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  • #46
    Aww, poor Sadie. She doesn't understand what's going on. Hopefully she'll have clean margins and it will all be over with.
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    • #47
      She is really doing well - the incision is looking great, and Thursday we get the stitches out!! I just can't wait for her crate rest to be over - she is SOOO FUSSY and barks her head off anytime she can't see me. Thankfully, most of my house is an "open plan" kind of thing where I can have her parked in the middle of the livingroom and she can see me at my desk, in the kitchen, or even watching tv. It's not a big house, so I'm usually in eyesight (LOL).

      So the plan currently is - Wednesday, we have a consult planned for her regular vet office, to talk about the options that the specialists want to do, then thursday, we get the stitches removed by the specialist (this way, she only has to be held down and examined once) and then talk about post-surgery treatment options. We know already we'll need to do something, given that they weren't able to get the margins needed - there's no "three inch margin" on a leg that's three inches in diameter! But she has full movement in the leg, better than she had before the surgery, so I feel 100% confident this was the right way to do things.
      Mary
      ----with Sadie, Elsie, Saffron, Peaches & James ----

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      • #48
        Good for Sadie. i am glad she is doing so well. Hopefully the post surgery treatment isn't too rough (ruff?).
        The Bee and me, Maggie Forever! (January 1988- June 19, 2010), Irving Always! (March 1987 - October 25, 1999) Vancouver, BC, Theo my big beautiful boy. July 27, 2010-April 3, 2017

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        • #49
          That sounds good, Mary. Maybe she can have some sort of underwater therapy (Jill can tell you all about that). Meanwhile I'm happy she's doing so well.
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          • #50
            Thanks for the update...so glad shes doing so well!
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            • #51
              Just thought I'd give an update - she's doing really well. We had our first session of chemo a couple of weeks ago, and it worked a little too well - it seems her reaction to it was considered really strong, but that means that she's not going to need to have another treatment. I suspect they put in the chart "Note to self - Shelties with thin skin, don't turn it up to "11"!" Her skin looked fine for about the first week after the chemo, but then it started to really react - it was like a chemical burn, somehow. It's now starting to show signs of healing, but it was really freaky to watch it get worse and worse every day. I was talking a lot with the vet and sending pictures every night. But she's doing really well, and they think they probably got it all. I don't see how they can tell, but I certainly agree that we don't want to do anything like that again to her until she's REALLY healed up! But she's a very happy dog right now - just happy as a clam to be doing her circles and pacing throughout the house. She's wearing a sock to protect it, but otherwise, is able to whatever she wants. We had to compromise on pottying - she was refusing to potty outside in the front yard (I could get her out there with no stairs required, unlike the back yard), I suspect because she didn't like it that I wouldn't let her go outside with the other dogs to the backyard, so I decided to sacrifice the indoor/outdoor rug on the back deck. She'll potty on THAT, thank goodness. So she still gets to go out and come in for cookies with the other dogs, and doesn't feel like she's missing out on anything. Silly dog!!

              -Mary
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              ----with Sadie, Elsie, Saffron, Peaches & James ----

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              • #52
                Originally posted by MaryH View Post
                Just thought I'd give an update - she's doing really well. We had our first session of chemo a couple of weeks ago, and it worked a little too well - it seems her reaction to it was considered really strong, but that means that she's not going to need to have another treatment. I suspect they put in the chart "Note to self - Shelties with thin skin, don't turn it up to "11"!" Her skin looked fine for about the first week after the chemo, but then it started to really react - it was like a chemical burn, somehow. It's now starting to show signs of healing, but it was really freaky to watch it get worse and worse every day. I was talking a lot with the vet and sending pictures every night. But she's doing really well, and they think they probably got it all. I don't see how they can tell, but I certainly agree that we don't want to do anything like that again to her until she's REALLY healed up! But she's a very happy dog right now - just happy as a clam to be doing her circles and pacing throughout the house. She's wearing a sock to protect it, but otherwise, is able to whatever she wants. We had to compromise on pottying - she was refusing to potty outside in the front yard (I could get her out there with no stairs required, unlike the back yard), I suspect because she didn't like it that I wouldn't let her go outside with the other dogs to the backyard, so I decided to sacrifice the indoor/outdoor rug on the back deck. She'll potty on THAT, thank goodness. So she still gets to go out and come in for cookies with the other dogs, and doesn't feel like she's missing out on anything. Silly dog!!

                -Mary
                Our critters definitelyhave their opinions about where and when they want to do things! Im so glad to see the good news about Sadie. A great Christmas present!
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                • #53
                  Glad to hear that the treatment worked out so well for Sadie.
                  The Bee and me, Maggie Forever! (January 1988- June 19, 2010), Irving Always! (March 1987 - October 25, 1999) Vancouver, BC, Theo my big beautiful boy. July 27, 2010-April 3, 2017

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                  • #54
                    I'm glad she's healing, and I hope she doesn't need any more. It's quite scary.
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                    • #55
                      Awwww that is goodd news - thanks for the update
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                      • #56
                        I know I am late in coming in on this thread, but I did have experience with a sarcoma with one of my first cats. Going with a vet oncologist is the best approach, as sarcomas can be tricky; you think you won, and it comes roaring back. From what I have read, looks very promising.
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