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Brownie did Hydro and I think he really liked it. Of course he was a lab. By the time we got to accupunture he was feeling bad, so I stopped all treatments.

Griffen does look great. I swear some of his facial expressions remind me so much of my Brownie.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Hi Jerry.  He had acupuncture today but I did not receive a report from the vet afterwards.  We spoke beforehand as I had asked him to check out Griffin’s back left leg which seems to be moving forward in an arc rather than a straight line.  I sent Dr. Cherno videos earlier in the week so today he let me know that he examined Griffin and didn’t find any sensitivity or structural issues with his leg.  He thinks it is just Griffin’s new gait as he adjusts to being a tripawd.

You actually know Griffin pretty well, Sally!  I would say that he was neutral with the water therapy today.  I don’t think he particularly enjoyed the swimming as he is a great swimmer (see video below from 2017) and probably didn’t understand why he was being held.  I think he was ok with the treadmill – his face looks like he was thinking, “I’m not sure why you have me in a pool where the ground is moving, but if it makes you happy, I’ll stay here“.  I don’t think the water therapy is worth the cost/time, so we are just going to stick with acupuncture for now and see how he does.

Griffin swimming in my dad’s pool in 2017.  We can’t wait to get back there this summer!

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24 April 2020 - 5:41 pm
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Very cool stuff from Griffin! He look fantastic. Arktik would absolutely hate all the water stuff hahaha he is definitely not a big fan. 

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He is a great swimmer! Just wait, you will see him swim in that pool again and he will surprise you with how he does it. And nope, he won’t spin in circles either 😉

Very observant of you to notice his leg position. That’s great! I’m glad the vet didn’t find anything weird. Yes, they do learn how to adjust their gait and stance pretty quickly.

How cool that he will continue getting the acupuncture sessions. They should really help as his body adjusts. Give it time though, generally it takes at least 3 or 4 sessions before it really kicks in, from what I understand.

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Great swimming video!! Yeah, he enjoyed this much more than his “-therapy swimming”.

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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Hi Nancy – If a puddle is big enough, Griffin would swim in it!  The video of him swimming in the pool above was taken at my dad’s place.  The girls in the pool are my nieces and they often scream wildly when jumping off the diving board, which causes Griffin to go “rescue” them, much to their annoyance.  icon_lol

Hi Patricia – I think it is funny that you have access to a pool and Arktik doesn’t like swimming.  Griffin would love to live at my dad’s full-time (with me, of course!) in the summer just to have access to the pool all day!

Hi Jerry – I didn’t receive any report after acupuncture or the water therapy sessions (aside from the videos) – just a note on his general chart that he was “nervous with needling – consider a treat distraction”.  I plan to follow up with the vet before next week’s appointment (acupuncture only) to make sure we are on the same page about the rationale and expectations for this course of rehab.

General chemotherapy question – How often are blood tests run after a round of chemo?  Griffin was originally scheduled for one per week for two weeks after his first round of chemo, and the oncologist wanted to make sure his blood count was good before allowing acupuncture, so they ran the test before his rehab session.  When the oncologist learned that Griffin was scheduled for a session of acupuncture the 3rd week (when no blood test was scheduled), she scheduled a blood test.  This seems somewhat excessive (and expensive!) to me, especially since the results of his blood work on Friday were great and he is having another blood test at the end of this week.  Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated!

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Today is a glorious, sunshiny day in NYC and Griffin and I made the most of it!  Enjoy today’s photos and videos!

I have resumed using Griffin’s old harnesses (SENSE-ation) for ease of movement.  He is not accustomed to wearing a bulky harness like the Web Master (which fits him well and seems comfortable), although we will still use it when having a handle might be needed.Griffin-apr-25-blog.jpgImage Enlarger

We walked quite a bit today and stopped to rest on the return home.  This was the view from the park bench where we rested for over 20 minutes just enjoying the sunshine, breeze, and calming view of the Hudson River and the Palisades on the New Jersey shore.Hudson-River-apr-25-blog.jpgImage Enlarger

Griffin has learned that the faster he walks, the more his momentum will carry him forward.  His default motion lately has been trotting more than walking. 

Only a quick game of fetch today – too much exploring to do!

The grass was recently cut at the park and I think the shorter blades were extra scritchy today!

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       Stacy, you and griffin are awesome. I love the videos and I use them to kinda compare how Ziva is doing. 

How long has it been since surgery?? Griffin looks so happy and like Ziva I don’t think they even know the leg is gone. Keep up the great work. 

