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Hey there 🌺🐾

Thrilled to hear Monte is determined to get on with his new life, he sounds like a real champ !

As for the iv problem, at least now you know and in any case he is on the mend 👍🏽

Looking forward to your pictures 😃

Love and cuddles 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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7 June 2018 - 8:51 pm
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Good evening to all!  

Here are a few pictures of Monte!

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He loves sitting outside…as long as the weather is nice!  The first picture there is from Tuesday night when he decided to get up on his own and head for the door!  Hopefully a simple ramp for the back door will be done by Monday…save on some of those face plants.  ouch!!

The lymph node pathology came back clear!  He get staples out this coming Thursday and treatment will be discussed from there.

Everyday is a new day and progress not perfection!  some swelling but not as much as it has been.  A little drainage this afternoon but I think its from the strain of the harness when trying to get him in and walking kind of thing. 

Thank you all so much for being here!  Your support is very much appreciated!

Elizabeth and Monteheart

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAY FOR CLEAR NODES!!!   EXCELLENT NEWS!!!😁😁

Love his photos.  Such a MAGNIFICENT  boy!   A whole lot of dog to love and cuddle with❤

Slooow and easy.  Monte knows he needs to take it easy and just chill.  There’s  something  very healing to dogs about being outside in Nature.

Hope you can figure out a way to prevent the harness from irritating  the incision. Looks like you have a lot of padding and that certainly  should help.

I tell ya’ what, Monte is actually a little “ahead of the curve” as far as some big doggies go!  I know face plants are hard to watch, but it speaks volumes about Monte’s determined and unstoppable  attitude!😎

Thanks for the update and the pics.  He’s  stunning!

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What a handsome boy, so sweet!  You guys are doing fantastic. That ramp sounds like a great idea. Stairs are not easy for a smaller dog, let alone a mini pony winker

So happy that his lymph nodes are clear!! I know you must be so greatly relieved…clap

You guys are doing such an awesome job, it is really so good to see such a large pup rocking this recovery. Keep up the pawsome work!

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Hey there Elisabeth and Monte 🌺🐾

SO happy with the lymph node results 👍🏽

Loved the pictures, Monte is a stunner 💖 and such a determined boy, I agree he is having an amazingly smooth recovery for a giant breed 💪🏽

Soon we’ll be watching videos of him hopping fast with a deliriously happy look in his cute little eyes, cannot wait Elisabeth 💗

Keep up the good work 👌🏽

Sending you hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hello everyone,

Before I came to the forum tonight, I saw a blog about Grizz.  I decided to read it.  The secondary infection and the incision issue.  Brings me to Monte’s update.

He is back in the hospital with an incision infection.  He had a low grade fever by time I got him back to the hospital this morning. I will say that Monte was in good spirits!  He actually got out of the van with simple harness assistance and walked in!  He may have surgery to remove the dead tissue tomorrow or Monday.  They inserted a drain tube for blood and also put in a catheter cuz he kept tinkling.  I did ask if maybe he was bruising in the groin area due the harness lifting so they will also check for UTI. 

Please keep Monte in your prayers!   He’s getting around and up when he really wants to so they know we don’t want to go backwards with a lot of groggy medication.  The swelling had finally gone down so the only issue was his back right leg not wanting to bend when he needed it or I should say where.

Thank you all so much for being here and thank you so much for the supportheart

Love and hugs,

Elizabeth and Monte

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Aww poor Monte! But yay you for catching it quickly and getting him to the vet. Not a fun place to be, but the best place right now. He’s a strong boy, he will recover in no time!

You are both in our hearts and we all send lots of love and wishes for a speedy recovery. Keep us posted.

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Oh man, but timing is everything and you were quick enough to catch it early. You know, even if he does come home with meds that make him sleepy, it is only temporary. And we have surely seen that some of the larger furbabies (canine AND feline) have needed some extra to their recovery and overcame a few ‘different’ barriers but all in all they did well in the end. 

You still got this, I have all the faith in the world that once this damn infection is under control and he has a little more healing behind him then he will be just fine. Hang in there, and stay close. All of our thoughts are with you and Monte!

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Okay Monte, really glad your mobility  is starting to balance out a little, in spite of these crazy challenges!!

Now, enough of these “crazy challenges”!  Okay big boy?

Elizabeth,  you are dping such a GREAT job of monitoring Monte and knowing  when something is a bit “off”.  Good job!   Now get some rest and update us when you can!

Cheering for you Monte!

