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Giving hope to those whom are struggling
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20 June 2019 - 1:21 pm
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if anyone followed my recent 13 days on diagnosis, you’ll know it’s definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions for Arty and me.

I almost gave up hope, but I am writing here to say that don’t give up if you are in the doom and gloom.

Day 9 and 10 were I think the worst. Just trying to work out the pain and meds and side effects and what was driving what.

You guys on here have been my saviour. Made me challenge my Vets and demand to speak to someone when you are in what feels like a black hole. Scared, worried, very tired, wanting to have done the best for your dog.

today we are slowly progressing. Eating better, toileting better, have pain management plans in place like accunpuncture. We had our oncology appointment tomorrow, and whilst the cancer Arthur has is horrendously agggesive, we are giving him a little bit more time before we start chemo. Just to give his body time to catch up. 

Tonight we went outside the drive for the first time. Just a little way, but it was great to see him interested and wanting to go further.

we have an unpredictable and difficult time ahead, but short, day by day wins have been great.

Fovusding on small attainable wins and progression has been key and inthsnk everyone in here who has helped me through some dark times, questioning my decision and even mentioning the ‘e’ word on Monday. I don’t know, maybe he heard me, but he peeked up 😬. Arty has been particularly difficult because of his size, age and reaction to drugs! 

Will update soon. Pushing for accunpuncture soon so we can try a reduce his meds future. Feeling more optimustic and ready for challenges ahead.🙂

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Thank you so much for your report.  You have been on my mind a lot.  When I think of the challenges you faced with such courage, I am ashamed of myself.  I said the e word twice.  I was so gutted by the 3 hours my baby was in pain and I felt so helpless.  

You helped me through that and for that I thank you.  You are pretty amazing.

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20 June 2019 - 4:59 pm
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The  first couple of weeks really are the hardest.  I’m so glad things are looking up!

Donna

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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20 June 2019 - 5:30 pm
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Lisa, this just made our day here at Tripawds HQ. It’s exactly the kind of update we always hope for with all our hearts! Thank you for sharing such emotional and difficult details with everyone here. We know it will help others in the future when they feel there is no hope and are beating themselves up for the amputation decision. 

Cheers to you and your boy Arty, congratulations on making such huge progress! smiley_clap

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20 June 2019 - 5:34 pm
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You are both awesome pawrents!! It has been amazing following both ig your journeys❤

This is such a gut wrenching time and all either of you have wanted was what was best for your fur babies. No shame, no guilt. You both rock !

Big hugs, 

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤

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20 June 2019 - 8:01 pm
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YOU DID IT!!! YOU GOT TH4OUGH THE TOUGHEST  PART!!!  WE KNEW  YOU COULD DO IT!!   AND WE KNEW ARTY COULD DO IT!!!😎

YOJ AND ARTY MAKE A POWERFUL TEAM!!!❤

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21 June 2019 - 12:24 am
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Apologies for the spelling in my post. Writing it on an Iphone so not always easy to see bad typing!😆

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21 June 2019 - 6:31 pm
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Lisa,

This was such a heartfelt post… thank yousp_hearticon2 I hope any new people here see this and it gives them hope sp_hearticon2

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22 June 2019 - 1:45 am
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Eating is still very sketchy, but not sure if he’s just being fussy?

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Could be that, could be medication too. How does he seem to be feeling otherwise?

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22 June 2019 - 8:17 am
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He’s quite quiet in himself, but little characteristics are coming back. He just seems a lot less confident. But I guess you would after what he’s been through. He hasn’t had a pooh for a couple of days either. I’ve got some homeopathic nux vom drops for him which is supposed to help with digestion, appetite, and helps detoxify the liver. He only started those yesterday though.

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22 June 2019 - 8:32 am
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It sounds like he’s doing pretty good all in all.  Still adjusting,  probably but also probably feeling better too! They are just like we are and he’s just taking baby steps I think.  

You are really doing a great job with him,  and we all tend to worry a lot after an event like this. 

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22 June 2019 - 8:49 am
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Thank you. Maybe I’m been unrealistic in my timelines. Just worry a lot I guess. Just wish I could get some good stuff into him. He is eating the occasional bit of dog food though it’s not a great brand. He’s off anything that’s good for him! He is eating some chicken. Not much hope of getting any fibre in him at mo.

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22 June 2019 - 9:40 am
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It’s  probably  already been mentioned,  but try canned pumpkin (natural, no spices, etc).  Even a little Olove Oil is supposed to help.  Maube even try a can of tuna with olive oil.  He actually  may eat it, plus may help with hos poop. Of course, of hs  mot earing mich, he won’t  poop mich.

I know you are doing a food job of staying strong and confident in your energy.  Just continue  to keep your energy  upbeat  and confident around hom.  Even overdo it, exaggerate it.  Get overly excited over every  tail wag, every time he sits up, etc.  Praise, praise, praise!!  Jist loke you’ve  been doing.

Again, may have already mentioned.   Is there a friend or family member  he’s crazy about?  Have them come over all happy and excited to see them and bring him a cheeseburger.

Change of scenery.   Is there a place he likes to go and gets all excited?  Starbucks Puppacino drive thru? Dog Park?  Any place old or new where he could smell new scents, see new things??

I may have missed it, how did the Onco check up go?

BTW…jist love hos avatar.   He’s  so darn cute!

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22 June 2019 - 11:24 am
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He has just pooped! Yay. Good one too. He is actually more animated today. Been greeting us with waggy tails, so not all bad. He’s been for a little walk.

his oncologist was really nice. We are postponing til next week to get bloods with aim of chemo early the following week, just to give his body a rest. 

He is eating coconut oil, so hoping that is helping his pooping.

he is eating but just not as much as I would like but I perhaps need more patience🙄🙄

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