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by maxs_mommy
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Liver numbers are back WNL but white cells are up (which I knew would be because he's been having hella allergies/sneezies from the weather but I think he's almost over them) but apparently we're not aggressively fighting every last blood work number anymore, which is good. Next treatment is 11/20 s...
by maxs_mommy
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 29
Views: 1019

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

I'm so sorry for your loss, he was a great dog and that makes it no less painful. I hope your memories bring comfort.
by maxs_mommy
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Another treatment today, another 1 cm of shrink radially across the tumor and some shrinking of depth of the tumor so we forge on. No infections of the tumor and if we can only get the liver levels down we'll be good. Boy wonder is snoozing like the dead but did much better with the anesthesia. He w...
by maxs_mommy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

We do more bloodwork Tuesday. I got a call today, his RBC's are back to WNL, the ALP is coming down but still high.
by maxs_mommy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

And now something else is weird. I expected to have another treatment Tuesday but it looks like we're going in for more blood work instead. I just got a call from the receptionist today to schedule. I'm going to follow up with the vet on Friday.
by maxs_mommy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

The trial vet was nice enough to send all the labs to my vet for a comparison arc/graph. Max is doing well on his supplements and did a blood recheck today.
by maxs_mommy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

In this week's edition of "weird bloodwork" we have slight anemia and higher ALT & ALP. ALT is always out of range because of the Cushing's but it's higher still, apparently. Hepatic support and B complex vitamins on board. Recheck on Tuesday.
by maxs_mommy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 1563

Re: Resource Guarding

I'm sorry to hear this. I know it's the kindest thing to do but that doesn't make it easier.
by maxs_mommy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

I was told there's not a definitive number of treatments, we'll go until it doesn't work or the tumor is gone. He was so zonked from the anesthesia yesterday that he was snoring as I carried him to the car. Something about the treatment also seems to cause diarrhea because he had 4 bouts of poopsplo...
by maxs_mommy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: I want...maybe.
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: I want...maybe.

I really like the Sussex, they're like Bassett spaniels! Lol.
by maxs_mommy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Today was the 3rd treatment and, after two weeks of normal range white cells, the tumor has shrunk 1 cm in both directions. Hooray! They said it's not uncommon for the tumor to become infected at some point during treatment but I'm hoping we won that rodeo already with the first round. I'll pick him...
by maxs_mommy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: I want...maybe.
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: I want...maybe.

We drove to Purina farms today and caught the end of the field spaniel national specialty. Swoon! Also my field spaniel is going to need a Welsh Springer friend!
by maxs_mommy
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 21
Views: 748

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

So glad he's feeling better!
by maxs_mommy
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Connie, the study goals are to kill, or at least substantially reduce, the mouth tumor and reduce the mets. I took him in for a nail trim and my vet got a glimpse of the tumor this morning. She thinks it's gotten flatter and smaller but we'll see for certain when he goes on the 7th and can get a goo...
by maxs_mommy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

So the next treatment was supposed to be on Friday but I nixed that idea because we're going on vaca on Sunday and I didn't want to have side effects for the inlaws and pet sitter to manage. Last time the side effects manifested for about a week after and now he's stable. Now the next treatment is t...
by maxs_mommy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 21
Views: 748

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

Just a note that liver levels and then gallbladder levels seem to go weird with adrenal diseases IME and since the gallbladder helps process out fats, when it doesn't function well the pancreas bears the brunt and takes a hit. Too many repeated hits from fat and inflammation takes over and you're in...
by maxs_mommy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Gabapentin guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Gabapentin guidance

Max has had some issues with the clinical trial drug, his mouth tumor has swelled and become painful and he's nauseated which made getting pain and normal pills and eating a struggle . The trial vet put him on 25mg of Deramaxx daily for inflammation but he wasn't eating and was yelping when I grazed...
by maxs_mommy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 21
Views: 748

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

We're in the same boat with calories/fats after a pancreatitis flare that led to a sleep-over at the e-vet. The vet is right that adrenal diseases and pancreatitis seem to travel in parallel paths. Max eats primal raw which is 14% or less crude fat with extra ground beef, boiled to death, for calori...
by maxs_mommy
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: I want...maybe.
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: I want...maybe.

Oh, the French Brittany is pretty! I don't have to make any firm decisions anytime soon hopefully but I am looking around. If Max has taught me anything it's that you can't control everything but prevention is worth its weight which is why I'm looking at good gundog breeders. Maybe I'll just get one...
by maxs_mommy
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: I want...maybe.
Replies: 11
Views: 737

I want...maybe.

I stumbled across a breeder website for gun dog breeders and now I can't decide between a field spaniel, sussex or field bred American Cocker for my next dog. Anybody have any experiences with fields or sussex? I'm leaning toward the field spaniel because I like the size and I like that they're gene...
by maxs_mommy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

His white cells are back up so we're on a week of Doxy. Apparently this is not abnormal but we won't be doing another treatment this month based on the bloodwork and life's schedule. He yelps in pain like something's poking him in the mouth once in a while and it's clearly uncomforatable but of cour...
by maxs_mommy
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Better. He's drooling, which is unlike him and his energy was low but has perked up a bit so I think he's rebounding.
by maxs_mommy
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

I called the vet today and left a voicemail and the vet got back to me. Apparently they were just supposed to give light, quick sedation but had to intubate and gas instead because of where they wanted to inject the chemo. He was likely sleeping off the gas. Also the cerenia can cause lethargy. The ...
by maxs_mommy
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

So we had treatment today and the vets said he did well. When we arrived they gave Max cerenia by sub-q injection then the actual treatment after that. He was groggy but ambulatory on the way home because they sedated him slightly to inject into the mouth tumor. The clinic was super nice and even ca...
by maxs_mommy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Treatment tomorrow at 1030 and I'm second guessing myself but we're doing it. His vet and I agreed that we'll monitor his life quality closely. I'm not going to make his life go to hell to be in a study but I'm hoping for benefits to slow the cancer and give him some stamina and pep back. He's reall...
by maxs_mommy
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Dream Vet clinic design
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Dream Vet clinic design

Max is going to a different vet for the clinical trial and I truly hate being there. The clinic has one entrance/exit door and it's not a double, said entrance is on a corner of the building with a play yard abutting the entrance sidewalk, no airlock, one door from the waiting room to the exam rooms...
by maxs_mommy
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Blood work draw was today. Should know if his numbers are better tomorrow or Monday. If they are then we do a treatment on Wednesday.
by maxs_mommy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Minor setback, his white blood count and neutrophils are elevated. WBC are at the top end of the range and neutrophils are about 1000 pts out of range with a reference of 300-1600. So we do a week of cephalexin and recheck and go from there. The chemo is contraindicated for high WBC.
by maxs_mommy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Which heartworm preventative do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: Which heartworm preventative do you use?

I use interceptor, full dose for weight but on the 45 day schedule and seasonally but the off-season has been getting shorter every year it seems. Interceptor did go off the market but it was bought by another pharma and is back in production. I know, if your vet will write the scrip, Drs foster and...
by maxs_mommy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 62
Views: 2470

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Putting this here so it's all in one place. As long as the bloodwork comes back where the study wants, Max's first treatment will be on the 20th. I'm excited because this has huge promise for dogs (and people) but nervous too. Second guessing it all but I really want to try for him.

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