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13 May 2016 - 9:27 am
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Pawesome! Welcome home Athla, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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13 May 2016 - 10:02 am
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You made it indeed!!! Good job Athia…and her humans!! Looking good stylin’ that cone!

There’s no place like home!!

Keep us posted and let us know how she’s doing…and how you’re doing!

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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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Hooray and welcome home!  The next 10 days or so will be rough, but you will be amazed at how well she does once the staples come out.   For now, smother her with love, keep her quiet and manage her pain (feel free to call your vet if at any time you do not feel the pain is well managed – once the hospital meds get out of her system, about day 3, many of us had to make pain med adjustments with our vet).   As hard as it might seem on a daily basis, the 10 days seemed to fly by (ok, only in retrospect).

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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13 May 2016 - 11:04 am
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Yes – we are NOT on gaba right now – and in fact I see the prescribed amount of tramodol is LESS from our ortho surgeon than the original vet… so we’ll have to see if she starts showing pain signs – I will ask our Ortho for Gaba / options…

First night she was SUPER whiny – but this is exactly how she was pre-op and on tramodol. Perhaps by taking her down from 4 pills every 6 hrs (50mg) to 3 every 8-10 like my ortho suggested, the side effects will be less… she is sitting on the wound and ok getting around with just the chest part of her help me up harness… hasn’t pooped yet but lots of peeing. Great hunger, super into food. Very much “herself” if not a little needy – want pets, all the time!

Spent some time on the patio this morning 🙂

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13 May 2016 - 2:31 pm
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Poop will come, don’t stress about that.   Otis laid on the incision side too, and seemed comfortable so I didn’t worry about it.  Oh, and if a tripawd wants pets, it is our obligation to provide them.   big-grin

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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15 May 2016 - 10:45 am
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Happy Sunday! 🙂

Athla is doing great!! She’s learned that with our help + chest harness she can do her business and she is sooooo relieved to have her nightly poo, lemme tell ya.

Her spirits are great, from the time she left post opt to now. We had our first blip of phantom limb pain yessterday, but it was quick and I laid some warm dry towels on the op site and she was better. If it happens again in frequency I will contact our vet about getting some gabapentin.

I’ve dropped her dose of Tramodol from 4 pills 3x a day to 3 pills 2 or 3x a day – and she is SO much happier, and still a 0 or 1 on the tripawds pain scale. That much of it just makes her twitchy, anxious and she can’t sleep – but with the lower dose she seems still to be comforted by the pain suppressant without feeling ill from it.

I’ve started her on artmenesinin today – it’s about two weeks before we’d start chemo, and it can’t hurt. I did read (via tripawds) it’s best to dispense 3-4 hrs before her high protein meals, soooo…. now we know, and today’s dose might not be super effective because I’ll have a hungry puppy in about an hour 🙂

Another tip – I didn’t go near the incision itself but she had SO much deep red bruising from the clamping… (not infection, just bruise) and man I put a little arnica gel on the clamp bruising before bed last night and I woke up and it was all gone!! Like magic! A little red near the staples because I didn’t dab there but even those seem better, as if the area around it was like HEY! Let’s heal up!

We’ve spent the whole weekend with her – sitting on the porch right outside our healing room, building legos together, etc. She is STRONG – I let go of her harness for five seconds to let her get by me through the door and she just took off into the kitchen like lightning – already so capable.

She’s very much happy for her nightly budwig cancer fighting treat of the cottage cheese and flax stuff – hope it’s helping. I have her on one cup of Fromme’s grain free and one cup of budwig-y stew I made for her per meal – high proteins, bone marrow, shitake mushrooms, garlic, broccoli.

Anyway, all seems to be going as well as it can be. Thank you for thinking of her!! xoxo heartheartheart

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16 May 2016 - 12:39 pm
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YAAAAY! Athla is awesome!

Things are going VERY well, I’m thrilled to hear she’s bouncing back and life is good overall. You are doing great too, props to you as well.

Love that tip about arnica, thanks. Did try licking it off? I know it’s great for people, hadn’t ever thought about suggesting it for dogs too. I’m guessing that it’s safe if they do lick it? Not really sure though, if you have any info on that to share let us know.

3-paws up for a great week ahead!

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16 May 2016 - 12:48 pm
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She has actually been so stupid good about not investigating her stitches! She has not licked any of the arnica off, and 90% of her bruising is now gone from the incision area. We still put the cone on her at night, just in case but during the day I just let her be herself, and she hasn’t licked the wound at all.

Arnica is totally safe to ingest – in fact, there are tablet forms you can give both dogies and humans. The dosing is kind of weird – you start with a bigger dose, then continue smaller ones every few hours until the bruising is gone. I haven’t had any success with it helping any pain, but when I broke my hand it healed WAY faster than expected because I was ingesting those tablets. I was also giving them to Athla – until we found out it wasn’t a sprain, it was the cancer, and sadly it won’t help that.

