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Virginia




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16 December 2018 - 8:48 pm
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Just want to add my hug to rhe group hug we are surrounding  you with from your Tripawd Family.

Had a crazy thought…do his “apparent” pain symptoms show up with any particular  movement?  Wonder if it’s possible that he has a stit pulling, or a staple sticking  him somewhere? 

You’ve  probably already told us, but eating, drinking, pooping, all okay?  

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Hi everyone!

We had our follow up appointment at 11:30. The oncologist said her dog also could not handle Tramadol, and it’s not uncommon for them to get “funny” while on it. She and the surgeon did a thorough physical exam, had her walk around, and both said she looks like she’s doing very well. So they think it’s time to come off the drugs completely and let her detox. She asked me to give it a couple days and they will check in with me Wednesday. I agreed that was fair. She said whining, restlessness, panting, etc. may occur but that it’s also caused by detoxing/withdrawal. So she asked me to hang tight. They believe she looks great and the physical exam did not show anything to be concerned about.

Officially, Ciara was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma – which is rare and affects the cartilage before it gets to the bone. A lot of dogs get this in their ribs and it is curative when removed from there. With the leg, while we “got the tumor,” chemotherapy is still offered to prevent the metastasis as long as possible. So the good news? Her prognosis is BETTER! We didn’t do the chemo today because the oncologist wants to be sure Ciara is back to 100% and that I am more comfortable. Also, we’re not “running against the clock” so to speak, so we set a Chemo date for January 2. The drug she will be getting is called doxorubicin. Has anyone had experience with this? I can ask on another forum if need be?

For now, Ciara is snoring on her bed and thank goodness no cone tonight. Trying to stay positive and glad they thought she looked great. We will be at the 2-week mark tomorrow. :)

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17 December 2018 - 1:02 pm
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benny55 said 

You’ve  probably already told us, but eating, drinking, pooping, all okay?  

  

Yep! All of that has been normal. 

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17 December 2018 - 5:59 pm
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sara87 said

Officially, Ciara was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma … while we “got the tumor,” chemotherapy is still offered …

Interesting. Perhaps supporting data has changed over the past few years, but in this video interview board-certified oncologist Dr. Chretin discusses chondrosarcoma and suggests chemotherapy may be “a long shot” with bulky tumors since it had not been shown to be as effective in treating it, at the time.

Canine Chondrosarcoma and Chemotherapy

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17 December 2018 - 6:21 pm
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I think the oncologist is suggesting it to make sure we do everything we can to delay the metastasis as long as possible, especially since they don’t have a lot of data on what works and what doesn’t. But I will look into it. We still have time to change our minds if need be.  

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18 December 2018 - 2:11 pm
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Ciara is doing pretty well with no meds. No whining, shaking, etc. She gets a little winded and can pant a bit, but nothing like it was while she was on the meds. She is licking the incision now that stitches are out – first time she’s been super interested in that area. I figure it’s itchy. But she is lying on that side now, which I think she’s been dying to do the whole time. I’ll take some video of her walking today but here’s a pic of her resting on that side.

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18 December 2018 - 7:15 pm
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Glad things are settling  down. 

YAY for sleeping on her incision side!  It took my Happy Hannah MANY weeks before  she would lay on her side!

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18 December 2018 - 7:36 pm
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I am so happy for you! ❤️ She’s on the upswing now, great job!!

Huck loved laying on his amp side and i worried about it so much. Without those dang staples it’s so much better.

I can’t see your pic, looking forward to the video.

Big hugs to all of you! ❤️

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18 December 2018 - 10:09 pm
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sara87 said
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Here are detailed instructions for adding photos to forum posts . If you don’t already share photos online somewhere, you can start a free Tripawds blog any time and upload them there. Need further help? Post in the Tech Support forum and we’ll be happy to help!

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19 December 2018 - 3:11 pm
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Okay let’s try this…

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19 December 2018 - 6:23 pm
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Oh how sweet!!! Beautiful! Thank you 🤗

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19 December 2018 - 9:25 pm
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All comfy and happy!  Sweet!  Now YOU get some rest too, okay?

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thank you – she’s my baby. 

I should probably start a thread in another forum about her recovery, but while I’m happy she does not appear to be in pain, she’s definitely not herself still. Almost foggy. Lots of sleeping, which isn’t bad. Wants to eat, wants to walk, but otherwise very subdued. Mind you, we haven’t given her any pain meds since Monday. I guess we have to wait it out but it’s not sitting well with me. Just praying a lot that she will come around by next week (which will be week 3 officially on Christmas). 

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I know you had to drop the pain meds, but ma y sogs xray kn sone forn ot another for three weeks or more.  The fact that she’s  subdued, but eating, drinking,  walking, and her Bet chexk-up went well, then she’s  just still recovering.   No fever, no signs of dehydration,  etc?

 And yes, resting IS good.  This is just two weeks out, she’s been off pain meds since Monday (Sunday?), so not feeling like running a marathon yet is “normal”.  So the Vet offered no alternative pain meds?

What’s  her attitude like?  What’s  YOUR attitude  like in front of her?  Are you upbeat, cheering every step, praising  every tail wag, etc?

Does she have a special  hooman ahe likes who could come visit her?  Have them come in all upbeat and excited,  bring special treats, etc?  

It took me three weeks before I could say I did this FOR my Happy Hannah and not TO her!

Hang in there!  

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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