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Michigan
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30 June 2016 - 6:48 pm
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Oh Oliver!  I'm so glad you guys are getting an answer!  You won't believe the difference this will make.  Poor thing, no wonder he wouldn't lay down.  Now he can get on to getting better!

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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30 June 2016 - 7:17 pm
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Hi Ollie's #1 supporters!

Our surgeon called tonight, and he wanted to keep Oliver over night, because he was "too drunk." He reported that Oliver got up and sat TWICE. He has not laid down or sat on his own since his amputation! Our surgeon said it could be because of the lidocaine that they infused into the nerve before surgery, so we are still holding our breath. Dr. G. said that it was difficult to discern the issue when he went inside, since his last surgery was only 2 weeks ago, and the scar tissue looked like normal tissue. He pulled the sciatic nerve toward him, and when he cut one end, Oliver's heart rate went up to 160 and then dropped down to 40 after it was cut. He believes that this was the issue. He also removed some tissue and muscle near that area. He is sending this to be biopsied, since he isn't sure why this problem occurred to begin with. He told us it was definitely anomaly.

We will know more tomorrow as to whether this surgery did the trick. We are crossing our fingers very tightly.



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30 June 2016 - 7:32 pm
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Glad to hear that the surgery was a success.  That is a very rare thing to happen.  I sure hope this helps Oliver.

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30 June 2016 - 7:48 pm
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It sounds like he's already doing better!  I can't wait until tomorrow's pupdate!

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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30 June 2016 - 8:21 pm
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Came here just for the surgery update!  Sounds promising - the indicator about the spike in heart rate seems like a sign.

I hope he is doing really well tomorrow and can come home and heal!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

Blog: Pofi, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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30 June 2016 - 8:40 pm
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Ohhhh you guys, wow. This is a whirlwind for all of you and so much to think about. Just glad to hear that he will be on the mend. I am so sorry you're dealing with another surgery and more healing, but this does sound like the answer to what's been happening. You are all in our hearts and thoughts, please keep us posted OK?

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30 June 2016 - 9:05 pm
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Okay, try and get some rest. Ollie is DEFINITELY going ro be feeling better! Yeah, that spike in his heartrate sure seems to indicate a big OWWWWEEEE!

Can't wait to jave him home on the mend finally! 'The spoiling...OOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMDDDDDDS! This doggy deserves spoiling. 24/7. And his humans deserve an award for handling such an awful situation where you had ro see Ollie hurting so badly with bravery and incredible patience. Such a bizarre "side effect". This has been adone learning curve for all.of us.

The entire Ollie Fan Club has all.paws crossed for a great outcome!

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

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1 July 2016 - 11:08 am
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Hi everyone!

So Oliver is back and looks exactly like his old self! He gave us lots of kisses when we picked him up (he hasn't been doing that since before the amputation). The surgeon is still cautiously optimistic, but it looks like we may have solved his problem! He has a vertical incision above his amputation, and stitiches instead of staples this time.

The comments on his write up state:

"It is unclear as to the origin of this neuropathic pain, however given the response to resection of the nerve in surgery [sidenote: as I said in a previous post, his heart rate went from 60 to 160 back down to 40 during/post resection], I am hopeful that his will resolve Oliver's issues. This is an extremely uncommon (never before seen by Dr. Glassman or Dr. von Pfeil) complication of this surgery. Neuroma formation or inflammation of the nerve root secondary to surgery is something that is possible after surgery, but is extremely uncommon in the companion animal (relative to humans and horses). His nerve remnants will be submitted for biopsy to help determine the origin of this problem and whether this is something that can be expected from him in the future."

I hope Oliver's really rare case will help broaden everyone's knowledge of complications post-surgery in the event that another doggie goes through something like this! I will continue to update you all as the weekend progresses. Hopefully all happy updates from here on out.

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1 July 2016 - 11:10 am
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YAY!!! I've been watching like a hawk for updates. This makes me so happy!!!! heartheartheart

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1 July 2016 - 11:41 am
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Me too, every time my phone bleeps, I grab it hoping to hear how Oliver is doing.   So glad to hear he's feeling better already! smiley

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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1 July 2016 - 1:10 pm
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Honestly, I have been watching all day, too!  What a RELIEF!!!!!

Hope it is a wonderful, much more normal weekend for you all!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

Blog: Pofi, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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1 July 2016 - 1:46 pm
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Seriously! So happy! He is still circling and not laying down by himself, but hasn't cried once. He cried every single time he woke up before, so I think he may just be nervous about laying down on his own because it was so painful before.

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1 July 2016 - 2:21 pm
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You might be precisely right - he might still be anticipating pain and it might still be feeling just a little awkward!  Not crying in pain is HUGE though.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

Blog: Pofi, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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1 July 2016 - 10:15 pm
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WOOF!!! WOOF!!!! YAAAAAAAAAY!!! HIP HIP HORAY!!! HOOORAAAY!! YIPEE SKIPEE! 🙂

So happy to hear this great news!!! Having Ollie greet you with kisses must have been the best thing ever! 🙂

Yeah, I'm sure he is still fearful.of laying down after everything he's been through. Hopefully you can use some sort of distraction as he circles to help start to break the pattern of fear.

I'm going to post a link to this post under Ask A Vet. I would love to have our beloved "volunteer" vet see this and see if she's ever heard of anything like this.

Sending love!

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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2 July 2016 - 2:45 am
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Congratulations for you and for Ollie!  I hope he was able to settle down and sleep last night!  Hopefully now he truly is on the road to recovery.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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