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My 9 year old Bouvier Ludo
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30 August 2016 - 10:34 am
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Well darn on the no pics but thanks for the very vivid description, it's going to help others I guarantee it.

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31 August 2016 - 11:18 am
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Update: Ludo never peed yesterday so we took him back to the animal hospital last night. They used a catheter and he apparently peed about 1/2 liter. Also, the vet on duty felt he may have an infection due to the smell. Ultimately, that was a relief. However, he still has not peed today as of this writing. I fear we may have to go back to the vet tonight again. We have taken him out twice...I carried him to several different locations in our backyard and down the street (thinking the scent of other neighborhood dogs might inspire him). Still, nothing. We held him up patiently and he seems to just want to lay down.  I allow him to lean on me or the fence or i have manually held him up under his chest...still nothing. I think we are both getting discouraged and concerned. We have called the vet a few times and have yet to hear back. Ugh...

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31 August 2016 - 1:39 pm
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Okay...deep breaths....B R E A T H E.......this is exactly why we call the recovery period a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs.

As upsetting as the not peeing is, this does happen. I know that isn't very comforting when it's your dog who isn't peeing!

One thing that comes to mind is he may be a bit too medicated. It's such a fine line trying to keep the pain under control and not drugging him so much that he's woozy and confused.

What is he in...how frequently...dose amount...how much does he weigh? Is he eating much yet? How 'bout his liquid intake?
It may be that it's time to reduce some of his pain meds...or not!

So the vet tech thinks the incision is infected? A Vet needs to address that, do proper diagnosis and prescribe proper treatment to fend off any worsening.

IF you have to take Ludo back in for potty time, have them show you how to express the bladder. It can be done by you at home and it would be easier on Ludo than the catheter.

You're probably tired of hearing us say "Hang in there"...but...HANG IN THERE!

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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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1 September 2016 - 10:47 am
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Thanks for response. Ludo weighs around 95lbs and is on 300 mgs every 8 hours. 100mgs of Trazodone every 8 hours. Carprofen 100mg every 12 hours. Cefpodoxine 200mg once per day. 

Yesterday around 430 he peed on himself outside. He hasn't since then though he seems more comfortable hopping around today. 

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1 September 2016 - 11:01 am
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That is such good news!   I am so glad that he has peed!  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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1 September 2016 - 11:43 am
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Okay Ludo! We havd PROGRESS! We have IMPROVEMENT!! All these "little" accomplishments are HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS during the recovery phase!

YAY FOR PEE!

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Hugs!

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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1 September 2016 - 11:58 am
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The trazodone can definitely have a sedation effect. Maybe you could ask your vet about taking that out of the equation for a day or two and see if that makes him more "aware" of his need to pee.

The 300 mgs every 8'hrs...is that Tramadol or Gabapentin?

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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8 September 2016 - 1:41 pm
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Ludo is doing much better this week. He is hopping around the yard a little bit and we have been able to decrease his pain meds pretty significantly. This evening he goes in to have his bandage changed again and the wound inspected. 

I was able to go back to work this week as my wife is now able to get him out to the yard using the webmaster harness . Fingers crossed. I think we are slated to start chemo next week if all goes well this evening. Tks. 

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8 September 2016 - 2:45 pm
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Great news! 

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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8 September 2016 - 5:52 pm
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Great update.  I love when people get to this point and see there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Way to go beautiful Ludo!

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8 September 2016 - 7:48 pm
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Glad to hear he is feeling better and things are starting to "normalize."  Keep us updated on how you and Ludo are doing!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

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