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27 July 2010 - 9:15 am
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Pixie is 5 days out from her first chemo treatment, and she is really doing great. No nausea (from what I can tell) and no vomiting. But today when I got up, it was obvious that “something” was wrong. She has been having accidents, huge amounts of urine, due to the Pred and her drinkingm, so I thought maybe she was down about that, I know some dogs get funny when they can not control this. I fed her a smaller amount because I figured she was queasy, but she scarfed it down. After really looking at her, I swear she is depressed. Can the chemo cause a change in emotions? She is trotting outside still, but just sits in the sun, and she is just quiet with the other dogs.

I really am not worried, but just wondering if you all had experienced this with your dogs.

 

Thanks, as always, for your help.

Alicia

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27 July 2010 - 9:21 am
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That's a good question. Skyler never had any side effects from the chemo, other than just being thirsty and having to go out alot. I guess if humans can be depressed from chemo, maybe pups can too??? If she continues to have accidents and is too quiet, call your vet. As I always say, “when in doubt, check it out”. Keep us posted.

 

Paws crossed!

 

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27 July 2010 - 9:33 am
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Dog like people all handle situations differently.  I know it won't help to tell you Ruthie also never had any side effects from the chemo.  I agree with Cathy, call your vet.  And if she's eatting, how about some special treats!

And of course you have to keep telling how special she is!

Keep us posted.

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27 July 2010 - 11:59 am
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hmm…the pred. will create more urination and also stimulate the appetite….Magic did three different chemos and the only nausea was when I DIDN”T give an antinauseau drug before one of the pills (stupid mom)…are you giving any pain meds at all because I swear tramadol created something that looked a lot like depression….

I vote with the others…call the vet!!

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27 July 2010 - 12:18 pm
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Well, I don't know about emotional affects from chemo but it sounds like she is just tired. We've been told that chemo's effects will either happen the next day or 5 to 7 days out.

The Pred can definitely be contributing to it. The effects of hunger and thirst are the worst. I know we didn't like how it affected Jerry.

Yep, call your vet, just for peace of mind, and ask what signs to look out for to indicate if there's anything more serious. I doubt it, but the peace of mind is worth it. Let us know what they say OK?

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27 July 2010 - 12:44 pm
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Thanks, guys, you always come through for us. I did call the office, she said that it is normal for some lethargy and quietness with the pred. SHe is eating like a hog, I have had to hold back a bit on the food. She is drinking like a horse, they did say to let her drink as much as she wants, but to hold back after about 7 at night so she can make it through. So yeah, it does sound like this is all sort of normal. When my son got up she heard him and went racing down the hall, barking her head off, so I think that she is fine, just a momma worrying. Next chemo is Thursday, I hope she continues to do as well as she has been.

 

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Glad to hear you called and that was the response, thanks for letting us know.

Yeah, pred is a pain in the butt, for sure. Hang in there!

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27 July 2010 - 7:03 pm
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We started Jackers on pred 10 days ago and have had similar experiences with the eating and drinking like they've never had nourishment before.  However, he has a tumor in his liver that is stealing his nutrients so he started getting reeeeally skinny.  His doctor said “if he'll eat it, let him have it”.  So now he gets fed twice per day and last night had 3 dinners…He lays around all day like he's depressed, but I think he's just lazy…when we go outside he turns into a maniac again 🙂 

 

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27 July 2010 - 8:22 pm
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Hi Alicia,

Mag had some quiet times during her chemo treatments.  She was kind of lethargic.  But she always ate and did her business, and always wanted to go to the park.  It was more noticeable when she was done with all her chemo because she had so much more energy all the time.

 

Sounds like she is doing great!

 

Karen and the pugapalooza

 

Oh- nice new avatar pic too.

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27 July 2010 - 9:10 pm
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I'm glad it's normal!

 

SHe is eating like a hog, I have had to hold back a bit on the food. She is drinking like a horse, they

 

I've taken steroids and they do make you hungry!  Geeze, I went on a Cheese Nips binge in bed all night when I took them after an eyelid surgery!  Man, they tasted good!  So good, I bought another box for the following night!  big-blink 

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27 July 2010 - 9:48 pm
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Thanks guys! Hey Karen, you noticed the new pic! That was taken about a month before dx. Some big ears, huh? Like a Pug would look if you scared him! When I see your avatar, I am always amazed at how much Maggie and Pixie look alike.

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Love Pixie's avatar pic! Those are some huge ears on that little face!!oh-my 

Chemo can definitely cause lethargy… and then of course, there's all the drinking and peeing and eating from the prednisone … Other than that, sounds like she's doing well…

Sending Pixie a big fat hug!!

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28 July 2010 - 7:08 am
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Yeah! Happy to hear all is well! Have a great day, and give that pup a hug from us.

 

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