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Old 01-02-2013, 12:08 AM
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Have just now been able to log on and check on Tesia. Saying extra prayers tonight for your sweet girl. I know how hard it is when they won't eat. Keeping you both in our thoughts for strength and a hardy appetitie for Tesia.
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I am sorry to see that Tesia is having problems with eating again and that she has another tumour on her neck. Have you tried to have her lick some Nutracal or Vitacal from your fingers ? It is a paste that is very high in calories and energy; not something you would give long term but something that can provide a boost for ailing dogs or dogs that just need a little extra 'humph".

Hoping Tesia's appetite troubles will resolve soon and keeping you both in my thoughts.
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Praying Tesia is doing better-it is SO HARD when they don't want to eat.
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How is Tesia doing today?
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I'm so sorry that you're going through this rough time.

Would a fabric cone/collar help? There are several styles, some of which are discussed in this article: Comfortable Dog Cone Alternatives - Whole Dog Journal Article. One is the ComfyCone at Petco (All Four Paws Tan Comfy Cone at PETCO).

Remember that vitamin B-12 can help to stimulate appetite when meds and illness make food less interesting.

With prayers and warm wishes for a good New Year,
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I do have one of those donut collars in the first link. But I'm less sure now that she is scratching it. I think she may have once, but it is simply the tumour itself. Either there is cell die-off the way there was on the one under her tail, or it is getting irritated or moist because it rests directly on her paws when she lies down. The lightbulb went on when I finally figured out why she was licking her paws so much - when she puts her head down on her paws, the tumour is against her paws. I have a feeling this might be how it originally got irritated and opened.

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I hope you can get into the oncologist tomorrow and someone at the clinic can provide you some suggestions, both about T's appetite and how to stop scratching the tumor. Remember to take care of yourself during all this, even though all your energies are focused on your precious dog.
I messed up my post-holiday days - I was sure yesterday was Wednesday! Her appointment with the oncologist is tomorrow - not today.

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So sorry you're having more problems. It really is such a rollercoaster ride when they are ill, we went through it with Daisy and know how heartbreaking it is. Hopefully you'll get her eating again soon, we're all thinking of you!
I stopped and bought a can of tuna, a can of salmon, and a carton of chicken broth on my way home from work last night. I mixed some salmon in with her kibble last night, but she only picked some of the salmon out before she lost interest. A little later, I tried to hand feed her the rest of the salmon (success) and then tried to hand feed her the rest of the salmon-kibble mix (semi-success). I fed her the can of tuna this morning - which she ate. But a can of tuna is not enough calories. I'm trying to decide whether to try the broth on the kibble. I fear she is turned off the kibble right now.

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I hope Tesia's appetite will improve for you. On the Cerenia, I think they gave Barkley injections of it before his chemo, but I am absolutely certain they gave me Cerenia pills to use if he developed nausea after clinic hours.
I'm thinking that if my oncologist approves it, I will ask for a pre-chemo treatment of Cerenia before the next treatment. I can't have her getting so sick everytime. It's so hard on her, poor thing.

i did some reading of scientific studies and papers on doxoribicin last night - and a few did actually say there could be nausea 2-5 days after the treatment. Today IS day 5 - maybe poor Tee is just one of the few that gets the nausea side effects for longest.

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I am sorry to see that Tesia is having problems with eating again and that she has another tumour on her neck. Have you tried to have her lick some Nutracal or Vitacal from your fingers ? It is a paste that is very high in calories and energy; not something you would give long term but something that can provide a boost for ailing dogs or dogs that just need a little extra 'humph".
I have not - and I actually needed to google to see what these are. The Nutracal sounds like something that would be very helpful. She does seem to take food by hand slightly better when she is off. I am going to ask the oncologist about it tomorrow.
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Thank you for asking. She seems about the same. Very low energy. She let me clean the tumour gently with some antiseptic soap; I hope that doesn;t irritate it more. She ate a can of tuna - but that's not enough. I am going to try kibble with some broth. I'm afraid she won't go for it, so I'm almost afraid to try it.
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It really is so upsetting when they won't eat. We tried everything with Daisy. I'm glad she ate a little salmon and the tin of tuna though, it will have given her some strength. Yes, definitely give the chicken broth a try - even if you just give it her in a bowl without the kibble for now. If she's still drinking water she'll think it more as a drink and she'll be able to get some nutrition from it.

See how you get on with that, and if it doesn't work we'll all keep coming up with other suggestions for you to try. We understand exactly what you must be going through and we're all here to listen, sending Tee lots of extra prayers and hoping so much that she eats soon!
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Sending thoughts and prayers for you and Tesia. Hope her appetite improves soon.
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