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Holistic Vet

December 4th 2013 7:45 pm
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Mom made an appointment for me on Friday to go back to my acupuncture vet, cause she does holistic medicine also. Two of our Dogster pals said they used holistic medicine and did really well on it. So, fingers and paws crossed that it will work for me too.

OK, remember the noise I was making when I breathe that mom was so worried about? She hauled me into the vet--yet again--on Monday so the vet could listen. Mom told her she felt my breathing was labored. The vet said what she sees is a "prednisone dog". A dog who's taking lots of prednisone and the affects it has on the body. She said that it weakens the muscles (Which Flicka's mom told us it would) and the diaphragm is a muscle, so its a little harder for me to breathe. Its also why I now have a pot belly (weak stomach muscles). That just gave mom such peace of mind to know she's not making me suffer. (I could have told her that she wasn't!) BOL She's also glad that I am SOO good about taking my pills. She gives me can dog food, puts the pills in it and then feeds it to me with a spoon or fork. There's LOTS of pills I'm taking, various times throughout the day, so it makes it so much easier for all involved. ;)

I will let y'all know what the holistic vet says on Friday. Fingers and paws crossed that it works just as good on me as it did on our pals.



Dancing skeletons and thanksgiving cornucopias at the same- time...

November 29th 2013 5:28 am
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Nowhere but Dogster. BOL BOL Pardon me while I go grab a bone or 50 to munch on. BOL



November 28th 2013 4:51 am
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Wishing all of our pals far and wide a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for and all of your friendships are at the top of our list. Be safe whatever you do today. Sending love and prayers to you all.

~Doo, Austin & Mom


Words from mom...

November 27th 2013 6:11 am
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Good Morning. So, its been a week since Doo had her first chemo treatment. I thought she was looking/acting so much better, but thought maybe I was imagining she was, since I want her to be well.

I was getting ready yesterday morning to take her to have her blood work done, as requested by her treating neurologist. While I was taking a shower, to show me just HOW well she was doing, she decided to eat a 3/4 bag of peanut M&M's (not a small bag, a 12 oz bag!) I called the vet to let them know and they suggested that even tho there's more peanuts than chocolate, I should bring her in so they can induce vomiting. (I was SOO not a happy camper!) So I took her there and left her so they could get it all out of her stomach and could do her blood work while she was there. (I take her to my regular vet for the blood work since its closer than where she had her MRI done. The 2 vets fax the results to each other.) My vet called to tell me Doo was ready to come home, and she also mentioned she thought Doo was looking a lot perkier. Such good news...I WASN'T imagining it!

Then today begins and she seems to lightly moan when she breaths. So, is she in pain? She's on tramadol and gabapentin as well as the prednisone, so I wouldn't think she would be in pain, but then why the moaning? I'm so stressed out. I feel I'm causing her unnecessary discomfort. It seems that after talking to my vet who spoke with the neurologist, that its like they're only giving her weeks to live. Where the tumor is located it will eventually cause problems, as will the prednisone she's on. I don't know what to do any more.

Any words of advice or wisdom?


1st Chemo Treatment

November 20th 2013 6:33 pm
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Mom picked me up from the hospital yesterday and I was sooooo happy to see her! I didn't get any sleep Monday night cause there was a little Yorkie there who barked. ALL. NIGHT. LONG! OMD! It wouldn't shut up! Usually I walk very well on my leash but mom took me outside to see if I needed to potty and I was pulling her the whole way. I was ready to get out of that place and home to my house and my bubba Austin.

After talking with the doctor, mom approved for them to let's start the chemo treatments. They had to do a complete blood workup and all systems were go, so they gave mom the pills to give me with food. It was just 3 capsules, but mom had to wear gloves cause it was a dangerous drug. She didn't touch the pills, just dumped them on top of the dog food, but as clumsy as she is she wasn't taking any chances. BOL

I go next Tuesday for another CBC, but we can do that at my regular vet cause she's closer. Then I go again 2 weeks after that for the next treatment. (so, every 3 weeks) So far I haven't had any side effects, but its only been a little over 24 hours. I'm still very restless and I still have to potty a lot and sometimes I just can't make it so its a good thing mom has those plastic shower curtains by the door cause that's where I go. My appetite is good, I drink, pee and poop like normal so hoping things continue as they are.

Mom read an article that our pals Otto, Sagwa, and Angels Sophie and Daisy's mom posted on mom's book of faces page. It says that prayer is really helpful. Mom's been praying all throughout the day and night and we can feel all the prayers ya'll are sending us too. We so appreciate it. With everyone in my corner, I'm going to do my best to not disappoint, and I'm gonna beat this nasty tumor!

