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CHERRIOS???  Cheerios with sliced bananaa… one of my favorite!  

Now I know why the Cheerio stock went up the day Roane ran to the Bridge to join Autmn’s Angels.  The Bridge Angel’s were bringing  in Cheerios by the truckload just for Roane😎

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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Definitely sharing cherrios by the truck load at the bridge! 🤣🤣🤣

Of all the things a girl could pick for a bed time snack! If you went near the pantry she was looking for that box! Her 2nd favorite was raw potatoes! yuck!!! I make microwave potato bags & sell them on line. I would very frequently get everything set up to take a picture & find one of my potatoes missing! They were the only thing she ever counter surfed for. Silly Roane! ❤

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My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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Dogs looooove Cheerios! Long ago a trainer taught us to put a hot dog in a bag with a bunch of Cheerios. Then, just give the hot dog-flavored Cheerios as treats when training. YUM!

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I never knew. I like rice crispies with lots of sugar! Lol

What are potato bags?

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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Oh my hotdogs and cheerios! Ill have to give that one a try sounds like a win win for the puppers 🎉 thanks for the tip Rene!

Nancy, Potato bags are a fabric pouch that you put uncooked potatoes in. Toss it in the microwave for 8-10 minutes and taadaa fluffy, moist, fully cooked potatoes. Just speeds up the process. At least it does when your potatoes dont “wander off” while your back is turned 😉😉😉

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My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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HAPPY Brownie Update!

So I cut Brownie’s gabetin down to evening only because it knocks him on his butt. I give Rimadyl in the morning and he is taking the adaquin injection. His pain  has seemed to lighten up but he still was very stiff when getting up and laying down. So a couple days ago I started putting a heating pad on his back for 30 min twice a day, and it really seemed to help. He went into a sit position today, and even brought me his new stuffy. Allergies seemed to be clearing up since we finally got some rain. So for all things considered Brownie is doing good!

I give the adaquin injection under the skin, but when I googled it, yes I googled,  some give the injection in the muscle. I was wondering what others do?

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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You have the art of Brownie’s pain management down to an exact science now! Great job! smiley_clapI love hearing that he has his sparkle back. 

Managing pain is definitely a multi-modal thing: along with pain medication, our Wyatt’s rehab therapists prescribe hot/cold therapy and occasional TENS unit use. They all work together to help him feel better. Some days he is spunkier than others, just like Brownie.

I give the adaquin injection under the skin, but when I googled it, yes I googled,  some give the injection in the muscle. I was wondering what others do?

We had the same question for Wyatt’s vet. I couldn’t remember if she directed me to a sub-q injection or intra-muscular (IM), and was concerned that an IM injection for the loading dose would make his remaining hind limb very very sore. I emailed her and she agreed. Here’s what she said:

Subcue is totally fine and definitely less painful. It seems to be just as effective.

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Good. I don’t want to give Brownie an injection in the muscle. The Dog on google let out a yelp. I’m too afraid I will hurt him. Under the skin is fine because I use to have two dogs that were diabetic. At the same time! So I gave them incillion injections,

What is “occasional TEN units use”?

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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Do you use ice for cold therapy and switch back and forth every few minutes from hot to cold. I saw those pain free blankets in the gear shop. Do you know anything about them? I’m pretty skeputal.

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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I’m pretty sure that I did the adequan injections for Tani IM.  She was a weirdo though when it came to medical things… she rarely reacted as expected smiley4.  She never even turned her head when I did the injections- I tried to have someone help me but once in a while I did them by myself.  I just put food in front of her and she never knew I jabbed a needle in her.

I’m glad you have found a balance for Brownie!  Tani didn’t like heat, when she got old she was always hot.  We did use those gel pads to keep her cool and she really liked them.  She wasn’t one who would tolerate touching either…such a weirdo smiley4

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What a great idea with the heating pad! Snuggly warm and relaxes the muscles, Gypsy dog would have highly approved. 

So happy brownie’s new regimen is working to manage his pain. And what a good reward he brought you. 😉 Stuffy toys make for happy dog mama’s 

Hugs to you both ❤

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Thanks Bev! 

So how would you do am IM injection in the spine? That is where his arthritis is. Seems a little scary.

Cold gel packs. Good idea!

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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Okay, I really even hated to chime jn  on the IM injection route, but here I go.  

First of all, the Adequan site itself only offers IM as the proper “protocol “.  At least that was according  to my Vet about two years or so ago.

THEN…..I think it was my Rehab Vet who said skin injection was just as effective.  If I recall, about a year ago, my regular  Vet said she had checked further and under rhe skin seemed to be used more and more.

Now, here’s mu point,  the regular Vet said she would not want me to do the IM injection myself.  And, again, if I recall, my Rehabe Vet she didn’t even want to do the IM injection herself!  I’m guessing “one wrong move” and a lot of problems can arise.  As Jerry said, there often is pain in the leg it’s given in anyway, and that’s why they make sure they alternate legs.  And the few IM injections Frankie did have the Vet caused him to howl and help.  

So I think if someone who is as  skilled as Karen and with  a very compliant dog could handle the intra muscle injection  in the leg muscle.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t  even think of doing it in the muscle myself!!    Nope!  Not me!  Avoiding vessels, hitting the right muscle, avoiding  bone…nope, not me!

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It wasn’t in her leg or near her spine, it doesn’t have to be injected directly at the site of the arthritis (like into a joint), Tani had arthritis in all four legs as well as her spine. It’s been almost 5 years since Tani passed so my memory isn’t that good on the protocol (although I did it for years and every two weeks for the last year or so).  There was a routine way I found the ‘meaty spot’ somewhere behind her rib cage (I think).

The needles were really small too which reduces the ‘prick’ feeling.  When I did sub-q fluids with Maggie they went into the skin on the back of her neck and the needle was pretty big. I did those by myself too, she never seemed to feel any pain and Mag was quite a drama queen when it came to anything physical!

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Brownie’s needle is pretty long. It longer needle then used for Incillion.  I think I will stick to on the neck under the skin. I’m a coward!

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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