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Keeping you and your girl in my thoughts, always. Hoping today is a better day for both of you!
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Also sending good thoughts Tee's way and hope that you have some improvements today






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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!
I just read your post and got up and offered her just some straight broth in a bowl - and she drank it all. So I gave her another bowl with twice as much, and she drank all that. Eureka! I am going to buy some soup that has a bit more in it on the way home - or maybe I'll buy some beef and try to add that. She is off chicken itself, so I need to find another protein source she will eat. Thank you for the straight broth suggestion!!

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The appetite stimulant is Mirtazapine. 1.5 mg once a day.

Times we've used it - after his GI tract settled down - it's worked well. Especially in combination with a B-12 shot, which also gives them a boost of energy.
This is on my list of questions for this aft. We're heading out in about 45 minutes. The big mystery right now is how to get this dog back on kibble. And why why why will she not eat it?? She has always loved her dog food, and after the last bout of nausea, I switched to this food and she loved it. Now, no way.

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I hope all goes well today and you get some answers.
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So happy to read that she drank the straight broth!! that'll give her some strength. Yay, go Tee! Hope it goes well today for you.






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Oh, man. We're back from the oncologist. It's hard to know where to start.

It turns out, she may not have soft tissue sarcoma afterall. She might have amelanotic melanoma. Or, she may have two different kinds of cancer - which would be really bad. Here's what happened:

He looked at the tumours - the chin tumour is actually having an okay day. I had cleaned it with antiseptic soap, and it is dry and less traumatized today. Not bleeding or oozing. The mammary tumour I could tell he was worried about - also the one on her leg which has grown. He said if it IS soft tissue sarcoma, it may just be too aggressive for the chemo.

But - the pathology came back on the bum tumour. IT is most definitely NOT soft tissue sarcoma. It is amelanotic melanoma. You might remember, that was one of the possible cancers identified early on - but then the further stains came back as soft tissue sarcoma. But apparently, STS and melanoma look very much alike under the microscope, and her cancer cells are very poorly differentiated, which has made it difficult from the beginning. The oncologist said the pathologist who concluded melanoma from the bum tumour is one of the best pathologists in North America (actually, he said THE best). So he is now sending her every slide and report from every other patholgist since the beginning, and having her look at them all and see if she sees melanoma in the other ones.

If it IS all melanoma, it explains why the chemo appears not to be slowing tumour growth much. It would also mean we stop the chemo which is making her so nauseous, and she starts on the melanoma vaccine therapy, which is MUCH easier on their systems. It won't cure her either, but it would slow the growth.

If there are two kinds of cancer, it's just not good at all, and I don't want to even talk about it.

He did give her an injection of Cerenia - and a few days of Cerenia pills to follow up. He said she should get her appetite back by tonight. She was hungry when we got home, but would not eat kibble. She took the A/D food. Now she is snoring on the floor by me. He also told me I could feed her tuna for the rest of her life and she wouldn't die of mercury poisoning. I may just call it a day on ever going back to kibble, and switch her to Fromm wet food. Maybe I'll try to mix them. It's funny, she REALLY loves drinking the broth - she has finished the entire carton - but she will not eat it mixed with kibble. She is officially anti-kibble.

Oh, and I'm going to get some salmon oil capsules to try to replace the Sashas Blend. I can tell she is missing it - she is much stiffer.

Thankfully, there is nothing we can change for two weeks anyway because she had chemo last week - so there is time for all these answers to come.

(If you're still reading, thanks for hanging in).

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This whole thing with Tesia just makes me sad.

Please know that my thoughts are with you and your "sweet girl".
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Tesia and you are in my prayers. I would give her ANYTHING her little heart desires! It might be that the kibble is just too hard, or hard for her to chew.

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We will never tire of reading about your Tesia, you are always in our thoughts. We light our candles every night. Hoping that she starts to eat a bit better now. Very best wishes to you across the miles, you are an amazing mum to Tee. Make sure you take time to look after yourself as well. Take care x
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