And important note about the artemesinin – the oncologist suggests you don’t start it until your first 10 days after your first chemo treatment – that way if your pup gets sick, they know it’s the chemo and not anything else. Then, feel free to start supplementing!

We’ve been debating so much – we planned this vacation two years ago and of course it’s coming up – we would leave this friday and be gone a WEEK. I’ve been thinking of just – not going, losing our deposits, sending my husband without me, maybe buying another ticket and coming later…

The oncologist was like – look. I really, kind of really really, want you to go. Athla has passed all of the dangers of surgery, and your pet sitter can just drop her off for half an hour while we take out the stitches, it is really. no big. deal. Go on your trip. She will be fine. And when you get back we’ll start her chemo.

It felt good to hear she’s doing really well, and would be safe without us for a little bit. I mean – not five minutes ago she just got up – walked the 3 steps to the patio, took a wiz in her potty box (without my help!) Came back in and laid down. My kiddo :*)

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And important note about the artemesinin – the oncologist suggests you don’t start it until your first 10 days after your first chemo treatment – that way if your pup gets sick, they know it’s the chemo and not anything else.

Excellent reminder for those starting chemo.  In fact I wouldn’t do any diet changes around a major surgery or chemo because if there is a problem or reaction you can’t tell what is causing it.  Some vets would prefer you don’t do any diet changes during the whole length of chemo- but they all seem to be different.

I would also suggest to people doing diet changes or adding supplements to take it slowly and change one thing at a time.

Sounds like Athla is doing great- that is AWESOME!  I was lucky in a sense that when my pug Maggie lost her back leg to mast cell cancer I didn’t need a cone at all.  Between her short little nose and her Buddha belly she couldn’t reach the incision big-grin

And extra thanks for the info on Arnica!

Keep up the good healing Athla- and enjoy your vacation mom and dad!

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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17 May 2016 - 4:07 pm
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This update.has me grinning ear to ear!

And a belated HAPPY POOP DANCE!! Good job Athia!clap

Take your Onco’s advice.and f2o on vacation! It’ll be good for y2iu AND Athia!! Your pet sitter will jave all the phone numbers for the vets AND give her info on how tonpost here if there are any questions! On top of that, give her the Tripawds Helpline number. 1 844. TRIPAWDS. There, all bases are covered!

Where are you going? We need pictures! Have a great relaxing time!

Hugs!

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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Thanks Sally and Karen! 🙂

Weee are going on my first real not in the US vacation – to the Caribbean. Super far away from my pup!!!

And our friends we’re going with are refusing to let us pay for our share of the room, so we can divert that money to Athla’s first chemo. We are at a loss at such kindness :*)

So far Athla has had two quick phantom pain things since surgery – each about 5 seconds. I told my friend who’s sitting should they grow in frequency, to talk to the vet and get the gaba. But I think she might be ok!

We’re at the point where Athla wants to be normal again – asking for walks, practically dragging me around the block during a potty break! But she’ll remain calm if you’re with her and ask her to lie down. I’ve been with her all day today – tomorrow will be the first day I’ll go to work for 4 hrs at a time – will leave the cone on her, etc etc.

A dear friend started a fundraiser for her chemo, bless her. We needed an image of her post – op – took this this morning 🙂

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19 May 2016 - 6:03 pm
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Updates – Athla is doing VERY well. We are confident she’ll spend this next week getting cuddles and having a blast with her Aunty Val while we escape for a bit. Val is taking her to get her sutures out on Wednesday, and we will start her first round of chemo the week we get back. Here’s a quick shot of Athla trying on my beach hat. She looks better than I do in it, for sure.

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Oh my DOG she is so beautiful! Put that doggie on the cover of Vogue, she’s the ultimate beauty queen!

So happy things are going great for y’all. Thanks for the update.

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You forgot the CUTENESS ALERT!! She is absolutely adorable!! I agree, put her on the cover of Vogue! She is quite the fashionista! I love the picture of you hugging her…very sweet!

You have a GREAT vacation! Athia will be fine!! And how very nice of yiur friends to treat you and for your friends to raise money for you. They wouldn’t do it if YOU and ATHIA weren’t such special Souls!!

Can’t wait to see bacay pictures and more pictures of Athia when you get back!!

Love to all!

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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Love Love the hat.  Every woman needs a Pretty Woman hat!  I am glad to know others have vacations planned even though their fur baby is in recuperation phase.  I have been feeling pretty guilty about two trips scheduled pretty close together.  We are going to Ohio to see our son over Memorial day weekend and we have a trip to the beach planned for 8 days in June.  Both completely paid for already.  I know Bandit will be fine with Mary, but … I’m his Momma!  Enjoy your time away.  We all need a break!  If I think about it, it is a vacation for the pups too.  Substitute Momma’s tend to spoil them more cause they only have a short time with them! 

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