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Mojo's post forelimb amputation update
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Virginia




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1 February 2022 - 8:44 pm
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YAAAAAAY  FOR  CLEAR  XRAYS!!!!  So happy to hear this!  

This calls for cheeseburger and a scoop of ice cream!  Keep on keeping on Mojo!

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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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2 February 2022 - 11:45 am
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OH YEAH!!!! There's nothing better than a good x-ray report card! Super hoppy for you guys! 

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29 March 2022 - 6:26 pm
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Hi everyone, just wanted to pop back in and give a wave.

March 18, 2022 was officially 1yr post amp for Mojo and we celebrated (well I'm sure she didn't think so) with a senior bloodwork panel by her regular vet which came back all looking good.

Today was another set of chest x-rays with the Oncologist at SouthPaws and still all clear. We continue to be blessed with everyday we have with her and every good test result. Her next visit for a chest x-ray at SouthPaws isn't until the end of June so more belly rubs, snuggles and kisses till then.

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29 March 2022 - 8:30 pm
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WOW!!  A ONE YEAR AMPUVERSARY SPECTACULAR  UPDATE!!!  Way to show Tripawds everywhere  what's possible!!!

Love that little meme (?) Jerry did to celebrate the previous good news in Februar.  All in favor of her reposting  it  again say "AYE"...

.....AYE!.....

Lots of love to sweet Mojo💖

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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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29 March 2022 - 11:15 pm
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AYE!!! Applause and congrats on one incredible, awesome year!!! I'm so happy to see this news. Although I do think Mojo needs an extra celebration besides the senior bloodwork!

What a terrific bit of great news. We need that as much as possible around here so thank you for including us in the pawty!!

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30 June 2022 - 12:24 pm
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Mojo is now 15 months post amp and on Tues we went in for another set of chest x-rays.

Unfortunately, the x-ray showed a pulmonary nodule that's 2.9cm in size on her right lung. The Oncologist suspects this is likely the osteosarcoma coming back. The nodule is too small for chemo and I wouldn't put her thru that again anyway. Instead we're gonna start a two pill regime (Cytoxan every 48hrs and Piroxicam every 24hrs) that will hopefully slow the nodule growth. There's a 50/50 chance it'll work, just depends on the dog. Once she starts the meds she'll go back in 6wks for a re-check....if the meds don't seem to be working we'll stop them. 

We knew it was only a matter of time before the C reared its head again and will continue to take everyday with her as a blessing.

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1 July 2022 - 11:43 am
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Aww sweet Mojo! Look at that face. She says "What, me worry? Nope, I'm just here to have fun with my favorite people!"

I'm sorry about the news. It's a gut punch when we find out, for sure. Lots of dogs have gone on for a very long time with a lung met or two, including our Jerry. He was also on metronomics . Be sure to watch for any signs of cystitis in her (bladder infection). It can happen with some dogs and females are more susceptible. It's basically just irritation from the chemo sitting in her bladder too long, always take her out as much as possible on the days she takes it.

As far as mets, it sucks, but you just never know. Mojo may beat the odds! Right now you are doing right by your sweet ol gal, with a focus on her quality of life above all else. Good job. Give her smooches from us and always remember she is still the same dog and she doesn't care what the x-ray said.

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1 July 2022 - 8:36 pm
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Slobbering all over the screen smooching that sweet frosty Mojo mug🥰🥰🥰

And as Jerry says, many dogs get really good extended  quality  time even after mets.....and it's so true!  This "mature" girl has already amazed us all at how well she handles life on three.  To celebrate  one year AMPUVERSARY plus and still going strong is quite an inspawration  for anyone starting this journey.

Going a non invasive route with a treatment that does indeed have some possibilities  of keeping that nodule at bay is a good plan.  One that I'm sure Miss Mojo approves!  GWIW, was owned by a Hound Dawg named Bon who had bladder tumor.  It's my beloved that the Piroxicam got  some good extended  time for more spoiling and loving and treats.

Keep these pictures coming!!

