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Dog Health > Oral osteosarcoma/maxillectomy
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

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Barked: Fri Feb 27, '15 11:02am PST 
Roswell's doing well after his surgery. He's eating great and actually seems less sloppy when he drinks than before. wink He's on antibiotics, a few different pain medications, and some pepcid. His pain seems to be well managed and he's not giving any indication that it hurts. He needs to have soft food for the next three weeks at least. He doesn't look too much different, though when he pants he looks a bit weird. After only a few days, I'm still getting used to it.

The news was bad when she got in there though. We won't know for sure until the biopsy comes back, but she doesn't think she could get clean margins. Despite the CT showing it wasn't in the nasal passage, the surgeon saw evidence that is was. It had gone through the palate and into the soft tissue. cry We go back in next Friday to see
how it's healing and maybe discuss further treatment.
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Dog Health > Oral osteosarcoma/maxillectomy
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sun Feb 22, '15 9:53am PST 
Thanks for the responses. My partner's a vet and I'm a tech, so I'm not unfamiliar with all the procedures that are involved. We just haven't really seen maxillectomies done. I do have to say that it's really sucky when it's your own dog. We've been reading on VIN trying to see others' experiences, but there still isn't much out there on this particular location. The posters on VIN seem to think surgical resection will be curative, but our surgical oncologist is really pushing the chemo. Chemo makes sense to me since we have no idea if the cancer cells have spread and just haven't shown themselves yet. I'm just concerned it'll be hard on him. He's gotten pancreatitis a few times in the past just from stress and I'm sure the chemo will make him sick.

It's funny the wide range of opinions I've gotten on what I should do for Roswell. Some say well, he's 11 1/2. He's lived a good life and since he's doing well and not showing any symptoms, just let it take its course. Others say, just try to debulk the mass or try cryosurgery on it. (We did remove it a few weeks ago for the biopsy and it's already as big, if not bigger than before it was removed,) Others say go for the full maxillectomy surgery, but not necessarily chemo. And yet others say do the maxillectomy plus chemo.

And I'm over here just not really sure what to do. I suppose like the oncologist said, if we want to give him the best chance, then it's full surgery and chemo. Why put him through surgery if it's possible it could come back, especially without chemo? So give him his best chance. Right? But... what if the surgery is hard on him and he has trouble eating or drinking after? What if he's super painful and has a rough recovery? What if the chemo is hard on him? One of my friends who has had cancer herself said that knowing how horrible going through chemo was herself, that she wouldn't put any of her animals through that. We had a basset hound with lymphoma that did relatively well with chemo, but he did have a couple rough days. I think dogs not knowing what's happening is a blessing though. They just keep going.

I think my biggest concern is that we'll do all this only to buy him a few months and those few months will be spent with him recovering from surgery and learning how to eat and drink without half of his upper jaw. I fear it will come back. I think if it was on the mandible I'd feel a lot better about doing the surgery. I've seen plenty of dogs get by without portions of their lower jaw.

Roswell's a cool dog. Anyone that meets him loves him. I want to do what's best for my buddy. I'm just trying to take everything into account as we dive into this. He is 11.5 years old. He's over 100# and he does have some arthritis issues as well as degenerative myelopathy. He's otherwise healthy and happy. But his rear legs concern me since he has trouble getting up at times.

I wish I could hold off on the surgery until it was actually giving him trouble. Right now he's eating fine and if I wasn't always poking around at him I never would have even seen it. Obviously waiting until it gives him problems isn't an option because by then it'll be too far gone and I won't be able to do anything about it if I wanted to. But it seems harsh to do such aggressive treatment on a relatively healthy dog.

Sorry... I'm just sort of thinking out loud here. I figure if I write it down, I can get my thoughts in order and prepare myself best for any possible outcomes. Thanks again for your support/input.
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Dog Health > Oral osteosarcoma/maxillectomy

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sat Feb 21, '15 9:05am PST 
Yep, I've got it. confused

Anyone have experience with maxillectomy? I've had a CT scan done, which shows so far no involvement of the sinuses or lymph nodes. Chest xrays and an abdominal ultrasound also show no obvious metastasis. The stats the oncologist gave us aren't that great though. 83-100% local recurrence after maxillectomy and 25% chance of metastasis. The positive thing is that it's mainly just around the one upper canine, but it still means removing basically the right side of the maxilla all the way to the midline and then she recommends chemo after.

Just looking for any experience with this? The things I've read all say this is a pretty rare location for osteosarcoma, but it's 'better' than a long bone osteosarcoma. I've seen dogs do well with a partial mandibulectomy, but I've never personally seen a dog with half of their maxilla removed. I'm worried about recovery time and pain management. I've talked to other techs who say they've seen patients do well, and the surgeon seems positive that he'll do fine, but there's still the worried owner that needs more stories of dogs that were fine after. He goes in Tuesday for surgery at the oncology center.
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Raw Food Diet > Weak/Brittle Nails - How Can I Improve Nail Quality with Raw?

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Tue Oct 16, '12 10:47am PST 
Just wondering if you've ever had this looked at by a vet? Sometimes brittle nails can be a symptom of an auto-immune disorder (it's not all that common, but I've personally seen it a few times) or infection. Sometimes it's just from a nutritional deficiency and adding foods rich in omega 3's can help. But if it's been something that's been going on for a while, I would have it checked out before really giving any diet recommendations.
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Dog Health > Ticks and Revolution: it isnt working?

