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Old 11-25-2012, 11:55 AM
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It's such a special treat to watch a dog enjoy time off leash for the first time in months. I hope that you and Hannah get that pleasure frequently in the days and weeks to come.

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Thank you for the Hannah report. I am so happy to read that she had a nice time outside. I love it when they are all spunky! Thinking positive thoughts for her appointment this week.
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Hannah had a nice romp in the great outdoors? WOO HOO!! "Ahhhhhhhh,. that grass feels good!"

No doubt it did your heart just as much good to watch her having a blast.
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I am so happy that Hannah got to be freeeeeeeee at last, lol. And that she was having a good time.

I wish her a speedy recovery from the possible UTI.
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Glad that sweet Hannah had a lovely play outside
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I have such a nice picture in my mind of Hannah rolling in the grass. How delightful for her and also for you to see. I'm glad you've had a nice weekend
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My heart is warmed reading about Hannah being off leash. I cannot wait until Tesia can get back to running around and rolling in the grass.

I just wanted to ask more about the fur loss due to chemo. Did she lose all her fur? Or patches? I'm worried about Tee's bare tummy as it is getting colder. Have you had to get Hannah a coat or anything? It's not terribly cold here yet - coldest has been around 0 Celcius - but it won't be long til it is.

I am relieved to hear the feathers grow back. It's sort of mysterious how the body knows the feathers were cut - and just how long to regrow them.
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Hello all! This week has been brought to you by the letter C - Chemo, cardiology, clavamox and car issues.

Hannah got her second round of chemo, despite the suspected UTI. They gave her the full dose this time and the first two days were rough. She's finally feeling better though and has decided to eat more.

Her cardiology appt went well and they've basically released her for the next 12 months. One thing I find strange is they give her heart murmur a grade of IV/VI (I'm assuming it's 4/6? - so why isn't it just grade 5?? - I keep meaning to ask).

The UTI is back, so she's back on Clavamox. I'm thankful it's treatable with a number of antibiotics though. The Dr said she may need to be on a maintenance dose of Clavamox while on chemo, but wanted to talk to the other Drs about it.

Car issues - ugh. Thankfully, we're up and running again

We're so ready for the weekend - hope you all are too!
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My heart is warmed reading about Hannah being off leash. I cannot wait until Tesia can get back to running around and rolling in the grass.

I just wanted to ask more about the fur loss due to chemo. Did she lose all her fur? Or patches? I'm worried about Tee's bare tummy as it is getting colder. Have you had to get Hannah a coat or anything? It's not terribly cold here yet - coldest has been around 0 Celcius - but it won't be long til it is.

I am relieved to hear the feathers grow back. It's sort of mysterious how the body knows the feathers were cut - and just how long to regrow them.
Hannah is taking Carboplatin, a platinum based chemotherapy, that is also used with osteosarcoma. The primary side effects are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and low white blood count. They actually didn't even mention hair loss to me. When I told them what happened, they said it was extremely rare and hair loss usually was associated with dogs with hair (poodles, etc), not fur, and that sometimes cats lost whiskers.

Approximately a week after Hannah's first dose of chemo, I noticed a few clumps of matted fur on the floor. I decided to give her a good brushing and that's when I noticed that her entire undercoat had lifted away from her body. It was almost like a piece of felt (matted and solid) that was floating just away from her body, but held to her body by her outer coat. I had to use an undercoat rake and pin brush to remove it all.

On really cold days, I've put Hannah's thundershirt on her for warmth. Truthfully though, I'm not sure she's really that cold. We aren't outside for long periods, so it might not be a problem for her. We've had temperature swings from 29F to 69F over the last week. Oh, also, when we sit outside during the day, I do cover her with a towel if it's chilly.

Aside from the IV shaves, she's missing a good bit of hair from the peak of her skull to her shoulder blades and then down her sides a bit, her rear end and part of the base of her tail are shaved, her underside and bit of her side from the abdominal ultrasound, a square near her heart from the ekg/echo AND she's missing an area on her lower back the size of two hand prints (from the epidural). The later is the one that's had virtually no hair regrowth.

I hope Tesia will get back to running around sooner rather than later I wish I could tempt Hannah's appetite with chicken or mix broth in her food instead of canned, but her allergies won't allow it. I'll dole out the rx canned food if it keeps her tummy in check though!
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Hello all! This week has been brought to you by the letter C - Chemo, cardiology, clavamox and car issues.

Hannah got her second round of chemo, despite the suspected UTI. They gave her the full dose this time and the first two days were rough. She's finally feeling better though and has decided to eat more.

Her cardiology appt went well and they've basically released her for the next 12 months. One thing I find strange is they give her heart murmur a grade of IV/VI (I'm assuming it's 4/6? - so why isn't it just grade 5?? - I keep meaning to ask).

The UTI is back, so she's back on Clavamox. I'm thankful it's treatable with a number of antibiotics though. The Dr said she may need to be on a maintenance dose of Clavamox while on chemo, but wanted to talk to the other Drs about it.

Car issues - ugh. Thankfully, we're up and running again

We're so ready for the weekend - hope you all are too!
Oh, man. That's a tough week. Although - great news about the cardiology. I don't know anything about heart murmurs - but they wouldn't release her if she wasn't doing well!

I'm also glad Hannah is eating despite the chemo and the antibiotic. Man, I can relate there. I am going to send positive thoughts that her tummy stays happy. The difference when they are eating is huge. Here's to more running off leash! Go Hannah!
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