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Technically, Friday was the one month mark. I’m starting to breathe a little. I had no time to process his cancer diagnosis, as I also has to choose to have him lose his leg that day. His initial recovery was awful. I was second guessing my choice. By day 5 he had started to get up and take a few wobbly steps. He needed a lot of support for longer than a younger dog would.
Now we’re 5 days post his first chemo. He ate again! No doctoring. Just a regular bowl of his normal kibble.
Still only able to occassionally climb the two back stairs, as they’re wider.
His incision looks great, and his hair is slowly growing. I hope I’ll get to see it fully grown.
It seems a lot of dogs got staples. He didn’t. He just had dissolvable stitches.
Thanks for all of the encouragement.
WHEW! I’m sooooooo hoppy to start my day with this pawesome pupdate of your handsome boy. He’s doing great post-chemo too? YEAH!
You sound so much better too! Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Others following Riot’s story will be inspired by the good news.
As for his incision, I was once told that the type of sutures used just depends on the surgeon’s preference. Our Jerry did not have staples, his healed just fine.
And you are so welcome! That’s why we are here! Keep us posted.
Yes, so far he seems to be feeling just fine. He really looked back to normal last night and today. We still have a long way to go in the mobility department. I’m so glad he’s eating normally. I’d happily cook for him for the rest of his life, if I needed to. He gets his post chemo blood work next Monday. I may be switching regular vets however. His vet now doesn’t have the best bedside manner, and I need his whole team on board with his care. We’ll see how it goes then. I haven’t seen them since the diagnosis/amputation.
We are glad too, eating normally is a big deal, especially when going through chemo. He’s a strong boy!
If your gut is telling you to find another vet, do it. There’s nothing like this experience to teach you the value of having a vet that you love working for your pup. Here’s a post about why we love AAHA-accredited practices. They’re our favorite way to go when searching for vets.
Well, I made an appointment with a new vet. The practice comes well recommended. If they work out, I’ll move Riot’s brother’s care there as well. He’s done so well with the specialist vets we’re going to for his surgery and chemo, that I want to find a more well rounded practice closer to home. I haven’t called to move his records yet.
26 June 2019
Roit is just beautiful, rhat furr! So glad to hear he’s eating! Roane loves her home cooked meals too!
Good for you going with your gut and changing up vets. We did this with our older dog gypsy when i didnt like the bedside manner. I had been with the old vet for 15 years. Not sure what changed but it turnned out to be a big win. I hope you find someone riot loves. Special pups deserve special vets ❤
Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾
My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.
14 December 2016
Your story sounds like ours and I am sorry to say that 🙂
Manni took a pretty long time to recover, too and I also had to take in the diagnosis and make the amputation decision in one go. I wrote about a while back, see if that helps you guys at all.
a speedy recovery and hugs
Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.
22 February 2013
Boy oh boy, I can sooooo relate to your frustration on trying to post pictures!! Are you trying this from a phone or a tavlet?
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!
Sorry for the frustration. When you share an image here, you need to either right click and copy the image that’s uploaded to your blog or other photo sharing site, then paste it into the Forum post you are working on. Or from a phone, tap on the image, select image urL then come here and paste it into your Forum post. Like this;
I’m happy to help with a tutorial if you want to arrange one, just message me.
Ugh! Poor Riot had a benign lump he’s had on his eyelid for two year ulcerate. I hope we can get it fixed easily. His oncologist already said we can’t do the typical surgery for it while he’s on chemo, due to bleeding risks. It won’t stop bleeding. Not heavy, but semi regular.