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Pixie did not have last weeks chemo because the WBC was too low. I took her in yesterday and it is elevated a bit. They ut her on antibiotics and did her treatment. I was hesitant to do it, but they had a lot of info there to look at about continuing treatment even with the possibility of infection, as long as it is not a very elevated WBC. She is acting fine, bad news is she gained weight. She was 16 before amp, then down to 14, now up to 16.2 – in two weeks. That may not sound like much, but in a small dog, it is huge. They said it is the pred that makes them so hungry, but that I am the one in charge and can control her intake, so untimately her weight is MY issue. Here my doctor gets on me about my weight, now the vet! We all had a good laugh over that.

IO do admit to spoiling her. She refused food for awhile, went to eat crap food, now on Natural Balance rolls with cottage cheese and egg in it. The other dogs hate her, I am convinced. She waltzes in the room (as well as a three legged Frenchie can) and they all sniff her face and get pissy. These dogs crack me up.

Then I toss them a carrot….while she gets a piece of cheese. I know, I know, but who can resist that little black smooshed in face?!



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6 August 2010 - 12:32 pm
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Keep spoiling her! The other pups will get spoiled too at some point. Has she had any reactions to the chemo? As her activity level increases, you'll probably see her drop an ounce or two.


Paws crossed, and keep us posted! Love those ears!!!



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Maybe Pixie should take Trouble’s lead and start enjoying green beans for treats! Good luck keeping her weight down, and thanks for the update.

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Hi Cathy:

Her activity level is pretty much normal, runs around like a bat out of hell. As far as the chemo, she has her days of lethargy and seeming “down” emotionally, but for the most part, things are good. No vomiting, not missed a meal. Yesterday after the chemo she was panting, and it went on a long time. I am not sure if she was stressed or what, but she drank a lot, then crashed on top of the AC vent and was fine after. Who knows, animals are such a puzzle!

We have tried the green beans, which we have used successfully with the others during weight loss, but Pixie very carefully picks them out on the floor and tries to bury them. If you mash them up, she will stand there, staring at her food and refuse to eat – until you give in and start over. Little bugger.



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Trouble is loving her reducing diet.  She is down a lot, I'm guessing 10 – 12 pounds.  I'm taking her in on Monday for a weigh in.  She is on prednisone right now for a place on her hip she chewed raw, so she want to eat all the time.  I give her green bean and carrot snacks a couple of times a day in addition to her two meals.  It is really easy – I can post it or send it to you if you want it.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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I remember giving my Jake all kinds of yummy and healthy treats… but then I felt so bad for his brother Wolfie (always giving me that sad, tilting german shepherd face), that I ended up also giving him the treats… just smaller portions. I would buy liver and bake it in the oven once a week… boy the house smelled wonderful… NOT!way-confused Once I tried making salmon cookies… Now that was not a pleasent smell!ugh but the doggies sure loved it!

Hope that Pixie's WBCs come back to normal levels soon!

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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