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Take That Cancer . . . Clear X-rays

September 10th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Casey and Jet both had clear X-rays today.  Casey is nearly 9 months from diagnosis (Osteo) and Jet 3 1/2 months (Hemangio).  His vet calls Casey her miracle dog (she gave him 2 weeks to 2 months last December), but we knew that already.  So . . . Hooray!

Casey is on metronomic therapy again for the last couple months, with 100 mg Rimadyl daily and Cytoxan every other day.  He also gets Maximum Recovery and Turkey Tail mushroom powders from Canine Matrix, K9 Immunity Plus, and fish oil.  Jet is on double doses of the mushroom powders and K9 Immunity Plus, and a fish oil capsule with every meal.  The mushroom powders just had a 15% price increase, but I guess we’ll have to swallow that.

Casey also had one dose of the Aratana osteosarcoma vaccine, but between him tolerating it poorly and the cost, we stopped after that one dose.

Happy day at our house!

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Jet Finished Chemo

August 25th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Jet received his last Doxorubicin yesterday, and our oncologist is quite optimistic.  Still no visceral tumors apparent, and nothing growing at the site of his original tumor.  Since hemangiosarcoma is so fast growing and so aggressive, these are very good signs.  He tells me that hemangio successfully treated with Doxo yields a median survival time of 1,000+ days.  Yay!

Casey is also doing well.  He put his puppy on for our walk last night, bounding ahead of us up the drive and down the street (he doesn’t walk with a leash anymore . . . the pacing just doesn’t work).  Bode gets upset when Casey is in the lead, so he bit his remaining arm to tackle him.  Casey face-planted, got up, and continued on.

I’ve been a little worried about Casey.  He seems short of breath quickly, and his breathing can get a little raspy, but there was none of that last night.  His appetite is also great, and that’s a very good sign.  We’re now over 8 months from diagnosis, and his ampuversary will be on the 29th.


Six Month Ampuversary

June 30th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Casey became a TriPaw six months ago today, and I have lots of news.

First of all, Casey is doing great.  I was just traveling for eight days, and he was SO happy to see me when I returned.  That spirit that is Casey is alive and well.  He’s been messing with that lesion on his rib cage, but more on that later.

Jet had his second chemo this afternoon.  Because his hemangiosarcoma was subcutaneous without an apparent visceral primary tumor, we can treat him with Doxorubicin.  He’s also taking two powdered mushroom supplements and K9 Immunity Plus.  His oncologist thinks he looks great, so we are upbeat.

Now, about Bode, our Boytel spaniel.  I found a lump in Bode’s armpit three or four weeks ago, but this one felt much more like a lipoma.  Regardless, with our track record lately, I’ve been watching it pretty carefully.

All of the dogs are now eating Turkey Tail and Maximum Recovery Formula mushroom powders from Canine Matrix, and the K9 Immunity Plus.  Jet is on double dosage yet as he supposedly has active disease.  Remember Casey’s lesion?  It’s from licking at a palm sized but very thin fatty tumor under his skin in the middle of the flap for his incision.  Well . . . as far as I can tell, the fatty tumor is gone.  It’s just not there anymore, so hopefully the lesion can heal.  Also, I can’t find Bode’s lump anymore either.  I was about the size of a small grape, and it’s just gone.  We’re watching this stuff pretty carefully, but Ann thinks she and I should start using mushroom powders ourselves.


Jet got his stitches out

June 14th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

So we visited Jet and Casey’s surgeon yesterday to have Jet’s stiches removed.  Casey also wanted to ask whether they’d found his arm, but no luck; she said that was a nasty arm anyway.  I told her about the mushrooms, and then I mentioned (groan) that right after his surgery, Jet developed a nasty cough, and of course, I thought the worst, but I hadn’t heard it now for a few days.  She then explained that his cough was probably due to irritation from being intubated for his surgery.  Doh!  Never thought of that, and what a relief.

Anyway, my three-dog pack is doing great.  Time for a short walk.


Quick Study

June 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here are some more Jet pictures.  The second is from the evening we brought him home.  He figured the treat thing out pretty fast.

The third is from day 2, after a day of exhausting gardening.  The real story from this day is how all the dogs were “helping”, but they were pretty indifferent to Jet.  Then Jet climbed up on the deck and started crying at the door.  The other three dogs were on that deck in flash, worried about their new little brother.

Finally, there’s a picture of Jet on the deck, with Jake keeping an eye on him.

Wonderful memories of happier times.

Oh, and they LOVE their new K9 Immunity Plus treats.