Dr. Heintz DVM walks us through a chemo treatment with Sarge.

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Dr. Aaron Heintz D.V.M. ,with Wedgewood Pet Clinic in OKC (405)-848-3329, explains the chemo treatment process.  Although these videos are not edited, I wanted to post them on Sarges blog to share and show how wonderful Dr. Heintz and his staff are and to explain the process of a chemotherapy treatment to those interested.  Many thanks to this wonderful staff, that not only are giving Sarge happy, healthy months of life, but are also the most friendly staff anywhere!  Sarge is always thrilled to go to his appointments and literally is running in the front door, excited to see everyone!  Sometimes he even acts like he wants to stay there to visit longer.  So there is no doubt they are taking excellent care of this sweet cancer warrior!

Pre Chemo Blood work while Mommy holds him still:

Dr. Heintz D.V.M. explains the chemo process.

Prep for IV placement



Pre Chemo Medications

IV fluids to hydrate pre-chemo

Nikki administering Carboplatin

Sarge being am amazingly “patient” patient.

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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!

3 thoughts on “Dr. Heintz DVM walks us through a chemo treatment with Sarge.”

  1. WOW!

    Words can’t begin to express how grateful we are that you made these videos Nicole, thank you so very much. You and Sarge are helping SO many others, easing worry and giving hope. What an amazing duo you are!

    These are SO terrific!!! Watch for them in one of our blogs soon.

    Smooches and hugs to you Sarge, Hollywood will be knocking very soon!!!

    1. Thank you for saying that. I am so happy to hear that this will be useful, as I had hoped they would. When I can get my son to come help me, I hope to get all of these edited into one video. I’m grateful for all that Tripawds has done for us! Every step along the way, I have come here to talk, read other blogs and utilize resources. Tripawds has been a true gift!

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