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4 December 2018 - 10:38 am
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Hi Heather! We’re so glad you are headed to CSU and know you will be impressed. They are so wonderful. For a preview, check out our blog article about the Lucy Oncology Clinic:

Lucy Leaves a Legacy at One of the Best Vet Cancer Clinics in the World

Also, be sure to compare the questions you’ve jotted down next to these:

Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist

Try to take things one day at a time. Once you help Gladys’ get rid of that awful pain (which unfortunately, even the strongest narcotics eventually cannot do much about), you will see that everything else is icing on the cake! Learn to Be More Dog and you can get through this together and have a great, happy life on three.

Keep us posted on how the appointment goes, and let the CSU folks know that Tripawds says hello.

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Right now your head is spinning  with so many unknowns and so many  uncertainties, of course you are nervous and scared!  We’ve all been in similar situations  on this crazy journey!

  All this will subside after your consultation . Once you get some answers, you will be able to move forward more confidently .  

We’ll be “with you”…well…sort of!  We’ll be surrounding  you with our love and  never ending  support.

Oh, and a suggestion .  maybe video or record the consultation.  No matter how good my notes were, I still was only “half present ” during the stress of all these things.

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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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Sally that is such a great idea to record the conversation! I have a “tape recorder” (remember those?) app on my phone that I use for interviews, what a smart thing to do when you’re trying to absorb information at a medical appointment! I’ll have to remember that when we update Three Legs & a Spare!

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Hello Everyone, It has been a very stressful last few days.  Our appointment went well on Thursday, all of Gladys’ tests came back great, her bone looked good on the x-rays.  She did have to be sedated for them, and also had her first infusion of zoledronic acid.  They also sent us home with Gabapentin, to add into her pain med routine, which I was worried about as my male Newfoundland, Olaf, had some horrible reactions to Gabapentin.  I started giving it to her on Saturday, just twice a day, and she was fine over the weekend.  Monday morning, I am not sure if she tweaked herself or what, but she was limping worse, crying out in pain and completely agitated.  On the Gabapentin label it said that I could give it up to three times a day, so I gave her three doses and then she was so lethargic, that I could not even get her to go potty.  Has anyone had any experiences like this?  She is still not herself, I have stopped the Gabapentin and she is a little more alert, but I feel like she might have some gastro issues such as excess stomach acid or mucus making it hard for her to swallow her food and water comfortably.  I am absolutely beside myself right now.  Does anyone have any insight?

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Hi Gladys’s family,

Our dog Pee Wee (62 lbs for reference) was prescribed 300mg of Gabapentin every 8-12 hours after her splenectomy in August and she become severely ataxic (stumbling, unable to stand on her own, or roll herself over to shift positions while sleeping without assistance). It was absolutely terrifying to see her like this. We recently restarted her on Gabapentin but started at 100mg every 8-12 hours and titrated up slowly over about two weeks to 300mg and she hasn’t had any problems. I’m not a vet but my guess is that your sweet pup may just be sensitive to Gabapentin like our dog and might need to start with a lower dose and then very slowly uptitrate to the desired dose. 

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Heather, Paul, and Pee Wee

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Glad all her tests came back looking good and you got the treatment started.

I would check in with the Onco about best way to get her newest bout of pain managed.   She needs some form of meds consistently .  Not a Bet, but because she handled  the dose of Gaba twice a day well, I would not think that would be an issue woth a dog that size.   

Heather gave some good insight  into what worked for PeeWee

So yeah, check with a Vet, especially  avout the new pain/limping in that leg. Not trying to alarm you at all, but fractures are always a concern with osteo, so we always advise to get any sudden pain like that checked out.  Most likely she did jist tweak it and needs some form of consistent  pain meds.  You can ask avput codeine , or armandtine (okay…I screwed the name up badly….hopefully someone  will come along and give You the right name).

You can also ask the Vet if the injection has any side effects like you are describing .

Keep us posted.  Hang in there.  You’ll get this figured out!

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hls0303 said
I’m not a vet but my guess is that your sweet pup may just be sensitive to Gabapentin like our dog and might need to start with a lower dose and then very slowly uptitrate to the desired dose. 

Perfect feedback! This is exactly what Dr. Petty advises in Dr. Petty’s Pan Management for Dogs. You can also read more about Gabapentin here.

Hope she is feeling better by now! Don’t ever hesitate to call CSU for situations that make you nervous, they are really great about being responsive to phone calls.

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