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Mojo's post forelimb amputation update
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27 July 2022 - 3:25 pm
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Grrrr....sosorry for all the tummy issues.   Goodness knows though, you are giving her the best care and doing everything  poss for her.  And she KNOWS it!! 

Hopefully,  things will get under control sooner rather than later.  YAY for good bloodwork and really glad they gave her some fluids.  Possibly  the pancreatitis has been one of the culprits all along so getting her on low fat diet should help too.

Paws crossed for improvement.  She's such a sweet gal.  Give her a big smooch for us and sa treat....and low fat treat of coirse!

(((((((((((Hugs)))))))))

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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10 August 2022 - 6:31 pm
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We've been gradually increasing Mojo's diet and trying to transition to more hard kibble then canned. She's only vomited twice (both small amounts) since getting her checked out by Banfield. We went back to SouthPaws today and they did not redo bloodwork since she just had that done but they did take another chest x-ray....the nodule has increased in size by about 30% and is now roughly 2 inches long. The rest of that lung and the other one look good. Dr. Boostrom decided (and I agree with him) not to restart the Cytoxan and Piroxicam as it obviously did not do anything for the nodule. He said it only works on roughly 20% of dogs anyway. Plus this way we can keep her GI tract nice and calm. He said it's hard to tell if the chemo meds is what upset her GI tract and then led to Pancreatitis. 

Our goal now is to put some pounds back on her, she was 62lbs at her last visit on 6/29 and now she is 55lbs...thanks to the vomiting spell. He said she'll get more calories per punch from the hard kibble then the canned since the canned is 78% water. She had been getting 1c of dry so I bumped it up to 1.5c for dinner tonight and hopefully we'll get to 2c at each meal soon. If she starts to have a lack of appitite we will consider starting her on a steroid. Other then that he said just to keep an eye out for coughing and the inability for her to get comfy when laying down as those would be signs that the nodule has spread to a point of bothering her. 

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10 August 2022 - 10:45 pm
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Hey thanks for checking in. I'm glad she's able to tolerate more kibble. Yes keep her eating, whatever it takes to give her the calories to keep that nasty lung met from misbehaving. I'm sorry the news wasn't better. 

How are her spirits otherwise? Is she still Mojo?

Hey I just want to throw this out there since you are in Virginia, but do you know about the UVA histortripsy trial for dogs with lung mets? See;

https://tripawd.....coma-dogs/

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11 August 2022 - 7:12 pm
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Although that nasty met did increase, it doesn't  seem to be comprising  her overall quality  And when she can put on a few more lbs and has her tummy all back to normal,I bet she'll feel even better.

So has the pancreatitis  cleared up?  Do t know if she has to watch her fat content  if it's still an issue, but hopef it's gone.

Don't hesitate to give her warm rotisserie  chicken, cheeseburger, any good stuff she'll eat. 

And yeah, the steroid can perk up her appetite  IF needed, plus ot can reduce  any inflammation  that met ,at be caus, this adding to her comfort.

Okay Mojo, chow down and fatten up!!!  That's  not often what we say to Tripawds.  As usual  though you are a very unique special  exception!!!

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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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14 August 2022 - 6:13 pm
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Thanks Jerry and Sally. I did not know about the UVA study but will take a look. 

Yes Sally, she has to be on a low fat diet now. She is still acting like Mojo 🙂

These were taken this morning at my in-laws. One of their dog's Fiona (who's a little over a year old) tries so hard to get Mojo to play with her. If you look close enough in the third pic you'll see Fiona's brother Finn looking on from the wicker couch.

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14 August 2022 - 6:37 pm
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Awww they're all best buddies!

Let me know if you decide to get involved with the study. It sounds so promising.

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18 August 2022 - 6:21 pm
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jerry said
Awww they're all best buddies!

Let me know if you decide to get involved with the study. It sounds so promising.

  

Don't think she'd qualify....

Exclusion

  • Dogs will undergo limb amputation as part of this study. Dogs who have already had amputation or tumor resection are not eligible to enroll.
  • Dogs who have received any tumor-directed therapy (e.g. radiation) or immunosuppressive drugs prior to study enrollment
  • Evidence of metastatic disease
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19 August 2022 - 11:39 am
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Oh total brain fart on my part. I got it confused with this lung mets study in San Diego. Clients have to get there for treatment, but follow up can be done at their regular vet I believe.

Histotripsy is generally used to obliterate lung metastasis in people and now pets, but not for that study. It might be worth calling UVA anyways, just to even see if a study is coming up or if they can somehow get her in for treatment with the technology. 

How is she doing?

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21 August 2022 - 7:31 am
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She's doing well. Takes her a little longer to finish all the hard kibble at one time but she ends up eating it all. We tried softening it with water but she didn't seem to like it as my guess the flavor got washed off.

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21 August 2022 - 2:56 pm
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Oh WHEW! Hey as long as she is willing to eat that's wonderful. Maybe try a no-salt broth next time to see if she's more enthused about it? Either way I'm super happy to know she's good.

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