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Our MAXimum Dog’s Life and Cancer Story
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1 January 2021 - 1:47 pm
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I have already emailed the surgeon the other day, as he has been trying to use his back left leg to scratch (or it just makes the “tickle” motion) when I pet him and lightly massage the areas around his incision. (This was the direction of the discharge papers, starting at day 4 to switch from ice and use heat and light massage for 10 mins 3x a day) 

I would say that he isn’t as pushy as he was pre-surgery. He would get right in your face and just lay there and stare/pant at you. 

We have him on codeine every 6 hours, and gabapentin x3 every 12 hours. They said we should do gabx2 every 8 hours, but if we did that, then we would be giving him meds at: 11pm, 2am,  7am, 8am, 2pm, 3pm, 8pm, and again at 11pm etc. and trying to get sleep in there is a bit difficult! 

Though if he doesn’t start eating tonight, I will probably try that schedule, and just make hubby do the late nights… 🤣

I’m a teacher, and online school starts back up on Monday, so I will be on Zoom for almost 8 hours straight… not fun on less than 5 hours of sleep! 

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2 January 2021 - 12:51 pm
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Oh gosh that would be a crazy medication schedule. I’m wondering if you would be able to work with your vet to get it dialed in to more realistic hours. 

How is he doing today? Any better?

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School started back up on Monday (I’m a teacher, if I didn’t say that already) so I’ve been away from the site, but our boy is doing excellent! 

Last weekend he was waking us up at midnight and 2am for meds, but we spaced out his codeine until it ran out on Sunday.

By Monday he was waking us up at 4am because he was lonely. 🤣

By Tuesday he was refusing to go in his crate when we’d leave the house, and we’d come back to him on his favorite “perch” laying just high enough on the stairs to look out the front door window at the bunnies and squirrels. 

By Wednesday he was coming upstairs to the bedroom (and my “classroom” which is upstairs as well) and refusing any help down the stairs. He’s slow and careful, but determined to get back to his old routine. 

He would ring his bells to go outside, but when we put his leash on, he’d just stare at us and refuse to go outside… unless we took the leash off… and he would trot out and do his business… so we gave up. (It’s been so rainy and muddy here in Seattle, it’s almost a relief not to walk out into our soggy yard with him!)

We are still not letting him go on walks with us, which he pouts and cries about, but forgives us once we give him a treat and a belly rub. 

Hubby talked with the oncologist, they got the results back from his tumor, (and 2 lymph nodes they removed with his leg) and the type of bone cancer that he has is slower spreading and creates more dense tumors, which they reason is why he was able to keep the use of his leg for so much longer.

One of his removed lymph nodes had the cancer, so along with the Vaccine, we are going to do a round of chemotherapy. When we add up the cost of it, and subtract all of the other medications we aren’t going to be giving him anymore, it’s about the same cost-wise.

He gets his first round of chemo and the vaccine when he goes to get his stitches removed next week! Incision looks great, even the fluid and swelling has gone down considerably. 

I will have to dive back into your books and advice to figure out how best to get him back into “walking” and “dog park” shape… but glad to have my sweet wagging happy boy back. ❤️

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Your boy is back!! Max is Max again!!!  His strong will and determination  to do things his way have me laughing😂  His personality  definitely keeps you kn yojr toes.  And yes, he has trained you well!!

Thanks so much for the update.  Good job of getting g through all the hurdles and through the other side of recovery.  And it still gets better!

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Marvelous Max, you were determined to get back to the life you love and you DID IT! Congrats!

What a super happy update you guys, I’m smiling ear to ear. This is excellent progress and I’m sending lots of love your way.

Keep us posted on the treatment next week.

Oh and don’t forget the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit for Max so that’s a great way to get him stronger and fitter again!

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9 January 2021 - 11:41 pm
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Thanks Jerry!!!

I thought I’d share a little video of Max today on day 12 (sorry in advance for the dog mom voice! 🤣):

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I did some research, and all of the rehab places in the area aren’t allowing people to accompany their dogs into the clinic… that means I wouldn’t be there to take pictures or videos (which I would want to do to help me do the exercises at home anyways). Looks like I might have to wait to have that initial consultation reimbursement.

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Awww he IS a good boy! What a sweetie, that head tilt of his when you said “treat” is just priceless. I love how you have carpet runners, good job! smiley_clap

Oh the rehab thing…yeah we get that, no worries, a lot of clinics are happy to take pics for you if it means they’ll get some social media love (they will!). Also, people are taking pics of their home exercise routines in order to get reimbursed, and that’s fine by us, totally acceptable! 

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OMD!  Soooo cute!!!  Such a happy boy!!

And my dogs love your “dog mom voice”…especially  when you said the word TREAT!!🌲😂

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Max’s favorite words that get the head tilt:

treat

Dinner

breakfast

walk

Dog

car ride

dog park

good boy

want

water

outside

and anything that sounds like those words! 🤣

today Max had his first walk to “grandma’s house” which is about 1/4 mile away each way. He did great! He needed to stop and try to mark every bush, but that isn’t completely unusual for him!

he and our Golden Beau also played some tug-of-war and he chewed a bone!  He was feeling so good! ❤️

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Isn’t two derful watching their sparkle come back and start to return  to some of their nor al routines?  This update is a good one…..and they’ll  continue  to get better and better!!

So glad he had nice slow and relaxing walk to Grandma’s.  I know it was good for Max on so many levels……and you and Grandma too!

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All we ever had to say to Jerry was, “Ya wanna…” He knew whatever followed meant something good or fun! 🙂

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