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Sunshine (my daughter in law’s name smiley)

You do what you feel in your heart is right. There are no wrong answers. Lord knows we have seen so many scenarios. I truly think if you follow your heart you cannot go wrong. Just please try to remember… Po does NOT know what you know, and he won’t. He WILL pick up on your vibes..  take this time to love him and be happy with him. Take pictures, make memories. We are all going to go, but nobody knows when. He could outweigh the odds, but he needs you no matter what. And he needs a happy mama. Love him, spend time with him, and be there when he crosses over if you have that option. He is going to be happy and feed on your energy and live out his life until it is time. Big hugs to you and Po, stay positive and love your boy.

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Otis and I are sending the best possible thoughts to you and Po. We don’t have any advice as we didn’t do chemo but I know that you will make the right decision for Po. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️  

How is Otis doing? I remember you mentioning you just amputated. I hope you guys are doing amazing and lots of prayers for Otis as well.



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Sweetie pie🌺

I totally support you trying doxorubicin, in some cases it does slow down the progression of mets and in other cases, rare but possible, it shrinks the mets to oblivion.

Why can this not be Po’s case?

That was my views for my girl, if there is a case of success, even if one in a million why can my girl not be that one? 

I am keeping fingers and toes crossed for your gorgeous boy and please know Angel Eurydice is keeping an eye on him too 😘😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hi everyone, 

3 weeks post doxorubicin and Po has taken a turn for the worst. I can’t even talk about the pain and agony I am feeling. In my heart I feel he has had enough but yet I am hopeful for a miracle. His next appointment is Monday (04/9), for a chest xray and maybe another doxorubicin treatment. I wonder … am I delusional? I have to hand feed him home cooked food on 3 out of 7 days. I have to turn the AC on cause it’s been weeks since we have had a good night sleep. He is still panting, even with air condition and all the vitamins I can give him. Anyone has any experience with this? 

I had wish for so much more…. 

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I am so sorry Po it’s not doing well. I cannot help with your situation because I don’t know if this is normal but I wanted to let you know that I saw your post and my thoughts are with you. Your appointment on Monday may tell you what you need to know, I have a feeling that people in here will chime in soon with their experiences. I hope for you that he turns a corner. If he doesn’t, please know that you have given him every chance possible. You have been a wonderful pawrent and have shown him so much love. The panting may be discomfort. And maybe there is something they can do for pain management , I wish I could give you more. Sending you positive healing thoughts and wishes. 

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Not surewhat the side effects of Doxy are, but I think sometimes it can be hard on dogs.  So it could be that Po is having a reaction to that.

Also, another thought. Is Po on any pain meds or anti-inflammatory?  As Jackie said, mybe he is having some discomfort that can be handled with a pain med.  Prednisone seems to relieve some of the sympe of mets too.

If I recall, no symptons were present a couple of weeks ago, right?   So all these symptoms could be  doxy related.

Do you have some pain meds?’ WITH A VET APPROVAL, maybe you could give him some if he’s not on anything and that may, indeed, help.

The Vet can tell you more Monday and listen to his chest for fluid, etc.  That can be drained for comfort.

When he lays down is he able to sleep an hoir or so at a time?  If not, maybe you coud help ppsition him better with pillows.

We are all hoping with every fiber of our being that you can get Po feeling better.  He IS eating, even if that means hand feeding and home cooking, he’s eating some.

We’re cheering for you Po!  You know you are a very adored and loved pup!

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It’s so hard to know our fur kids are hurting when we have no idea why. You will get some answers tomorrow and then you can take it from there. Try not to think the worst, we often see symptoms like this and it’s usually not metastasis but pain caused by being new to getting around on three legs. If x-rays come out clean (fingers crossed!), then ask your vet for a referral to a pain management specialist or canine rehab therapist. 

Doe Po have any pain medication right now? 

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Jerry, they have founds mets already in the lungs on 3/13 despite the carboplatin :(. We did one treatment of doxoribucin to see what would happen.

thanks guys for the support.