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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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24 July 2022 - 10:50 am
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We started the Cytoxan and Piroxicam on July 2 and by July 13 she couldn't keep anything down. We tried boiled chicken & rice, cottage cheese & chicken, beef bone broth. She was throwing up at least once overnight and/or at least once a day. She got to a point where she didn't want to drink not even the bone broth. I'm guessing she knew that whatever went down was only gonna come back up. Banfield put her on Prevacid to help with the tummy acid and Ondansetron to combat nausea from the chemo pill....that didn't work really either. From Tues-Thurs last week she went w/o vomiting and thought she was on the mend so I emailed SouthPaws to give them a heads up but to also express my concern that she might be dehydrated. They said that if she's drinking the water mixed in with the chicken & rice then she's likely getting enough water. So on Friday when I woke up to another vomit pile I emailed SouthPaws, they said to stop giving her the Cytoxan and Piroxicam and start her on Prilosec for a week and Cerenia (an anti-vomit) as needed. I think she's feeling much better now and we have been giving her small portions of her canned food at meals to slowly get her belly back to normal. She's gobbling that up and back to drinking from her water bowl.

We go back to SouthPaws on Aug 2 for a recheck on the nodule.

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24 July 2022 - 5:10 pm
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Oh no! Mojo I'm so sorry it didn't agree with you. That sounds like a terrible, ruff week for everyone. I'm glad you are feeling better now. Your people acted so fast. Great job there.

I can't think of a dog who reacted this way on the Cytoxan. Mojo I'm sorry you had to be the one. Ugh! 

August 2nd is just around the corner, and if anypawdy knows what to do it's SouthPaws. You're in good hands there.

Please keep us posted. We are sending lots of love that she continues to get her sparkle back this week. sp_hearticon2

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24 July 2022 - 7:15 pm
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Thanks Jerry. I think it was the Piroxicam that did her in, the pamphlet said that it can cause nausea.

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25 July 2022 - 10:01 am
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Geez, sorry for the roller coaster ride that you did not  sign up for!  Really glad you're  off it now and  Mojo is feeling better!!! 

Seeing her eating and drinking again is wonderful news!!!

Ypu know we have to have another  picture of that gorgeous  gal, right??

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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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25 July 2022 - 10:34 am
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Woah! Yeah she's got a sensitive tummy for sure. That's another med where I can definitely recall GI upset in many dogs, our Jerry included, but not full on nausea and vomiting. Give her some gentle belly rubs for us!

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27 July 2022 - 7:56 am
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Well the canned food route literally backfired on us....she had diarrhea early Monday AM. Then for the remainder of the day it was complete water "poop" and then she was straining blood droplets.

Tuesday I got her into Banfield for a check. Her bloodwork panel came back normal (thankfully) and they also tested her pancreas which came back positive for pancreatitis for which there is no cure, just management. They also gave her some intravenous fluids to combat any dehydration. She's still on the Prilosec until Sat but they have also started her on Metronidazole (anti-biotic) and Pro Pectalin (anti-diarrheal/probiotic) for the next seven days. The Pro Pectalin is a chewable tablet which she does not care for....even when I break it into quarter pieces and hide each piece in a pill pocket. We also have to switch to a low fat dog food which means an Rx brand. 🙁 She'd been on Costco's Weight Control dry kibble since I got her back in 2015. We added a lil Purina canned food with each meal once she had her amputation. Now she's going to be on Hills Canine i/d Low Fat. We are starting her off on just the canned version until her GI tract is back to normal just bc the digestion is easier and then we'll switch to the hard kibble.

At night we have her confined to the living room which is lined w/pee pads and drop cloths to protect the carpet. (We've already had to shampoo the carpet in the other two rooms due to her accidents.)

Her current situation (and yes, sometimes she sleeps w/her eyes open)

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27 July 2022 - 11:55 am
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Aww you guys I'm sorry you've all been dealing with this GI stuff. Ugh! At least you know what's going on now. So it is related to the Peroxicam?

Hopefully with the new meds (sorry Mojo!) you can get a handle on the situation. Sweet Mojo. I love that photo. She is blessed to have such attentive and understanding humans. I hope the week gets better for all of you. Keep us posted.

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