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Ronnie, suspected Osteosarcoma amputation this week.
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Just want to know that Brownie and I our thinking of the two of you.

And to what Sally said. Brownie was also getting tired on walks and not very active. I put him back on Rimadyl and after a couple of days was back to normal.

We will be watching for your post on Thursday! Sending prayers your way.

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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4 July 2019 - 5:19 am
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Thanks Brownie i really appreciate it x

Just to give a quick update, I’m currently sat in the starbucks near the hospital doing a little work having dropped Ronnie at the hospital at 11:15.

We had a good discussion with Dr Riccardo Finotello and talked about what it could possibly be. He’s all but ruled out the outside chance of something cardiac related and feels it’s either a touch of infection or kennel cough or Mets. He was unable to stimulate a cough response which suggests theres nothing trachial which is irrated in his throat but obviously they’re all basic checks.

We have opted for a full body CT scan with a blood work up. This will take around 90 mins and they will then call me with 1 of the 2 outcomes.

Either there’s no sign of mets and they will proceed with the chemo while he is sedated… or the CT shows evidence of mets and i head straight back over to the hospital to talk about next steps. 

Scans are discounted as he is a repeat so the ballpark is around £1000 or £500 dependent on scan alone or scan and chemo. The cost isn’t a concern at this point as i can find a way to manage the money, this is more just for reference for anyone reading and hopefully being helped by this thread in the future. Once we get to the end of this process i plan to upload a spreadsheet with a full per line breakdown of costs for people to use to guide them….

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4 July 2019 - 6:34 am
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Brownie and I are waiting with good thoughts!

I don’t know how they calculate the cost in the UK but in Texas they do by weight. Brownie Bri g on the larger size his chemo would be 1k per session at 6 sessions plus xrays and  bloodwork. His ozone therapy is at 195 one a week for two weeks, every other week for a month, then monthly after that. All his supplents range about 150 per month, and of course his cancer diet.

Anyway, waiting for results……

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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4 July 2019 - 6:56 am
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The call just came in..

CLEAR! they can find nothing on the CT scan that suggests spread so they’re doing chemo round 3 now while he’s under. Honestly i couldn’t be happier what a relief!!! i’ll be picking him up in a few hours and will have a chat with the doctor and see if he thinks its infection, but it ISN’T METS and thats the important thing!!!

Brownie, we also do it by weight here and ronnie is around 22kg/ 48lbs now post op. At the current exchange thats just shy of $700 per round of chemo. But that doesn’t include scans which are an additional £500/ $650 each time. 

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4 July 2019 - 7:05 am
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WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND RONNIE!

I guess both you and I learned a lesson this week. Don’t jump to conclusions and worry so much!  Let’s just enjoy each day we have with them! I mean they don’t worry so why should we……

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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4 July 2019 - 9:28 am
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WHEEEE! Oh this is wonderful news! YEAH!

Costs are pretty similar to what we pay in the U.S.

Brownie, I love your advice. Be More Dog is what we say around here!

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And THE best word of the day

CLEAR!! 😁 YAY FOR CLEAR!!😁

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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4 July 2019 - 3:39 pm
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Wonderful news!!!!!😁😁 clear lungs go Ronnie! Big hugs for that fur baby!

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

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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I wanted to provide a little more context around yesterdays visit to the hospital and here are the doctors discharge notes:

Ronnie came today to continue chemotherapy for his osteosarcoma. We are pleased to hear that he has been doing well at home, however, he has been coughing and having some nasal discharge recently.

On physical examination, he was bright and alert. His weight was stable. His mobility was excellent. A CT scan of thorax and abdomen revealed only some benign looking changes at the amputation site, mild thoracic wall lymphadenopathy (glands were enlarged more likely due to inflammatory/ infectious causes) and mild lateral tracheal collapse. The significance of the tracheal changes are unclear and he way the trachea has collapsed is very bizarre, but it may explain some of the respiratory signs.

A blood test showed that Ronnie had enough white blood cells to have chemotherapy today.

So as you can see from the above there are reasons for what i perceived as symptoms demonstrating a spread to the lungs, however the cause of the collapse is very intriguing. This is a noticeable change see on the CT scan which has occurred since the initial scan prior to surgery….

And of course he’s a few snaps

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BROWNIE does the same thing! I will say scratch your back and he will roll over. RONNIE looks so good!

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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EONNIE, YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!  😁😁 SEEING YOU SOOO HAPPY AND SOOOO “RON IE BEING RONNIE” IS 3XACTLY QHY WE DO WHAT WE DO AROUND HERE!

Rolling in the grass with such joy….love it!!!  And your handsome close-up with sparkling eyes and happy smile…..priceless!!!!!!

Hmmm…just wondering if his trachea issue has to do with the tubes, etc they use during surgery?  I know sometimes dogs have something similar  as a result.  I know one of my older dogs had the “trachea issue”, but that was, as the Vet said, just one of those “older dog things”. Obviously  it’s  not bothering him, so that’s  great!!!

Keep these delightful  pictures and videos coming😁

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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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I think Ronnie could be a model! He loves the camera, and of course the person holding it!

Brownie only looks at the camera if I’m holding a treat.  LOL….

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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7 July 2019 - 10:54 am
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So happy for you guys!  No mets seen and on a CT not just an xray!

One suggestion I have for you- consider a harness for him as opposed to a collar.  I’m on my second Pug with trachea issues and I never put collars on them, only harnesses which don’t ride around the neck at all, so not to put any additional pressure on the trachea area.  My quad-Pug boy Obie has a collapsing trachea which makes him cough with exertion and when he barks.  Note that he is almost 13 so exertion for him is trotting to the front window to bark at nothing smiley4.

Ronnie looks so bright and happy!!!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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-Pug boy Obie………. Note that he is almost 13 so exertion for him is trotting to the front window to bark at nothing smiley4.

  

Pug Boy Obie😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣❤❤❤❤

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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It’s a really good point about the harness, and i have a webmaster its just he coped so well on 3 legs that we’ve never actually used it! 

I’ll switch to harness for walking from now on to take some of the stress off.

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