Long night

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Poor Sarge had a rough evening/night/morning.  I called the vet and went and picked up an injection of Cerenia.  Sure hope this helps!  Also starting Metronidazole for diarrhea.  Carbo was way easier than this. Sarge was so brave and didnt even flinch with his injection.  Such a brave boy. 

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Author: c1nicolei

Sarge has been the the love of my life since we rescued him in 2007. He was thought to be a carcass on the side of the road in our community park. As I walked over to look at the pitiful dead dog, I soon realized he was still breathing, barely. We rushed him to the vet and although severely malnourished and in a terrible state, with TLC he miraculously pulled through. Snap shot ahead to 6/2014, we decide to go outside to play fetch, he was so excited and full of energy, doing his typical bouncy boxer pelvic shuffle. He took a nasty tumble and the sounds that followed was nothing short of heart piercing. My heart stopped, because I knew it was bad, very bad. I am a PA, not a veterinarian, but I knew instantly the leg was broken badly. I splinted him and rushed him to the vet. What initially was going to be an orthopedic surgery to repair a broken radius and ulna, quickly turned into, "Your dog sustained a pathological cancer, we think he has osteosarcoma". I could not even hear what I was being told. How could this seemingly happy, healthy, FULL of life dog have CANCER?? The BX confirmed my worst fears. This whole process took over a week. In that time I researched every aspect of canine osteosarcoma I could find and I had already made up my mind, we were going to fight this, not for me, but I knew he was not done living!!! Making the decision to amputate was not one taken lightly. We ensured there were no macro mets and that his blood work looked stable. I also decided if we amputated we would also do chemo. Sarge had his leg amputated 2 days ago and I am amazed at his hour by hour improvement. We start chemo in 2 weeks. I will keep everyone updated and love reading stories on here that give me hope that he will be able to be a happy, pain free normal Sarge!!! This is when we joined TRIPAWDS! What a wonderful, reassuring supportive community! I love you TRIPAWDS!

7 thoughts on “Long night”

  1. Geez! I’m just catching up on some of your blogs!!! Ticks me off.when I miss them…ESPECIALLY updates on.Sarge!!

    The one of him waiting for his Hedgehog before he takes his walk…ADORABLE!! So darn cute!!!

    Okay, I’m gonna have to refresh my memory…is he doing alternating chemos…not just straight Carbo? And with Osteo..it’s usually four or five treatments of carbo. Anway, just wondering if it can be straight Carbo since this treatment really knocked him out.

    One more question about the Ace….and yes Sarge, you are an ACE DOG….SUPER ACE DOG…is that because he just gets way to wired for them to safely give him the IV injection?? Just curious.

    Sarge has me by my heart strings, that’s for sure!!! Hope you feel better really quickly sweet boy! Go snuggle with your hedgehog…he’ll help you to feel better! A tiny scoop of ice cream may help too!!!

    Please continue to Keep us posted when you can.


    Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  2. Sally & Happy Hannah & MM2

    Yes, we are alternating Carbo and Doxy. He took the Carbo like a champ, just low appetite, not so with Doxy. The plan is to alternate these 2 medications, every 3 weeks for 8 total treatments. They do not have to sedate with the Carbo, but the Doxy can cause necrosis if it comes out of the vein so he must be very still. He is PERFECT during treatments, just a precaution. I am running to the stores now to try to track down clay to help him. :o) He is so cute with his toys, so gentle with them. I need to catch up on blogs too, but I barely make time to post on here and work my 12’s.

  3. Shelby got some diarreaha her second round of adriamycin (is that doxy)? Anyways… we gave her some pure pumpkin and it fixed it right up. Shelby did develop some loose stools but we got on her medication for colitis that really, really helped! So I don’t know if it’s worth asking if perhaps Sarge has developed colitis? Apparently it’s really treatable and manageable. Also a bland diet helped Miss Shelby … gluten free pasta and chicken (only gluten free since I don’t eat gluten but regular pasta would work too).

    Hang in there Sarge! You’re doing great, buddy!
    Alison & the Spirit of Shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little Jasper too)

    1. Alison,

      Yes, they are the same. He is refusing all but liquids, and even those are coming back up. Mild loose stool, but not much of that since no intake. the vomiting was pretty bad till I gave him this shot this am. He has not thrown up since but also still refusing to eat. Just gave him the green clay, they only had it in liquid for, which is working out fine. We will try the blan food when he will eat, has not eaten anything last 3 days. This will probably be our last dose of doxy!

      1. Oh no… he sounds much worse on that chemo than Shelby … we never had vomiting. Poor Sarge!!! I think the cerinia should help (we always got that when we left to stay on top of it). Maybe scrambled eggs? Feel better… we’re pulling for you!

  4. Nicole,
    How is Sarge doing?? I understand what you mean with the last does of Doxy. Sounds like its too harsh for his system. Don’t beat yourself up you tried it, he had too many reactions just continue on with the Carbo.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  5. Yeach, that Doxy is not agreeing with Sarge at all. Don’t know how long it takes to get out of his system, but he’ll perk up once it’s gone!

    Glad you’re taking that out off his treatment plan!

    Please keep us posted and keep those pictures coming of your handsome boy! Hurry up and feel better Sarge!!! And EAT!!!!

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