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Scared to start chemotherapy post amputation because she anemic and low grade fever
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Donna I should check her urine. I will do that. Her temps today have been better! 102.3 and 102.5. She got her stitches out and there was some gooey discharge there. I wonder if her body is just still healing and fighting the trauma of the wound site? I hope getting the stitches out will help since they looked like they were a little infected or inflamed. She has 4 more days of antibiotics. 

I have heard of amantadine. It is usually paired with gabapentin. I am so hopeful that we are beyond the point of severe pain now. She seems so comfortable!? I know she is brave but I see some improvements today. Her acupuncure went great.

I don't know what I will do come Monday's appointment for chemo. But if Jessie isn't well then I will wait. I know there is no set time/window to meet. I just want to stop this cancer in its tracks. 

I was looking at starting artemisinin . Can she have this while on chemo? I know not with radiation. The addition of this would mean she is taking the Rimadyl, an antibiotic, probiotics, tumeric paste, a high protein/low carb diet, and denamarin . How much is too much as far as alternative treatment? 



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Here's a link that will get your started on some good information about artemisinin from Dr Dressler. It also highly recommend Dr. Dessler's Dog Cancer Survival Guide .


I'm certainly no vet so consult with them for any interaction questions. Most likely there woukd not be any issues. Again, I'm no vet so consult with them.

Sometimes trying to determine what to include from the "alternative- supplements" path can be a bit overwhelming. Many of us just go ahead with the best three, four or five things that resonate with us and our dogs or cats.

Just to throw out one more thing...maybe have your vet do a culture to test for MRSA . I know it sounds a little extreme! It's just that, on rare occasion, we have seen that as a culprit behind infections and it needs to be addressed with very specific antibiotics.

Glad to hear she handled her acupuncture like a Champ!! It certainly sounds like pain is not an issue now so that's great news!

Keep us posted!' Be sure to practice BENG MORE DOG!


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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Thank you for the links Sally. They explained artemisinin very well.

I don't know. I am just overwhelmed. I guess I will wait on adding anything else new until Monday at least. I don't want to get ahead of myself. I need to stick with getting her temp normal and her blood levels back to normal . This afternoon it is 102.6 while she is resting. Better than 103+ I know. We'll see what tomorrow brings ☺

Not sure but my doctor (also my boss)may think I am a nut if I ask him to test for MRSA at this point....if he doesn't already lol😕

You all are great!

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Donna, Almost forgot! UA on her urine was beautiful this afternoon. So that isn't the problem.

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Hi Sarah,

You might want to hold off on doing any diet changes right now.  First to figure out what is causing the low grade fever, and then for when you start chemo. Some vets don't want diet changes during chemo because if there is some nausea or diarrhea or other issue you don't know if it is from the chemo or from the supplements/diet. 

The other thing I would suggest is that when you do make any changes just change one thing at a time.  That way if there is a reaction or change in her, either good or bad, you can tell what it is from.

I know you want to throw everything at this nasty disease- but take some time while you get her stable and get chemo started to do more research and maybe talk with a holistic vet for help deciding what to use.

Yay for clean pee!


Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


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