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15 September 2008 - 8:12 pm
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Hi everyone!  Today was Tazzie’s first chemo treatment with her oncologist (Dr Karri Meleo of Seattle).  What a nice doctor!  She got right on the floor with Tazzie and didn’t even complain about wet, slobbery kisses.  She is well aware of this website (said it was great!) and the technicians were admiring Tazzie’s fancy RuffWear harness.  The harness worked great for getting my big girl in and out of the van and helped her maneuver the slippery clinic floors.

Dr. Meleo said that it is fine to give antioxidants and supplements during treatment with Carboplatin because this chemo drug does not work by forming free radicals (you might need to stop some supplements if your dog is getting radiation, though).

Right now Tazzie is snoozing but so far does not seem nauseous or sick.  We will have to keep track of her white count every 7 days since she is currently on meds for bladder/liver infection.  If all goes well I will probably give the rest of the chemo injections myself, since traffic is so bad out here, and Taz really stresses out in the van.

Jerry, I hope your vet visit went well today!Cool  I will be ordering a bootie for Tazzie this week.

 

Pam

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15 September 2008 - 9:31 pm
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Congratulations Tazzie on your first chemo.  I also had carboplatin and my pawrents gave me supplements during my treatments and I did pretty good.  I didn’t get sick either and had to have my CBC done to make sure that I was ready for my next session.  they did have to stretch my sessions to 4 wks in between instead of 3 as the vet felt that eventhough my count was okay for a 3 wk stretch that 4 actually made me feel better.  I had a total of 4 treatments, am all done with them and they flew by.  Good luck to you pal and know that we are all thinking about you.

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15 September 2008 - 9:56 pm
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Dr. Mullins gets on the floor with me too. I wouldn’t see any vet who didn’t!

Way to go with the chemo, and thanks for the supplement info. Check my blog soon for an update about my visit today. Mom is busy typing away …

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17 September 2008 - 2:15 pm
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Dearest Pam & Tazziedog,

I’m glad to hear that so far the chemo has gone easy on the "Big Dog"!  I’m just a little guy myself, 12 lbs.  I have been following your story for awhile now and just want you to know that I always keep my paws crossed in prayer for Tazzie.

Love, Blazer (and, kitty Kimber helps, too)

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17 September 2008 - 4:17 pm
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Hi Tazzie!  I’m glad to hear that your first treatment went well and that you’re feeling fine Laughing

I too am in the Carboplatin On The Floor Club Cool

Love, Darcy

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17 September 2008 - 9:28 pm
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Hi Tazzie

Good news about the chemo, keep us posted.  I’m having a tough time with my DDB Butch on the chemo.  He wouldn’t eat for 7 nights after his second chemo and was terribly mopey.  I got him to eat small treats sometimes in the morning but no more than half a cup of food a day no matter what I cooked up for him. You can really notice his weight loss.  Last night was day 8 and he finally ate his dinner, actually stood up and went to his bowl.  Today he’s in a great mood.  I’m interested in how Tazzie reacts, maybe it’s a mastiff thing..?

Hugs Annie and Butch 


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17 September 2008 - 10:12 pm
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Annie,

I have found that my DDB has a much more sensitive stomach than Tazzie (an English Mastiff).  It might help to give Butch Pepcid or Carafate next time, even if he isn’t vomiting.  I think I read once that he is 70 or 80 kg?  He would need 20 mg Pepcid twice daily, although run it by your oncologist first to make sure that he isn’t on other meds that might react with Pepcid.  They also make a drug called Cerenia that can be given before chemo to prevent nausea from occuring, and comes in pill form to give 4 days post-chemo.

I’ll bet he will be back to his goofy self in a few days!

Pam and Tazzie

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tazziedog said:

Annie,

It might help to give Butch Pepcid or Carafate next time, even if he isn’t vomiting.


Hey guys, it seems that the Carafate and Pepcid I’m taking are working wonders for my appetite! I hope this works for you too.

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23 September 2008 - 8:51 pm
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Tazzie, We are so glad your chemo went well. Cody is part of the Carboplatin on the floor club too! His Chemo was on Sept. 11th and we were lucky he sailed through his first one. His blood test one week later was perfect. All blood cells normal. His second one is October 6th. Good luck with your next treatment Tazzie!

Cody and Cathy

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24 September 2008 - 7:43 am
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jerry said:

tazziedog said:

Annie,

It might help to give Butch Pepcid or Carafate next time, even if he isn’t vomiting.


Hey guys, it seems that the Carafate and Pepcid I’m taking are working wonders for my appetite! I hope this works for you too.


This is excellent news for both Tazzie & Jerry!  Glad to hear you are eating Jerry!  You need your nutrition and calories!  Love, Blazer

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