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NOT FEEDING BAILEY PRIOR TO CONSULTATION/FIRST CHEMO
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26 February 2014 - 10:36 am
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OK, I have a question, why would they tell me not to feed Bailey after midnight and anytime tomorrow prior to our consultation? I asked and the tech said well that is in case they want to start chemo. Is this standard procedure for most oncologist.

 

I'm not even sure what my options are.  2/16/14 her lungs were clear (I know she only had surgery on 2/7) and things change.  But I'm confused on if she can even do chemo.

 

I read about Dr. Loopy and Dr. Dressler and need some input as to what they do?

 

I'm just not ready to bring Bailey down again when she just came back to herself on 2/23/14 eating and drinking, etc.

 

SUGGESTIONS?  Just looking for a shoulder.

 

Tracy and Bailey

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26 February 2014 - 10:44 am
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Jill did have her first chemo at the consultation.  They asked if I wanted to start right away and I said sure.  They didnt tell me not to have her eat, but that might be something some oncologists may do so their tummy doesn't get upset?  Some others may chime in here on that one. 

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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26 February 2014 - 10:47 am
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It sounds like a precaution, just in case you want to get started, which is good. But remember, this is your decision and if you need to make more time to decide, don't feel badly about telling them you need time to think about it.

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26 February 2014 - 10:55 am
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Shelby's oncologist advised me to not feed or give her water prior to her chemo. It was only the first time. I don't recall the reasoning but it all worked out fine. They might check the belly or do an ultrasound and they can't have food/water in there for that. 

 

Like everyone says, all dogs are different and this is a very personal decision. I know it is hard. But since you had asked, with our oncologist, yes, no food or water post midnight prior to her first chemo. After that, it was fine (except when we do ultrasounds). 

Hugs!

 

Alison and Shelby 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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26 February 2014 - 11:09 am
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As I mentiined in our pm...I did not jave that great of a communication with Happy Hannah's onco. but was never told to withhold food and she did fine.

I did have aLOT of miscommunication and misinformation with the vet techs...and it NOT there fault...they were just the buffer the oncos there used and they were just not equipped to properly answer some wuestio s.

I would DEFINITELY ask to speak DIRECTLY to the Onco...yo are paying big bucks! Bailey is obviously getting stronger and yo don'g want tointerrupt that pattern..
My non-professinal opinion is that the tech just mis-spoke. Could be completely wrong though!

Dr. Loops...(like LOOPY better though) does phone co sultations from his ho e base in North Carolina. He is Holistic Vet, trained in both. You can certainly do holistic and/or a combo. of both! Dr. Dressler, pretty much same thing but based out of Hawaii...he does combo.of conventuonal and alternative.

Get your question answered from the Onco if itis necessary to withhold food and, if so, why. We can all learn if this is so ething new.

Go to the appointment, get your questions answered. If you feel comfortable, proceed. AIf NOT, hold off a few days u til you can feel CONFIDENT with whatever decision you make!!! Do not be pressured nto anything! She doesn't need another xray and a few more days will make NO difference!

Keep coming tous..we're all here for you!

Now, most importantly, step back nto the present and go take Bailey a treat and watch his tail wag!

(((((((((hugs))))))))))))

Sally and Happy Hannah

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 February 2014 - 11:11 am
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Okay, just saw Shelby's post....so so e Oncos do that.....

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 February 2014 - 12:33 pm
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I called back and they said that it only has to be 6 hours and since her appointment is at 3:30 she can have breakfast she eats at 6:30 or 7.

 

This tech was nicer and did say that the doctor would go over things with us and let us know costs etc.

 

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26 February 2014 - 12:44 pm
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WELL DONE!! YOU are Bailey's advocate!!! And YOU are doing a GREAT job! That makes more sense!! And I know Bailey is much happier with that!

Chow down Bailey Boy, chow down!!

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 February 2014 - 4:33 pm
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Awesome! I agree, that is a really excellent way to be a good advocate! Eat up Bailey and smile Mom!

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jerry said
Awesome! I agree, that is a really excellent way to be a good advocate! Eat up Bailey and smile Mom!

one step back... I was taking Bailey for a walk on her leash and it's retractable and it was locked so I could go her pace well she seen a dog and took off running... the dog was across the street and she didn't cross over but she then proceeded to do her business in someone else yard... (I did pick it up!)  Came back waited an hour for dinner and now she won't eat gain.  She's panting and laying on her side doesn't want to drink but sat up to drink gateraide in water.  Could she possibly pulled something or just made herself sore?  I know no one here are vets but maybe they can give me an opinion.  This is the first time she took off like that and the retractable well didn't stay locked because I didn't have it properly secured... my bad.  sad

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26 February 2014 - 7:36 pm
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It's not your fault, that same thing happened to us today with Wyatt Ray !

She's probably just exhausted from that activity. Try not to worry. Worrying makes her worry and then she won't eat.

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