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22 November 2018 - 6:36 am
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I’m afraid I am not of much help with either the mets or the infection but what worked wonders for us when it came to stomach issues due to medication was American Slippery Elm and I can really recommend that. 

You may want to check out how it works together with antibiotics, but if it does it really makes a difference.

fingers crossed you get a quick handle on that infection now!

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Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
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22 November 2018 - 7:32 am
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Just catching up here, you have gotten the best advise and support!  Keeping fingers, toes, tails, and paws crossed for you and Zanzi for health and recovery. Such a rollercoaster of emotion.. I know it is draining, but you are doing a great job!

Wishing a peaceful Thanksgiving for you and your family heart

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Bummer.  Roller coaster rides are just plain rotten on thos journey!

So you are waiting  for results of the culture to come back, right?   Tested for MRSA also, right?

Antibiotics are rough on the tummy, especially  when not able to take them with much  food.  Let your Vet know about the stool, but most likely  some tummy irritation  going on.  You can alao ask about an appetite stimulant.  May not be effective,  but worth a try.  Also ask about Sulfracate to coat the tummy if the antibiotics  are causing  irritation.   Just throwing stuff out there.

It IS good that the antibiotics  have reduced the fever some, even if it’s  just off and on.  Really, really hoping  you get the results  tomorrow on which antibiotic to use.  

Recovering  from major amputation surgery while having a fever and infection just stinks!!!   But remember,  it’s  harder on you than the beautiful Zanni!  She’s  just curious  why she’s  getting all this extra spoiling and is being  allowed to eat junk food (even if she’s  not up for it…yet!). 

And just another thing to throw out there.  Ask the Bet avout goving jer sone fluids, even if its  SubQ at home.  That can perk up a dog when they n haven’t been eating mich.

She’ll get through this and will start to feel better so  quickly!  Oh yes she will!!!

Give sweet Zanni  a tummy rub and tell herm it’s from   her Fan Club!!  ❤

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23 November 2018 - 3:46 am
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Bummer.  Roller coaster rides are just plain rotten on thos journey!

So you are waiting  for results of the culture to come back, right?   Tested for MRSA also, right?

Antibiotics are rough on the tummy, especially  when not able to take them with much  food.  Let your Vet know about the stool, but most likely  some tummy irritation  going on.  You can alao ask about an appetite stimulant.  May not be effective,  but worth a try.  Also ask about Sulfracate to coat the tummy if the antibiotics  are causing  irritation.   Just throwing stuff out there.

It IS good that the antibiotics  have reduced the fever some, even if it’s  just off and on.  Really, really hoping  you get the results  tomorrow on which antibiotic to use.  

Recovering  from major amputation surgery while having a fever and infection just stinks!!!   But remember,  it’s  harder on you than the beautiful Zanni!  She’s  just curious  why she’s  getting all this extra spoiling and is being  allowed to eat junk food (even if she’s  not up for it…yet!). 

And just another thing to throw out there.  Ask the Bet avout goving jer sone fluids, even if its  SubQ at home.  That can perk up a dog when they n haven’t been eating mich.

She’ll get through this and will start to feel better so  quickly!  Oh yes she will!!!

Give sweet Zanni  a tummy rub and tell herm it’s from   her Fan Club!!  ❤

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Yes we are waiting for the results for the culture and MRSA

Good news though. Fever went down within normal levels again and she ate by herself last night as well. She seems to be getting better but they told me that she is coughing more than usual but that may be a combination of the mets AND the megaesophagus (she has been coughing due to that the last few years).

Thank you so much all of you!

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23 November 2018 - 7:53 am
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😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄    GRINNING  EAR TO EAR OVER THIS GREAT UPDATE!!!!😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁HAPPY DANCING😄😁😄😁😄😁😄😁😄😁😄 MADE MY DAY!!!!!😄😄😁😁😄😁😄

ZANNI IS A ROCKSTAR!!!!!!  

Sounds like the antibiotic is starting to kick in!!!  And almost certainly  the cough is due to the esophagus stuff she’s  had, PLUS irritation  from the tube when she was under anesthesia.  To me, that makes the most sense, moreso than from the mets.  My Happy Hannah  never even had a cough with her mets,  although I know some do.  And even if that’s  the case, the Bet can give cough meds for her.  But with her history and the tubing,  this is most likely just a “Zanni thing”!

Alrighty Zanni, keep on keeping on sweet girl!!  You’ve  got this hurdle handled!!!

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Yes we are waiting for the results for the culture and MRSA

Good news though. Fever went down within normal levels again and she ate by herself last night as well. She seems to be getting better but they told me that she is coughing more than usual but that may be a combination of the mets AND the megaesophagus (she has been coughing due to that the last few years).

Thank you so much all of you!  

Hello!

I’m SO happy to hear Zanzi is starting to feel better!  I am also trying deal with the scary thought of lung mets in my sweet Daphne.  She had her forelimb amputation in May and went through all six chemo treatments only to find out that there were some nodules on her Xray.  We decided to continue with oral chemo to give her the best fighting chance, I am also looking into Armor Up, from what I’ve read it seems it is more often tolerated over K9Immunity because of it’s flavor and can just be mixed with food, so I’m leaning toward that.  I already started her on Chaga tea, which is one of the mushrooms in K9Immunity and Armor Up.  We add the tea to her food morning and night, makes it a little moist (the first few times it was straight soup but we started doing less of it per meal to help).

