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New here - Rear leg amputation scheduled for next week. Scared as hell
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15 December 2015 - 10:10 pm
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And yes, top-notch, safest anesthesia is not cheap. We were stunned to learn that when we had procedures done at Colorado State for our Wyatt Ray . Everything cost less than a typical clinic except the anesthesia. But that's OK with us, it's not something you want to skimp on. Where is the surgery happening?

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Ooh, thank you, thank you, thank you for the link! 🙂

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jerry said
And yes, top-notch, safest anesthesia is not cheap. We were stunned to learn that when we had procedures done at Colorado State for our Wyatt Ray . Everything cost less than a typical clinic except the anesthesia. But that's OK with us, it's not something you want to skimp on. Where is the surgery happening?

In Culver City, CA. At a specialty place. I have a list of questions to ask them tomorrow. I asked about anesthesia before but my brain fog doesn't allow me to remember so i'll just ask AGAIN! laughing

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Oh boy, 2 1/2 years later and Murphy is still playing us when it comes to eating!  lol Some days it's no problem, some days he sneaks into the kitchen and eats Cassie & Max's food hehehe, some days no coaxing in the world will get him to eat!  My husband keeps trying to "change it up" to keep him interested...we add gravy which seems to help, then we stop, we change brands of food, sometimes I scramble some eggs for him.  Sigh, they sure do know that they can play us!

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
Read about Murphy's Life on Three Legs

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linda2 said

In Culver City, CA. At a specialty place. I have a list of questions to ask them tomorrow. I asked about anesthesia before but my brain fog doesn't allow me to remember so i'll just ask AGAIN! laughing

Ohhhh with Veterinary Cancer Group? They're our peeps, we love those folks and honestly you couldn't be in better hands! We've had many members go with them and all had great experiences. Who is your onco? If it's Dr. Turner tell her we say Hi! There are some videos we m ade with VCG's founder, Dr. Rosenberg that you might take a peek at.

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17 December 2015 - 6:43 am
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jerry said

linda2 said
In Culver City, CA. At a specialty place. I have a list of questions to ask them tomorrow. I asked about anesthesia before but my brain fog doesn't allow me to remember so i'll just ask AGAIN! laughing

Ohhhh with Veterinary Cancer Group? They're our peeps, we love those folks and honestly you couldn't be in better hands! We've had many members go with them and all had great experiences. Who is your onco? If it's Dr. Turner tell her we say Hi! There are some videos we m ade with VCG's founder, Dr. Rosenberg that you might take a peek at.

YES, VCG!! Dr. Turner is Barkley's Onco and is just the best! They have us going next door to ACCESS to have the procedure done with their specialist. You just made me feel a gazillion times better I hope you realize. <3 smiley Thank you.

Donna, you gave me a good laugh!! LOL, yep,, players these pups are indeed! I never scrambled eggs for Barkley before, but I think I may try that when he is ready!

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17 December 2015 - 8:52 am
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Ohhh so glad to hear that. Dr. Turner is AWESOME! And here's a hoppy Tripawd patient of hers, just one of many.

http://teammac......ipawds.com

We've had Dr. Turner on tripawd talk before, hope to have her on again:

http://download...../?s=Turner

Glad you feel better about this. Yeah, I wouldn't hesitate to take any of my animals to VCG, they're the best in L.A.

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17 December 2015 - 11:29 am
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I am late to the party / forum (as usual) but wanted to chime in. I am in LA too and we were treated at ACCESS and Vet Cancer Group BY Dr. Turner as well. AMAZING staff! You are in good hands for sure. My girl was Shelby Lynne ... she is an angel now but she had the best life due to the care she received ...

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or need any support!!

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alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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17 December 2015 - 11:32 am
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linda2 said
I guess this is a different topic - I will search for it but post here anyway. I've been quoted $5,000-$7,000 for this procedure with the price varying based on 1-3 nights staying at the vet post op. This seems rather high. They said it was mostly anesthesia cost....Is this outrageous? No price is gonna stop me, but.... yikes

PS . yes this was a very expensive surgery and stay but the stay at the hospital was well worth it in my mind. Shelby stayed 3 days and it was for peace of mind (for me - I live alone) and for her to get the rest she needed. You can go visit and that worked for us. I also know they often give the highest range just so people are prepared ... so you are in the right range for sure. I am sorry. But LA is expensive!!!! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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This is my first post ever on the forums, as I just joined Tripawds yesterday, but I had to comment, as my little 10-year-old Westie, Susie, was diagnosed with eccrine andenocarcinoma (she had two different biopsies at two different times, as I guess it's hard to diagnose) of the paw pad on her right front leg. Apparently, there is also apocrine adenocarcinoma, too, which is not quite as rare as the eccrine and maybe not quite as aggressive. Do you know which one Barkley was diagnosed with? I'm very interested, as I can't find much of anything online about the eccrine type, as apparently it's so rare that many vets have never seen a case.

Susie's amputation was last Wednesday.
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This is my first post ever on the forums, as I just joined Tripawds yesterday, but I had to comment, as my little 10-year-old Westie, Susie, was diagnosed with eccrine andenocarcinoma

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Hi Susie and family, welcome. We're glad you decided to post and hope that by doing so you'll find more information about Susie's diagnosis from others who have dealt with it too. Please consider starting a new topic so we can better follow along in your journey, your future posts won't require approval.

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12 January 2016 - 8:39 pm
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Thanks so much, Jerry! I had searched for "eccrine adenocarcinoma" on all the forums and blogs and this thread (started by Linda) is the only one that even came close. It sounds as if Barkley perhaps had something similar, but maybe not exactly the same. Not even the vets at the University hospital that I took Susie to for her amputation had ever seen a case, as it's so rare, and there's just about nothing anywhere on the Internet. So no one can really predict her prognosis. I'll start a new thread, however, as this is her first week post-amputation, and I am stressed out beyond belief, especially because the new biopsy (after the amputation) came back showing cancer in her lymph node. Also, I don't believe the vets prescribed enough pain meds.

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12 January 2016 - 9:20 pm
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Hey Susie's Mom! Geez, sorry you have to be here. We may not be well versed on the particular tye of this piece of crap disease, but we certainly can relate to the emotional stress, the exhaustion and the fear! We also know that, once recovery is over and Susie's sparkle comes back, you will be glad you did this FOR Susie!

I'll be watching for your new thread on Susie AND pictures! Her avatar picture is absolutely adorable!!

And, btw, there have been dogs on here with lymph node involvement who have done very well and gotten great extended quality time! And yes, pain management is crucial. Most dogs, not all, are sent home with Tramadol, Gabapentin, Rimadyl and an antibiotic.

TRY and get some rest!

Stay connected to us, we are here to help!

Love,

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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Thank you so much! I just posted about Susie's journey. I'm certainly questioning the pain meds she's on. She was getting continuous infusion of fentanyl and fluids immediately following surgery, but the IV catheter acted up in her remaining front leg and had to be removed, and then the veins collapsed in her rear leg (both legs are now badly bruised and swollen), so they switched her to oral codeine and Meloxidyl. (She's been on Meloxidyl since early October, due to the pain of the cancer, which they thought was an infection.) They don't want her to be on any pain meds longer than a week following surgery, so she has to be off them by Thursday, which is scary. They actually wanted her off the Meloxidyl after yesterday.

I don't want to hijack Linda's thread, so I hope you'll read Susie's story (and my concerns). Thanks again!

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Hopping over there right now!

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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