Jump to content

Osteo Diagnosis


Recommended Posts

Guest roselle

Arathorn went peacefully to the Bridge about Noon on Saturday. It was an incredibly difficult decision but I think it was the right one to make. His pain level had gotten pretty high and we felt it was just selfish for us to keep him here with us when we couldn't offer him a good quality of life. He gave me a kiss this morning, "flat on the lips", which I took as a sign that this was the right step. There's a big empty spot on the couch tonight and it's going to be weird not having to fight for a spot in the bed later but I know he's free of pain and running like crazy at the Rainbow Bridge.

 

Thanks for all the support from our friends on Greytalk.

HUGS TO YOU, RUN FREE ARATHORN

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 1.2k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Guest azlorenz

We went to the GPA Greyhound Gathering today with Tansy and Elly. I underestimated how hard it would be. There were two tri-pawd dogs there. Also, a pup that looked so much like Flash. I HATE this demon.

 

Lois, I am so sorry to hear of Arathorn's passing. My heart breaks with yours tonight.

Edited by azlorenz
Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest racergirl435

Wow...I am overwhelmed. So much loss in so little time. A piece of my heart breaks every time I hear of another hound's passing. Hugs to everyone.

 

Jen, I find it very comforting to have Seymour's ashes. I think of him so much anyway and it feels like he is still here with us. We speak of him often and I still am surprised at how much my husband misses him. I never knew. He absolutely adores our Ike and Ike so obviously adores him. It really is quite amazing. I knew once we got another hound, it would help him heal from the loss of Seymour.

Link to post
Share on other sites

There has been a lot of sadness in this thread recently and I have been hesitant to post about Charlie as I feel we have been lucky so far while many others haven't. My heart breaks every time I read about another pup lost to this hideous disease.

 

Just a quick update. Charlie is doing well and enjoying life on three legs. He loves being outside sans jacket even in the weather we are having. We still have him on Palladia, Artemisinin and a whole protocol of herbs and so far things are working out. He still has high protein in his urine which is not good and is taking something for that which so far has lowered it however not far enough. The only other thing we have noticed is his skin has become more transparent and his fur on his belly is no more (not that he had much anyways). We are at the point where we are supposed to take our second set of lung x-rays and personally I don't know whether we will. My feeling is, what is the point? If mets are there, they are there, there's not much we can do about it. If they are clear, awesome. Neither will change change what we are doing and will continue to do so I'm thinking why bother? Any opinions/reasons why we should?

 

A quick pic of Charlie hugging his platypus:

DSC_01322399.jpg

 

And for any that are wondering about tripods and whether they can 'get around', here's a link to a posting I did just before Christmas:

http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/266515-thank-you-and-thankful-for/page__p__4796693__hl__charlie__fromsearch__1#entry4796693

 

Hug your pups everyone.

Kyle

Kyle with Stewie ('Super C Ledoux, Super C Sampson x Sing It Blondie) and forever missing my three angels, Jack ('Roy Jack', Greys Flambeau x Miss Cobblepot) and Charlie ('CTR Midas Touch', Leo's Midas x Hallo Argentina) and Shelby ('Shari's Hooty', Flying Viper x Shari Carusi) running free across the bridge.

Gus an coinnich sinn a'rithist my boys and little girl.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Lois, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Know that we are all feeling it with you. :weep

 

Shannon, a huge :grouphug to you. And to you as well Karen for the loss of your friend's pup.

 

Kyle, the only reason I can think to do the x-rays would be if you were going to choose a different treatment if he does have mets. My only thought is at that point you might assume the Palladia is no longer working and choose to try something else (there's the interleukin-L I think it's called that I mentioned to Shannon at some point in here, from Dr. Dressler's book). Or at least you might stop the Palladia if you think that's what's causing the protein in his urine. Not saying you should do any of this,just trying to think of any possible reasons. :dunno

 

I'm glad to hear Charlie continues to do well. Please don't hesitate to post updates about him. I remember always feeling the same about Neyla and wondering when people said to post anyway, but now I know for certain having been on both sides that I do take comfort in hearing that other people's pups are doing well. Frankly, there's too little of that right now, so please do post!

