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Celebrating 10 months and clear chest x-ray-but one problem
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19 October 2012 - 8:02 pm
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So relieved!! Lily celebrated 10 months on 10/16, and we went to the vet today–clear chest x-raylaughing I am so happy, but still worried about her panting and faster breathing. The vet said he was slightly stumped. He’s trying her on rimadyl for 2 days to see if the heavy breathing is coming from pain. She is ravenous, and drinking more water, plus she gained 3 pounds. Any thoughts from anyone would be appreciated. She had complete blood work done 2 months ago-everything was fine.

The vet said he wanted to look into something about baking soda-maybe helping with the panting-not sure. He is really great with alternative treatments. He cleared her diarrhea with glutamine. So, I have to call him Sunday to update on her breathing.

I am so happy she is doing so well-I certainly don’t want to seem ungrateful, but I am concerned about the breathing.

Thanks so much for everyone’s support!

Joan and Lily,my tripawd warrior princess who is kicking cancer’s butt daily.

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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19 October 2012 - 8:08 pm
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Congrats on the clear xray and the 10 month ampuversary!

No ideas on the faster breathing. I hope the vet can figure something out, and hopefully it’s no big deal!
Keep kicking butt, Lily!
Jackie, Angel Abby’s mom

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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19 October 2012 - 10:24 pm
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So glad to hear about the clear xrays!! Congrats!!

 

Some of the symptoms you are describing sound like they could be related to the adrenal disorder Cushing’s Disease. Of course these symptoms can be related to other things, but you may want to mention this to your vet. I’m sure it has crossed his mind, but he is most likely ruling out other, more simply dealt with possibilities first. He also may already have a strong reason to believe that this is not the case. Testing for Cushing’s involves special blood work, where Lily would need to stay at the animal hospital for the day and get blood drawn before and after a certain injection. This is a specialized test that wouldn’t have been included in the complete blood workup. I hope this helps!

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19 October 2012 - 10:49 pm
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Happy Ampuversary Lily TWP!!! 10 months and clear films are great reasons to celebrate.

I don’t know about the breathing. Drinking water sounds like a reaction to prednisone , or a kidney issue, but in my experience with kidney problems the apatite is decreased and weight goes down.

I hope your vet can figure thing out.

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20 October 2012 - 8:40 am
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Happy 10 Months, Lily!! I hope you had a great day, and I hope whatever this fast breathing thing is gets resolved quickly so you can go back to having fun fun fun!!!!

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20 October 2012 - 10:07 am
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Thank you all so much for being there; I don’t know what I’d do without you! I am going to ask him to explore some of those possibilities. Hopefully, we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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20 October 2012 - 12:11 pm
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Happy 10 month ampuversary and clear films!!!

I hope you find some quick and easy answers to her breathing….my thoughts are with you..

 

Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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20 October 2012 - 1:02 pm
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Happy 10 months!  Ampuversaries are always cause for celebration.  Hoping the symptoms are just short term and nothing to worry about.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
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21 October 2012 - 2:30 am
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Happy 10 month ampuversary. That’s awesome.

Magnum had some heaving panting on and off during her journey.  In hindsight I think it was due to pain.  I hope you can get to the bottom of it.

 

Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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21 October 2012 - 2:20 pm
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Congratulations on 10 month ampuversary and clear xrays! Two fantastic things to celebrate for sure! Hope the panting is resolved easily.

Rumbles had a bout of anemia this summer and panted heavily until it was under control (no known cause, treated with prednisone and anti-biotic).

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21 October 2012 - 3:08 pm
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Woot! Woot! More congratulations coming your way!

I think hhackett is onto something here . . . the panting, thirst and weight gain do sound like Cushings. It couldn’t hurt to bring that up, you just never know (although we have our paws crossed it’s nothing serious!).

Wooo hooooo! Yay for clear x-rays!

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21 October 2012 - 6:34 pm
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Thanks so much–I will definitely talk to the vet and bring up all these ideas. It helps so much to listen to all your experience–hopefully we can find the cause. Cushings and anemia are at the top of my “check it out” list. Right now she has been on Rimadyl (to see if it is due to pain) for 2 days, and I’m trying to see if it’s making a difference. Her breathing seems a little slower at rest. 

Thanks to all of you,

Joan and Lily

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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21 October 2012 - 7:17 pm
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Happy ten months Lily!  And clear x-rays are about the best thing in the world of a tripawd!

Joan, our babies started this journey together, so Lily is a special girl to me.  You guys will be in my prayers for a simple solution to these symptoms that have you worried.  Please keep us updated.

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
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