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Just came home from bloodwork!  White blood cell count is still improving!  His anemia is very slightly improved but the number of baby red cells his body is making jumped a lot since yesterday so that’s wonderful!  

We are going to add carprofen in the evenings to his plan.  I’m so relieved!  Tomorrow will be one week! 

~ Melanie 

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Did they test forMRSA?

I don’t believe so. I’ll keep watching it and we will definitely mention that thought in case. 

It’s interesting that they’ve given you Buprenex for him.

Because he had been on steroids and they couldn’t give NSAIDS, they gave us ONE dose of Bupranex for if he had a particularly bad night.  We opted to use it and then he developed the pustule and we would up at ER anyway.  Won’t be touching the stuff again.  Boy oh boy.  

Do you think the whining is partly because he’s in the kennel?

He does occasionally whine in the kennel when he smells food or needs out, but he and our other dogs are used to being in.  He usually sleeps in bed with us, so I know that adds to it, but on Bupranex, even laid next to me on my mattress on the floor he cries and cries.  It’s constant neediness.  

Has he tried eating anything yet? 

He ate the first night home.  He’s getting pickier and pickier by the day.  He has tried to reject kibble in hopes we provide more smoked turkey but I have tricked him for now by sprinkling water on it to make it smell more.  He just ate a decent amount, again. He’s been pooping daily and peeing regularly too. 🙂 

time for you and Barkley  to get off this crazy roller coaster!!

Right?! Honestly, if he wasn’t wagging tail and smiling and so happy to see us (and today he started trying to jump up on my husband), we would have probably been discussing where the line is drawn to stop his pain.  This just feels like such a cruel ordeal for *hopefully, but maybe not* stopping the mast cell.  

I’m really relieved that his lab results are improving.  When we got home, today, I put him down to pee and he started running into the grass and found a bush to pee on and seriously considered climbing a wood pile.  He barked at tree trimmers and attempted to jump on my husband multiple times.  He’s definitely getting stronger and more confident.  I’m trying to stay positive and enjoy the good moments as much as possible.  I’m also taking pictures, which feels like I’m trying to catch one last shot sometimes, but I know I’ll want photos either way one day.  

Kids are up, Barkley is laying down and the day goes on. 

~ Melanie 

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3 August 2020 - 11:02 am
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How awesome he’s doing so much better! Eating and wanting to climb woodpiles? YEAH! He’s on his way to healing.

Thanks for explaining everything, I had forgotten about him being on the pred as the reason for the Buprenex. It sounds to me like he’s having the kind of reaction that many dogs have to Tramadol, just total anxiety and restlessness. I’ll try to remember that if we ever hear of another dog being given that drug.

What you’re describing to me sounds like a pretty typical recovery so far. If the infection was still raging, my guess is he would still be pretty mellow, not hungry or spunky. Fingers crossed the antibiotics work. MRSA can happen though so if you suspect at all that he’s having a setback, call the vet right away to let them know.

But based on everything, I’ll bet in a week he’ll have all of this behind him. Paws & fingers crossed! 

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3 August 2020 - 12:28 pm
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PATHOLOGY IS BACK!

First off, y’all will appreciate that I accidentally broke up with his initial vet this morning, before the results were in.  I had to take him to new vet for labs and couldn’t understand why they weren’t coming out to get Barkley even though I had called.  I had accidentally called his first vet.  They were calling me to see where I was as they couldn’t find my vehicle.  I had to explain.  Oops.  

So… Vet #1 called with pathology report.  He has subcutaneous mast cell.  The type he has doesn’t have grading scale yet.  She had never seen it before.  Tumor removal is curative in 98% of cases.  Only 15% of cases ever see a similar tumor present.  The rate at which the cells were reproducing was very low.  So his prognosis is pretty great.  We just have to get the infection under control.  

He is definitely feeling more like himself.  He was just joining the other dogs in barking at tree trimmers.  

Side note: I DID explain the situation to the vet and why we chose to move his care elsewhere.  I assured her it was nothing personal and we aren’t unhappy with the care she personally provided.  I explained that the communication gaps and limited hours just weren’t providing the access we needed right now.  She was very understanding and assured me that she will be discussing with general manager.  

Y’all, I’m so excited right now.  For the first time since we were told amputation was the only way to try to remove the cancer, my husband is feeling like we made the right call.  

~ Melanie 

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Congrats on the path report- doesn’t get much better than that!

I’m sorry you guys are battling an infection but based on your description of Barkley’s activities he is doing well now! 

I know when things are tough it’s hard to see you are on the right path.  Remind yourself how well he is doing considering the major surgery he just had! Maybe go out and bark at the tree trimmers with him smiley4

Seriously- I’m really glad for the great news- and that your husband now thinks you did the right thing.  As Barkley fully heals and puts the infection behind him you all will be more and more amazed how well he adapts and just gets on with his life.

