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Brandy Girl is still fighting!
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6 September 2011 - 9:22 pm
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We just wanted to check in with everyone.  I hope you are all doing well smile

It has been a little over a month since we found out that the bump on Brandy's remaining leg was indeed Osteosarcoma.  She was also diagnosed with 2 small Lung MET's and her 10th rib had a "hot-spot".  She is still feeling pretty good and she is eating and drinking well.  Our main concern is the leg fracturing so our new vet found a new drug for Brandy to try.  Has anyone heard of PAMIDRONATE.  It is given by IV and it is supposed to help relieve pain, slow the bone deterioration and grow back damaged bone.  I have done some research online and found that it really helped with pain and added to the survival time in some dogs.  Brandy just got back from the vet after receiving her IV of the drug.  Can anyone tell me if they have heard of this and if they have tried it.  I will also let you all know how she does on it.  Brandy has been on Arteminisin now for two months along with Tramadol and Deramaxx.  We are not sure if the Arteminisin is working.  If all goes well for the next couple of months, we plan on getting her another chest X-Ray to see if the Arteminisin shrunk any of the Lung MET's.  We have not noticed any difference in her breathing thankfully and we are happy to report she is still enjoying her days of napping, swimming and playing with our other dogs.  Originally, her doctor gave her 30-60 days and she is still going strong!  I will keep you posted smiley

Teresa - Brandy Girl's Auntie

San Diego, CA
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6 September 2011 - 9:50 pm
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Hi Teresa, I don't have any knowledge of that drug, but just wanted to say it is great to hear that Brandy is doing well and still enjoying life!

Sending pawsitive thoughts her way that the drug and the arte are helping!
Jackie, Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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6 September 2011 - 10:21 pm
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teresa808 said:

Has anyone heard of PAMIDRONATE.

Try searching these forums and the blogs, and be sure to check out our video interview about bisphosphonates in the Tripawds News blog .

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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6 September 2011 - 10:54 pm
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So great to hear about Brandy and that she is enjoying life and you're doing so much to support her!

You go girl!!

Sending huggs

Lylee and her Mum


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7 September 2011 - 7:39 am
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Hey there Teresa & Brandy, Great to hear from you! So hoppy to hear that Brandy is still kicking cancer's butt. I don't know anything about that drug, but hope it helps Brandy. Sending you many golden hugs!


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7 September 2011 - 8:34 am
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I don't have any experience with it either, but also just wanted to say that I'm glad she's hanging in there and doing well.  Sending pawsitive thoughts her way!

Plainfield, Illinois
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7 September 2011 - 11:09 am
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I'm glad to hear that she is doing well and still kicking cancer's butt!  Cancer has taken too many of our guys lately.  Keep going, Brandy!  -Jenna & Finchy

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

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7 September 2011 - 4:26 pm
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Yay, good news!  I am so happy to know Brandy is doing well.  I was wondering about her just last week, but I was afraid to ask.  We have lost so many babies lately, I just didn't want it to have gone down hill for her too.  So thank you sooooo much for posting this, I hope that new med kicks the holy crud out of cancer.


Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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7 September 2011 - 5:12 pm
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Way to go Brandy!  Keep up the good work and take any yucky medicines they give you cuz they're for your own good, even if they have to stick you with a needle to give them to you.  You'll get lots of treats and attention for being a good patient--and you'll feel a lot better too!


Scottsburg, IN
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7 September 2011 - 6:50 pm
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Brandy is amazing.  And so incredibly lucky to have pawrents who care so much and have the resources to do the things you all are doing for her.  Thank you for updating us.  I've been wondering about your girl.



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7 September 2011 - 8:03 pm
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Rock ON Brandy. You've got a great vet to recommend the pamidronate. I hope this helps give you lots and lots of super duper excellent quality time. xoxo

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