Here's the article in case you'd like to read it; art-of-canine-cancer

Thank you one and all for all the POP, get well wishes and prayers you have been sending me. I can feel their power.

Your Pal,


MRI Results

November 18th 2013 3:33 pm
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Got the MRI results back and Doo has a slow growing brain tumor in her brain stem. Its inoperable. Vet suggested radiation at Texas A&M, chemo pills every 3 weeks or continuing on with prednisone and other meds as we have been. I'm doing the chemo pills and after talking with my regular vet, that's what she would have done too. No guarantee the chemo will work, not even sure it will slow down the progression, but its worth a try.

Prayers are most welcomed for Miss Doo.

~Lou Ann


Worry much, mom??

November 17th 2013 11:35 am
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I tell ya, that mama of mine is going to drive me to drink. BOL She threw me in the car and hauled me off to the specialty clinic yesterday morning around 9:30. (This was after phoning them at 2 a.m. and discussing things with them.) She was set to leave me there so they could take care of me since I was so restless and stumbling around. She thought they could sedate me so I would rest. (she debated with herself if she should take me since she knew they would put me in a cage and I would just be restless and uncomfortable in a small confined area.) So, she took me and I didn't stumble once while we waited to be seen. The doctor gave me a quick examination and watched me walk and said that they would be doing the exact same thing she would be doing and felt I would be more comfortable at home. So after getting reassurance that I'm not falling apart and dying (mom's words, not mine) she took me home and has been diligently giving me my meds (changed Tramadol to every 8 hours rather than every 12, which is what the neurologist prefers anyway) and watching every move I make (but of course you are mom!) She leaves the light on so when I do have to move around I won't stumble on the tons of blankets she has on the floor for me to lay on when the mood strikes me to change positions. She also has a shower curtain (she bought many from the Dollar Store just for me) by the back door in case I need to potty and she doesn't hear or see me wanting to go out. (she just throws them in the washer and dryer and they're all nice and clean for the next accident.) BOL

I tell ya...if she got paid for worrying, she'd be a bajillionaire by now! BOL Moms! Gotta love 'em!!


MRI in my future...

November 15th 2013 10:42 pm
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So as you all know I was on a weaning off program of my prednisone recently. About a week into the schedule I started getting restless and unhappy. Mom took me back to my regular vet and we started a new round of the prednisone 1 pill twice a day for 7 days, then 1 pill one a day for 21 days and then one pill every other day for 42 days..which would have carried me thru Jan 10 or thereabouts. Yesterday (Thurs) started me going into my 2nd week of the 1 pill/day. And then...I started going downhill again, very, very restless can't get comfortable in any position and mom noticed I seemed to be stumbling this time. So mom called the specialty clinic where I had my surgery done and has made an appointment for 9:45 Monday morning for an MRI to see if there's something going on with my lumbosacral spine. She called our regular vet to see if she can bump the prednisone back to 2 pills/day just for this weekend since I do good on them, but the doctor said absolutely not. So unless things take a change for the worse and mom doesn't think she can wait til Monday and rushes me in for an emergency MRI, things will stay the same medicine-wise (prednisone, gabapentin and tramadol) until I go in for my MRI Monday morning. We will keep you all posted...

Keep me in your prayers.



Good news? Bad news?

October 20th 2013 9:01 am
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The frog has been found! It was there on the patio, mom thought it was a dead leaf. Good news for mom that I didn't eat it. Bad news for me cause I still don't know what frog taste like. Or frog legs. Or frog jerky. Or if it taste like chiggen. Sads. :(


The weaning process begins...

October 18th 2013 3:47 pm
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Mom called the neurologist vet on Wed like she was supposed to and wouldn't you know it, the vet was off that day. So she left a voicemail message and the vet emailed mom yesterday with the instructions of weaning me off the prednisone. I've been doing really good and feeling and acting better, so all the POP that everyone sent really worked! :) Starting today I'm to day 1 20mg pill/day for 7 days, then 10 mg/day for 7 days and then 10 mg/day every other day for 7 doses. Mom stopped my Gabapentin and Tramadol also, but picked up a refill of the Tramadol just in case. We're to call back if I start feeling or acting puny again. Mom called me her little pill popper taking all those pills (10/day). BOL

Mom's not too happy with me right now. The other day there was a dried up frog on the patio. So she picked it up and put it in a bag and left it on the table outside cause she knew it would be stinking and didn't want it to stink up the outside garbage can. Mom went out yesterday and left me and the boy dog outside for a few hours and when she came back, guess what she found? Yep, a torn up bag on the patio with the dried up frog missing. She's presuming I ate it since it wasn't anywhere around. I'm not telling, so we'll just have to see if it "turns up" out in the back yard when mom mows soon. BOL

Thanks again everyone for all the POP and feel better wishes you sent me. :)

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