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.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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3 August 2020 - 4:51 pm
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YAAAAAAY. FOR. BARKLEY…….AND HIS DEVOTED  HOOMANS!!!!!!    SUCH A GREAT UPDATE😁😁😁

WOW, just WOW!!!  What a crazy several days!  To see such a noticeably  pawsitive turn around relatively  quickly is, indeed, reason for massive amounts of celebration!!  And to get such a pawsitive  path report, also reason  to celebrate!!

Hopefully, it should ge nothing but smooth sai ahead!  I know Barkley  is a very Happy  boy to  be able to start being Barkley again!!!😎

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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3 August 2020 - 11:30 pm
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Little guy’s wound is looking wonderful.  The bruising is gone and he’s SO spunky.  He even ran through the doggy door today!  I’m in awe of his resilience.  I had the best nap/sleep this afternoon, relieved beyond measure by the test results and the improvements.  Our inflatable cone came today and he loves it.  He’s gotten his first dose of carprofen and I’m off to sleep.  

~ Melanie 

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4 August 2020 - 9:39 am
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YAAAAY!!! The doggy door is a huge accomplishment!

You sound really good, it’s amazing how much difference sleep and some healing will do. And he LOVES the cone? WOWWWEEE!

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YAAAAY FOR BEING SPUNKY!!    A spunky Barkley is clearly a hapoy Barkley!!

Thanks for the pupdate….big smiles going  in over here!!😁

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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Carprofen for the WIN!  He whined part of the night, clearly upset he wasn’t in bed with Poppa.  We are discussing lowering our master bed so he and our elderly dog will have better access.  But it’s still too soon.  He slept wonderfully after he settled in and even slept on the incision side from time to time.  He’s much more relaxed.  I think the gabapentin has a chance at slight sedation now that his pain is better managed and the infection is clearing up.  

He tries to follow my husband, practically touching his leg at all times, and his separation anxiety is getting more serious, but we are so close to some normalcy.  🐾

I had to give him his meds with cream cheese throughout this, which was concerning because he is a pancreatitis survivor, but he has his appetite back fully now, so I can use white bread and no more forced swallowing!  This is such a relief for me.  We have four scheduled times for meds until the antibiotic is done, then only 3.  

I’m in a state of sleepiness that is almost comical.  My adrenaline response to the crisis has ended and I’m in crash and recover mode.  Everyone is being very understanding.  

He doesn’t love the collar in his kennel so much, but he seems to love lounging in it otherwise.  Last night we took it off for cuddles and he put his head back in it. 😂

I finally got him bandaged in a way that I haven’t had to change it since last night.  It’s a huge learning curve- allowing holes for pee, poop, leg, tail, belly and not catching any hair.  I also learned that athletic tape is wonderful, but without the surgical suit, it catches on everything and shifts every time he moves.  So… The surgical suit is saving my sanity!  He can reposition himself effectively without help or pulling!

I’m gonna nap some more.  But it certainly looks like we are through the worst of it!  

~ Melanie 

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Yeah it sure does sound like the worst is behind you! And he put his head IN the collar? Woah! Maybe that sedation is kicking in?

And you are learning so much here. The lessons nopawdy wants to have of course, but still, by the time this is over you’ll be such an expert. Bandaging is tricky; vet conferences have entire seminars devoted to that topic. 

As for the recovery suit: if you happened to buy a VetMedWear recovery suit, we would be so grateful if at some point you had time to review it. We think it’s pretty pawesome ourselves.

More sleep for you, onward and upward! smiley_clap

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Glad your pup is feeling better and, dang, you guys are freaking warrior bandage geniuses… 

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If someone could share the information on how to share photos, the link was missing in a prior post.  

Barkley had bloodwork done again this morning and it’s much improved!  His infection seems to be gone but his wound isn’t closing quite as fast as doc would like to see.  He is scheduled for suture removal and lab redraw on Tuesday (in 5 days, and the 2 week mark from surgery.)

He’s running, jumping despite our discouragements, eating well and overall getting back to his normal self.  

The vet said that Barkley was delightful and made his job so enjoyable.  The staff said he just laid back and relaxed while they took his blood and EVERYONE thinks he is just the sweetest dog.  They have also named me “The Bandage Queen!” 

~ Melanie 

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CONGRATULATIONS  BARKLEY AND THE INCREDIBLEBANDAGE WIEEN!!!  Good job to both of you!!👏👏

I have no doubt that Barkley  has all the Techa enamored  with his precious self.  I k ow we all are!

Here’s a link, but a techie will come along and make it easier to understand than I can. 

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We haven’t even met Barkley yet and we know he’s the sweetest dog! What a strong guy, he’s overcome some hurdles and is jumping into the Tripawd life with gusto! YAY! smiley_clapsmiley10

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