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How soon should we try to start chemo after amputation?
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2 May 2021 - 7:45 pm
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Hi all!  It’s been about a month since I posted last. We did decide to start chemo for Shadow….and his first round was really rough on him. He bounced back after about a week though (bless his heart!).  We let the vet know that something needed to change if we were to continue, because his quality of life is too important. They agreed and we had his second round last week. They reduced his chemo dosage and we also started his diarrhea meds right away…and bingo!  He’s done great!  He’s had normal appetite and energy and is his normal self.  So we are continuing on our journey. Yay for Shadow!

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YAY FOR SHADOW!!!!  And YAY FOR YOU FOR ADVOCATING  FOR SHADOW!!!   Good job of monitoring his side effects the first chemo and sharing  with the Onco that was not an acceptable  quality for Shadow!

So thrilled to hear how he sailed thru his second chemo👏👏   Sometimes the doses need to be adjusted from one treatment  to the next, as well as adding aide effect “”preventatives” to derail possible nausea, diarrhea,  etc.

Keep on rockin’ Shadow!!!  We’re  cheering for you sweet boy!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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WHEW! This is great news, thank you for sharing. So many people are reluctant to try chemo because they don’t realize that IF side effects happen, the medications can be tweaked and adjusted to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Shadow’s story is a wonderful way to show others that things can go well even after one bad episode. I’m so hoppy for you guys!!

What diarrhea medications did they give? Just curious.

Got any new pics of Shadow to share? We would loooove to see them. Here’s how adding images works, let me know if you’d like help!

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They put him on Cerenia (which is more to prevent GI upset) and Metronidazole (which is an antibiotic anti-diarrheal) – both for 5 days starting the evening of his treatment day. It really made such a difference!  The last time they had us wait on the Metronidazole and we didn’t start it until he started having diarrhea….and it was a week before he was better. 

Here are some pictures!  He is with his brother Comet in a couple of them.  We even took his buggy to the beach and he’d get in when he got tired!  Lastly, Shadow is hanging out in his favorite position on his back. smiley9

I am now thinking about a front wheel cart so he can take longer walks. I know it’s an investment, plus has to fit just right. Are there forum posts that give any advice on front wheel set ups and people’s experiences?  I’ve found a few only. I’m planning on calling Eddies Wheels and Ruff Rollin’ to get more info. 

We will keep you posted!  Thanks for the support and advice! (PS I’m still learning on the photos…hoping I did it right this time). 

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Wheeee! I love the photos, you did it! He is SUCH. A. CUTIE!!! And so is Comet, of course! They look so so so hoppy out there! Would it be OK if we put one or two in our photo gallery?

They put him on Cerenia (which is more to prevent GI upset) and Metronidazole (which is an antibiotic anti-diarrheal) – both for 5 days starting the evening of his treatment day. It really made such a difference!  The last time they had us wait on the Metronidazole and we didn’t start it until he started having diarrhea….and it was a week before he was better. 

WONDERFUL! I wish more vets would give it as a preventive. GI upset is the most common side effect after chemo and while it doesn’t happen to every dog, when it does it’s a doozy. I’m so glad the combo drugs worked out.

I am now thinking about a front wheel cart so he can take longer walks. I know it’s an investment, plus has to fit just right. Are there forum posts that give any advice on front wheel set ups and people’s experiences?  I’ve found a few only. I’m planning on calling Eddies Wheels and Ruff Rollin’ to get more info. 

Here’s what we suggest: before calling anyone who wants to sell you a wheel chair , please please please make an appointment for a visit with a canine rehabilitation therapist. Get him evaluated to find out if one is really necessary. It very well may be, because of his breed and body type, but don’t spend anything until you go OK? Remember, the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit . One of the reasons we started that program is we saw that too many people would rush out and buy a cart when it wasn’t really necessary at the time, or they spent a LOT of $$ on a poorly fitted one and then were out of luck when they tried to return their custom cart.

Here’s a recent about wheelchairs and Tripawds for ya:

Expert Tips for Tripawd Wheelchairs

(be sure to read the article, and here’s a video in it)

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Ok, thank you!  I will watch the video and read up a bit more….and see about a rehabilitation therapist in our area. 
And yes!  You have my permission to use our photos. Thank you!

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Wonderful! Thank you so much Linda. Let us know how your research is going. Smooches to the pooches!

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Your pups are ADORABLE!!!   And Shadow….a Corgi as a tripawd…..doesn’t  get any cuter than that!!   Well, I think it actually  can get cuter!  A c]Corgi tripawd in his stroller with his BFF Comet posing with him…..ADORABLY CUTE!!!

Thanks for the smiles!!!  And really glad Shadow has the right supportive stuff now to help him sail thru chemo👍

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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