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Senior Dog Amputation - Doing Great!
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On The Road

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24 September 2009
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22 May 2010 - 11:14 am
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labmom said:

He is really enjoying the great Memphis Spring weather, although our current crisis is the lack of hair over the surgical site that requires sunscreen when he wants to go outside and lay in the sunshine.  

I just saw this. That's something we never even thought of (hey, I come from the Pacific Northwest where the sun only shines 1 day a year!). Good idea.

So hoppy to hear he's doing well. Sooo many senior tripawds will be inspired by him! Keep it up!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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22 May 2010 - 7:33 pm
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dakota, glad to hear you are doing so well!!!  so you are in memphis...we are in the other end of knoxville.  all those stairs...these guys are amazing, aren't they??


charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

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7 January 2011 - 5:43 pm
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So I realize I haven't posted in MONTHS and I do apologize but life has been essentially normal on three legs (which means busy) and Dakota has been doing great.  However, we received bad news at his checkup today that he has at least 3 lung mets.  So what is the first thing, I do, but come to this wonderful site for research!  


I read in another thread on lung mets (thanks Fortis) that "it is not a sign of the end but just part of the journey".  I SO needed that right now as I have been devastated by the vet's report of a "couple of months".  Dakota is almost 10  months out from surgery and other than a cough seems totally normal.  He has been switched from Rimadyl to Prednisone so I am expecting the Pred high to start tomorrow.  I know it will improve his function even if for a short time.  


I have cherished each extra day we have been given due to the decision to amputate and have not regretted his surgery for even a minute.  I so appreciate this site and the information and support it provides as it helped us make that decision.  I covet your continued good thoughts his way these next couple of months as we continue this journey.   

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7 January 2011 - 6:18 pm
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Oh, Dakota, I am sorry you had bad news today.  The one thing to remember - there is no time stamp on your butt.  Just keep taking those days one at a time and enjoy each moment with Dakota.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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7 January 2011 - 8:15 pm
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Thanks for the update! Sorry about the news – "bad" is relative, try to reframe things – but you have great timing. Don't miss yesterday's Tripawds Downloads post... Canine Osteosarcoma: Lung Metastasis Treatment Options

When we got the news about Jerry's lung mets, we were devastated. But he quickly taught us what many Tripawd heroes have taught ther people – Dakota is not dying from cancer, he is living with it.

Our chosen treatment plan for Jerry's Metastais was:

  1. Metronomic Protocol Oral Chemotherapy
  2. K9 Immunity All Natural Immune System Supplement
  3. Enjoying Every Moment Together In The Now

Hope this helps, please keep us posted and give Dakota a good belly rub for us!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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