Probably some of the best advice/encouraging words that I’ve gotten so far has been to learn to live with and fight the cancer rather than be scared of dying from it (paraphrasing of course, and the person that said it was much more eloquent).  Your baby will fight as hard as she can as long as she can, and that’s what she needs from her pawrents! 

Kisses and Hugs to your whole clan,

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28 November 2018 - 5:06 am
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Thank you all!

She is still at the clinic but she’s stabilized by now, eating well and already gained 2 kilos. Bad thing is that according to the pathologist / oncologist she is not in a position yet to start chemo. He is afraid that the mets development will catch up before we have a chance for chemo.

I hope that we at least will be able to take her home sometime during the weekend. 

Thank you all again!

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Oh gosh.  Somewhere  in my feeble brain I didn’t  realize she was still at the clinic.  Ugh! But I’m really glad they are getting that infection handled! That’s  so important!

Wonderful that she’s  eating!   Zanni’s gonna be a chunky monkey when she gets home!  

And yes, if she can get home that will do wonders for her overall attitude and healing process!!

Did you ask your Vet about Metronomics?  Also ask about Palladia.  I know you’re  anxious to get the chemo started and we certainly understand.  We also can’t  stress enough that there are no guarantees  one way or another.  And, to also remind you that many dogs here have a good extended  quality  lofe even with those crap mets!  JERRY was one of them!!  He did no chemo! 

All paws crossed for Zanni coming  home  tomorrow!!!!!!!!

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PS  one more crazy thought  since she’s  been at the Bet for awhile.  Is it possible the “cough” is actually “kennel cough”?

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She’s definitely making progress! That’s a wonderful update! Paws & fingers crossed she will be home by the weekend.

Meanwhile try not to worry about chemo happening or not. Many dogs here have done so well without it. We’ve learned that statistically speaking chemo gives a Tripawd a better chance at beating the odds, but it can go either way, and it doesn’t offer a guarantee with or without mets in the picture. So try not to lose hope that she can go on to have a happy life with you, because I’m betting she’s not losing hope or sparkle superstar 🙂

Keep us posted OK? We are cheering you both on!

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29 November 2018 - 11:36 am
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oh just catching up – such a wild ride I can’t even imagine.

Zanzi’s better, that’s the best part and will be home soon which will be even better. I’m guessing she’ll be a zillion percent better at home, we all are. 

Yep, no time stamps, no guarantees with this piece of poopicon_pngpoopicon_png disease. Love her and spoil her and spoil yourself too ! I think you probably more than need it at this point. 

Thinking good pawsitive thoughts for you and your pretty girl! 

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29 November 2018 - 6:50 pm
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Listen to your friends here. Maybe chemo was not meant to be. Dogs have lived wonderful lives without it. 

Hoping she gets home soon, she needs her family, that will be her strength. Please breathe… and now more than ever, Be More Dog , she needs pawsitivity more than anything right now.

Prayers that she gets home with her pack this weekend. One step at a time.

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Hi all.

Unfortunately we were the unlucky ones.

The infection and the lung mets got the best of her. She is not eating by herself at all anymore and has lost 6 kilos in just 6 days. The oncologist says it is certainly caused by the metastasis.
We will have to put her to sleep sometime during the weekend most probably.

I feel so devastated. The last 2 months have been the hardest of my life. And when it turns out like this you start to question yourself. 

Anyway, I thank you all for every bit of contribution. Really appreciate it.

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Oh no… I am so very sorrysadI was really hoping that she was on her way to recovering. Please don’t question yourself now. It is the easiest thing to do and it is unfair self torture. You have been doing everything possible that you can to help your pup get better and have some good quality of life. Cancer sucks. It is unpredictable and vicious. This should not have happened this way. I am deeply sorry that you are all going through this. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family right now. 

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My heart aches for you, I’m truly sorry. How I wished your next update would be a happy one. 

This dreaded disease is so mean, and so unpredictable. I can only imagine how devastated you feel right now, she’s fought so hard and you have given this everything you’ve got. She knows her humans went to the moon and back for her. Please know that. You have been awesome parents to her, through the worst of this disease, no dog could ask for more.

If there is anything we can do for you over the next few days please don’t hesitate to post OK? We are here for you and keeping you and sweet Zanzi in our thoughts. 

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Can’t  even wrap my head around this to even begin to find any words.  We are all so devasted to hear this. Tears are falling.  Just so very, very sorry.

This piece of crap disease  can be so brutal , so sneaky and so cruel.  All we can do, all we can ever do, is give our cats and dogs a chance.  We owe thst to them and they expect that from us.  None of us have ANY way of knowing the outcome…not us…not the professionals.  

I don’t know if  she is home now.  I hope she was able to come home.   Regardless, I know you will make every single moment count between now and the time  you need to release her from her  failing earth clothes.  Stay fully present with her.  Talk with her.  Revisit  all the fun times you’ve  had together  and celebrate  those wonderdul moments.  Even though she isnt  eating, try any forbidden junk food she may eat.   Ice cream, a couple of M&Ms, sausage, bacon, ham amd eggs, cake. ‘Don’t let that piece of crap disease  interfere  with this time together.   And I’m  srill gonna hope for a miracle, okay?

We are your family and Zani’s Fan Club.  We all fell in love with her and are in awe of your devotion and dedication to her.,     And I’m  still gonna hope for a Zani Miracle. ❤

With love and hope in my heart 

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