Desperate times call for….

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Well, the vomiting has resolved but the appetite is still MIA.  The go to eggs did not work, tried the chicken broth warmed over food, no go!  Finally decided to open a can of chicken breast, that got his attention.  He ate 1/2 a can last night and another 1/2 this am.  Poor guy has never been a big eater, so hard to watch him push his food away and refuse to eat.  At least he is drinking plenty of water.

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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!

One thought on “Desperate times call for….”


    Now, turn you nose up to the chicken tonight. I guarantee by noon tomorrow they’ll be giving you steak!!!

    Glad to hear the tummy issues are straightening out and you are starting to eat some. Sorry that ole ‘treatment played such havoc on your system. But hey, if it means getting some good home cooking then itr worth it!

    Extra tummy rubs tonight!

    Hugs to you sweet Sarge!

    Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

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