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Brody’s post surgery and chemo update
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18 May 2022 - 4:43 pm
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Brody has finished treatment with little side effects or issues.  My concern is he has had several episode of yelping in discomfort.  Kinda like if a bee has stung him.  This morning it was while still in bed while I was getting ready to work.  I ran to him and it was like I’m fine.   Just wondering if phantom pains possible this far out from surgery which was December 20th.  He has follow up next month.  I am anxious about anything that could be sign of spread.  But his exam and X-rays on April 21st showed no signs of spread.  Any thoughts?  

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18 May 2022 - 7:38 pm
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YAY for Brody knocking down the chemo treatments! WOW! He sailed through without any issues, and that's WONDERFUL smiley_clap And clear x-rays is extra super great news!!!

It does sound like he's having some kind of pain issue based on what you're describing. Humans report that phantom pain can stick around a while and show up when they least expect it, so it would likely be the same for dogs. Of course it could be another type of pain related to life on 3. He could have pulled a muscle any time recently. Have you tried gently massaging around his neck, shoulders, or lower back to see if he reacts in any way when you touch those areas? Even a quick look back at your hands while you're doing it could indicate he has discomfort. 

Has Brody seen a rehab therapist? I can't recall. If not, now is a good time to get into a rehab clinic to have him checked out. And remember the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so no time like the present to do it! Let me know if you'd like help finding a practice. 

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18 May 2022 - 9:54 pm
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Has Brody been extra active before the episodes?  My girl Elly lost a back leg after being hit by a car at 7 months old.  I adopted her when she was 10 months old, fully healed but not very strong.  Every now and then Elly would jump up out of bed like something stabbed her.  She would look at her amp site, but she was never vocal.  I finally figured out that it happened when she had been over-active, so I'm thinking a pulled muscle or maybe just some spasms.

Now that she is fit and strong and I know her better she rarely has those episodes.  She is also older and has fewer zoomies than when she was younger smiley4.

It's great Brody handled chemo so well!  And congrats on the clear x-rays.

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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Congratulations on finishing treatment Brody! What great news! I'm so sorry that he may be having pain issues. Bodies and nerves are such complex things. I hope you can get some answers soon. Like Jerry suggested, maybe try a rehabilitation consult and lots of massages.

Sending healing thoughts and tail wags.


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Thank you all for the advice.  Brody is very active, being a 4 yr old Lab he never stops unless asleep or eating.  So far no pains since I lasted posted.  We have an upcoming appointment and will ask the questions.  
Brody had a refresher visit with his trainer he had as a pup to see how he gets along with other dogs.  He wasn’t aggressive but reactive.  Like he didn’t want them too close.  But he is great with people so we going to be visiting humans who might need to see how Brody is living life as a Tripaw.  Hopefully we can do some positive things.  
Also Brody’s human friend Michelle has made great progress. She is driving and even ventured out to Walmart.  Brody will be visiting her soon so hopefully picture in near future.  


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26 May 2022 - 9:15 pm
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Good to hear from you....especially  when we get to celebrate treatment completion!!  

Yeah, can understand why  he may be a little  reactive  if he feels a little  vulnerable  since  the amp.  And yes, he will definitely  show everyone  how  tripawd can rock  life on three!

Thanks for letting us know Michelle  is also handling  things like a Champ...just like Brody!


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