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Ethel the Tripawd Bulldog!

My Dog's Journey on Three Legs.

Ethel the Tripawd Bulldog!

Lung Scan

November 10th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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I took Ethel to the oncologist a few days ago for her lung scan after her fifth and final chemo treatment. Best new ever was that her scan was ALL CLEAR!! She goes back in three months for a recheck, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s clear again. Except for the double nadir back in July, she’s been acting like a puppy, bringing me toys and begging to go to the park every day. I’m so happy she feels great; I know now I did the right thing by having her leg amputated and having her undergo chemo.


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Double Nadir

July 17th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

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Friday, Ethel became very ill, and I took her the vet the next morning. She was there until this morning when we went to see her oncologist. Turns out she’s one of the few dogs that suffers side effects, one of which was the dreaded double nadir. Her CBC was great 7 days after her first treatment, but plummeted on Friday leading to her hospital stay. Oncologist saw her today and said her CBC should be fine by Thur. He’s going to reduce her dosage and probably prescribe antibiotics to stave off any possible infections. I’m glad she’s home, eating, and feeling much better.

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In the Hospital

July 15th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Ethel’s in the hospital. Yesterday started out great. Park time, breakfast, dental treats, quiet time, then weirdness. She got lethargic yesterday afternoon, and when I took her out to pee, she peed once, pooped, then walked around and peed, (or tired to, I’m not sure which) three or four more times. She came back in the house and at some point, got in her bed. I offered her dinner and water before I left for a 6 pm meeting, but she refused both. When I got back around 8:30, she was still in bed, but had left to pee on one of the mats on the kitchen floor. I offered food and water again, and again she refused. I slept downstairs, but it was a restless, fitful sleep. At one point I was awoken by her sitting up and panting. I was happy to see she sat up since she’d been immobile since I got back home, but still she wouldn’t get out of her bed. I woke up several more times during the night, sometimes hearing her snore, other times breathing regularly. Finally at 5, I got up and she was in the same position in her bed as she’d been since I’d gotten home at 8:30. I couldn’t budge her from her bed, so I pulled the bed out of her crate to find she’d peed in her bed. I took her to the vet and they did blood work. Her white cells are way down, and she’s got a slight temp, so she’s in the hospital for the next few days. My question is why did her white cells drop so long after chemo round one, and is this going to be a recurring event after chemo. Any answers are appreciated.

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Ethel’s Surgery and Recovery

July 6th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Ethel had her surgery and recovered well. She’s adapted fairly well to three legs, and can even get down the stairs by herself. She’s not able to get upstairs herself, but I don’t mind carrying her up nightly. Getting runners for the wood and tile floors was the one thing that’s really helped her mobility around the house. She’s pretty agile outside, but her walking cadence is still forced and seems unnatural. She tires easily when she walks, but she seems to enjoy her walks as she asks for them several times a day. She even feels well enough now that she asks to go to the park in the morning, ¬†just as she used to before her amputation. I decided to go the chemo route, and she had her first treatment last week. She did well and went to the park the next day. I’m looking at four more chemo treatments over the course of the next twelve weeks or so. I’m happy she’s doing well and seems to have adapted, but in the back of my mind is the looming thought that my time with her is limited. I plan to do what I can to make her happy, including taking her to the park each day that I can.¬†

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New Life Begins Tomorrow

May 31st, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I came home from work a few weeks ago, and Ethel didn’t come to the door to greet me. That wasn’t that unusual, but when I couldn’t coax her out of her crate with a cookie, I knew something wasn’t right. I tried to move her, and she let out a sound I’d never heard before. I was able to get her into the car and to the vet where they x-rayed her and found a broken leg. Since it was Saturday, the said they’d have to wait until Monday to set it, and I’d have to leave her there over the weekend. They called me on Sunday, and referred me to a surgical center since they couldn’t get to her on Monday. Monday rolled around, I took her to the surgical center and the vet said the bone break looked pathological, not from an impact. They wanted to keep her and do a biopsy, and he told me that if the bone had cancer, he wouldn’t be able to set it, and amputation along with chemo would be the treatment regimen. She had her leg removed yesterday and I’m supposed to pick her up tomorrow. I’m really happy she’s coming home tomorrow, but am anxious and scared about what to expect. I want her to be her happy, goofy self, and want her to ask me to go to the park every as she does almost every day.

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