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sat Jul 30, '11 10:52pm PST 
Yeah, sorry, but Revolution is definitely not the best for killing ticks. "Revolution is effective in controlling tick infestations due to the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)." For one, it's only labeled for one particular tick, and another it says controls the infestation, not treats as it says for fleas and other parasites. As Snickers mentioned, Preventic can be used in addition to it. I think your vet needs to reconsider what they're telling their clients.

For me, I use Frontline Plus and have not had a problem with embedding ticks. I used Revolution once (the clinic I work for mainly uses this because it's easier for the clients than using a separate flea control and heartworm preventative and we're really not a major tick area) on my Chihuahua because I thought it was more accurately dosed than FL+ and HG+. We went to the farm with my dogs, and the three that I used Frontline Plus on didn't have anything on them, but I found a tick embedded in the Chi's ear the day after we came home. confused Switched her to FL+ for the next time....

For some reason, I just don't like revolution all that much. Not sure what it is, I just don't trust it, even for things it's labeled for. shrug
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Dog Health > Ettiquette for presenting a Google page to a vet
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Tue Apr 19, '11 1:05am PST 
Angel, I would think that especially in such a unique case as yours, the vet would have no problem taking your suggestions into consideration. I would just write down the name of it, and see what they have to say. They obviously know you're a great advocate for him. Who knows, it might be something that they've already thought about and may have dismissed, but reading up on it again they might reconsider. A vet shouldn't be threatened in the least by you presenting an idea. Just an example... have you ever seen the show, 'Mystery Diagnosis'? People on there often have to do their own research and hunt down someone that will do the proper tests in a challenging case. Any information you can find that could lead to a specific diagnosis to me would be beneficial.

I'm sure most veterinarians and doctors have had their share of 'Google vets'. wink But the good thing is that they're specialists, and if it isn't something they've considered, they have access to other resources, like VIN, and can hopefully find out more info. If they've already thought it could be a possibility, they can also tell you why they have or haven't ruled it out.
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Food & Nutrition > Costco Brands

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 16, '11 11:01pm PST 
Are you talking about the Kirkland Signature ones or the newer ones that they have called 'Nature's Domain'? Both are made by Diamond foods. If your poodle is having problems on the food, you should have him or her checked out. These foods are pretty decent considering the lower cost and the grain-free nature (of the Nature's Domain variety in particular). But... they're still Diamond brand, so if you do a search here or online, you will see that they have been part of some serious recalls in the past.
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Dog Health > Microchipping Risks?

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 16, '11 8:15pm PST 
All of my dogs and cats are chipped. At the clinic I work with we've never seen any chip related sarcomas, but we have seen a few dogs reunited with their owners several months after being lost, even one that was found in another state! So, I like the chips and I feel very confident that they're safe and effective. Chips are also used all the time for wildlife and I'm sure if they were always coming up with cancers that it wouldn't be so widely used.

The only problem that I did see once, and this is a terrible tragic, event, was that a chip was implanted incorrectly and it went into the dog's spine. eek This happened about 5 years ago with one of the rescues we worked with. I'm not sure how it happened or if the dog wiggled or if the person doing the chipping wasn't trained properly, but whatever the case, the dog did have paralysis afterward. Luckily, it made an almost full recovery after treatment. This isn't to scare you off of it, as I said, all of my dogs (including a 5# Chihuahua) are chipped and I feel that it's a very good way to make sure they will get back to me if they ever do get lost. But as with anything, there are risks.
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Dog Health > testicles still present after nuetering?

Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Mon Apr 4, '11 12:07am PST 
Hmm, that's odd. At least you took him in to be checked out though. As others said, I'd be inclined to think it's probably just swelling and fluid filled, not actually testicles. However, is it possible that they did a vasectomy instead of a castration? I know that's pretty unlikely, given that those aren't routinely performed, but you never know unless you ask the vet that did it. thinking
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Dog Health > bad vet experience today *rant*
Roswell,- CGC, NPC

Cancer sucks :(
 
 
Barked: Fri Mar 25, '11 11:59pm PST 
Bam, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I have a hard time seeing why all of those medications would have been necessary for a minor ear infection. It seems a bit crazy to me and if we had presented one of our clients with that estimate, we would have been nailed to the wall by them, to put it lightly. I have seen some pretty bad ear infections where possibly all of that would have been necessary, though. Going by what you say, this was not the case. I think your cost expectations were pretty accurate as far as what things normally cost for an ear infection (and yeah, I'm normally one on the forums that sides with the vets).

On the vet's side, I will say that even though the exam was brief, the office call and ear cleaning (had you done it) charges are justified. The vet came in, assessed the situation, made up a diagnostic plan and treatment plan, and generated a medical record for the visit. Even if it was only a few minutes in the room, all of this other 'behind-the-scenes' stuff takes time. Having a big dog can be a money drain when medications are needed. I just think in this case that it was a bit of overkill. Of course, none of us were there besides BamBam and the vet, so we don't know what the vet saw that made them think it was all needed. shrug
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