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Hi Elizabeth and Monte,

Stewie and i would like to say hi and tell you a little bit about his recovery. Stewie is small compared to Monte and Spirit Eurydice, but at 110lbs (at time of surgery) he is no small chicken! big-grin

Stewie was wrapped up like a sausage after his surgery and I think it was about 3 days afterwards that I noticed a LOT of drainage happening. He was very subdued and not wanting to go far, so I took him in and they had to drain further fluids and let me tell you a LOT came out!! This we were told was a seroma ! He also had a bit of a temperature and we had to take him in three times to get it drained and into the end of the first week, I had to leave Stewie at the vets for the dayughin order to get his meds straightened out and to get him stable.

stewie’s harness was a bit of a hinderence to him during his recovery. He is also a front leg (left) amputee. My vet suggested we switch to a normal collar on his extendable leash and that gave us both room to move with each other and i was also able to help at a short distance if he stumbled, which he did (and still does occasionally) quite often. Especially when he tries to pee like a fella (he still tries!)! He would have fallen down an embankment one time if it wasn’t for the extended leash!!! I ALWAYS keep the leash on him if we are close to embankments of any kind. I keep telling him to “pee like a girl!” He is forced to sometimes!blush

Stewie has been a Hoppy TriPawd for 11 months now! And we pray everyday that we have many, many more! 

You are doing an incredible job of taking care of Monteclapand you will both get through this and in a few weeks time, you will see a very Hoppy Monte doing absolutely grand on his 3 legs, he will be back to his new normal in no time!

Many hugs and much support coming your way!

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Hi Elisabeth and Monte 🌸🐾

Just checking in to see how my favourite Dane is doing 😍

You are such a great Mom and pay so much attention to everything, I know he will be up and running before you can say scoobydoo !

Sending you an avalanche of hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hello to all,

Thank you for the replies and cheering us on.  This has been some week for Monte.  Here is his update and what happened.

Saturday after he was admitted, the ER doctor placed several medicated lap sponges under the flap of the incision after draining fluids.  Monte was draining a lot.  Needless to say Monday morning the doctor had to place a wound vac in him because he had so much dead tissue and drainage.  Then, Tuesday he started without with real bad edema from all the protein fluid he was losing.  I was almost in shock when I saw how swollen he was.  The decision was made to start him on an Albumin transfusion.  He had to have so much that dog Albumin wasn’t available.  Monte looked like a bear instead of a dog.  This was not the road I thought we would be going down but here we were.  All I could do was pray. Pray I did.  He was critical.  The next day he was beginning to improve.  He looked better and had life back in him.  Then today (Thursday) he went back into surgery to have his wound vac checked.  Dr said it was looking really good but he’ll keep it till Monday. She had taken him off the Albumin transfusion because his numbers were back up.  He was still a little groggy from the sedation when I saw him tonight but he was getting up to potty and moving around again.  Oh my what a week.  Please continue to pray for Monte.  I would love to have him recuperating at home.

Thank you for the story on Stewie.  I understand about the harness part.  I think Monte’s was possibly too much at first but can’t go backwards only move forward and pray Monte can stay on the healthy track now!

Will update again soon.

Thank you again for all the supportheart

Elizabeth and Monte

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You have noooo idea how relieved  we are to hear from you!!   Goodness knows yoj have been through hell, but Montelmis still with you and that’s   such good news!!

I am so sorry this has been so full of twists and turns for you!  We know every surfery has risks, but this was quite scary!!  

It sounds like things are balancing  out now and improving!    To be avle to get up to go,potty after all this is quite amazing!  Your Monte is one tough Dude and he IS getting better!  And you are one tough Dudess!😁

Than you so much for takjng the time to update!  As scary as all this was, Monte appears to be in good hands and the Vets are staying  on top of things.  Up date when you can.  We are all cheering for Monte!!!   Hes already stolen our hearts!❣

Lots of hugs

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Oh my goodness Elizabeth, that’s just crazy scary. So sorry Monte is having such a time with getting better. Saying prayers for you and keeping you in my thoughts, I really hope this is the end of the bad. You must be a mess, I know I would be. Sending you big hugs and lots of love, hang in there!

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Oh Elisabeth and Monte 🌸🐾

I cannot believe all your are both going through …

I never even heard of a similar story here …

All dogs are different and this is proving the point.

SO scary to go through this unbelievable ordeal with your boy, Elisabeth…

But he is indeed a tough cookie and will come out alrighty in the end, I hope this is your last bout of bad luck, sweetie. 

Hard to believe the ruffwear harness would contribute to this as you wore a lot of protection underneath it.

This is why I stuck to a really soft harness with Angel Eurydice to start with but as you say what is done is done.

Talking about Eurydice she is still keeping a close eye on her pal, you can be sure of that 🌟🐾

Monte is moving around and going potty which just shows how resilient he is and how much he is looking forward to have his life back with Mom and settle back in his routines. 

Sending you lots and lots of pawsitive energy, you are both in our thoughts and prayers 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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