Second chemo success

IMG_7245Abby had her second chemo yesterday and is doing well. The vet was concerned that she’d lost 5 pounds since her first round, but I actually think that the original weight (66 pounds) listed on her chart was immediately post-surgery, rather than 2 weeks later when she started chemo. She was a very picky eater those first few weeks, but has steadily gained weight and is gobbling up her Honest Kitchen meals. She’s 61 pounds now which is small for a Rottweiler, but I’m sure her growth was interrupted by getting cancer so young. And, besides, she only has 3 legs!

They are going to check her bloodwork next week, but if all goes well we will be on the every 3 week plan. They also plan to do x-Rays before the third chemo and a quick ultrasound check of her lymph nodes (since the osteo had spread to the node behind her amputated knee). I did ask if the post-carboplatin treatment we are planning is a form of metronomics since I was unsure. The oncologist said it’s actually a different class, but some people think of it as similar since it would be a daily dose of chemo in pill form. It is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor which she prefers for dogs with osteosarcoma. If Abby tolerates it well, we will do this after the 5 rounds of chemo.

Abby has been loving her time at the dog parks and on the trails. Every single dog sniffs her leg–I originally thought this was because of the incision, but she’s healed now. Dogs definitely notice the difference, but transition quickly into playtime. Most of them get reprimanded by their owners for sniffing the missing leg area, but I tell them that Abby can handle herself just fine.IMG_7276

The most common question I get from the people is, “Did they get it all?” so I have to explain that osteosarcoma doesn’t usually work that way, but that we wanted to alleviate her pain and let her enjoy life. Abby usually backs me up on this by running by at that moment. For anyone who thinks that chemo is rough on Abby, I would offer this blurry picture as evidence that she is doing just fine. And the pug is too.

2 thoughts on “Second chemo success”

  1. YAAAAAAAAAY FOR ABBY!!! Such good news!

    It just warms my heart to know how much she is enjoying life…just being dog!!

    Yeah, I just find that vet scales just are not that consistent anyway! Abby is eating and feeling good and that’s the best indicator of all that she’s doing great!

    It’s quite a tribute to you and Abby that you are avle ro use time at the dog park to inform and inspire. Nice job!

    We’re all cheering for you precious Abby! Keep on rockin’!

    Love and Hugs to all on Team Abby!!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  2. Yay that is so awesome. I am so glad Abby is doing so well. I never took Sassy back to the dog park as she had her amputation in Nov and by the time spring came it had spread to her lungs. Plus my vet didn’t want her to be around a lot of dogs with the suppressed immune system. The other thing is the dog park was down a huge hill and it was hard enough walking up it I couldn’t imagine Sassy doing it on 3 legs.

    Keep kicking butt Abby.
    I agree with Sally sometimes those scales are off a little

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

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