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Pathology’s back. It’s Hemangiosarcoma

February 14th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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No real surprise, and we’ll just have to stay on top of things.  Jet continues with his mushroom supplements and K9 Immunity Plus, all at therapeutic (doubled) doses.  I’ll talk to oncologists but I’m not sure additional chemotherapy will be possible or warranted.

He’s definitely feeling better and enjoying being a dog, so we plan to let him do that.  His oncologist felt the original surgery plus doxorubicin bought him 1,000 days.  This tumor was very small and hemangio in this location is not highly metastatic.  We retain our optimism as well as our vigilance.


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Jet’s Home

February 12th, 2019 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

We picked Jet up yesterday and the vet is optimistic.  The tumor itself was quite small (still pea sized) but apparently other tissue was encapsulating it (isn’t the body amazing).

He’s resting comfortably now, and you know what they say about sleeping dogs . . .

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Damn Cancer!

February 11th, 2019 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Jet is at the vet for revision surgery on his hemangiosarcoma tumor.  His margins weren’t clean after the original surgery, but we’d hoped that chemo would kill what was left.  No such luck.  Started feeling a pea sized mass a few weeks ago, and now it’s grown to a marble, clearly imbedded in his chest wall.  He’s been his happy, healthy, energetic self, and his whiskers even started growing back.  In fact, Ann thinks his fur is thicker than it ever was.  Guess it’s time to call his oncologist and see where we go from here.

Fingers crossed!

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What a Wake Up

January 11th, 2019 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Casey came to me overnight, thanks to FaceBook.  I opened FaceBook this morning to a video memory of Casey from a year ago (two weeks post-amp).  He was running to me from across the yard, just bounding, with his tail wagging and a big ol’ Golden smile on his face.  My Golden warrior, but what it really showed me was how much he’d declined with the paralysis over his last two months, and especially the last two weeks.  This video showed me we really had done the right thing sending him to the bridge.

I have another video from the vet, the day he left us.  I’d carried him in and they’d arranged a bed for him in an examination room.  I set him on the bed and we fed him a cheeseburger and some ice cream with chicken treat sprinkles.  He was one happy boy (Ann assured me he had an ice cream headache having downed about a cup of ice cream in one bite), but he was enjoying the attention.  This is when I explained that at the bridge, he’d get his arm back along with the other stuff we’d cut off, and that the girls were going to be really happy to see him.  That video haunts me, because he was so happy, but it had gotten to where he’d whimper at times when I lifted him, and I believe he was also whimpering at frequencies we couldn’t hear because Bode would get so concerned about his brother.

As my brother so wisely put it “He couldn’t dog anymore Tom.  Aren’t you glad you were able to send him off before his life grew miserable?”  I am glad, but Ann and I both miss him, a lot.

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Casey is Crossing the Bridge this Afternoon (He Already had Wings)

December 26th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve been away for a little while here with non-fur baby issues, but with all the support and guidance I’ve received from everyone here, I wanted to let you know what’s going on.

Casey started slowing down about 6 to 8 weeks ago, and was developing a cow hop, typical of dogs with hip dysplasia.  He also had a couple new, hard, subcutaneous lumps.  I took him to a new vet for a PT evaluation, and she identified a few things.  First, he was suffering from laryngeal paralysis that she believed was migrating down his spine and causing his unusual gait, as well as some atrophy in his hind legs.  She also aspirated one of his lumps and while she saw nothing definitive, thought she was seeing cancer cells under a microscope.  Bottom line, she was amazed that Casey was doing as well as he was ten months after diagnosis, but while he might enjoy an underwater treadmill, she did not feel he was strong enough for physical therapy.

We continued our walks but they kept getting shorter, and Casey was much less active around the house.  The hard lumps are multiplying quickly, and while he was able to jump onto the couch ten days ago, and get off the couch and climb the fifteen steps upstairs last week, we are now helping him stand, and carrying him in and out to tend to his business.  He has great difficulty maintaining his balance when we set him down.  Yesterday, Ann carried him down from upstairs, and when I went to the foyer to take him out, he was all smiles and excitement, with his tail wagging, but today, not so much, and he’s whimpering when I pick him up.  As Ann puts it, he really can’t dog anymore, and he’s telling us it’s time.

Casey was diagnosed on 12/16/2017, and became a TriPaw almost a year ago on December 29th.  We were told maybe a year with amputation and chemo (possibly more), and we got a very good year.  It’s notable that, to our knowledge, his lungs are still clear (his one osteo vaccination perhaps), and while his recent difficulties may be cancer related, we now know that he’s dealt with the laryngeal paralysis for years (we always told him he had locomotive breath the way he’d pant whenever he got excited).  While he fought the good fight against osteosarcoma, at twelve and four months, he can’t fight the calendar.

So, a difficult day.  I plan to put together a collage to, as his primary care vet puts it, the quintessential Golden, and I’ll share that here once my emotions settle down.

Finally, thank you again, all of you in the TriPawd community, for your support and guidance over this last year.

Tom

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