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Mast cell tumor - and that wasn't even the first thing...
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12 June 2012 - 11:10 pm
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PHEW! Clean margins, paws up for Gerry!!! NO more scaring your owner with your episodes, thats an order!!!

-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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30 July 2012 - 5:26 pm
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Glad to hear Gerry's MCT results came back so good.  We were thinking about you both!!!


Rio's momma, Micki

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~ ~ Rio ~ ~
Forever in my heart...

April 2000 – January 20, 2012
Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
Mets discovered Aug. 31, 2011. Read more of Rio's story here.

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30 July 2012 - 7:14 pm
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Thanks, Micki!

And, Nicole and Chloe, Gerry's done fairly well at not scaring me since you last posted telling him not to, haha.  Thanks!

Gerry updated his blog, for anyone who missed it, and updates our last post here: 

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:

Madison, WI
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I have a new suspect for the cause of Gerry's weird freak outs over a couple days around Memorial Day.  TYeserday, I caught Gerry picking a berry off one of the shrubs in the front yard.  I've never seen him do it before.  I remember being told by my mom or grandma when I was a kid about those kinds of berries and not to eat them cause they're only safe for birds to eat.  I kept an eye on Gerry, and made sure he wouldn't have a chance to eat any more of them, but figured one berry in an almost 50 lb dog probably wouldn't hurt him too much.  Still, I started looking into what kind of bushes I had and just how concerned I should be about him picking off any more berries.

Turns out they're some kind of Yew shrubs.  And guess what?  Yews are pretty darn deadly.  A little hilarious since the person I bought the house from was a vet tech who had dogs and before her was a veterinarian (probably had a dog or two also - I met him once by chance).  You'd think I wouldn't have to worry about their landscaping choices, right?  I'm sure though if they were aware of the Yews though they probably still didn't need to be concerned, cause I don't know any other dogs that are so berry motivated as Gerry is.  And, as berry motivated as he is, yesterday was the first time I ever saw him pick one off one of those shrubs!

But here's the scoop, the berry part is actually the only part that isn't harmful.  However there's a seed inside that a dog is likely to swallow along with the berry that is very harmful.  However, the seed is only harmful if it gets chewed.  If it isn't, it will most likely go through the animal or person that ate it without harming them.  Here's a link to ASPCA's little blurb about Yews, which includes a picture:


Seizures and tremors are listed as possible symptoms at the link above.  Another place online (though I can't verify how accurate it is) also note aggression as a possible symptom.  Gerry certainly seemed afraid and horribly uncomfortable during his episodes and there was a point where both my housemate and I thought he might actually bite one of us, because he was so freaked out.  Oh and that site also said something like, if your dog doesn't drop dead, symptoms could last up to two days after ingestion and Gerry's symptoms did reoccur 4-6 times over two days.

But, you know, I was pretty suspcious of the Vectra 3D from stuff I found online too.  And I'll probably never know for sure what the cause was.  Those bushes though are out, regardless.  Gerry's too sly for me to even imagine I can monitor him enough to be sure he never eats any Yew berries ever again.  And just one time could be all it takes.  If he has eaten off those shrubs ever before, I'm amazed at our luck that I didn't lose him already!

To sum up what I've learned, if you want to try Vectra 3D, well, just proceed cautiously!  And as far as Yews, know what's in your yard and whether any of your pups are munchers like Gerry!  If so, dig those suckers out ASAP. ugh

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:

San Diego, CA
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7 September 2012 - 10:02 pm
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Wowza. I guess I need to figure out what some of the things are in our yard! Pretty sure Rita's never tried to eat anything out there, but better safe than sorry!

A good reminder for everyone.

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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We had to remove all our Azaleas as Tom was constantly trying to eat the leaves.  We also have an apple tree and while I'm not willing to chop it down, I  did go out into the backyard a million times a day  to pick up the apples before he got to them (I did stop short of standing under the tree to catch the apples as they fell). I read on the forums ages ago that apple seeds are poisonous-- I wasn't sure how many it took, but I wasn't willing to chance it

Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011

Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011.  Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs.  If love alone could have saved you…

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8 September 2012 - 7:44 am
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Holy moly! Wow! Kudos to you Bri for being so observant and figuring this out! Wow! You get the prize for Best Dog Mom Ever.

We call those things "dead-en-berries".....I'm so glad he's OK. Thanks for letting us know about this, I think the subject of poisonous landscaping would make a great blog post (hint hint, wanna write one?!).

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8 September 2012 - 3:53 pm
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Hoping for low grade news for you and Gerry!

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