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15 September 2009 - 9:54 am
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Okey dokey.  Feeling a little better now.  I spoke to Yoda's oncologist and told her all my possible concerns (even the paranoid ones) and she was very patient and thoughtful about considering every one of them, but she is still confident that the vet on duty on Saturday made the right call and that probably this was an issue of pain from the cancer developing elsewhere that came or went, or if it was a stomach issue, such as Yoda swallowed something he shouldn't have (I found a tennis ball in the garage this morning that was missing more pieces of it than I remember – I should have thrown it out a long time ago!) it must have passed through him because he isn't blocked.  She's also confident that since there hasn't been vomiting or diarrhea, it is safe to continue the Piroxicam.  I asked her about what dose of Pepcid he would need (and wrote it down this time – forgot to last time) if he does have Piroxicam side effects, and I'll pick that up today so I have it ready.  I sure hate it when he has problems that go undiagnosed, but I'll just keep keeping an eye on him and if he has anything like that again we will go ahead with an abdominal ultrasound.  (Hopefully I get the new job I'm interviewing for tomorrow and then the price of that won't be so scary!!!)

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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15 September 2009 - 5:09 pm
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Yo Yoda! Tazzie here! Somehow I missed all your drama – torsion, bloat, acid reflex, weird mets. I just want to say we truly are, sort of, blood brothers. Since my amputation, I often lie in awkward looking positions, typically right side up, with my head and chest draped over my left leg. (At the start I REALLY freaked out my mum, because I managed to place my left leg EXACTLY where my right leg should have been – how cool is that?!)

Anyway, as well as my mum can figure out, my tendency to lie on my stomach and look a bit twisted is when my tummy is not perfect. The first time she gave me broccoli (gassy!), you should have seen how long I sat in that awkward position and panted. I have not been as restless as you describe, but she keeps telling me that my precedessor, a lab-shepherd that bloated all the time but never had torsion, would do that frequently after one of his constant binges.

As for unwilling to hop, that describes me on most days. Today mum was freaking out. It was only bloody 6 am, and we are standing outside. She wants to go home so she can get to work, but I just want to stay in one place, thank you very much. She is so frigging pushy! Your mum sounds much more understanding.

Hmm, the other thing my mum worries about when I can't get comfortable is my heart. But I think you had carboplatin, not adriamycin, so your heart should be okey dokey.

Tazzie

p.s. Yep, she used to worry that the weird posture meant that mets were pushing on my lungs or throat. Now she has real mets to worry about, although I admit that my neck is rather fat. Is that just because there is no fur to cover it so it looks fat, or do any of you have truly fat necks?

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15 September 2009 - 8:15 pm
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Sorry we have missed Yoda (and Tazzie's) problems—we have been out of town (took Romeo for a checkup and acupuncture in VT).

Romeo is Mr. GI Sensitivity so I just wanted to say Pepcid has been great for us for many years. Romeo basically has some sort of acid

reflux/irritable bowel issue. He takes 40 milligrams of pepcid every night in a little bit of turkey baby food and its served him well.

If he does have a Winnie the Pooh like rumbly tummy in the am (very loud tummy rumbles) and doesn't want to eat—hopefully I can get him to take 40 milligrams more that morning and it really helps. There have been periods when he doesn't need it or needs something stronger, but basically he's been taking it for 4 yrs. You can buy the generic famotidine and it is much cheaper than pepcid. For some reason, Target has really great prices on famotidine. Of course, I know Yoda is on some other heavy duty meds, but my understanding is its an extremely benign drug.

For all the pups out there w/ gi issues—Romeo had his first Traditional Chinese Medicine workup/acupuncture session this am and I was

so impressed. Even though we went in to help him stay strong and comfortable in his fight w/ cancer (we are not doing chemo), all his gi issues came up as we described him. Everything the dr said may so much sense, I really wish we had considered acupuncture years ago.  

Hope Yoda feels better. He looks like such a happy guy! Eve and Romeo 

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16 September 2009 - 3:26 pm
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Yoda's Mom,

How did your job interview go?

Debra

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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16 September 2009 - 10:50 pm
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Very informative thread! 

Hope Yoda is still feeling good and that you soon have good news on the job front.

Mel

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17 September 2009 - 9:47 am
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Quick question on the Pepcid to anyone who has used it for their dog – so dogs are supposed to take more of it for their troubles than humans, it sounds like?  Yoda's oncologist only recommended 15mg, I think it was, a pill and a half.  Yet, I weigh much more than Yoda and would only take one pill according to the box.  Just thought that was curious.

I'm glad this thread brought out so much info, even though it seems (knock wood!) Yoda isn't needing it.  He's on the Piroxicam and no GI upset troubles, or any other troubles for that matter (knock wood!!) so far.  His only trouble is that his mom keeps walking over to check the answering machine and sighing, which is to say that I don't know about the job yet.  The interview went okay and I'm supposed to hear soon, but I haven't the slightest idea whether it's gong to be good news or not.  Thanks for the well wishes on that.  Oh crap the phone is ringing!

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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17 September 2009 - 9:53 am
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False alarm.

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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17 September 2009 - 2:09 pm
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Oooh, we’re rootin’ for ya, hope you get it.

That dosage is exactly what I took when I took Pepcid.

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17 September 2009 - 2:31 pm
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The vet had Emily take one tablet once a day for five days after chemo.

Debra

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.


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17 September 2009 - 4:13 pm
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Pepcid dosage varies depending on severity of the problem but most Lab-size dogs would need about 10 mg once or twice daily for reflux and up to 20 mg twice daily for ulceration.

Pam and Tazzie

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18 September 2009 - 10:48 am
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Thanks for the confirmation that I wrote down the Pepcid dosage for Yoda correctly, Jerry, Debra, Pam & Tazzie.  Still haven't had to use it (knock wood!) Big Grin

And………….(drum roll)…………….. I got the job!!!

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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18 September 2009 - 2:07 pm
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Congrats on the healthy stomach and your new job!Smile

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18 September 2009 - 5:55 pm
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Congratulations on your new job!  And I'm so glad that Yoda is feeling better.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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