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Rhodesian Ridgeback Zanzi recovery and treatment.
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8 November 2018 - 4:07 am
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Hello all again.

It’s been 8 days since amputation and we are doing pretty well I would say  

She is eating, drinking  peeing and pooping! She even went up and down stairs yesterday. Too much to rest is needed though so she spends lying down many hours per day still. I guess this is normal though.

Next Friday we will get the stitches out and then discuss about chemo.

She says hi to all!

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8 November 2018 - 9:09 am
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And a big HI right back to ya’ sweet Zanzi!!  You look so comfy in your picture.

And yes, resting is a really good thing right now during her recovery period.  And WOW!  Going up and down the steps?  Good job pretty girl!!   IMPRESSIVE!!!

Getting those itchy stitches out will feel so  good!

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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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8 November 2018 - 10:53 am
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Aww pretty Zanzi!

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Yes it’s totally normal to be tired, it’s still very early on. Take things slow, she’ll get into her new normal in no time! Thank you for the pupdate 🙂

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8 November 2018 - 9:44 pm
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Glad to hear Zanzi is having a good recovery!

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She looks good, thank you for sharing. What a beautiful girl!

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9 November 2018 - 6:17 am
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Hi Zanzi 🐾

You look really GOOD, girl 🎈

Such great update, I am thrilled to hear how well your girl is doing!

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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 :-) 

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9 November 2018 - 9:17 am
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Yay Zanzi! So happy you’re doing so well!! Once those itchy old stitches come out, it’s smooth sailing!

Keep the pictures coming!!

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Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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So. Unfortunately I have some pretty bad news for my baby girl.

Since last Saturday she was not eating and peeing at all until Tuesday morning when I took her to the clinic.

Today it is 3 weeks post Amp and she has an infection on the incision site which they are taking care of right now  The problem is that after an x-ray yesterday there are lung mets which are not very alarming yet but still. She cannot start chemo but the fever she had (due to the infection most probably as they told me) is starting to go down  Last night she ate a bit too  

I’m so sad because it seems like we will not make it in time for chemo to face the lung mets. 

Just wanted to keep you all posted.

I’m praying for her but not very optimistic unfortunately..

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21 November 2018 - 10:19 am
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Ohhh my gosh I’m sorry about the infection. It’s so good that you caught it, no doubt the vets are going to knock that sucker out.

Now I know it’s incredibly upsetting about the lung mets. I would be a mess. But just know that many dogs have lived quite a long time with lung mets, longer than anyone expected. This old guy we had the honor of meeting many years ago, Reno, lived over three years! Yes he’s an exception for sure, but our Jerry lived 7 months, and other dogs have gone on for a year or more with mets, with and without chemo involved. I don’t want to give you false hope, but try as best you can to keep in mind that mets don’t put a time stamp on Zanzi’s life OK?

I hope this helps. Be sad, be mad, go take it out on a pillow when she isn’t around, and then try to remember that none of us can predict the future. All we can do is hope for the best and right now, you’ve got this entire community cheering you two on! Please keep us posted on the infection.

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21 November 2018 - 10:25 am
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Oh my gosh check out Daphne’s story, I just read that they are facing the same mets issue. 

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21 November 2018 - 11:15 am
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Thank you so much for the input Jerry.

I try to be prepared for the worst but haven’t gave up hope yet. She seems to be reacting very well to antibiotics for the infection so we are doing well on that front. The only thing that bothers me right now is that we are losing time for chemo. I hope she’ll be eating well for at least a week before starting her on the chemo. That’s what the oncologist suggested and i’m with him on this. She was so weak during the last few days so it was a no no for chemo.

I also hope she will start liking K9 immunity plus again cause she didn’t even want to smell it during the last few days! 

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21 November 2018 - 11:49 am
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Aww you bet. And YAY for not giving up hope! That’s wonderful to hear the treatment is working and she’s agreeable to it. We’ll keep our paws and fingers crossed that she can be strong enough for the chemo. Glad to hear your oncologist has created a good plan for her.

If she doesn’t like the current K9 Immunity , I would give ArmorUp a try. It’s a much better tasting formula and more dogs seem to be liking it than the chewables.

We are sending lots of love and hugs for more healing!

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And of course, the beautiful  Zanni heard nothing…nadda…..nuttin’  about any ole’ mets!  She continues  to live in the moment thoroughly  enjoying going from one outrageously spoiled moment to the next!  Make each day count.  Make each day be the best ever.  Zanni isn’t  counting days on the calendar and certa isn6 letting  anything interfere  with her time together with you!!  Ahhh… the bliss of Being More Dog!!

I know you already know this, but there are no guarantees with chemo, or without.  It truly seems to be a crap shoot.  Although I did do chemo with my Happy Hannah, I know it was “delayed” as she was having a rough recovery.  If I recall, her  Onco said even if it was five weeks after amp, she still felt like that was in an effective window of time.  Do ask your Onco about Metronomics  as well.  It’s  an oral pill routine that has very few side effects, if any.  Just have to watch for UTI infections.

Give her any yummy food she’ll  eat…cheese pizza… scrambled eggs… bacon…stinky liverwurst…cheeseburgers….even a scoop of ice cream!!  “Proper nutrition” can wait for a few days!

Cheering for Zanni! She has the whole Tripawd Nation as her Fwn Club now!!❤   And so do you!!  We are here for you!

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And of course, the beautiful  Zanni heard nothing…nadda…..nuttin’  about any ole’ mets!  She continues  to live in the moment thoroughly  enjoying going from one outrageously spoiled moment to the next!  Make each day count.  Make each day be the best ever.  Zanni isn’t  counting days on the calendar and certa isn6 letting  anything interfere  with her time together with you!!  Ahhh… the bliss of Being More Dog!!

I know you already know this, but there are no guarantees with chemo, or without.  It truly seems to be a crap shoot.  Although I did do chemo with my Happy Hannah, I know it was “delayed” as she was having a rough recovery.  If I recall, her  Onco said even if it was five weeks after amp, she still felt like that was in an effective window of time.  Do ask your Onco about Metronomics  as well.  It’s  an oral pill routine that has very few side effects, if any.  Just have to watch for UTI infections.

Give her any yummy food she’ll  eat…cheese pizza… scrambled eggs… bacon…stinky liverwurst…cheeseburgers….even a scoop of ice cream!!  “Proper nutrition” can wait for a few days!

Cheering for Zanni! She has the whole Tripawd Nation as her Fwn Club now!!❤   And so do you!!  We are here for you!

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

Thank you so much Sally from the bottom of my heart and I really mean that. I will keep you all posted for sure. 

They are a part of us. And will always be for as long as we keep walking this life. LOVE to all. heartheartheart

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Update.

It seems they haven’t found the right antibiotic yet because last night fever was high once again and she vomited for the first time. There was also a bit of blood on her loose stool. 

This morning though fever went down again but the problem is she is not eating. Hopefully the blood test results for the infection will be ready tomorrow so she will begin taking the right antibiotic.

What a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Thank you for all the support.

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