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by tiva
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tail amputation in adult dog w/tumor--recovery?
Replies: 10
Views: 8181

Update: Re: Tail amputation in adult dog w/tumor--recovery?

I stumbled upon this old thread while looking something else up, and thought I'd give an update. Tiva did indeed have her tail amputated 4 years ago, and it went perfectly well. The MCT recurred a year ago, this time in her front leg, and she's recovered fine from that as well. Now she's 16.5 years,...
by tiva
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Riddle's TTA recovery thread
Replies: 40
Views: 17224

Re: Riddle's TTA recovery thread

She's a gorgeous dog. I hope her healing continues to be smooth.
by tiva
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: discospondylitis?
Replies: 5
Views: 2156

Re: discospondylitis?

Thanks--finally had the x-rays today. The vet saw no signs of diskospondlytis, but did see severe spondylosis and moderate hip dysplasia in one hip.
by tiva
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: discospondylitis?
Replies: 5
Views: 2156

Re: discospondylitis?

Interesting about the level of care you give for spinal pain. I think the vet was certain that it was tick-borne disease, because they're so common up here in tickland. When that didn't turn out to be the case, she didn't really want to follow up. His x-rays are Monday, a full 2 weeks after his spin...
by tiva
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Ideas needed: 3rd MCT, but now Tiva is nearly 17
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Re: Ideas needed: 3rd MCT, but now Tiva is nearly 17

Thanks for the feedback, MK. Tiva isn't on benadryl, and I'll talk to the vet about that when I bring her in for the aspiration.
by tiva
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: SOCKS HAS RECOVERED FROM MCT BUT NOW...
Replies: 12
Views: 4186

Re: SOCKS HAS RECOVERED FROM MCT BUT NOW...

With high normal kidney enzymes, many vets feel that it's reasonable to treat your dog with NSAIDs such as Rimadyl for severe arthritis--well, my vet believes this strongly, and when I asked on this board about it this winter, the board vets also agreed. Rimadyl and other NSAIDs can strain the kidne...
by tiva
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: discospondylitis?
Replies: 5
Views: 2156

discospondylitis?

Does anyone have experience with discospondylitis (also spelled diskospondylitis)? It's an infection of the spine often caused by foreign bodies. Well, 3 weeks ago our Vanya got into a porcupine and had 157 quills removed. The vet warned us that she couldn't get all the quills, so we should expect a...
by tiva
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good diet for an elderly dog?
Replies: 11
Views: 3930

Re: Good diet for an elderly dog?

Sorry to chime in so late, but I just read this. Our Tiva is 16.5 and still on TOTW Pacific Stream). It's only 25% protein, and my vet thinks it's a perfect protein level for an old dog. She does wonderfully well on it. Low protein diets for elderly dogs is something of a myth. Super-high protein ma...
by tiva
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: SOCKS HAS RECOVERED FROM MCT BUT NOW...
Replies: 12
Views: 4186

Re: SOCKS HAS RECOVERED FROM MCT BUT NOW...

Just how elevated are those kidney enzymes? I ask because my Tiva (16.5 yrs) has some very similiar health issues as your pup. After her last MCT surgery, we initially tried tramadol for her arthritis. Tramadol wasn't working and was sedating her too much, so then we tried rimadyl (since the alterna...
by tiva
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Ideas needed: 3rd MCT, but now Tiva is nearly 17
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Ideas needed: 3rd MCT, but now Tiva is nearly 17

Hi- I'm afraid our sweet Tiva may have a third MCT. And I'm not sure what to do, since she's nearly 17. A little background: at 13, she had her first MCT, grade II, unclean margins after surgery. It was in her tail, so the vet amputated her tail, which was curative. At 15, she got her second MCT (we...
by tiva
Sat May 12, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Porcupine! Ouch! 157 quills later...
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

Re: Porcupine! Ouch! 157 quills later...

Ouch! Did they do x-rays or ultrasound to look for rogue quills? I'm fairly sure I've read that is what is advised to make sure there are no missing quills. I don't think x-rays will show them, but ultrasound would. This vet didn't do it, however. I showed the broken quill to a friend of mine who i...
by tiva
Sat May 12, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Porcupine! Ouch! 157 quills later...
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

Porcupine! Ouch! 157 quills later...

Yesterday while we were out hiking, Vanya found a porcupine. Once I saw it, I yelled and Vanya came running back to me, screaming his head off. Too late. The left side of his face was covered with quills. We were two miles from the car on a rough trail, and then 30 minutes drive from the closest tow...
by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: too skinny?
Replies: 24
Views: 6913

Re: too skinny?

If anything, he looks a little plump to me, since you can't really see a waist tuck. Of course, that's probably the photo. It's fine to see the spine, says me vet, who likes all her client dogs slender. Our Vanya spends hours each day on our farm running, digging, hunting, and generally bouncing aro...
by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cash's Anxiety...
Replies: 29
Views: 7083

Re: Cash's Anxiety...

If your dog has anxiety and is hurting himself, listen to your vet and put him on meds! Now! It's exactly the same as if he were diabetic--you wouldn't deny him the insulin, right? Anti-anxiety meds are just as helpful. My Vanya is on prozac after he started obsessing about flickering lights, and it...
by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: HELP- TUMORS... NEED ADVICE
Replies: 46
Views: 12924

Re: HELP- TUMORS... NEED ADVICE

I hope his recovery continues as well. A cone is a great invention--amazing how quickly they can rip out their stitches. Our Tiva has had 2 bouts with MCTs, and she's nearing 17 and still going strong. Both times we had the MCTs removed, but no chemo or radiation (once they were in her tail, so we h...

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