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I got the results from our 10 days post chemo blood work today. All looks good in terms of white blood cells, their number stayed up! The only concern my vet had was about the platelets getting low. She sent our results to the oncologist, I hope to hear from him tomorrow. 

Other than that Arktik had another good day. I finally manage to get him on video for giving the paw and coming own the stairs!

The cat also wanted to give the paw 😉 

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It does not show on the video but I have transparent anti-slip adhesive threads on my stairs to make sure he does not slip (they were not too bad to start with but we did not want to take any chance)

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Hi Patricia!  Those are some steep stairs - I'm very impressed with Arktik's ability to navigate them so easily!  And his cat sibling almost steals the show, but your boy is just too cute!  What drug is being used for Arktik's chemo?  My oncologist said that with Carboplatin, they look for white blood cells to drop in week 1 after the chemo and platelets drop in week 2, so hopefully it's just the normal progression from after the round of chemo.  Please keep us posted and keep the videos coming - I adore seeing Arktik doing so beautifully! Can you share which brand of the stair strips you used?  I was looking to purchase those for our family who live in homes with stairs for when we visit.  I figured they wouldn't mind transparent strips as much as other modifications - LOL!  Hugs from Griffin and me! ~ Stacy

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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Mr. Artik!  We are duly impressed with your victories!  Handling the stairs like an agile Champ , and topping it off with a your paw trick.....MAGNIFICENT!!!  He looked quite proud of himself, especially  after conquering  those steps!😎

So happy to see how well handsome Artik is doing.  These are such great treasure videos!!!

Thanks for sharing the amazing Artik with is today!  Great reason to smile!💕

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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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Hi Patricia,

I am truly impressed by Arktik's progress. Just incredible. And he such a handsome boy. The stairs look daunting for a pup with 4 legs and  he handles them so gracefully. Thank you for sharing the videos.

I'm glad to hear his blood work results are looking good and I hope you get good news from the oncologist.  We look forward to future updates!

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He has been doing really well improving day after day. My only concern still remain the food. He does not really want to eat any dog food anymore ..but shows a decent appetite for let's say ground beef and rice and other food table. Throughout his recovering I tried pretty much every type of dog food (different types of cans, dry food, and others). He would eat it for one day but not the next. Since he has always been a difficult dog, at this point I am not sure anymore if this is due to an upset stomach caused by all the meds for a month plus chemo, or he just decided that he will only eat what he wants. 

We did our longest walk today and some playing in the ponds.

Stacy, here's the photo of the anti-slip treads I used on the stairs. I think they work well enough and they look fairly good (they are transparent but if you take a quick look at them you can definitely tell as they have some texture to them)

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Basically you remove the white paper underneath and stick it on the stair, they provide you with a roller for the installation. It works well for us, our stairs are soft wood not varnished and they were not really slippery to start with (they were pretty worned which on the bright side provides grip). So this just added an extra protection for Arktik. 

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Thanks for sharing, Patricia!  Those are the exact ones I have in my Amazon cart, so I'm glad to know you have road tested them and found them to work well with Arktik.  I will move forward with purchasing them.  And yay for longer walks and playing in the pond! - ~ Stacy

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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Stacy said
Those are the exact ones I have in my Amazon cart... 

Please start your search here when shopping Amazon, to support the Tripawds community! smiley4

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I already have Tripawds set as my Amazon charity.  Does what you shared do something different?

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Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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Stacy said
I already have Tripawds set as my Amazon charity... 

Thank you for your support! smiley_clap

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Hi Patricia.  Arktik is doing awesome!  Also, he is a beauty!!

For food for Jake I make a small chicken or potroast meal in a crockpot with carrots/celery/potatoes and just a little bit of no sodium boullion.  Once it's done I spice up his kibble with chunks of the meat/potatoes/etc cut in small chunks and he gobbles his food right up.  The crock pot meal will go for days.

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Thanks Connie for the suggestion! I am running out of ideas here. Also, I just spoke about it today with the oncologist and he suggested we try some med to stimulate his appetite for 5 days. We'll see if that helps.

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All I can say is

I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT BOY!

He is definitely a determined proud pup. He reminds me of someone else.

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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Have you tried the diet "Feed the dog Starve the Cancer"

It is a mixture of meat and vetebles, along with omega 3 that is really good for them. You can find it in the "Dog Cancer Survival Guide ". K9 Immunities also has a recipe on their site.

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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Thanks Nancy!

I will definitely look into this. He has been doing a little bit better the past 48hr eating dog food but still finicky. 

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