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Petra 4 weeks out from amp update
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19 January 2020 - 12:29 pm
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Hey everyone, I visit this site daily and have read and learned so much, but it’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on Petra!

Today marks four weeks since her left rear leg amputation due to an inoperable cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. She finally got her stitches removed last week–surgeon delayed removal until the swelling/weeping area next to incision subsided, which took two weeks! So it felt like a big milestone and I’m sure she is more comfortable now.

I mentioned in an earlier post that the pathology report showed cancer cells in her lymph node on amputated leg so chemo was recommended. She also had a slightly enlarged lymph node in her belly pre-surgery, which could be a sign of spread but no way to know unless we do a biopsy. After much consideration, I have decided not to pursue chemo or add’l testing. It feels like the right decision for us to give the best quality of life for Petra, myself, and the rest of the pack.

I started using K9 Immunity Support last week (powder form) but I think it upset Petra’s tummy. Have y’all had that experience? I discontinued but plan to start again soon and just use smaller amounts to work up to the recommended dose. Aside from that episode, Petra is eating well.

Petra still loves her daily walk but she stops frequently and just stands in place for a minute or two. I try to use those opportunities to be mindful of my surroundings and appreciate the wonders of nature! I read Be More Dog during the first few weeks of Petra’s recovery and that has helped me keep perspective. Petra sleeps a lot–basically if she is not on a walk or eating, she is snoozing (or lounging)! We have an appointment this week with an integrative vet who is a CCRT to help with rehab. I’m hoping to take advantage of the Maggie Moo fund for this first appt. This vet does acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser therapy, and rehabilitation, and the best part: she is a mobile vet, so she will come to us!

Some of the “new normal” is hard for me. Petra used to sleep with me every night and despite lowering my bed to 22 inches and taking the legs off of an ottoman to make a nice big step to help her up, she does not want to get in bed. I think it’s hard for her to get up from a down position and move around on the bed. She is also not my shadow in the way she used to be (fortunately my other two boxers make certain I never visit the bathroom alone icon_lol).  But she is happy and seems to feel good and loves life everyday, I hope we have a lot more days in store like these!

Wishing all of the tripods a good Sunday!

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19 January 2020 - 1:46 pm
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Sounds like she is doing very well!

4 weeks in is still early, don’t give up on her getting in bed with you.  She may choose not to but she still is recovering and gaining strength so she may in the future.

I used K-9 Immunity Plus for my quad-Pug who was battling mast cell cancer (among other issues) and she did fine on it.  I may be getting my supplements mixed up but I think I gave her a half dose since the dog weight range was so large and she was on the low end.

And good for you for practicing being in the moment!  Again though, I’m guessing those pauses will become less and less as she gains strength.  The rehab should do good things for her too and show you how to do exercises that will help her gain strength. And someone who comes to you? AWESOME!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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19 January 2020 - 8:54 pm
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jill409 said

Petra still loves her daily walk but she stops frequently and just stands in place for a minute or two. I try to use those opportunities to be mindful of my surroundings and appreciate the wonders of nature! I read Be More Dog ….

  

HAPPY ONE MONTH AMPUVRESARY PETRA!!

HAPPY STITCH  REMOVAL PETRA (Finally!!!)!!!

And congratulations  on showing your hooman how to stop and smell the roses!🌷⚘

Good for you for mastering  the art of Being More Dog!  You just wrote the perfect review for it😎

Some do chemo.  Some don’t.   It’s a crap shoot.  You know your Petra best and how to make every moment the best moment  ever for her!!!   Good job!

And good job of doing some powerful therapies to help her stay healthy  and build her immune system.  Love the combo of acupuncture  and Rehab.  

And yes, it is still early in recovery.  Especially  considering  that she just now got her stitches out.  I love how you cut off the legs on the ottoman to help her up on the bed! True devotion!!!   

I also gave my Happy Hannah k9 Immjnity Plus…..but they were chewable tavlets.  She liked them.  Oh, and my Happy Hannah supposedly had lymph node involvement.  She did listen to any such crap.  We had a glorious extended  time of over a year and two months!

Keep on keepin’ on sweet Petra!  You are doing spectacular! And it cont yo fet ecen bettrr!  And good job of Petra placing herself.  Hopping on three takes energy.  She’s so smart not to overdo and to just rake a minute to savor all the scents on the breeze that Nature has to offer.

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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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Aw, thank you ladies for your sweet words of support, they mean the world! And Karen, you were so right! This morning Petra climbed up in bed with me for snuggles, it was wonderful. Petra and all these three legged babies amaze me every day!

Virginia




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IN BED FOR SNUGGLES.???   Love news like this!!!  It’s so hard  to be patient, but that’s one of their lessons for us.

Thanks for sharing this.  Made my day!!

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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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Gosh I’m sorry I missed Petra’s pupdate last week! I’m glad to hear things are going well, and she even got back into the snuggles. Pawesome!

How did the rehab visit go? 

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