 

The thin skin reminds me of my friends' dog - she is having the same issues although hers are more severe. My brain is still fuzzy, but I believe they determined the skin issue might be separate from the kidney issue somehow. Totally brain farting - I'll ask them about it next time we talk in case it might help you.

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest roselle

There has been a lot of sadness in this thread recently and I have been hesitant to post about Charlie as I feel we have been lucky so far while many others haven't. My heart breaks every time I read about another pup lost to this hideous disease.

 

Just a quick update. Charlie is doing well and enjoying life on three legs. He loves being outside sans jacket even in the weather we are having. We still have him on Palladia, Artemisinin and a whole protocol of herbs and so far things are working out. He still has high protein in his urine which is not good and is taking something for that which so far has lowered it however not far enough. The only other thing we have noticed is his skin has become more transparent and his fur on his belly is no more (not that he had much anyways). We are at the point where we are supposed to take our second set of lung x-rays and personally I don't know whether we will. My feeling is, what is the point? If mets are there, they are there, there's not much we can do about it. If they are clear, awesome. Neither will change change what we are doing and will continue to do so I'm thinking why bother? Any opinions/reasons why we should?

 

A quick pic of Charlie hugging his platypus:

DSC_01322399.jpg

 

And for any that are wondering about tripods and whether they can 'get around', here's a link to a posting I did just before Christmas:

http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/266515-thank-you-and-thankful-for/page__p__4796693__hl__charlie__fromsearch__1#entry4796693

 

Hug your pups everyone.

Kyle

 

Hi Kyle, It's always an upper to see a picture of handsome Charlie. I too have been putting off reporting on Gracy. I actually wrote something and then erased it feeling guilty that she is doing so well. It;s so sad that so many of the names familiar to me are at the bridge now. It's like having friends that just keep leaving. I too get very sad and cry when their people have to go through the process of taking them to the bridge.

 

Gracy update: She has been great. Doing well as a tripod, I love to hear her hippidy-hop and she always greats me with her spinning tail and opened mouth smile. She loves giving full on the lips slobbery kisses. I can't bend down to tie my shoes without getting attacked by the licking monster. She is on her 5 carboplaten treatment and the doc. thinks she wont need the 6. She is telling me that the research is showing that there isn't much difference between 4 or 6 tx. of carboplaten. Anyone know about that? Gracy has never been a toy lover. We tried to get her to play but she wasn't in to it.

she's happy hanging out with her humans and sister Lulu (mini wiener), and Howard 18 y/o lab mix. My goal is to have her tie that 22 month survival record. Writing this update is very theraputic for me. It gives me hope. I hope it offers :grouphug hope to newcomers. Kyle who is left from the summer gang, do you know.

 

For everyone out there, not as lucky as Kyle and me. We feel your pain and don't take for granted every good day we have with our hounds.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest azlorenz

Kyle and Roselle please please post more about your kids!!!! I love hearing about them doing well. Just because things didn't work out so well for Flash doesn't mean that I don't love hearing about Charlie and Gracy. When you don't post it just makes me worry that they aren't doing well. So please, post post and post some more. We all need some good news.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Question for all of the regulars: Threads on GT are usually closed down by the mods at 50 pages and we are already at 60. I was thinking of starting a new thread and asking the mods to lock this one. I can put a link to this thread in the first post, along with some crucial links like the bonecacnerdogs and COG yahoo groups, as well as the great OSU info Jane always shares to get newcomers started.

 

Basically, make this an ongoing support thread for anyone who is dealing with osteo, which is basically what it's been except that I think some people feel intimidated to come in if they weren't in the original group. Even though I didn't, I just barged right in. :lol

 

Is everyone okay with that? If so, any other suggestions for "crucial" information/links that should go in the first post?

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest roselle

Question for all of the regulars: Threads on GT are usually closed down by the mods at 50 pages and we are already at 60. I was thinking of starting a new thread and asking the mods to lock this one. I can put a link to this thread in the first post, along with some crucial links like the bonecacnerdogs and COG yahoo groups, as well as the great OSU info Jane always shares to get newcomers started.

 

Basically, make this an ongoing support thread for anyone who is dealing with osteo, which is basically what it's been except that I think some people feel intimidated to come in if they weren't in the original group. Even though I didn't, I just barged right in. :lol

 

Is everyone okay with that? If so, any other suggestions for "crucial" information/links that should go in the first post?

