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  1. Thought I'd toss this totally bizarre issue out there to see whether anyone has any possible explanation: Lucy becomes really angry when Cash nests. Any time, day or night, wherever she is in the house. If she hears him nesting, she'll bark, and then run over and glare at him until he stops. We've had her for six years, and she's never done this with any of our other hounds. We've had Cash for two and a half years, and she didn't do it with Cash until recently. We can also simulate the sound by scraping our nails on the beds, and she doesn't react. She gets along fine with him otherwise -
  2. Gabe (Zared) - lost his battle with Osteo in March, 2012. Diamond (Shorty's Diamond) - lost her battle with Osteo in September, 2014.
  3. I literally gasped out loud the first time I saw Diamond's kennel photo. DH immediately said "You've found a hound, haven't you?" We'd adopted Gabe a few months before and knew we'd eventually adopt a second. I thought she was the most stunning dog I'd ever seen. I couldn't stop thinking about her and kept showing DH her picture. The next evening over dinner, I emailed the group, telling them we'd come see her over the weekend and asking them not to let anyone adopt "our" hound. And she was our hound. Every inch of her. From the minute she first set foot in our house seven years ago, s
  4. We were in a very similar situation with Diamond. Her Osteo was missed by two vets and a Chief Surgeon on three sets of X-rays. We tried cold laser until that made things worse - at that point, she was diagnosed with Osteo by a neurologist via MRI. I hope you have better news and that someone can give you some answers.
  5. We went through that with Lucy, and it turned out to be IBD.
  6. Had another conversation with her oncologist, and he feels it's not time. Despite the met in her lung and the lesion on her leg, she's not really showing any signs of pain or discomfort. He feels we can continue to manage it and that she still has some good weeks (months?) ahead. So I'm going to pick up my girl. We'll get her burgers and ice cream on the way home.
  7. It's in Diamond's lungs and her back leg. I'll probably be letting her go this evening. I'm beyond gutted. Two of my babies claimed by cancer in two years.
  8. I know I've been terrible at providing updates (life has been CRAZY lately, to say the very least), but if you could send some positive thoughts Diamond's way tomorrow (Wednesday), I'd really appreciate it. She's going in for her third chemo, and they'll be doing x-rays of her lungs and probably her remaining back leg. She's generally been doing REALLY well, but she's having some problems with that leg. Her Oncologist and her physical therapist think it's a strained muscle, but since they'll be doing x-rays anyway, I want to have it checked out. We (DH, oncologist and I) decided on day one tha
  9. I've also been really happy with Healthy Paws. Diamond was diagnosed with Osteo in May, and they've paid almost $10k in claims with no issues.
  10. This has been my ONLY complaint about our insurance (Healthy Paws). They raised our rates when we moved, literally, two miles down the road. We changed zipcodes because we moved from the county into the city proper, but we're still in exactly the same area with exactly the same vets/specialists.
  11. I need to find some time to sit down and write a full update, but Diamond, my ten and a half year-old is ROCKING life as a tripod. It's absolute nonsense to say they can't do it at seven. For what it's worth, our Oncologist says there's no evidence that a low-carb diet helps at all. The most important part right now is to control his pain (I agree with others that Tramadol isn't enough) and to limit his activity so you lessen his risk of a break. So sorry you're facing this awful diagnosis.
  12. Definitely send the X-rays to Dr. Couto, even if the radiologist says it isn't Osteo. My Diamond was misdiagnosed for over two months after two vets and a surgeon missed Osteo on three sets of X-rays. We still think/hope we caught it early (finally diagnosed via an MRI), but I wish I'd involved Dr. Couto at the start.
  13. I've been thrilled with Healthy Paws. We've had no issues with thousands of dollars (approaching ten thousand now) of Osteo-related claims
  14. Sounds very much like Diamond's symptoms. She had an occasional limp that disappeared completely after she was up for a while and zero signs of pain when we/the vet felt her leg. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Osteo at the beginning of the month. Hers was even missed on three sets of X-rays.