No Po is not on any pain pills. I have given him rymadil on and off and I will talk to the vet tomorrow. Last time he was on rymadil for a month and his liver enzyme went up so we stopped. 

Today Po has been acting fine. Took him to the park this morning and he seemed to like it. Made him treats and food for the week. Hopefully this will help with his eating. 

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I hope he eats for you. He’ll be extra spoiled if you end up feeding him. When Mitch had his surgery, for the first few days after I had to feed him by hand. The look on his face was priceless. He had goo goo eyes, just melted my heart. I don’t know how this is going to end for you, but one way or the other this is your special time together. Just please try to keep positive for both of you. Po will feed off of your emotion and the calmer you stay the calmer he will be. 

You’re not delusional. You’re just trying to do the right thing for your boy. You love each other a bunch and you don’t want him to suffer. You also don’t want to let him go if it’s not his time. I wish I had answers for you but I don’t. I would be doing the same thing if I was in your shoes.

Keeping you in my thoughts. I hope talking to the vet tomorrow helps you. 

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Thanks for taking the time to update and let us know Po is feeling much better!!   It seems very plausible that this “down” part of this “up and down” journey may hzve been related to the doxy.  And it may be that he will be having more up days than down for quite awhile now!

Hopefully your Vet can give you some insight into the little “down” Po was having.   And do ask a put keeping some Tramadol on hand and inquire about the Pred. also…just as a “plan if needed”.

Hang in there…Po sure is!!   So glad he had a good day today.  I’m sure some of your home cooking is helping! 🙂

Hugs and pawsitive energy!

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UPDATE: today chest x-ray. the cancer is taking half his lung; it was a speck last month. The doxorubicin did nothing. I was hoping for a little better diagnostic. He has weeks at most. :disappointed: no words can describe how I feel right now.

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Oh I am so sorry. That’s awful and so fast, I know there are no words to make this any better for you. 

You have done everything that you can for Po. He loves you beyond words and I know you love him the same. 

My thoughts are with you, I pray that you find peace and have some good time left with your boy. He has had some good days, he will have more I am sure.

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UnbeLievable, completely unbelievable.  We all hate this nasty piece of sh*t disease sooo much.  Your beautiful Po doesn’t deserve rhis.  None of our beloved furbabies do. 

As hard as it is, don’t let that piece of s*t disease rob you of your time together NOW!  You still have now.  You are still together.  You are still making memories.  Po is still being loved and spoiled, and that makes him happy!

I do hope Po is srill feeling better now that the doxy is getting out of his system.  Whether a Vet says it’s a “side effect” to feel “off”‘or not, learly Po didn’t seem to feel so good with it.  

Did Metronomics comenup as an option?  Or CBD oil?  Or Yunnan mushrooms?

We all jope for better weeks and months ahead for Po.  Just keep taking one day at a time and continue to make each moment count.  This part of the journey can be full of us and downs, good days and less good days.  Po will let you know if he doesn’t feel like staying in his earth clothes anymore.

Obviously there are a lott of factors involved with mets, but, if I recall, in my Happy Hannah’s situation,  my Vet said dogs can do fairly well even with mets filling  a lot of lung.  Hers was the size of a baseball and still growing, yet we still got good quality time.  Again, I guess it depends on the actual location, as well as how large the mass is.

Stay connected.  Lean on us.  Your love for Po will give you the strength you need to contnue to enjoy your precious boy.

We are sending you love, strength and peace,

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

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Thanks for the support and the kind words. He has been on CBD oil since the beginning. No more treatments has been discussed. Po is tired. In the last 3 weeks I definitely saw a decline in his behavior and health and I just don’t want to put him through anymore. His cancer is so aggressive I doubt nothing would work at this point.  I am trying to take one day at a time and find peace in this time of great sorrow. 

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I can totally understand that. You still have some time together. He will be looking to you for strength and reassurance. Just love him and spoil him and make some good memories.

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Jackie❤️❤️

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