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We are 4 weeks post surgery, and Ranger had his first chemo treatment on Tuesday. He was given carboplatin. We are told that carboplatin can cause severe bone marrow suppression, therefore we will re-check his blood cell count in two weeks (next treatment in 3 weeks).
Ranger (72 pounds, 11 years old) was sent home with cerenia for nausea (he takes 80 mg every morning with breakfast) and metronidazole (500 mg) for diarrhea.
We were told to start him on the cerenia the next morning (he had something the day of chemo at the hospital). Yesterday, he ate fine, although I had to augment a bit with a good-smelling canned food. (Ranger’s regular diet is Science Diet Light, we augmented with Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal High Energy given to us by the vet.) Today, Ranger is not eating as well, but I can tell he doesn’t feel so well today. As long as I can get something in his belly, I’m happy.
As for the metronidazole, we were told not to give that unless his stool seemed to be getting soft. I did not give him any yesterday, but did give him one this morning. I’ll continue to monitor the stool to see if I need to continue.
So, all of this just to let anyone interested what it’s been like for Ranger. I’ll continue with this thread for his remaining treatments.
15 November 2019
Hey Ranger (and ranger’s family). Thanks for the news. Eva has just completed her first dose of carboplatin as well. We also gave her cerenia for several days. We had about three very up and down eating days with Eva. She wouldn’t eat much at meal time, but if we mixed up the food (added some ground chicken and rice) and did lots of small meals it seemed to help. She would sometimes eat if we put it on a plate and not a bowl. Other times I could get her to eat it out of my hand. We could tell she was hungry, but it took a while to find the right food for her to eat. Then about day 3 1/2 she started eating like normal. I am sure that you will find something to keep Ranger eating. Eva says to tell Ranger to keep on wagging it gets better (and more tasty soon).
Well Ranger, you did it! Congrats on getting through that first chemo round. Was it as hard as you thought it would be?
Sounds like your vet team is keeping you well-prepared and informed. I hope that your belly is happy today!
Thanks for sharing your experience, it’s so helpful for others to know what chemo is like.
Hi all, thanks for your replies. Ranger is getting some blood work done today and will have chemo round 2 next week. He seems to be feeling really well.
Here’s another question, though. Sometimes Ranger manages to lay down on his amputated side (front left), but he has a hard time getting up. We help him, but he really doesn’t like it and becomes fearful. If he’s on a towel, I’ve figured out how to use it to roll him on his haunches, but if he’s on the carpet it seems using just my hands causes him stress. Is this something you all think he would figure out eventually?
I’m so glad he’s doing well!
Yay you on learning how to roll him over with the towel. Over time he will get stronger and learn to get up on that side. A harness with a top handle will help, that’s one reason why we love the Ruffwear Webmaster and Flagline harnesses so much. If you don’t have one, have you tried bribing him with treats or a toy to get him to stand up when he’s in that awkward spot?
22 February 2013
If I recall it took my Happh Hannah almost five weeks before she would lay comfortably on her incision aire. So it could be that Ranger still has a little bit of soreness and he stiffens up and gets tense “anticipating” it may hurt.
Before trying to help him, you might spend some time massaging him sll over his neck…his shoulder…his hips… and up and down his spine. Kind of give him some good scratches all over. Once he starts to relax he’ll probably stretch himself out which will be good for his legs to loosen them up
At eleven years young he may have a .ittle arthritis. You can check with the Vet and see if he needs any Rimadyl or something like that.
And yes, try lots pf special treats, upbeat and fun attitude, lots of confident energy lots of praise, etc.
Also, has Ranger been evaluated by a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist? They can do wonders in assessing if there is any underlying issue. They can show you exercises to help build core muscles, etc. And the Tripawds Foundation will pay for rhe first consult.
He’ll figure it out. It takes a while to get all the mobility issues figured out.
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