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Lucy is doing much, much better! Her appetite is returning (she still prefers to be hand fed and small meals) and she is happily drinking water again! Since her stitches have come out she is enjoying her freedom of wandering around the house as she pleases, sunning herself, getting on the couch, playing with her “babies”, wagging her tail, looking alert, and today she wanted up on the big bed (we took the frame off when she was DX to make it easier). My heart is singing right now! 

It seems she doesn’t have a super great reaction to the anti-nausea meds. The first night after chemo and then last night her breathing rate increases by a lot and it makes it seem she is in distress (I tend to melt down at that point) but by morning she is totally fine. Anyone else have this experience with the Cerenia? Or Chemo (carboplatin)?

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I can hear you singing all the way over here!!!  It’s a happy hoppy song and I love it! 🎶🎵🎶   Licy is doing soooo well!  Just thrilled to read all about her happy self!!

Not sure about the rapid breathing episode.  Run it by your Onco.  Suppose it could be the Cerenia  or a little reaction to the Carboplatin.  The Onco can best advise  okay?

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I called the vet hospital last night and one of the ER docs said neither should be giving her that reaction. I think I will contact her onco today and ask him about it.

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Yeah, it was probably  just of those  weird little unexplainable  “things” that happen during recovery.   It also could have been a little reaction to a little  “wave of pain” from who knows what.  I just can’t  remember  if it was a little side effect anyone had from Carbo or not, so checking  with the Onco can clarify.

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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Lucy is on Day 15 of amp recovery and Day 4 after chemo. Between me and the vets we figured out her rapid breathing was most likely due to it being hot (still hot in SoCal). So far she has only had a couple of low energy days from the chemo, but it could be from surgery recovery too. She’s kicking tail! She ate her whole dinner last night and actually stood at her bowl and ate her whole breakfast this morning!!! I almost cried I was so happy! 

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YAAAAAAY FOR LUCY!!!   This is such a good update!  And the picture of her lovely  self is an extra added bonus!!

Had to chuckle a vit avout the rapid breathing  being related to heat.  Prior  to this journey  that would  be our first thought.  After this journey all .logic goes out the window and our minds go to worse case scenarios!  

Keep on wagging that tail sweet girl and keep on chowing down your food!  We love hearing this!!!

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17 October 2020 - 10:26 am
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It is so true about the breathing!! Of course it was the heat, but I was melting down because I thought she was in respiratory distress. 

She even started playing with toys today! That sparkle is starting to come through again!! 

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She’s kicking tail and taking names! YEAH! smiley_clap

I had a similar meltdown one time when Jerry started panting all day. It wasn’t too long after his surgery and I could swear it was because of the cancer growing in him. I called our vet, who calmly pointed out that we were no longer on the Northern CA coast, but in the Utah desert, in July, and Jerry was probably just hot. DUH! That’s exactly what it was! 

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You all weren’t kidding about that 2 week mark (even with chemo)! Lucy picked up a toy and brought it outside to play after dinner, she RAN to her toy!!! She also ate her whole dinner at her bowl and not hand fed. I am so happy I have good tears in my eyes for once! It is also Lucy’s 5th “Gotcha Day”! She celebrated with some ribeye. 

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Oh this made my day! Cheers for hoppy tears and a great Gotcha Day celebration!!!!

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RIB EYE STEAK FOR GOT  CHA’ DAY….Great way to celebrate  a great day!

And we share in your happy tears!  Seeing Lucy return to routines that  bring her joy  and bring you smiles….WIN/ WIN😁😁👏👏👏👍👍

Keep on keeping these great updates coming!!  Love ’em!

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Miss Lucy continues to improve every day! Yesterday we went for her first walk. It was basically sniffing around the front yard and walking/hopping one house down and back, bus she was wagging her tail the whole time. She LOVED getting out of the house! 
Her appetite has come back to normal and she is putting a little weight back on (she got too thin after surgery). She is still super picky about water though. I think it is because when she drinks a ton of water like she use to and then she hops it sloshes too much. 
I still question every behavior she has and I have to pause for a moment to think if it was a normal behavior before amp and chemo. Most of the time it was, like lounging and napping on the bed most the day (totally a Dane thing). 
She goes to get up sometimes and makes a little whimper that breaks my heart. I can’t wait to get her in some PT/rehab. I think it will help whatever is hurting her. It seems when she goes to engage her core to get up it hurts sometimes, mostly when she is laying on her incision side so that can have something to do with it too. 
Overall, my sweet girl is doing so well! And I’m starting to calm down too.

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So glad to hear how well Lucy…and you…are doing!  Everything continues to be spot on for an excellent recovery as her sparkle gets more and more sparkley!!!

Yeah, in the beginning of recovery everyone askd ourselves is this normal or not? And 99.9% of the time it is normal, or, it’s just a little bit of a tweak to the new normal as a tripawd.

A bit of a whine when getting up will probably  work itself out with some Rehab.  In the meantime  continue to massage.

Keep on enjoying your  sniffing excursions   Lucy! !  The stories you could tell with each discovery of the nose…

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That sounds like a terrific recovery! I’m so hoppy things are going well and life is getting back to the new normal. Good job!

There’s not a single person here who hasn’t second-guessed their dog’s new activity levels, movements, vocalizations. We’ve all stumbled along that fine line between babying too much and giving some tough love, but eventually we figured out how to walk it.

We can’t wait till she gets into rehab too! Have you found a clinic yet?

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Her name is Trish Penick and she owns Cutting Edge K-9 Rehab in San Diego. She does a lot of swim therapy to start and then does on land stuff.

https://www.cut…..penick.php

It should be interesting to see my dog that isn’t a fan of water swimming, but Trish assures me that it happens all the time! icon_lol

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