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by tiva
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Healthy weight
Replies: 39
Views: 3648

Re: Healthy weight

A little more weight will be good for her, but be careful not to go overboard. It's a LOT harder to take weight off than put it on, and the health risks from being a few pounds overweight are more significant than the health risks of being a few pounds underweight.
by tiva
Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned
Replies: 109
Views: 99768

Re: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned

Tiva's update is good--after her surgery for a new mast cell tumor in Feb., the cancer specialists at the vet school wanted to do both chemo and radiation, because her margins weren't clean. But her mitotic index was 0 (great news), and she's 15 years old, so doing a ton of very expensive, potential...
by tiva
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: LIMPING
Replies: 22
Views: 3113

Re: LIMPING

Chasesmom wrote:
What should we do?


Call the vet!
by tiva
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Getting tired out really quickly - I'm concerned
Replies: 10
Views: 1477

Re: Getting tired out really quickly - I'm concerned

Yes--if it's above 80 and humid, be careful. Tiva, one of our pit bulls, almost passed out from heat stroke on one shady forest walk a few years ago. For some reason, the heat hit her hard. Luckily, we had a lot of water bottles and could cool her down and carry her to the air-conditioned car, but i...
by tiva
Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tick control for hairless dog?
Replies: 23
Views: 3058

Re: Tick control for hairless dog?

Just a reminder: dogs that are on an SSRI such as fluoxetine (Prozac) should not use amitraz, the active ingredient in Preventic. Amitraz is actually an MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor), which reacts with SSRIs. You also shouldn't use anything with Amitraz if your dog is on Anipryl (the dementia d...
by tiva
Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

We've had 2 MCTs removed from Tiva. My advice: 1. have the vet aspirate first, to check for mast cells. 2. Then if she finds mast cells, have her do a very aggressive tumor removal, with 2 to 3 cm margins all around. This is by far the best thing you can do for a MCT. You don't want to just remove t...
by tiva
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cancer Treatment Experiences
Replies: 38
Views: 5076

Re: Cancer Treatment Experiences

I'm so sorry. I hope amputation is a viable option with the location of the cancer. We've had 2 bouts with Mast Cell tumors in our elderly pttie, Tiva. The first time, it was in her tail, and amputation was the best option. It got her 3 great years before another MCT came up. Chemo has come a long w...
by tiva
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Does this warrant a new vet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Does this warrant a new vet?

Seriously? Here's what my wonderful vet, and the UW vet school clinic, have told me about similar issues: 1. Age has little to do with whether anesthesia is safe for a particular dog. The preliminary bloodwork tells you how safe it's likely to be. Our pittie Tiva just had anesthesia for MCt, and she...
by tiva
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned
Replies: 109
Views: 99768

Re: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned

Good luck!
by tiva
Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Riddle's Mast Cell Tumor...
Replies: 32
Views: 4583

Re: Riddle's Mast Cell Tumor...

Sorry for what you're going through. We've had 2 MCTs with our Tiva (both grade 2, both without clean margins because of their location, both low mitotic index, luckily). After her first dirty-margined MCT when she was 12, we amputated her tail (where that MCT was located), rather than do radiation....
by tiva
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Those of you that use or would like to use
Replies: 33
Views: 4478

Re: Those of you that use or would like to use

I make chocolate coconut bark often. I don't eat sugar, so here's my recipe: 4 T melted nutiva coconut oil 2 T cocoa powder sweetener to taste--I use a teaspoon or so of xylitol (made from birch trees, minimal carbs) toasted almonds are nice to add vanilla (1/2 teaspoon) is also a nice option Melt t...
by tiva
Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tully at the Chinese medicine vet
Replies: 41
Views: 4954

Re: Tully at the Chinese medicine vet

Why not have the full range of blood tests for Cushings, and then depending on her tests, treat with anipryl or lysodren, as appropriate? OK, I'm a real live scientist and I don't have a huge amount of patience for untested therapies. Blaming the dog owner for feeding her TOTW instead of raw would m...
by tiva
Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Had the vet look at Isabeau's growth...
Replies: 61
Views: 9602

Re: Had the vet look at Isabeau's growth...

Oh no--I hope this is the last one for a while.
by tiva
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned
Replies: 109
Views: 99768

Re: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned

3 years ago, our Tiva had a MCT in her tail, incomplete margins on removal, intermediate grade 2. We also opted for amputation, and Tiva healed very well. She had 3 more years cancer-free. Now she's 15, and she got another MCT, this time on her leg. We had another surgery, and again we got similar p...
by tiva
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Had the vet look at Isabeau's growth...
Replies: 61
Views: 9602

Re: Had the vet look at Isabeau's growth...

Good luck! There are inexpensive chemo options, if your second vet thinks chemo might be appropriate. Some chemo is very expensive because it needs to be administered intravenously. Other chemo can be given by pill, and while you still need to monitor blood counts, it's not expensive. For example, o...

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