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Hi Steve!  Griffin’s surgery was on April 2nd, so we are 23 days post-op.  I think he knows the leg is gone because he is having to adjust – I just don’t think he cares.  He’s not in pain any longer and he’s excited to take each new day as it comes, just like I know Ziva does! ~ Stacy

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General chemotherapy question – How often are blood tests run after a round of chemo?  Griffin was originally scheduled for one per week for two weeks after his first round of chemo, and the oncologist wanted to make sure his blood count was good before allowing acupuncture, so they ran the test before his rehab session.  When the oncologist learned that Griffin was scheduled for a session of acupuncture the 3rd week (when no blood test was scheduled), she scheduled a blood test.  This seems somewhat excessive (and expensive!) to me, especially since the results of his blood work on Friday were great and he is having another blood test at the end of this week.  Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated!

Hey Stacy,

Love the videos, I’m so happy it stopped raining and you got some sunshine to enjoy. Looks like a lovely day in the park.

Yep, stay in contact about the acupuncture. “Nervous with needling” can mean a lot of things so I’d want to know exactly how he showed he was nervous. Maybe he didn’t like the therapist? But yeah treats can help get his mind off the new procedure.

As for the chemo. That’s a great question. I hope others can chime in because I honestly don’t know the answer. Normally we see dogs getting a blood test once, right before each chemo session, to make sure they’re up to it. In Griffin’s case you’re saying that he is getting a second blood test inbetween chemo sessions, because of the acupuncture? It does seem like a lot of testing but I’m sure there’s a good reason for it. I would ask, and then let us know. Perhaps there is some link between low white blood counts making the body too weakened for successful acupuncture? I kind of doubt it, just a wild guess, but do ask. 

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Hi Jerry – The blood tests were scheduled prior to the acupuncture.  They had him scheduled for 2 follow up blood tests – 1 and 2 weeks after the first round of chemo.  Once the oncologist learned he also was going to acupuncture on those days, she moved his blood test to occur before the acupuncture session to ensure his blood work showed he was up for it.  Now she’s added a 3rd blood test to coincide with his 3rd acupuncture appointment, even though that test wasn’t scheduled originally with the other 2.  It just seems like a lot, and if he needs to have a blood test to do each session of acupuncture, I’m not sure that makes sense financially. ~ Stacy

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Ohhhh OK got it, now I understand. Yeah, definitely ask. I want to know why too. Like I said, maybe there’s some new study out that is making your oncologist be extra cautious. Tell us what you learn about this, I’m totally curious.

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Hi Stacy

Griffin looks as happy as can be! He is such a fluff ball! 

For the blood work, Arktik’s oncologist said 1 blood test 10 days after the chemo (and then he takes another one just prior to chemo in the same appointment). His chemo schedule is every 3 weeks, so technically he has chemo (including blood work done), 10 days after a follow-up blood test, another 11 days after second round of chemo (with blood work), etc. 

Could they be asking for more because Griffin does acupuncture and they don’t want to take any risks? 

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Hi Patricia!  I thoroughly enjoyed those videos of the Amazing Arktik – please keep posting!  I don’t think the blood work schedule is related to acupuncture because they scheduled the first 2 appointments (7 days and 14 days after the first round of chemo) before the oncologist knew Griffin would be doing acupuncture.  All of the doctors and staff at the Animal Medical Center are super responsive with communication, so I sent an email to Dr. Camps this afternoon to ask a bunch of questions about chemo, blood tests, and schedule of rounds and drugs to be used (both Carboplatin and Doxorubicin, but I’m not sure the order/schedule), as well as the necessity to have multiple blood tests before acupuncture once the first blood test results are good.  I also asked for an estimate of the total costs for the full chemo treatment.  I’m concerned about the necessity of the blood tests but also the financial aspect – it cost $250 for the office visit and blood work on Friday, on top of the acupuncture and rehab sessions costing $270.  Even with insurance, that is not sustainable.  I’ll be sure to share what the oncologist says when she replies.  ~ Stacy

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Yes this is completely understandable, I have to say I’m in the same situation. I’m at the point where I do find it adds up every quickly with every little thing right now. It is getting very expensive (and maybe a blood test in between more around 10-11 days would be ok?). We are just on Carboplatin. I believe Doxorubicin can sometimes have effects or the heart and maybe that’s why they monitor everything super closely? The other aspect I find, is the fact that you have to take Griffin even more often to the vet. I don’t know how it’s working in NYC right now but here it is not simple. We get to the vet, call in from the parking lot, then the tech come outside to pick up our pets and. take them in. Nobody is allowed in and you have to wait in the car. 

So on Thursday, when I had the first chemo appointment it was a long day. The reference center with the oncologist is 1.5 hr from my place in Montreal. I got there, they took Arktik in, did his physical exam to make sure he was ready for chemo, after calling me to discuss, proceed to blood work and chemo but it took overall a good 2.5hr waiting in the car. At least I can to the follow up blood test at my regular clinic (where they also did the amputation). All the vets (oncologist, surgeon here and my regular vet) are really good at communicating together and sharing with me and each other all the information. 

Anyway, I think it was a good idea to discuss it with you vet. They usually understand completely, and are able to tell us with is reasonable or not. Please let me know what they said. 

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