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   Hey all, sorry for the slow update. 

Ive been allowed to reopen my shop (thank god) and hopefully start to replenish the bank accounts. We’ve been working 10-12 hours a day to catch up so fortunately were busy m

   Anyway I need some current pics but I’ll get to those this weekend at the latest. We got the biopsy report and it is for sure osteosarcoma. Ziva got her stiches out Wednesday and that went super smooth. My primary care Vet recommended a natural health vet and we are going to start Ziva on a regiment of natural products to help build her immune system and so forth before we decide on her chemo treatment plan. 

   We picked up a shopping cart full of supplements including mushroom stuff CBD oil and three or four others. We will keep her on. Out of these for however long she has left with us. So probably in a week or so is when her chemo should start. 

     So I’m the meantime she’s happy, mostly healthy and getting better on three everyday!!!

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Yaaay! This is a great update for both of you, I’m so happy things are better for both of you and your business too. Thanks for taking time to stop by and update.

That is a bummer to get the osteosarcoma confirmed, but I love the way your vet thinks and how they referred you to the integrative vet. When you get a chance you’ll have to let us know more about the supplements in our“Eating Healthy” forum or Ziva’s blog (or both!). We are always curious to find out what new supplements members are trying.

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Hi Steve!  Ditto what Jerry said – I’d love to learn more about the supplements that you are using with Ziva – please share when you can.  I’m so happy for you being able to reopen your shop, and I’ll be Ziva loves coming to work with you.  I’ll look forward to more photos this weekend!  Stay safe! ~ Stacy

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8 May 2020 - 1:47 pm
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Yay for stitches out!

A note of caution on the supplements- I would talk with the oncologist before you start changing her diet- especially if chemo will start in only a week. 

A couple of reasons- one is that you want to be sure nothing you are giving her is contra-indicated with the chemo.  Second is that if anything you are giving her messes with her tummy and you start chemo you won’t know if it’s the supplements or the chemo causing problems.  I was cautioned about diet changes while Maggie was doing her chemo.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m all for trying anything that will help!  I’ve gone the holistic route two out of three cancer journeys so I believe strongly in the power of alternate pathways.  Just a heads up.

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

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8 May 2020 - 9:20 pm
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So here we are about 16 days post op. 
Ziva is doing great and she is off all pain meds. 
We have started her on some natural supplements. 
  Our primary care Vet put us in touch with Dr Wolf who specializes in natural remedies. 
  Ziva is taking the following:

turkey tail mushroom 550mg twice a day. 
Colostrum 500mg twice a day

Vitamineral Green 1tsp twice a day. 
Stamets 7 1/2tsp twice a day

CBD oil per weight of animal twice a day. 

     So far the only thing I notice is now she farts a lot and they are nasty lol. But if it help I’m ok with that. 
   So basically my primary vet also will be her chemo doctor if we go that route. Dr. Wolf is her natural supplement doctor and a good friend of our primary care vet is an oncologist. These three have been working together for years so I think we’re in great hands. 

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8 May 2020 - 9:37 pm
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These three have been working together for years so I think we’re in great hands.

That’s great!  Sounds like an awesome team.  Go Team Ziva!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

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8 May 2020 - 9:58 pm
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Such great pictures of this regal girl.  She really is beautiful💕

And don’t  you worry Ziva, we know how hoomans are when it comes to blaming tootie-toots

-on the dog!😉

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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9 May 2020 - 11:40 am
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Hey Steve,

That’s a great update! It sounds like Ziva has a really good team behind her. We wish her luck once the chemo treatments start. And to echo what’s already been said, I’d be interested in hearing about how the supplements work out for her. 

Also, congrats on getting the business opened back up! 

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Super news from the wonderful Ziva! 

I am glad she is doing so well and that you are surrounded by a wonderful team for her recovery!

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hope this works. Or should I say hop this works. 

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WOW!!!!  VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!  And the stairs too???   Big dog??  Front legger??  Very early in recovery??   Yeah, WOW!!!

Zina has a very fluid gait.  She makes it look effortless.

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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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9 May 2020 - 6:21 pm
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Hi Steve!  That video made me smile so big my face hurt!  Yay for Ziva!  She has been so impressive in her recovery and makes walking and going up stairs look so effortless.  You’ve done an amazing job supporting her during recovery, so kudos to you, too!  ~ Stacy

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She looks great, strong and balanced and not even three weeks from surgery!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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     Thanks everyone, I couldn’t be a more proud POPPAWS. I’m even proud of myself for figuring out an easier for me way to,post videos too!! But Ziva is the rock star. 

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10 May 2020 - 5:28 pm
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     Ziva is doing great. We had an awesome weekend. 
   I tried to video her doing the doggy door but she went through so fast I missed it. 
  Oh well her is super Rotty going up the stairs again 

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