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3 months post amputation! Best decision ever
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This is Tiffany only 3 .5 months after amputation and 4 chemo treatments.  Now this is a dog who a vet initially told us that big dogs don’t do well with amputations.  We got a second opinion at CSU and read the tripawds blogs.  Take a look at this video Tiff holds her own with out one year old.  Yes this is how malamutes play

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That’s our kinda play! What FUN!

Tiffany you are looking GREAT. We’re so glad you have such great pawrents who look out for you. What a lucky dawg you are. Congratulations princess!!

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Did they cite why they gave 4 vs 5 or 6 treatments?  Our onco wants to give Jackson a 5th.  The logic is that he handles it really well, he must be doing well on it (ie, cancer hasn’t reared its head yet….), and a 5th treatment can’t hurt.  I think of it as: it’s for good luck?!  And/or, they are running a business and pawrents are some of the most giving folks out there….

~ Katy

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Tiffany-you just showed that other vet how it’s done!! You are beautiful and one tough cookie. Keep on keepin on!

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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That’s great to see! 

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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To Katy

Chemo treatment CSU did a study and released the results in Oct 2012 showing no differnce with 4 treatments versus 6 . They recommend a two month X-ray follow up.  Cancer is going to vary iin each dog so treatment will be also an individual  decision as well.  For us we decided to hit with chemo then follow up with natural supplements since chemo itself is toxic and hits the same system you hope to help with natural supplements, that is the immune system.  

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Glad to see she is having fun playing.  Keeping going Tiffany.


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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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