  15. I second sending the X-rays to Dr. Couto. My 10 year-old was diagnosed with Osteo via MRI two weeks ago after two vets and a head surgeon missed it on THREE sets of X-rays. We still feel we caught it early, but I think if I'd sent the first set of X-rays to Dr. Couto, he would've seen it immediately. Tramadol apparently tastes AWFUL. I had some success with canned whipped cream with my first Osteo dog, but with Diamond, we can only do down the throat.
  16. Miss Diamond had most of her stitches taken out today. One section (the top right of the Y incision along her hip, if that makes sense) will stay in for another week, just to be safe. The surgeon said everything looks great, and they were impressed by how well she's getting around. When the tech came out to get us in the waiting room, Diamond actually RAN AWAY, dragging me down the hall and to the elevator. Mobile? Check! She'll get the rest of the stitches out next Friday, and we'll meet with Oncology (the same brilliant Oncologist we used with Gabe) the same afternoon to discuss the che
  17. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Your Nell was absolutely beautiful, and it sounds like she lived a beautiful life.
  18. More Diamond milestones: Yesterday, nine days post-op, we had to put a leash on her for the first time, because she's trotting too fast for us to keep up with her. Yesterday evening, I took Cash and Lucy out on leashes while DH had Diamond for a VERY short walk, and Diamond was dragging DH to get ahead of the other two. This morning, she grabbed a stuffy to carry with her when we went out - something she always did pre-sugery but hadn't done since. It's SO good to see her coming back to herself.
  19. One week after surgery and we have our first post-amp roach!! DH and I cannot stop grinning. We're also practically chasing her around the yard now. She suddenly caught onto the whole walking thing about four days in and only needs sling support when she gets tired. These dogs are just incredible. I knew that before, but now I REALLY do.
  20. Diamond and I got a little sleep - mostly between 5:30 and 8:30am. She didn't seem painful, just restless. She kept trying (with varying levels of success) to reposition herself on her bed, and I woke up every time she moved. She did cough quite a bit - not the hacking, throat-clearning cough but a dry, shallow one. I'll ask the surgical department about it when I check in with them this morning. The hardest part has been her mobility - it's still REALLY limited, and I'm really struggling. She CAN stand on her own and can hop short distances before she gets tired. But, mostly, it seems lik
  21. Miss Diamond gets to come home today! We went to visit her yesterday, and, at that point (less than 24 hours after surgery), she wasn't really trying to stand or walk on her own. Apparently, she's been standing today and is walking fairly well with sling assistance. She's only eating baby food, no kibble yet, but hopefully we can tempt her with something when she's here and more settled. She has a little swelling and some bruising, but not as bad as I expected - especially since she had a partial pelvectomy. It did surprise me that they're not bandaging the incision, though - they prefe
  22. I've probably watched this video fifteen times in the last hour. I also sent it to my husband, who I'm sure has watched it multiple times. This evening, we'll pick up Diamond who (also at ten and a half) had a rear leg amp with a partial pelvectomy on Saturday. This video was just what we needed to remind us that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. THANK YOU, and tons of good wishes for Nell.
  23. Diamond's amp went really well. They gave her Amicar and had a blood donor ready just in case, but the surgeon said her bleeding was really minimal. He said the bone was stronger and much more solid than he generally sees with Osteo dogs, so he thinks we caught it very early. We'll go visit her tomorrow, and if all goes well, we should be able to bring her home on Monday.
  24. I'm so sorry about Roxy. I can't imagine. Diamond's amp was postponed to wait for the results of a CT scan. Because Gabe had two primary tumors and because we think Diamond's Osteo has gone undiagnosed for a while (not spotted by two vets and a head surgeon on two sets of X-rays and no signs of pain, just a very slight limp that worked itself out as she walked) we wanted to make sure it hasn't spread anywhere else. The original plan was to take her straight from the CT to surgery, but the radiologist couldn't look at them until this morning. He sees NO signs of cancer anywhere else - i
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