what he's doing!  I think he would be a great comfort for folks who are waiting for surgery, chemo appointments, etc.  Good luck and let us know what happens!

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12 June 2012 - 9:14 pm
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clean margins!!!!!  we are celebrating here in ET!!  paws crossed that gerry remains in great health, and no more s-e-i-z-u-r-e-s!!!!

 

charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

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12 June 2012 - 9:18 pm
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Hooray for grade II and super duper clean margins! That sounds like mostly great news, except for the uncertainty about the possible seizure/neurological episodes. Hopefully he doesn't have one again, and it will be chaulked up to some sort of reaction to that stuff your roommate used on her pup. (forget the name - Vectra 3d?)

Love the pet therapy in the vet's office idea! I always felt like Abby was a good therapy dog in the waiting room at the onc, since she was so spunky and happy!

Hooray for a good update! Rita sends nose-pokes to Gerry,
Jackie, Angel Abby & MBBunny Rita

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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12 June 2012 - 9:25 pm
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Yeah, Vectra 3D.  And if Rita is sending nose-pokes, I'm sure Gerry sends muzzle licks back. big-grin

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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Good news!  Clean margins are excellent. 

I'm with Jackie, I hope (in a weird way) that the seizure like episodes were chemically induced.

I'm not sure a neurological consult would be hugely beneficial unless Gerry has an episode in front of the doctor. Since all the tests you have run so far are clear I don't know what the doc could tell you, unless he/she had seen this type of behavior before and was able to diagnose it.

I hope Gerry continues to be regular old Gerry!

 

Karen and the pugapalooza

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12 June 2012 - 9:37 pm
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This is great news!  YAY for Gerry!  Paws crossed that it never ever comes back!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

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

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