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4 September 2021 - 12:36 pm
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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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I have some unfortunate news. 
On Monday we had to take Broof to the vet for the last time. Our poor boy is no longer suffering. 
I'm going to miss that fluffy goofball to no end. 

Thank you to everyone who really helped us here and gave us the support we needed as we fought this crappy cancer. 

I can't believe how much you guys helped us with short notice and compassion. 

His amputation and tripawdness gave us time to say goodbye and immediately relieved the pain he was in. It's too bad it didn't last long but that's just how it goes sometimes. I would still recommend to anyone that was in our position to do the same and get the amputation. I will also recommend this forum to anyone in a similar position and advocate forever because of the impact that you left on us. Thank you a million times over for the help.

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Absolutely  stunned to read this.  Shocked and so very, very, very sorry.  This is such a nasty brutal cunning disease.  Our best efforts sometimes are just not enough when this crap disease  has already plotted its course.

YOU DID EVERYTHING  POSS FOR BROOF!!   To not have given him this chance, a chance that we all wish would have turned out differently, and usually does.  None of us ever know what the outcome will be, but we know Broof wanted that chance.

And I have noooo doubt that the love and care and attention. and spoiling he had  during these past many weeks was more than most dogs ever get in a lifetime.  For you to recognize  you removed his pain and he gave you some great memories  to carry you through this rough time  is quite wise and enlightened. 

Please know that  we feel in love withnuou sweet "goofy" boy from day one.  I picked the picture off your Instagram account  because it just exudes so much joy,  happiness and yes,  goofiness😊  You and Broof have definitely  made an impact here.  And to be able to recognize  how this journey gives you a sense of comfort knowing  you DID get extra time for more love is exactly  what Broof would want for you.  

It is our privilege  and honor to be by your side at the start of this journey, and now as Broof goes on another journey  without  earth clothes  that no longer serve him.  He IS Happy and pain free running and playing at the Bridg with all the other Angel's who welcomed  him back home.

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So sorry to hear about Broof. Cancer is a blight on all of our lives, human and animal. Know that he is now playing in heaven and waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge where all is well for dear Broofy. Remember, All Dogs Go To Heaven just like the book says. Take care and we are so sorry for your loss. 

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Oh you guys, my heart broke when I saw this news. I'm really, really sorry he got his wings. That happened so fast! Cancer is so mean, it is unpredictable and unfair. Grrr. smiley7 

It is always an honor when someone joins us to share their Tripawd journey with us. Sharing your feelings and experience isn't always the easiest thing, and we are so thankful that you decided to come here--and return to fill us in. Every member has something to teach all of us, and future members, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for contributing to our collective knowledge and learning.

Broof didn't get as much time after amputation as anyone would have liked, and I'm soooo sorry he didn't. Thank you for letting us know how you felt about the amputation experience though. Your feelings that you shared echo what most Tripawd parents say, even when their dog or cat didn't live up to the prognosis. Broof's greatest gift is teaching all of us that it's not about quantity but quality of life after amputation. And for that, his legacy lives on forever here.

Thank you again. If I could reach out and hug you right now I would. Just know that we are keeping a candle lit in our hearts for your boy, and sending lots of love your way, now and always.

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Thank you guys again for the kind words. 

It downpoured moments after we left the vet. It felt appropriate.  

I also now know that Pyrenees due to their low metabolism they and their very leisure eating habits make them very prone to side effects from anesthesia. Like loopy-ness and maybe I will get to use that knowledge someday to help out. 

I've been working on a painting of Broof to help me cope. It's both sad to see but also heart warming because I have added a few things he really enjoyed in the paining like rose bushes. He would rub up against every one he found on a walk. So it definitely lets me keep in mind the happy times we had together.  

I appreciate all that you do and have to offer. 

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Ugh. Rain makes me sad no matter what but when it's at a time like loosing a beloved family member, I think the slightest raindrop would knock me on my butt. 

Aww you are already helping just by being here to share Broof's journey with all of us. But yes, whatever you want to add to the story please do, I'm sure he is so proud of you already.

We would loooove to see the painting when it's finished. Maybe put his tribute in Coping with Loss?. You just shared such a happy memory about him rubbing along the rose bushes. Just taking the time to stop and smell the flowers, what a perfect reminder about how to live our lives.

We appreciate you too my furiend. Many hugs and much love coming your way.

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Such a beautiful way to pay tribute to sweet Broof.   With each  each stroke of a paint brush you will be guided by his love for you and his zest for life.  And yes, we would be so honored  to see the way you memorialized through your gift for art.

Thank you for checking in.  We know it's difficult  to be here sometimes,  yet, at the same time comforting  to be surrounded  by friends who understand  this journey....the depth of love....the depth of grief...and the depth of appreciation to have had Broof in your life ♥️

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