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Old 12-28-2012, 08:56 AM
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Thanks for the update. I was worried, because you had not posted in a while.
I am glad that Hannah is doing well despite set-backs and unexpected complications.

I am glad you had a nice christmas

I am keeping fingers and toes crossed that the kidney issues won't get worse and all will be well and continuously improve for sweet Hannah

Wishing all the best and only good news in the new year!
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So sorry about the setback. I went to check the anti-nausea drug they sent home with us when Tee started chemo - it's called Metoclopramide. Maybe it's one you can ask about? I haven't actually had to give it to Tesia. I'm holding my breath right now, as we are on the day after chemo treatment 2 today. She hasn't been enthusiastic about eating, but she eats. I know today and tomorrow will be the hard days. These poor pooches. I keep telling her we're all trying to make her better.

What kind of chemo is Hannah on? Do you know the name? One thing the vet said to me yesterday was that if the current chemo drug Tesia is on doesn't work, there are other ones to try. I wonder if there are some alternatives they can try on Hannah that may not be so hard on her kidneys.

Poor girl. I know how hard this all is. I'm glad you had some nice, peaceful days together over the holidays. I hope you have many more like them.
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It's so good to hear from you again! Thanks for the happy news that Hannah is still enjoying life and had a good Christmas with you. That's what matters most.

Kidney issues are tough. When we fought Sabrina's kidney disease and frequent UTIs, I gave her chicken broth mixed with water morning and evening. The broth motivated her to drink more and kept her hydrated, as well as flushing her kidneys. That kept her stable for almost five years. I hope something similar works for Hannah.

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Hubbub it's great to get an update. I'm glad you've enjoyed a good Christmas with your sweetie. I'm thinking of you and hope Hannah's latest issues get resolved
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So sorry about the setback. I went to check the anti-nausea drug they sent home with us when Tee started chemo - it's called Metoclopramide. Maybe it's one you can ask about? I haven't actually had to give it to Tesia. I'm holding my breath right now, as we are on the day after chemo treatment 2 today. She hasn't been enthusiastic about eating, but she eats. I know today and tomorrow will be the hard days. These poor pooches. I keep telling her we're all trying to make her better.

What kind of chemo is Hannah on? Do you know the name? One thing the vet said to me yesterday was that if the current chemo drug Tesia is on doesn't work, there are other ones to try. I wonder if there are some alternatives they can try on Hannah that may not be so hard on her kidneys.
Thankfully, Hannah has never been really sick post chemo, but she's slow to eat and very sedate - - you can look at her eyes and see she doesn't feel well. The addition of the Ondansetron completely eliminated those symptoms and she was bright eyed and ate with her normal gusto. I'll have to ask about the med you mentioned, but having her look and feel good post chemo is worth my dealing with the side effect of the Ondansetron.

Hannah is on Carboplatin - a platinum based chemotherapy. My understanding is that it's used primarily with bone cancer. At our next appt, when they restage her, we'll know if she'll continue with it or change the protocol, as your oncologist mentioned.

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Thank you for sharing about Sabrina's care. It's very encouraging. I've gotten a scale to determine her water intake. Most would just measure a bowl at a time, but my girl is such a messy eater *and* such a princess that when her water gets too "dirty" with food bits, she'll wait until she has fresh and "clean" water to drink
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So glad to hear that after the most recent rough patch, things seem to be going in the right direction for Hannah again.

One of the most difficult things about any - even small - setback is you don't know how it's going to end while you are dealing with it. And after all you and Hannah have been through, it's hard to get your mind to settle down. Most times, small setbacks get solved and you can get back on track but we (humans) are always aware that something more serious can be around the corner. That's what happens with me anyway.

We've chatted about this before. We try for their sakes to be positive and happy and not think about the "what-ifs". The Golden outlook has taught me a lot.

I have to laugh about the dirty water bowl because Chance is just like Hannah in that regard. He likes his water CLEAN and COLD. Which means I'm basically changing his water all the time. I was going to get him a bubbler like I have for my cat, but I have gotten used to just putting fresh water into Chance's bowl a lot.
When he was young, he tested once with high crystals in his urine. My vet said to just insure he gets enough fresh water. Yes, that solved the problem so I just had to understand what Chance's definition of fresh is. He trained me and all has been well ever since.

Happy new year to you and Hannah!
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Ha! She isn't alone in that. We have a huge water bowl. When it gets one little item in it they look at the bowl, then at us. Water gets changed LOL. We're so happy Hannah is feeling so well
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I am so happy to read that you and Hannah had a nice relaxing Christmas! So sad to read about the setback. Thinking positive thoughts for Hannah and hoping for each day to get better for her.
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Most would just measure a bowl at a time, but my girl is such a messy eater *and* such a princess that when her water gets too "dirty" with food bits, she'll wait until she has fresh and "clean" water to drink
I think it's definitely a golden thing with the clean water. Daisy was exactly the same lol! She even cottoned on from a young age that the word 'fresh' was clean cold water. Gotta love goldens

Glad that Hannah is doing well though, and a very Happy new year to you two
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