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Lucky Puppy!

8 months later: Ups and downs….but mainly ups!

October 30th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

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Camping at San Mateo!

Here is a summary of everything that has been going on with Lucky over the past few months (since out last check-in with Tripawds!).  Lucky was on a chemo trial when his follow up chest x-rays were done in May.  Unfortunately they showed multiple spots of lung mets and he had to be pulled from the chemo trial.  He was then started on Palladia.  We also tried cytoxan and lasix, but he got too sick from the cytoxan and we ended up going solely with the Palladia.  He had more follow up x-rays in July.  We were bracing for the worst, but……his x-rays were totally clear!  No signs of any mets to his lungs.  Evidently unusual to see, but we were thrilled!  We held the course with the Palladia, which he tolerated fine.  Then in late September we noticed a lump on his left rear flank.  They did a needle biopsy, and it was positive for soft tissue sarcoma.  We scheduled surgery to have the lump removed (a piece of cake after you’ve been through an amputation!) and were happy to get the report that there were clear margins all the way around the lump.  So he is quite a sight now with his tripawd status as well as his new battle scar on his left rear (approx a 6 inch incision which has healed nicely).  So that’s all the medical stuff – on the social side, Lucky is doing fantastic.  Loving the beach, camping parks, etc, etc.  He is as happy as ever, wagging and wiggling with excitement around everyone and everything.  What a high quality of life he is enjoying!  We are happy to share this positive experience, because as you can tell from reading our previous posts there were many tough times. Now looking back, we have absolutely no regrets about Lucky’s surgery and treatment! It’s amazing to think that it’s only been 8 months since Lucky’s surgery. He seems happier than ever, and we are so appreciative of every day with our best friend!

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • AbbysMom

    Wow, that is amazing!!! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of mets going away. Lucky is aptly named!!

    We had the opposite problem. Abby couldnt tolerate the Palladia, so we had to drop it and only give her the Cytoxan. We added artemisnin into the mix, but I’ve been afraid to get another Xray and see what is going on in there… In the meantime, she also loves the beach, just like Lucky.

    sounds like you guys have been through a lot. congrats on getting through it! Here is to Lucky loving life and kicking cancer butt for many more months and years to come!!

    All the best,
    Jackie, Abby’s mom

  • etgayle

    lucky, you look great!!! so glad you are enjoying your time at the beach and continue to kick cancer’s butt!!! you are a true tripawd hero and an inspiration to us all!!!

    charon & gayle

  • tatespeeps

    Lucky certainly looks wonderful in his pictures! Glad to hear about the palladia, we were going to avoid it but now we’ll reconsider. Thanks for sharing!

  • maximutt

    I’ve been wondering how Lucky’s been doing!! So glad to see you back on the blog, and even more glad to hear that Lucky is doing well. Sounds like he had a couple rough patches there, but pulled through with flying colors. Here’s to many more months of hearing great Lucky updates!!

  • sweetcapone

    Wow. That is amazing. We just had our dog diagnosed with lung mets this past Friday after an OSA diagnosis in June. Amputation early July. Started Palladia on Sunday. Had some side effects of coughing up blood/bile. We’re waiting to see if the side effects resolve, which I think they are getting better. Capone has only coughed 2 times today. He was coughing a lot yesterday. My oncologist wants to try the Palladia again later this week but at a lower dose if the coughing up blood has resolved. This gives me some encouragement to follow her recommendation.

  • chilidawg

    Hooray for Lucky! Glad to hear he doing well even with a couple rough patches! Love the pictures- he’s a happy boy!

    Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

  • jerry

    Oh YAY! We love fantastic news like this. Lucky certainly lives up to his name! Congrats 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!!!

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