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Update on Montana's Recovery (11 weeks since amputation)
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NSW - Australia
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7 April 2009
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4 July 2009 - 6:14 am
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>Hi everyone!!!!!!

Sorry my parents haven't written for awhile they have been very busy looking after me in my recovery I have needed lots of attention and love…

All went well with the surgery and my scar has healed up very well. My hair is slowly starting to grow back which is good but i do get some kind of nerve pain every now and then where my front leg was, the vet said that this would not happen but i am saying different as i do get nerve pain, they also said that i would not worry or think about my leg being gone but i do, especially when i sit and go to give mum my paw then i remember oh hey its gone the muscle is moving the mind still thinks it is there but it isn't so i have learnt now to give mum my other leg instead. I am adjusting to my 3 legs well, I am trying new things now i am not so scared i am jumping up the verandas and into the car now and running around as before.

I get more tired and can't go as far as i used to but that's ok i have mum and dad to take care of me and take me on trips to the park and the river that i so much love so that's ok I forgive them as i know it was a hard decision for them and it upset them very much but i am grateful as i would not be here with them now if they had not have made the decision to amputate.

I am currently going through chemo at the moment. I have had 3 rounds of Doxorubicin and i have just had my first round of Carpoblatin last week. Doxorubicin was ok i just slept for the first couple of days didn't loose my appetite at all and wasn't sick but my first round or carpoblatin made me feel a bit off and gave me the runs but i am ok now my next round is in 2 weeks then i have one more after that and this is it…(Glad when it is all over and i can get on with enjoying my life).

I am feeling very tired now so mum and dad started me on K-9 Immunity, Transfer Factor and Milk Thistle……Is anyone else using this????? Does it actually work?????My vet says not to use it as there are lots of cons out there and there is no actually data that they have published that have actual statistics on trials so how can they say it works…. I understand his concern but we think it is worth a try anyway…Any input on this would be appreciated.Also if anyone knows if they have actual data proof of trials that have been documented for me to show my vet.

My front pad on my leg is a bit red on the side is there anything that i can use on this?

Is there anything else that would be suggested to get some energy back for me?

Well it's good to talk to everyone again but i am very tired now so i am going to bed to get some sleep mum and dad are taking me for a drive to the river tomorrow so i need my energy.

Woof Woof  goodnight!!!

Tracey,Stuart & Montana - cherishing every day we have together

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4 July 2009 - 12:12 pm
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Thanks for the great update Trac! Laugh

I personally haven't heard of the Milk Thistle treatment, but we do believe K-9 Immunity helped contribute to Jerry's longevity. He was given only 3-4 months after his amputation and lived nearly two years!

Here is another forum topic about K9 Immunity and AHCC cancer therapy and we just published preliminary results from the K9 Immunity clinical trial Jerry participated in. We've also linked to K9 Immunity information from Aloha Medicinals here.

Regarding the sore feet, check out tazziedog's discussion about sore pads where Borzoid recommends EMT Gel.

As far as energy goes, time to rebuild strength and recover from chemo treatments is the best medicine right now. That and patience.

Good to hear from you again. Have fun at the river!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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5 July 2009 - 11:16 am
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Hi Montana!

I am sorry that you are getting a sore on your foot.  I have to constantly battle this with Tazzie due to her large size.  I have had the best luck with soaking the foot every 1-2 days in epsom salts (5 minutes is enough) and using Silvadene cream on the sore.  Tazzie also wears a bootie during the day when she is active.  She is on her second one, but it took her 9 months to wear through the first one.  I bought the RuffWear bootie with the treads.  I also bought some softer ones for her rear feet but she doesn't need those anymore.  Tazzie is very good and leaves the bootie on all day when we are gone but I think other dogs might chew it off!  It only costs $15 plus shipping so it is a pretty cheap thing to try.

We just recently started Tazzie on Power Mushrooms (sold online by a company called Health Concerns).  I was going to try K9 Immunity but it is just so pricey for a big dog.  My holistic vet recommended this brand and Tazzie does well on them.  I don't know if it is the mushrooms or the nice summer weather but she has been acting like a puppy again; playing in the hose, running with our other dogs, and basically having fun.  She weighs about 185 # and we give her 3 tablets twice daily.  She also takes milk thistle (we use the Marin brand) for a pre-existing liver condition.  Tazzie also gets 500 mg of Vitamin C, 4000 mg of fish oil, and 100 mg of CoQ10 once daily.

Pam and Tazzie

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Hi Tracey and Montana!

So glad you are doing well.  I like the muscle twitch story.  I will lay down by Tika and act like her back leg for her and you can just see that muscle going and I will scratch her head like she used to and then she'll roll over for a belly scratch.  The leg is just going, going, going the whole time.

Tika would sleep a lot more through the chemo treatments, however, she's a big blob alot of the time anyway so it's hard to tell.

However, it's almost been 7 months and she celebrated by snacking on a nest of baby rabbits.  Yuck. Ugh

Take care!


Kim and Spirit Tika

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