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God news for Tazzie; so far her lung xrays look good. I also radiographed her remaining front leg to make sure it is holding up well and it looks great. I am going to send the films to a veterinary radiologist just to be sure. She is still fighting that pressure sore and now an interdigital cyst on that front leg, but both are responding to epsom salt soaks and another course of antibiotics. I also ran some blood tests and all of her liver values are back to normal. Her platelets are low again but that is pretty standard for her 11 days post-chemo. Now she only has 1 or 2 more treatments of Carboplatin left!
I plan on asking Jerry’s oncologist some questions on the live chat, because I have seen some vets recommending the metronomic protocol for dogs that have finished IV chemo but that don’t yet have visible lung mets on xrays. I also might pursue K9 immunity after her chemo is done, but I have to research side effects on her liver.
Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Even though I am a vet I still get worried about my girl and it is nice to talk to others in the same boat!
Pam and Tazzie
25 April 2008
Hi Tazzie & Pam,
I am so happy to hear that Tazzie is doing well. Your advice is always so helpful ….& its so wonderful to hear about her x-rays.
Her remaining front paw sounds very sore. Hope she can give it some rest so it can heal up … poor baby.
Sending some hugs,
Kim & Angel Buster
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
Hi Pam and Tazzie,
Barney B and Linda here from Houston, TX…..
I’m getting ready to post an ampuversary update for Barney and came across your entry tonight about Tazzie’s x-rays. Yippee! I just wanted to let you know that Barney’s oncologist recommended Metronomic Protocol following his IV chemo, and x-rays showed no visible lung mets. He has been on Metronomic since June and is doing well. His last x-rays and ab ultrasound were early September, and we’re due back for the next round in December.
Linda and Barney B
23 October 2008
Oh Pam & Tazzie, how great to hear that wonderful news!!!!
I think I am going to x-ray Calamity’s remaining front leg periodically also, do you think every 6 months would be over-kill? Or maybe at her yearly dentals? She has never had to be put to sleep for any x-ray, so that is not a concern.
Have you considered a Thera-paw for her remaining foot? I have one for Calamity & I want to believe it helps her from developing any sores.
My best friend is also a vet and went through this with her greyhound, Boyfriend, so I understand how you feel. Know that you have a wealth of hope and prayers surrounding you & Tazzie.
Janie & Calamity
Janie & Calamity http://www.trix.....gspot.com/
Barney, I read your post and I am glad that you are still in remission. It is true that histiocytic cancers are usually quite aggressive so I’ll bet that the metronomic protocol is helping. Are you using doxycycline, Cytoxan, and an NSAID like Metacam?
Calamity, we have a RuffWear boot that has helped a lot. The problem is that I didn’t notice the pressure sore until 1 or 2 weeks post-op after it had started bleeding. If I leave the foot covered too long then moisture develops and then the cyst gets worse. Tazzie is so good that she let me lance the cyst the other day, but if it is still a problem then I will have to anesthetize her and surgically remove it. I am trying to wait until after chemo is done before I do anything like that. She still hops around and can run short distances so I don’t think the foot bothers her as much as it bothers me!
Pam and Tazzie
Pam and Tazzie,
Yes, I do believe the metronomics are contributing to Barney’s remission success. Here’s Barney’s metronomic specifics, and he weighs 70 lbs.
1 Doxycyline (100mg) – 1x day
Metacam – 1x day
Cytoxan (50mg) – 1x week
16 February 2008
28 July 2008
18 May 2008
2 September 2008
That’s great news about Tazzie’s x-rays!!! Yippee!! We hope her sores heal soon. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the K9 supps. after you get a chance to research. Our vets at UW-Madison said it was okay to continue them as Cody goes through his chemo. Hugs from Cody and Cathy
9 October 2008
Like Cody’s mom, I’d also really love to hear your thoughts on K9 immunity after you do your research.
So glad again to hear about Tazzie’s x-rays! Hope her remaining front paw is healing well.
Christine & Sophie