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!