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19 March 2014 - 12:07 pm
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I am very blessed to live in the same city as one of the best specialist veterinary hospitals in the South West, so I have access to an amazing canine oncologist who is very open minded about a whole body approach to treatment and recovery. Silas' tumor was high grade so it's more than likely that we are already dealing with micrometastases which is why I'm so ready to pursue chemo. I'm looking into enrolling him in a local water rehab program but it will have to wait until after the chemo when I'll have a bit more funding available. We had our first full night of peaceful sleep last night as Si was still groggy and happy from the anesthesia smiley. He's back to crying again this morning, but I think the sleep did us both some real good. I'm going to try to add a couple photos. Hopefully, I've done it right.

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19 March 2014 - 12:19 pm
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This really sounds encouraging!! Also sounds like you're n wonderdul competent hands. I love the "open-minded" approach!

I know it seems to be "normal" that a lot of PT starts after chemo.

Hey, and you both got a good night's sleep...priceless!!

I'm zero help n posring hotos UNLESS you use ohotobucket...I can "maybe" helpmyou there...maybe! Dn't worry, someof the computer geeks will see this and help you out...plus there are lots of links on here to help.

Realyglad things are checkingout well for Silas. I know your relief is immense! We're ALL cheeringnyou over herez,!!

Hugs!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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19 March 2014 - 2:55 pm
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Hopefully, I've done it right.
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It looks like you copied the URL for your photo's Photobucket page, instead of for the image itself.

On the Photobucket page, click the small link icon and copy the Direct link. Paste that into the Image URL field when using the Insert Image button in the post editor, or just past it on a line by itself if using the text editor on a mobile device... hope this helps!

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19 March 2014 - 3:11 pm
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Thank you!! I think I've got it now. Enjoy this picture of Silas in stealth mode as thanks. (We told him that the camo pattern made him sneaky like a ninja winker) You can barely see him, right?

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19 March 2014 - 4:07 pm
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What dog? I don't see Silas there.
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21 March 2014 - 9:12 am
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Rather than getting better with time, Silas seems to be deteriorating. He is no longer capable of walking, or even standing on his own. He is either unwilling or unable to put any weight on his back legs. The increased dose of pain pills has had no effect so far other than making him sleep; which is its own blessing. He has has not had a bowel movement in four days and has only passed a small amount of urine in that time even though he is still eating and drinking. I have a creeping feeling that I am loosing the battle and I don't even know who the enemy is. I understood the cancer, it was daunting, but I knew what was happening and what I could do to fight it. This sudden mysterious ailment is so much worse.

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21 March 2014 - 11:37 am
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First, thanks for those adoravle pics! He is one jandsome dude! And clearly a big cuddle bug with a huge gentle heart.....just ask kitty!

Can the vet give you something to help him pee and poop? That could be a huge reason for some of his not wantingto get up. And the pain meds could make him just groggy enoughnhe doesn't want to get up. They can constipate too.....don't know about makingmithard topee though.

The fact that he's still eating and drinking is good .

Please, please, please kow we are all here for you. It is sooooooo hard seeing our best friends in distress snd not kowing what to do. Just take it day by day. Stay in the moment with Silas and do everything in your power to let nothing rob you of your time together now.

Please keep us updated.

Gosh, thanks sgain for those wonderful pictures! He is just magnificent.

Sending love!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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21 March 2014 - 1:40 pm
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Try to remember his is very doped up, and yes that's a blessing. Don't give up, try not to feel defeated. This is a major change for a dog especially one who's got some extra padding on him.

Who is your vet/clinic? Sounds like they are doing all the right things. I would talk to them about alternative approaches like acupuncture, which does wonders for pain relief. In the meantime he is going to need a quick, strict diet to remove that extra weight and take pressure off his joints. If you haven't done any type of weight loss program yet, that is something else that you can get started on immediately (in conjunction with your vet's approval), and it will help you to feel empowered too. You can do it!

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22 March 2014 - 9:25 pm
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It looks like we may have found a way to relieve at least some of Silas' anxiety! An inexpensive and durable sports utility wagon did the trick. After a good long stroll in his new wagon Si has been quiet and happy for several hours! He even relaxed enough to be able to relieve himself for the first time in 4 days. After just a few minutes of being out and about around the complex and meeting up with friends both canine and human that he hadn't seen for far too long, Silas was almost back to his old happy self. We still don't know why he is continuing to loose strength in his back legs; but it's an amazing relief to just have him resting comfortably. I'm so happy that even his snores sound musical right now. big-grin

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22 March 2014 - 9:55 pm
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GREAT, GREAT NEWS!!!

This is amazing! Who knew Silas was just longing for some "normalcy"...some of nature's stimulation and the well wshes of friends!!

Great learning lesson for us all about how important it is for a dog to be outside some and dong his "normal" routine. I'm just grinning ear to ear over here from this update

You are genuis for gettintnhim the wagon! He looks soooooo content!! And it's quite an aerobic work out for the human pullng it! Silas is a big boy!!

This just warms myheart. Keep on with your beautiful snoring Silas...it's music to your human's ears!! Take a video...seriousy...javing a video with the sounds of him snoring will be a real "memory treasure!"

GRINNING!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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23 March 2014 - 11:13 am
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Aww that's really pawesome that he's feeling upbeat and getting back to his old self. What a mellow pup, many dogs are too anxious to get into a stroller on the first go-round, he's doing great!

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28 March 2014 - 7:34 am
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Some really good thoughts in the posts.  I have seen outstanding results with many dogs with acupuncture for their arthritis.  I have also used reikki with mass success with anxiety in dogs.  My dogs are timid and I use reikki when I have to take them to the vet.  Snooze time in the waiting room so they are pretty chilled by the time they are called.  Also recently been put onto Green Lip Muscle for arthritis for them.  I gave 2 500mg tablets to my 24kg greyhound x and I noticed a difference in his movement within four days.

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28 March 2014 - 8:30 am
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So, I do have an update on Silas' condition. He was evaluated by a neurologist on Wednesday. He has lost about 80% sensation on his back end. His reflexes are still intact, but they are weak and delayed. As it was explained to me, this narrows down his condition to two possibilities. One: Herniated disks that are swelling and pressing on his spinal cord or Two: the osteosarcoma has spread to his spine and a tumor is pressing on the nerves.

 

Unfortunately, I am unable to afford the x-ray that would tell us for sure if it was the cancer until later in April. After the major bills of the month are covered. So, as an alternative the Dr. gave Silas an injection of prednisone and a prescription to take home. If the steroid causes him to markedly improve in the next week, the odds are we are dealing with disk damage. If he does not improve, more than likely the cancer is in his spine. He has shown no improvement so far, but it's early days yet. It could take up to five days for any swelling from his disks to fully subside.

 

We all have our fingers and paws crossed here, hoping that the prednisone will take effect.

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28 March 2014 - 8:38 am
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Keeping fingers and paws crossed here, too.

Kathi and Murphy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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Hoping the prednisone works for Silas.

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