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Tazzie's results: haircut by haircut
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I am sorry that you are having to to grow through all this.  I thought when we had Emily's leg amputated and got through chemo we were all done but we are really just starting, aren't we?!  What a horrible realization.  Tazzie is in my prayers.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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Emily & Debra

Well, in most cases the mets follow a certain pattern (lung, bones or maybe brain), and the information we get from tripawds, our vets and oncologists should see us through. So this should not give you a bad feeling about anything that might come to come. Sub-Q mets (which Tazzie seems to have, but we will find out for certain) are extremely rare so there seems to be no information on how to handle them or their implications. I found one paper on the topic describing one case in one dog!

Plus this happened early in our chemo, which raises the question of what to do about that. Another hiccup here has been the delays in reaching the oncologist, based in a different city so she can't Tazzie herself. In any case, tomorrow will work out just fine for the lump removal.

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Hi Susan and Tazzie,

this is just to wish you all the good luck for your surgery tomorrow. It will turn out fine and Tazzie will be back to his more energetical self in a matter of days (as he now is used to "major surgeries" and this should be peanuts for him).

I'll be thinking of you.

...And Hori will give good guidance to the surgeons from above.


Spirit Horacia, Castaño, Olympia + human family Cecilia, Georg and Julia - - - Hori first diagnosed 8/6/09, ampu 8/12/09, run over the bridge 9/10/09 – We miss you every day dear girl!

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Dear Susan and Tazzie: We just wanted to send love and good thoughts your way---for surgery and every day.

All this info sounds overwhelming and exhausting to figure out---so sorry you have to go through this.

Maybe seek a second opinion from another oncologist? It does sound like you have a good advocate in your regular vet.

Glad Tazzie is happy and jumping on the bed! My six year old came over and saw Tazzie's picture and exclaimed, "What a smiley guy!"

Take care, Eve and Romeo

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Thanks Hori - please do look after the surgeon and Tazzie's tender kidneys. I was hoping to write you soon so it is good to hear from you. Thanks for the moral support, Romeo and Eve.

Susan & Tazzie

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Big hugs to you and Tazzie.  We are sending you a lot of positive thoughts.  Good luck you tomorrow. 

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I'm sorry you grew another tumor!  My mom took me to my new oncologist yesterday and was discouraged to find out that the 4 treatments I received may not have much impact on my overall prognosis.  I think she is planning to start me on something my new oncologist calls "antiangiogenic protocol"  (i guess its' like a modified metronomic protocol).  Although I checked out fine as far as lymph nodes, heart and lung sounds, and abdominal palpation (i hated that part), my mom is just really worried that she can't afford to do enough for me.  How lucky you are that your mommy can do so much for you!!!  It must be so stressful for her, so be sure to give her lots of love and affection. Good luck with your new surgery and be glad they are taking out a tumor and not another leg!  I am a little jealous that you get to stay in the hospital and get so much attention 🙂  I will be thinking about you tomorrow in my little doggie head, and I can't wait to hear your updates!!

<3 Jackers 

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Thanks for your post (you too Oslo). I was hoping to hear news from both of you. How was the lake, Oslo? Did you swim?

As for Jackers, please start a thread to tell us about your trip to the oncologist. It sounds as though you are doing great! Why do you say the four treatments were not enough? And tell me more about the modified metronomic protocol. Perhaps it is the same one my vet is looking into (it sounds like the same drugs, but different doses). I remember reading that name before on tripawds ('antianglogenic'). I bet ole Jerry will dig it up before you can bark three times!

Your mummy is doing HEAPS for you. And you are lucky to have oncologists in the city where you live. We live in the STICKS when it comes to these things! (And I only have to visit the hospital for the afternoon tomorrow, thank you. I plan to come home and sleep in my own bed, or my mum's. We'll see.)


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... ('antianglogenic'). I bet ole Jerry will dig it up before you can bark three times!

Even Jerry couldn't sniff that one out, but here's ol' Captain's post mentioning antiangiogenic properties of shark cartilage.

That's the only reference I could find. Never underestimate the power of search, and proper spelling. Winker

PS: That might have taken four or five barks.

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Oh Tazzie - Shilo and her parents will keep you in our prayers!! Hopefully with all these new treatments they keep coming up with they will find something that gives us what we are all hoping for. I know Tazzie will do great with all those rooting for her. We look forward to a great report when you get home..:wink:

Shilo diagnosed with osteosarcoma 9/4/2009, amputation 9/9/2009. ShiloAnne lost her battle 11/23/2009 where she regained her fourth leg and is patiently waiting for her parents to join her. We will always love you baby girl.

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Susan and Tazzie,

I will be thinking of you both today... hoping that the surgery goes well, that it's not a met and that Tazzie recovers quickly!Big Blink 

Please keep us posted!!!

Jake's mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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You ARE quick Jerry! But I hope you felt no pressure. Four to five barks is pretty darn quick when your source is such an reliable spelllur.

Off to fetch the Tazz now and zip over to the vet for his afternoon haircut.

Montréal , Canada
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Hi Susan, still thinking of you and Tazzie this morning.  Tazzie is such a well spirited dog.  Wishing all the best to both of you and a fast recovery. 

Suzanne and Oslo

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Hi Susan--

I hope everything is going well.  I've been following the story and I know how scared and helpless you must feel.

I'm thinking of you guys!


Kim and Spirit Tika

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I haven't picked Tazzie up yet (he is sleeping off his last haircut and should be ready to come home in about an hour) but talked to the vet, actually two vets. The surgery went fine. The lump was about 2.5-3 cm and 'very ugly'. Most of it was encased in fat, but it was anchored in the muscle over the illium so the surgeon had to do a little bit of cutting into the muscle - ouch. (Of course if it had not been a muscle he might have cut out more, but we obviously don't want to immobilize Tazzie for this.)

Anyway, my vet asked me about tramadol. Gosh - I kind of feel I'm putting him through ALL THIS *!&$# again if he needs tramadol plus metacam for a few days, which is because of the muscle. He will probably hang out in a dopey way and walk around here for a few days (no running, hopping or swimming).  I'm a bit scared at how it will feel to see him with another new wound (should be far smaller this time!) and in need of pain drugs. I guess I'll be sleeping on the downstairs floor tonight, so he doesn't feel like I'm too far away. I don't want him to use the stairs, so it is only fair. Ahh, just like the good ole days of mid-July. How is this for deja vu, veterans?

On the bright side, the creatinine (kidney enzyme) dropped just within the normal range. We should get the biopsy results early next week, not that there is much doubt.

If anyone knows of a great doggy t-shirt that comes in very large sizes, let me know! Otherwise, my dog will soon be arrested for being a nudist!

Okay now, we've gone this far. I WILL be the 'brave pack leader', General Jerry!


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