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Cody's Oncologist gave compliments to Tripawds
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Hey Jerry,

Cody and I were at UW-Madison yesterday talking to the big wigs in oncology and I happened to mention what great advise and support I have gotten from your website. They said that they too think it’s a great website and source of information and often recommend your site to their patients owners. Kudos to Tripawds!!!!

P.S. We decided to do the Chemo yesterday. My gosh, Cody was so excited to go for a ride in the car he literally ran/hopped to the car. At the hospital, I had to ask him to settle down he was pulling me around trying to sniff all the cuties in the waiting room..GEEZ! and he popped right up when he saw our vet. With much gusto and enthusiasm (more than I’ve seen in 2 weeks since his surgery) he bounded down the hallway for his chemo consult. This morning he wanted to play catch with his toy..First time since surgery. I understand that if he is going to show any adverse side effects from the chemo (Carboplatin) it may not be for a few more days. Keeping fingers and toes crossed he is one of the lucky ones that sails through easily. My other main concern is that we keep his "old man" hip pain under control so he can continue his progress. We recently received our Bella’s pain relief pad and I’ve been using that along with massage and his Deramaxx. I probably over questioned my vet about continuing Deramaxx with all the controversy about the safety of NSAIDS but they remained confident about Cody continuing his protocol since it’s working for him and his liver enzymes etc. are all normal. He’s been using Deramaxx on a "on needed" basis for about 2 years but now will be taking 50mg a day to control the arthritis pain. We will supplement that with the Tramadol "as needed" for those not so great days. We have our K9 Immunity products ordered. His diet has been changed to low-grain, quality protein, the flax seed, fish oil and Dasequin supplements are being added, postive energy, love and enthusiasm is in abundance and we have a support network thanks to tripawd. We are all a work in progress here! Thanks for everything! Cathy and Cody

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Did you get to see Dr Vail?  I was wondering if he was okay with the high protein diet, flax seed, and vitamin E during chemotherapy.  Some oncologists say that you should avoid these during Carboplatin therapy because this chemo drug can be inhibited by antioxidants.  Tazzie is on antioxidants for her liver so I was just wondering.  I plan on asking her oncologist on Monday.

I ‘m glad that Cody is doing so well!


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12 September 2008 - 9:22 pm
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Cody said:

UW-Madison … said that they too think it’s a great website and source of information and often recommend your site to their patients owners.

Wow! What a great compliment indeed. So glad to hear we’re reaching out to those who need help.

Congratulations on the chemo and best of luck with that! Thanks for the update and telling about what they think of us in Wisconsin.

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Hi Pam and Tazzie, We have Cody on Innova Evo kibble mixed with the Hills Science N/D which was made for dogs going through cancer treatment. We add 1/4 c. all bran to this to help with proper digestion.  Our vet says this seems to be the ideal ratio in regards to the all bran/ND mixture for most dogs. I am not giving vitamin E at this time, just fish oil and flax seed along with his food mixture. The Dasaquin is his Glucosamine/Chondrot. Supplement for his osteo-arthritis.The K9 immunity and trans factor are designed to help build his immune system back up during the stresses of chemo and to assist his own body’s ability to fend off future cancer spread. Keep in mind this particular product has had some very good reviews and impressive results for many but it is considered a holistic/complementary therapy. My husband and I wanted to add complementary protocol to his conventional therapy. I got the green light for the above diet. Unfortunatly, I did not get to see Dr. Vail. I was mistaken. Dr. Chun was on rotation this week who was great! I had 4 people working with Cody which of course includes the 4th year students plus 2 visiting vets from Italy and Costa Rica which was pretty cool.  I am not giving anti-oxidants at this time but may consider COQ10, Vitamin E & C at a later time. Hope this info helps I would be interested in hearing what your oncologost says too! Cathy and Cody

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Hi Cody!  Wow, it sounds like you are rebounding from your surgery very well; that is "most excellent" dude!  And, I’m glad that more and more professionals & people are finding out about  I was on a website just yesterday and suggest to the writer that the information she was seeking would very likely be found here at Jerry’s place.

Love, Blazer & Mom

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