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That is such terrific news!  Once the poopiconflows again, everyone is relieved! icon_lol

Yep, dogs and cats can smell pill residue even on dishes that have gone through the dishwasher! Best thing to do for a picky eater at mealtime is to feed from paper plates when they absolutely must eat something (like to hold pills down). 

Cheers to even more recovery moments so Broof can get back to doing what he loves most.

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Broof update

He has had his staples removed and they needed to also remove a peice of necrotic skin. The last coupe of days he has also been leaking some seroma . When they removed the staples they also added a drain and some new stitches where they removed the necrotic skin tissue. I guess the seroma pocket settled between layers of his skin so they are hoping the drain will keep it from filling up again. 

We also got the confirmation that he has osteosarcoma. I’m still away from my Broofy so all of my information is kinda second hand right now and I don’t think they checked his lymph nodes to see if it has spread. Everyone including Mike keep telling me it already has (and statistic wise its likely) but that being said I would love to know for sure. But I doubt they can still test it at this point amputated limbs don’t stay good forever. 
Mike also seems to not want to treat further with the mindset that the treatment wont give him very long anyway. Kinda what’s the point mentality. It is also costly for the long run. I just wish we had the information of spread or not so that we can make more informed decisions. 

Overall Broof is doing pretty well. He is just about done with all of his medications and is starting to be more like his usual self. He is getting up to eat and drink on his own. He has even asked for food which is not his usual thing. He can go for very short walks and even want to go for longer ones but he doesn’t realize how tired it will make him if he went farther, silly boy. He’s getting all the love from our neighbors in utah when he’s on walks though. He is even able to go up and down stairs unaided. He also managed to figure out how to jump on a bed thats about 3ft high. 

Hopefully if all goes well today he will be traveling back home to LA.
On another note our utah neighbors just had to put their dog down for Osteosarcoma just this friday. She  had a tumor on her back leg but it had already metastasized into her lungs. And a month before that another neighbor also had to put their dog down for the same thing. What an insane coincidence. Almost feels like that neighborhood is cursed. 

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It’s good to get a pupdate on Broof! Sorry about the incision issues, poor guy. Hopefully their treatment does the trick and he can be 100% soon. Wound issues aren’t all that uncommon so it should work fine.

Did you get a pathology report back from the lab? I would ask to see a copy, and if you really want to know more about what they found I would request a consult with an oncologist. Other than the cost, it can’t hurt, and it doesn’t commit you to proceeding with chemo. That’s something that is always optional and what’s right for one dog and their people is not always right for another. Statistically chemo will give better odds of beating the cancer for as long as possible, but it doesn’t guarantee that will happen. 

As for the spread, a CT scan can reveal if it has spread to lungs, which would be an alternative if they didn’t test the lymph notes (which I believe is more about grading the cancer for potential to spread, not necessarily if it’s already gone there). A CT scan shows if it’s gone to the lungs, which is an important prognosis indicator.

I can understand your husband’s hesitation and reasons for not wanting to consider chemo. We felt the same way, and our Jerry lived two more years! What we’ve learned here is that you just never know. Some dogs who don’t get chemo like our Jerry will beat the odds, some will not. And those dogs who do get chemo may or may not beat the odds either. It’s always a crapshoot and there are no right or wrong choices here. Just come to an agreement that you can both live with. Broof just wants the pack to be in harmony.

I’m sorry about your neighbors’ dogs, that’s insane, three dogs on the same street?! Ugh.

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