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Zuri Osteo Update: Just Got Some Good News!


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After ruling out some other treatments options, and trying palliative radiation that unfortunately did not provide the pain relief we had hoped, we have settled on oral pain meds, weekly massage with a physical therapist and Zoledronate for pain management for Zuri. This has been working well and I have a happy bouncing boy who is acting like himself, eating well and playing with his toys daily. Unfortunately before we did the second Zoledronate treatment we noticed that his kidney values were creeping up. The Zoledronate carries a risk of kidney side effects, but because controlling Zuri's pain is our priority we went ahead with it and hoped for the best.

 

That was 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, we redid blood work and results show a BUN that is up 2 more points, but his creatinine has dropped 0.2. :yay I'm waiting for the vet to call to discuss, but this seems to indicate to me things may have stagnated or are at the very least moving very very slowly. I wouldn't dare hope things are actually improving, more that there are slight variations from the machine/lab used, but all in all I think this is very good news. This gives me hope that we may be able to continue to repeat Zoledronate treatments for a while.

 

I know things can change on a dime, but I was really expecting the results to have increased significantly so today, we are celebrating. The rest of the blood work looked good as well. I had been slightly concerned about his various blood counts trending downward, maybe indicating that he was becoming anemic, but they were all up this time. :clap

 

 

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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

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This has been working well and I have a happy bouncing boy who is acting like himself, eating well and playing with his toys daily.

 

 

 

:pepper:yay:pepper:yay:pepper:yay GO ZURI!!!!!!

Kendra, devoted walker of Lucia (Larking About x Anastasia) and her son Henry (Tom Jones: Great Son x Lucia), plus Grandpa Grey the Galgo/Greyhound cross.

Missing Badger (Vf Get R Done: Quicksand Slip x Ll Tee el See), 5/7/04 - 2/20/14, who opened our hearts and our home to greyhounds,
    Kenzie (Slatex Kenzie: Randy Handy x Slatex Chrisy), 4/16/03 - 10/29/14, who really knew what a good dog she was,
    and Falcon (Atascocita Sabat: Dodgem by Design x Atascocita Barb), 9/13/10 - 1/31/20, who was grumpy and snarky but eventually a little bit cuddly, too.

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Still waiting for our oncologist to call back, but the vet we saw yesterday at our regular practice just called and confirmed my interpretation - slight variation from machines, but values unchanged since 2 weeks ago. I am kind of bouncing off the walls with excitement. I realize it's only been 2 weeks, but this is GOOD.

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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."

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Aaaand heard from oncologist. She thinks they will continue to go up and wants us to recheck in 2 weeks again before repeating Zoledronate, but agrees this is good news. And that will be my final report on that. :P

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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."

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great news!!! :yay

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Awesome b-day present! :mexi2

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Sounds like a good reason to have ice cream. At least that's what Rocket said. :bgeorge

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what wonderful news -- we all share (in some small way) your joy and happiness that Zuri's treatments are working ... Congratulations!

 

Can I ask that you post a picture of your bouncing boy? They always make me smile, and we could ALL use that!!

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