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Oliver Moore - Our lovable - Double THR - histiocytic sarcoma - possible soon to be amputee
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26 January 2014 - 9:20 am
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Too funny Linda, I pretty much killed a can of Pringles over the last few days, easy food. I am however craving some broccoli cauliflower soup really bad...

Does anyone have any recommendations for #1 getting Olli to stop scratching at his incision site & #2- building any study, easy ramp for outside. Since we live in upstate New York the weather, snow,snow & more snow comes into play.

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26 January 2014 - 7:55 pm
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Hey I'm just now catching up and am glad to hear the last couple of days have been good (although I hope your daughter is feeling better!). How was today?

As for avoiding scratching at the incision site: the cone of shame , unfortunately, is the only fool-proof thing to keep a dog or cat from messing with the stitches. Here are some alternatives. But to avoid the itching you can try something simple like aloe vera gel. If that doesn't help, something like these remedies might.

When it comes to building ramps I don't have much experience, but here are some ramp training tips for you that can help slowly introduce it to Ollie. We'd love to see pics of the ramp when it's done!

 

 

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26 January 2014 - 10:51 pm
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Oli is doing really well! Many dogs are not nearly as engaged and nvolved as he seems t be this early on! YAY OLI and humans!

We'll be wait g to d the happy poop dance as soon as yo give the go ahead!

My brother built a ramp for me...e made kt wkde enough so K could walk beside her and put rails up t make ner feel mlre secjre. Also put sme old rof shngles on kt tl nelp wkth traction . Yeah, the snkw and ice can be a real problem.

Give that sweet Oli a hug for us! Hope your daughter feels better son!

HUGS!

Sally andHappy Hannah

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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27 January 2014 - 1:24 pm
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Update - Olli pooped late last night !!! It is so funny the things we get excited about... He is doing great - cone on to stop him from licking. Do they make rear end cones to keep his rear legs down :-) I will definitely look at links later when I have time.

Sally you can dance and have a piece of chocolate to celebrate!!

Jerry - I received word from Cornell and I will PM you their info to coordinate getting them up in the site!!! Yeah.
He said one problem in veterinary pathology is the difficulty in receiving case material and cases like this provide invaluable data for research studies and resident training..

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27 January 2014 - 1:45 pm
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YAAAAAAAAAY OLI!!! HAPPY POOP DANCING GOING ON OVER HERE!!! Ploop! Ploop! Oh what a beautiful site!!

Heck yeah, Happy Hannah and I are breaking out the chocolate over here!clap

Hugs and love to Oli and all!!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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27 January 2014 - 5:35 pm
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Woooohoo! The POTTY DANCE! That's really great! And there will be many, many more to come.

I saw your message with the contact info, thanks!

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28 January 2014 - 7:28 pm
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Reading your posts about Olli has helped me a little as to what I can expect when my dog has her leg amputated on Monday. My 12 year old beagle, Kasey, has a mast cell tumor and amputation is the only answer for removal of the tumor. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since she was diagnosed last Monday and since this Monday when I found out surgery is the only option.

I'm glad I found this group, the advice I receive on here is nice. Unfortunately, because I do not like the circumstance, but your recent experience is helpful to hear how a recent amputee is doing with the situation.

 

I'm glad to hear Olli is healing well :)

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29 January 2014 - 1:11 am
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Great Job Oli on the recovery track!
I can certainly empathize what everyone is going thru right now. Hang in there and things will get better especially once Oli is off the pain meds.
Tahoe is almost 11 months post amp with hystiocytic sarcoma, right front. We have thrown lots of treatment at this nasty cancer and right now winning. We are enjoying the quality time as each day is a gift.

If I can assist in anything we have done with Tahoe, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,
Stifling and Tahoe

"Tahoe" - Our Amazing Superman and Best Friend.

Dec. 01-03 to Aug. 19-14

Diagnosed with Periarticular Hystiocystic Sarcoma Feb 14-13; Amputation March 18-13, and diagnosed with STS April-14. Tahoe touched so many people while visiting us, leaving a massive void in our lives. Always Missed, Never Forgotten!!

