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28 May 2008
Hey everyone…. thanks for checking. Max is still not doing the best, but I feel a little better after reading Kim’s post about Tika. That sounds close to Max. It was a week yesterday and Max is still very withdrawn. He was eating fine and then last night refused to eat and refused again this morning. He will only drink if I put water and ice in a bowl and give it to him. All he wants to do is lay and sleep. He has no interest in his toys at all. As far as getting around…no problem. He got used to 3 legs after his TPLO surgery and its pretty much like second nature to him now that the leg is gone. This behavior is so different from the Max that we are used to and I understand that this is a huge surgery, but thought it would get better and not worse. He barely wags his tail when someone comes home (Max is never left alone….but I needed to go to the doc myself today and my 15 yr old stayed with him) and usually when I come home he goes crazy. He barely lifts his head now. I think what scares me the most is that we asked the oncologist how we would know when the cancer got worse and went to his lungs and this is what he described. The fact that Max is only 19 mo old is not in his favor since this type of cancer spreads quicker in young dogs. He is scheduled for his first chemo treatment this coming Tuesday, which really has me worried. I called Dr. Julia today and left a message for her to call me just so I can get her objective opinion and hopefully get some peace of mind. Im trying very hard not to project my worry on to him and be happy and try to play with him a little. Hopefully this is just Max’s way of healing. Ill post again after I talk to the doc.
Paula and Spirit Max
What kinds of meds is Max on now? Sleepiness and lack of tail wagging reminds us of side effects from certain pain killers. Hopefully the vet will get back to you soon. Best wishes, and thanks for the update.