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20 September 2017 - 8:23 pm
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Just letting you know we are all holding you and ADORABLE Bender in our thoughts.

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21 September 2017 - 8:28 am
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Thanks everyone! They are in the process of winding down his CRI medications and transitioning to orals.

They proactively started acupuncture to help relax the body (he seems to love it). We are throwing everything at him in hopes of breaking the pain cycle.

Regarding the amputation site, the incision looks good and stitches were removed.  He does have a small seroma but is responding to compression, warm compress and gentle massage. 

I can’t wait for him to come home and enjoy his porch/backyard.  

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21 September 2017 - 9:29 am
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Okay, this sou ds encouraging!  I know we are all holding iur collective breathe as we continue to cheer for more improvement!!

I love hearing that he’s enjoying his acupuncture!!   That’s wonderful!!! 

Yeah, seromas are no biggie.  Besides, he’s probably enjoying those warm compresses and massages a lot too!

I know he is charming everyone with his adorable good looks and outrageously fun personality!!

We’ll be waiting for those porch pictures with Mr Bender sunning his adorable self!!

Love and 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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21 September 2017 - 10:32 am
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Awww what a good pupdate!

“Proactively started acupuncture”…

OMD I love your vets! Who are they? I must know more!

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21 September 2017 - 11:25 am
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Bender is currently at the Ontario Veterinary College – Cancer Centre. http://www.ovc……Centre.asp

I would highly recommend to anyone in the region.  It looks like many pet owners from New York state make the trip here. 

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21 September 2017 - 9:00 pm
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Oh fantastic, thank you for letting us know. They ARE a great institution. If you have time be sure to post a review in our Veterinary Referrals Forum:

http://tripawds…..referrals/

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Recieved some good news today. Bender is off all CRI medications and doing well. He is eating, walking around and giving lots of kisses.

The surgeon said that he likes to accompany her while she checks on other patients. He is pretty much a part of their team at this point. I think he should get his own white coat. 

With that said, we plan to leave him there for a few more days to ensure he is feeling better. 

Fingers crossed.

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22 September 2017 - 8:30 pm
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Sounds good so far.

All paws and fingers crossed here for Dr. Bender!

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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22 September 2017 - 9:08 pm
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Sooooo good to hesr this tonight!!!  Sooooo darn good!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Andd the visual of Bender making the rou ds with the Vet in his white coat and stethoscope…PRICELESS!! 🙂

You can bet that we are all sending every ounce of positive healing energy straight to the charming Bender!!! 🙂

Thanks for the great update!

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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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26 September 2017 - 9:39 am
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First night home (since CRI) was full of peaks and valleys. We are now 2+ weeks post operation and 1 week post CRI treatment. Bender did not sleep well and experienced a few panting and whimpering episodes. I believe they were caused by his fentynal patch. He also refused to eat this morning but ate small amounts a few hours later.

I really hope he starts to feel better soon. No one could have prepared me for the emotional and physical toll this would take.

I am completely exhausted and there is no end in sight. Not to mention my wedding is in two weeks. 

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26 September 2017 - 9:56 am
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Most likely it is the latch causing the panting, whimpering, etc.  It can make the dogs quite whacky for a bit. It does sound like his reaction I more from the patch as opposed to thst awfulmpain he was experiencing.  How long does the patch stay on?

Just a “regular” recovery is exhausting and makes for a lot of sleepless nights!  You are dealy with a lot more than that…and then the wedding too??  Ugh!   Laxk kf sleep makes everything worse!!

TRY and grab some sleep when you can!!

Glad ro hear that Bender did eat some so that’s good.   That sweet boy looks like he fenerally enjoys his food!

Thank  you for the update.   We’re all cheering for Bender!!

Love and 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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27 September 2017 - 12:41 pm
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This morning he couldn’t stand up without screaming.  Rushed him back to the vet hospital. Not sure what else we can do at this point. I can’t stand seeing him in pain. His face is starting to look worn from all of this.

I hate cancer with every fiber in my body.  Why does this have to happen to our innocent furbabies. 

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27 September 2017 - 1:25 pm
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Shaking my head.  Yes, hate this piece of s**t disease!

Okay, maybe the Vets have another option in their bag of tricks.. 

If you don’t mind, I’m going to lost a link to yiur thread over to our Ask A Vet. 

Okay, as hard as it is, try and hang on.  This could be some glitche …some nerve related glitche…that still needs to ve discovered.

Okay…go na go and post your thread now to our “Volunteer Vet. 

Lots and lots of lpve

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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27 September 2017 - 3:32 pm
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I’m really really sorry to hear about Bender’s pain. That really sucks and watching your baby be in pain makes you feel SO helpless when all you want to do is help.crying

I can’t give you any insights as to what is causing his pain, but the following is the daily pain regimen my Chance followed and it kept him quite comfortable. The fentanyl patch will cause panting but only initially. If you keep replacing the patch every 5 days, their body should adjust. As far as I know, peak levels of the fentanyl is about 48 hours in. 

Here was our daily pain cocktail:

1 Amantadine

1 Dose of Metacam

1 Vicodin with breakfast / 1 Vicodin with dinner

Fentanyl Patch replaced every 5-6 days

2 Gabapentin with snack mid-day, 2 before bed

THC Oil once per day and Golden Paste with each meal

Injection (as needed for bad episodes) .25mg Methadone/ .01mg Acepromezine

The combo of all of these worked well for Chance. I hope you can find a good regimen for Bender!!! Sending strength and hugs. heart

-Patricia 

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Tha ks for chiming in Patricia.  Glad you mentioned the THC too.  Certainly worth a try. Sweet  ChanceyPants is still helping out!

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