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King Louie's Comeback - A 13yr staffie
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24 November 2020 - 10:27 pm
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Awww Louie! You look so spectacular. The outdoors suits you very well, and that tug of war game had us on our feet cheering for you. I’m so glad you got out for some fun!

Stay strong and know that we are cheering you on for your upcoming treatment. Hoppy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to have you as part of the Tripawds Nation.

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My 13yr old staffie mutt is now a 14yr old staffie mutt. We celebrated his birthday yesterday. Of course, we don’t actually know when his birthday is, but Dec 8th was assigned 12 1/2 yrs ago when the shelter said he was about 1 1/2. And it’s really more of a birthday week celebration anyway. Hell, a birthday month/year/every day.

Louie re-learning to swim (he’s gotten better and smoother since): https://www.ins….._copy_link

More Louie pics: https://www.ins….._copy_link

Walking with him is very different. I don’t know that I really understood this before the surgery. We had been doing 3 or 4 mile slow walks, we now travel about 1000 ft in the course of an hour (when I have that kind of time). But he’s fired up to do that every day, and meet other poochies and people and just be outside smelling and peeing on things. And EVERYONE is surprised to learn he’s 14. Little man makes it look good. We also had an incident recently where I made poor choices, and Louie embraced his hunter instincts and ran a good distance terrorizing some ground critters on private property. He had a blast. I climbed through barb wire. Good times.

Palladia/Losartan is only a week in, so can’t comment other than they sent me home with gloves to handle the palladia because these pills I’m feeding my dog are too dangerous for me to touch. WTF. That feels like shit. Also, by the end of the day today, he will have taken 14 pills. Appetite still kicking.

He’s got a bump right above his amputation scar that is suspect, but doesn’t currently seem to bother him so I didn’t bother getting it tested. Vet agreed outcome wouldn’t change our course. Second lung met didn’t show up in our latest x-ray, but could have been an error in either of the x-rays (didn’t actually exist in the first one, or hid in the second). But stable is good.

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Happy Birthday, Louie!  What an awesome milestone to celebrate!  He looks absolutely fantastic in the swimming video and the photos.  I laughed out loud for real when I read about you making “poor choices” – sometimes that results in the most fun!  It sounds like Louie is doing well with Palladia.  Griffin’s inappetence issues occurred almost immediately after starting (and he was taking it every other day), so hopefully this means that Louie, like most dogs, will tolerate it well.  Griffin and I are sending hugs and lots of birthday wishes to Louie!  ~ Stacy

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9 December 2020 - 12:51 pm
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Oh you sweet boy! Hoppy Birthday! It’s such a joy to see you outdoors loving life in the water and out. Congratulations!!!!

Louie is quite the success story, especially for senior dogs. And that he is also tolerating the Palladia so well, so far, is a great sign too. Look up “Kicking Cancer’s Butt” in the dictionary and there will be a picture of your handsome boy.

I’m so hoppy for you! Thanks for taking time to update us and give hope to the community.

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Well, Louie Palladia update. Mostly really good news, but a little not great addition:

The 2 mets are stable! They haven’t changed in the 2.5 months since they were first found in x-rays. So the palladia appears to be working! Louie’s appetite is still very strong (VERY strong), and he seems to be feeling good. He’s doing some lip smacking occasionally, which I know can be a sign of nausea. But not puking, poopicon normal. So onwards with the palladia/losartan combo. 

We added amantadine for his arthritis. Little man has more energy than he can comfortably expel, so here’s hoping one more pill makes him even more of a needy little attention seeker. I mean, hopefully we can go a little further on our walks. 🙂

So, not so great, they found a trace of blood in his urine. This is not associated with any palladia side-effects. Vet recommended an ultrasound on his belly to look for masses or stones, but also seemed to suggest that they wouldn’t/couldn’t really do much with that information. They won’t do surgery on him considering everything else. So I didn’t get a sense of the urgency of the ultrasound, and the diagnosis was provided in an email, which I didn’t appreciate. Vet is out today.

Also, he had a weird episode the other night where he woke up (4AM), was huffing, then collapsed. Was awake, but dazed, and eventually got up, went outside, and then came back to bed. Woke up in the morning normal. They did a couple blood tests, but found nothing, no explanation.

But really, my biggest concern these days is finding time to provide enough fun for pibbles. So that’s great.

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15 January 2021 - 12:54 pm
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So much to celebrate!!!  All of which falls under the banner of Loiie living life to the fullest and gettiig to be Louie!!!😎

The mets holding stable….such a great victory!1👏👏

No insight into the episode he had the mother nightnor the blood jn the urine.  Bottom line, no issues were found in blood work and guess listening  to his chest everything  normal as far as heart and lungs.  Whatever was going on, he is fine now.  And, as we always say, NOW is all that matters!

So HAPPY STABLE REPORT on the mets Louie!! Keep on keeping g on sweet boy!!

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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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Well that really is pretty good news overall, I hope the nighttime episode was just some crazy sleepwalking or something. That’s awesome the Palladia isn’t bothering him aside from a bit of nausea. You may want to consider just grating some ginger and adding it to his food on the days he has it. It works great for nausea and if he’ll eat it, it’s a win.

That’s cool they added the Amantadine. I noticed it really helped our Wyatt. 

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