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29 January 2014 - 12:20 pm
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Been a busy couple of days - sorry no posts.
Olli had a little bit of a setback - I noticed some blood in his urine so took him in and they said it was probably the beginnings of a uti. Gave him some antibiotics and no more blood for the last 3 potty breaks. This should be a good sign, hopefully we caught it soon.
When they were checking him out they found that he had a lot of bruising on his belly. They shaved him down so that we could keep an eye on it and we took pictures when we got home to help us check in case we thought something changed. He has been more quiet than he was and yelps occasionally when he moves or gets up, I'm pretty sure it is from the bruising. Hopefully the bruising is just because he is getting used to how to lay down. They have me keeping an eye out for pinpoints of blood in her ears, eyes & gums. So far so good :-)
He has also been hanging out near the front door that is next to our bedroom. I think it is because my husband came home from work at 4 am the other morning really sick and Olli knows he is sick.
I woke up to my alarm this morning at 1am and could not locate Olli anywhere.. thought I was going to have to put out a flyer for a missing Berner. Thought I was losing it. He is a little too big too hide easily. I finally located him on the floor in my daughters room, she has been sick with a cold so he must have been keeping watch over her also. She said later that he actually followed her when she went to bed bad. For some reason he rarely goes back there.
We have a follow up at 3:45 today so I will try to post after that.

Stifling -good to hear positive info on Tahoe -that is great. I'm hoping that we can say the same...

Danell - good luck. It really hasn't been too bad except the ER visit the other night. The worst thing that stresses us with Olli is that he wants to stay outside in below zero weather and he is (was) 121 lbs so we can't just pick him up. We have a tag team thing going and don't leave the house without a phone and keys..
I put anything that we need close to us in the living room so that we don't have to get up a lot. Just remember also as everyone says, greet Kasey with smiles and hugs. You can examine the incision later. I didn't realize how long it would be so don't be surprised. It is really scary and I and all the great people up here will definitely be thinking of you. Just take it 1 day at a time or sometimes 1 hour. Take care of yourself and as they say with newborns, sleep when the baby sleeps.

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29 January 2014 - 9:13 pm
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Even after major surgery, Oli is still lookingout for all his humans who aren't feeling well. What a sweetheart!

Let us know what the vet said today. Sounds likeyou've realy got a good handle on things and are clearly very diligent in your care. The first week or two are rough, but Oli's sparkle will come back slowly...but SURELY!!

Sending you love and hgs!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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30 January 2014 - 11:45 am
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Sorry - I thought I posted yesterday after we came home, but I guess not. Olli's appt went well. His PCV blood work was good.
Even better, we received the call from the oncologist a little while ago about his test results. The lymph node did have the cancer but it was clean !!!!
Of course he said there is always a chance that something microscopic was left behind, but I am taking this news as really good.
Today is a good day. Olli will start his chemo on the 11th so I'm hoping that is easy on him. But we are farther ahead then we were a few weeks ago :-)

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30 January 2014 - 11:53 am
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Go with that good news and run with it! Yay! Thanks for the update (no apologies necessary...get out there and have fun together!

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4 February 2014 - 7:34 pm
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2/4/14 - Olli is still getting around well when he goes out, still yelps when he gets up and stays in the back of the house I my daughters room a lot.
He is much quieter than normal but I hope it is jugs because he did have a big surgery.
He is scheduled to have his staples removed tomorrow so hopefully that helps.

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4 February 2014 - 8:27 pm
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Thanks for the update! Most people see vast improvements once staples are out and tey are off all the pain meds. Please keep us posted.

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5 February 2014 - 9:40 am
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Oli!! Alright, got some good test reults back and you are making progress!! Slowly but surely you are making progress!!

Just in case you don't see any huge improvement after stitches are out like most dogs, my Happy Hannah didn't show much difference and, as I was tapering her offpain meds, I actually ended up putting her back on a low dose during week three which helped a lot. She was n the "slow recovery" catefory.

Once recovery did take place and her sparkle came back.....it's even bigger and brighter than before the surgery!! Every sngle day is a sacred gift and we are enjoying every blissful moment!

Look forward toyour next update!

HUGS to all!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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