Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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21 December 2015
Kristen, thank you so much for the kind words, you made our day. AND for sharing your videos, we've added them to our playlist. Bloo is a total inspawration and so are you! Thanks for helping others by documenting your journey and being a part of this community.
How can I submit more videos? I have a few good ones that I'm sure could help others going through this.
You are so sweet, thanks for watching the video.
Bloo's got a great life ahead, there's so much he has left to teach you and everyone he meets.
15 July 2016
I know this is an old thread, but I just bumped into it while doing a "search" and found it touching.
1.) Ditto to the feeling about the love and caring and support in this group! I'm a pretty practical, down-to-business engineer, and the people here made me cry a few times in the early days with the support. Thank you.
2.) The videos are awesome all around. I need to video Milo more.
3.) Not useful info all these months later for Bloo, but in case someone else stumbles across this thread later, the oncologist at Tufts actually addressed the question about how many rounds of carbo they do and why. There are two oncologists at Tufts and one did residency at location A where they always did 4, and the other did residency at location B where they always did 6 (Penn and Cornell?) There is no hard science for one over the other, so at Tufts they do 5 -- the compromise between 4 and 6. That said, the clinical trial we were accepted into (then booted from) does 4 -- and it's controlled by the National Cancer Institute. So as many here have figured out.... 4 or 5 or 6 is not a well-defined quantity.
Jenifer & Milo
I know this is an old post but thought it would be useful to share a carboplatin experience.
My lurcher has recently finished with carboplatin after 12 treatments between Oct 15 and July 16. After his scan 9 months post amputation in July we found some calcification deposits on his lungs, oncos dont think its the cancer spreading as they look boney rather than soft tissue.
anyway we've now moved him to oral medication at home. I already felt by number 12 he'd had enough. He tolerated it well with no nausea but I was relieved to change his treatment to avoid putting him through the stree of hospital visits. In the early days he was lethargic after treatment more recently he was fine and up for walks on the same day.
Oncos were OK with continuing his carboplatin for so long as he was tolerating well and scans were all clear. It's all about what suits each dog, and we all know our dogs and when it's too much for them.
hugs to all the gorgeous tripawds xxx
Jenifer, thanks for sharing what you learned at Tufts. Who knew? It reminds me of the saying that an oncologist once told us: treating cancer is like cooking pasta: you test it by throwing it on the wall and seeing what sticks. When it sticks, that's what you go with.
And Claire, we appreciate your time to come over and let us know how your pup did. That's amazing that he did so well 12 treatments! I'm pretty sure I don't recall any others who have done that many. What kind of oral chemo is he on now? Please consider registering as a member and letting us know more about truly awesome dog!
21 May 2016
My girl Eurydice has osteosarcoma and will have her 6th (and last) session of carboplatin next week.
I am very, very interested in knowing why your oncologists did so many treatments and how often did your sweet lurcher had them.
Can you please give me details as I want to discuss what to do next with the onco next week?
I have this sort of faith, mixed with tons of hope, that carboplatin is the one thing containing this.
It is my gut feeling and it is worth what is worth.
I asked the onco if she should have more treatments and he told me after the 6th chemo is no longer effective hence they stop at that.
But I would continue if that would help a tiny bit, also she had zero side effects so far.
I really appreciate you sharing your experience with us.
Sending you a big kiss and cuddles to your sweetie pie
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 :-)