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Virginia




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8 June 2022 - 2:04 pm
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And also, maybe a soup ladle with long handle.  Assuming it's a "metal" one, you can bend the handle back to lay more flat so you can slide it under her.

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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8 June 2022 - 5:17 pm
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Oooh good idea Sally!

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8 June 2022 - 5:21 pm
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Its gonna be a reallt difficult task. Shes very picky when going to the bathroom. I like the ladel idea

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16 June 2022 - 7:08 pm
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Just a quick update on her visit today. Which was better than expected. She said it was unremarkable since her last visit. Coco gained a little weight back . I did increase her food intake and what she can tell the tumor appears to have remained around the same size. We are waiting for bloodwork to come back and as long as her liver values are good, she should be able to come off of the demanarin. I have however upped her gabepentin 300mgs a day and she is still on the carprofen 100mg a day. She got prescribed the Trametinib and it has to be delivered to the house( next week)  and is refrigerated. I talked to the oncologist and Coco will be the first dog she has tried this on. She spoke to another oncologist and said the dog she treated did see a small reduction in a tumor and this drug fairs well for humans. Of course she mentioned the scans and other test, i think because a: they want the money b: i think they are interested if in fact it has spread into the organs they would be able to tell if the drug has had more of an effect. Right now they only have a tumor to go by. Again, i cant see poking and prodding her if it doesnt change the outcome. You would think they would perhaps offer discounted tests for the greater good and future of this drug. With all that said I think Coco has slowed down a bit, but still continues to be happy. The weather really seems to have an effect on her. As long as that tails a wagging were gonna keep trying.

Tail a wagging Until the cat had enough. Lol

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16 June 2022 - 8:24 pm
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And the tail is definitely  wagging!!  Love the video..so content....so happy

So glad her check-up was UNremarkable and she's gained a little bit of weight back. I'm sure she enjoys the extra food.

I certainly  understand your position  on not doing more  scans, poking, etc.  If the Trametinib keeps the lung tumor stable or shrinks it, if she did have other tumors seens like it would do the same to them.  Not sure I'm making sense, just seems you don't  need to do those extra scans elsewhere.

And definitely the heat saps the energy of any, dog, but especially  a tripawd.

Thanks  for the uodate and the cideo of a Happy tail wagging Coci.  Give her some extra tewast for us, okay?

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

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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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16 June 2022 - 11:52 pm
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Aww look at that girl! She does look so content. I'm glad things are stable, that's a really good thing when it comes to cancer. Now shrinking it is even better so we'll keep our paws crossed that the new therapy does that.

I know that it's nuts all the diagnostics involved, and the expense. I think the greater good here is she will do a lot for the oncologist's knowledge and hopefully it will be successful and able to treat and help other doggos too.  

Did you every try the soup ladle idea for the sample?

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17 June 2022 - 1:31 pm
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Yeah, she wasnt having any of anything under her while trying to pee. Her tumor is actually where her removed lymph node was. Her bloodwork came back today and her liver values are still elevated and i guess that when they sent the blood out(instead of in house) this time they do 2 other liver tests and they were elevated. So she should continue the denamarin . She is not sure if it has reached her liver or not without ultrasound and aspiration. She does agree it really doesn't serve a purpose except for knowing whether it has spread or not. Her red and white blood counts were normal so thats a pawsitive. Another issue now is she seems to have strained or injured her back leg and doesn' t want to put her weight on it. Im going to try to up the Gabapentin and alleviate some of her pain. Any other advice to help her get through this back leg injury? Her grandparents are in from Fla so she seems to be getting more activity during the day. Which isnt helpful for resting.

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17 June 2022 - 2:53 pm
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Awww, well I can't blame her for not wanting to deal with the ladle.

Sorry to hear about the elevated values and continued meds. But the normal blood counts are terrific news! A mixed bag for sure. At least you and her vet are in agreement about how to move forward.

About her back leg injury....if you can get the Gabapentin prescribed in 100 mg doses then it's a lot easier to incrementally boost the dosage. If not, see what your vet thinks about adding some at night for extra R&R. More gentle massage around her neck and shoulders may help too, since oftentimes it's not the leg that's injured but the muscles in other parts of the body. It's gotta be hard to keep her mellow when her grandpawrents are visiting! You'll have to post pics of her getting spoiled rotten. Have a nice weekend together, and hoppy Dog Dad's Day!

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18 June 2022 - 5:25 pm
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Fortunately for me I have 100mg gabapentin for myself so i give her 3  a day. I brought her to the beach with me for some R & R and the cool weather she seems to perked back up. The roller coaster of emotions is insane

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18 June 2022 - 8:18 pm
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Sounds like a bit cooler weather and a trip to the beach benefited both of you👍

Glad you had the smaller doses of Gaba.....just make sure you safe some for yourself!

Has more rest and the pain meds helped any yet?  Glad that her red and white blood count came out okay.  That IS good news! 

Keep on keeping on sweet Coco👏

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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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18 June 2022 - 8:24 pm
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Coco hanging with the girls at the shore.

Yes. Although she did throw up all her dinner. I think its is from all the excitement. Her tail is still wagging and she is soaking up all the attention. She is gonna be a wore out girl tomorrow. Shes living her best life.

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18 June 2022 - 8:29 pm
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Now this is hownyou get on with getting" on👍   Sooooo much happiness in  that  photo and clearly Coco is the center of all the attention,  as it should be!!!

Coco really is living the best life and that is all that matters to her.  Such a loved girl💖

Thanks for the pjoto....cant stop smiling😁

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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