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6 June 2010
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22 August 2010 - 7:42 pm
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hstanek said:

Dr. Couto did Denali's '2nd opinion' as well!!  He really helped put our mind at ease, hopefully he did the same with you.


Are you doing radiation treatment or just pain management ?

I didn't talk with Dr. Couto personally because I'm not from USA, but as I'm vet student I talked with him and he was very nice with me.

I'm just doing pain management because in my country there's no radiation center for animals. I tried to do pamidronate but it's also just used in humans at hospital, so I couldn't get it for my dog...

When it gets worse I'm gonna add gabapentin.


Btw his name is Tomás and thank you Chloe's mom, I would really appreciate if you do it 🙂

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23 August 2010 - 9:46 am
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Thanks for the update. Best wishes caring for Tomas.

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23 August 2010 - 10:24 am
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Alrighty, Tomás was added to the shirt! You can check out the progress of my shirt in another forum topic under "Anything goes" titled "Chloe signed up for K9 Cancer Walk in Los Gatos: We will walk for you, just give us their names" (kind of hard to miss...).  I will put up a new photo of the back (to show the names that have been added) once I get a few more! We are honored to walk for him in October!!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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10 September 2010 - 5:16 pm
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I'm late in chiming in here so forgive me. I see this post started in June but I wanted to add that we've had several older dogs do well with an ampuation if its something you're still mulling over. It's a very personal decision and one that has to be made individually.

BUT.. that vet was way off in saying that 8 or 9 yrs is about the cut off for an amp on a dog. Way off.. My dog was 10.5 yrs old & I know of 4 dogs right off the top of my head that were 13 yrs old who underwent amputations.

What's important to remember is that even if its 'only' (thier words, not mine) 6 months. Well, 6 months in doggie years in 3.5 yrs to us human folks. Its a long time! 🙂

Not trying to sway you one way or the other here.. only trying to point out that older dogs have done OK with an amp & to give you options... I have a friend in Portugal who's dog had OS. I can put you in touch if you'd like for a reference. Her dog was older as well. Please send me a msg if you'd like her email.

Wishing you the best -

Jenna & Zak

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