 

Sounds good to me, please tell me what to do I'm not much of a techie, thats why no picture of Gracy, who by the way is a stunner.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest racergirl435
Sounds good to me, please tell me what to do I'm not much of a techie, thats why no picture of Gracy, who by the way is a stunner.

 

I'd be happy to post pictures of Gracy for you if you want to e-mail them to me. jkinsey435@yahoo.com :) I offer this for selfish reasons. I want to see her. :)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Roselle, you don't have to do anything. I'll post a link to the new thread here so everyone can find it easily.

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest roselle
Sounds good to me, please tell me what to do I'm not much of a techie, thats why no picture of Gracy, who by the way is a stunner.

 

I'd be happy to post pictures of Gracy for you if you want to e-mail them to me. jkinsey435@yahoo.com :) I offer this for selfish reasons. I want to see her. :)

Your great, I'll get going. She's black and white with huge dreamy eyes. Thanks so much, Roselle :heart

 

Roselle, you don't have to do anything. I'll post a link to the new thread here so everyone can find it easily.

 

 

Thanks, O.K., go for it

Link to post
Share on other sites

Question for all of the regulars: Threads on GT are usually closed down by the mods at 50 pages and we are already at 60. I was thinking of starting a new thread and asking the mods to lock this one. I can put a link to this thread in the first post, along with some crucial links like the bonecacnerdogs and COG yahoo groups, as well as the great OSU info Jane always shares to get newcomers started.

 

Basically, make this an ongoing support thread for anyone who is dealing with osteo, which is basically what it's been except that I think some people feel intimidated to come in if they weren't in the original group. Even though I didn't, I just barged right in. :lol

 

Is everyone okay with that? If so, any other suggestions for "crucial" information/links that should go in the first post?

 

That sounds like a great idea. FYI, most of the greyhound and oncology vets at OSU are either funded by grants or in a 3 year residency. This creates a fair amount of turnover (a new vet about every 4 to 6 months). If the info on OSU is not going to be able to be updated easily, it would be best just to include the permanent members of Dr. Couto's staff. Let me know and I will send you a message with this info.

 

Jane

Link to post
Share on other sites

 

That sounds like a great idea. FYI, most of the greyhound and oncology vets at OSU are either funded by grants or in a 3 year residency. This creates a fair amount of turnover (a new vet about every 4 to 6 months). If the info on OSU is not going to be able to be updated easily, it would be best just to include the permanent members of Dr. Couto's staff. Let me know and I will send you a message with this info.

 

Jane

Excellent point. If you wouldn't mind sending me a pared down version of the post you usually make with the most relevant info and the permanent staff via PM, that would be awesome!

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites

before locking one last tribute to the original 7.5 os doggies who all fought, and are still fighting (you go charlie -- our hero!!!) the horrible monster osteo.....here's to:

 

Flash

Charlie

Rivie

Anubis

Sirocco

 

and all the brave greys and their people mentioned in this 60 page thread since the first who have fought, and are still fighting osteo - who have provided so much information to those on the path and opened their hearts to support others. i pray for a cure.

Edited by teri_d
Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh my word. She's GORGEOUS! And so furry! Greyhounds everywhere are in envy.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Gracy is gorgeous! :wub:

 

ETA: I will start the new thread as soon as I gather the OSU info and will post a link here.

Edited by NeylasMom

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites

The new thread is here.

 

I decided to list off the names of the pups we've lost since this thread started. I can't believe how long the list is especially considering it's only for half of the year. :headwall:weep It was a sad process for me going through these 60 pages and listing each one. :( If you see anyone missing, please let me know so I can add them. Also, there were 4 people who had checked in when their pups were diagnosed but who we haven't heard from in some time. If anyone knows how Santa, Porter, Thor, and Winston are doing, please let us know. Finally, if there's an addition to the short :( list of pups still fighting, I can add those too.

 

I'll ask the mods to lock this thread.

 

Here's hoping that 2011 brings much fewer people to the new thread and those that join are able to be treated successfully and have many more years with their owners. :cheers

gallery_12662_3351_862.jpg

Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong."

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...