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5/21/10 1:56 A

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I think it's two things about this particular team. First, there's great leadership. They keep things going without being pests about it. LOL! The other thing is our dogs. Dog people just naturally love talking to other dog people, especially if we're talking about dogs. We learn from each other and help each other. I think dogs almost always make humans better.

So how are you and Coco today?

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5/21/10 12:26 A

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If you want to talk to anyone on here who has responded to your post, you could click on under their picture where it says my sparkpage, and leave a comment on their own page (or you can send them a private message). I don't know if this answers your question or not.


I know that some teams I have been on just aren't as active as others, or people are just on so many other teams (this is the only team I am on now), so I can devote more time to the messages that are being posted.


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5/20/10 10:48 P

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Where do I find the lovely people who have spoken to me on this page? Do you all join every discussion? I just can't seem to find continuity on the teams-so many people leave teams and only 2 or 3 people post-
suggestions?

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5/20/10 12:41 A

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Poor Mama Gail! All of this may well have been harder on you than it was on Coco. I hope you both sleep soundly tonight and feel much better tomorrow.

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5/19/10 10:49 P

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Hi everyone-the Coco is home and she seems a little stunned but who wouldn't be? She was so happy when we came to get her that she tried jumping into the car! what a girl!

She has decided to sleep in the living room and my husband is sleeping on the couch in case she has trouble during the night-she will come into the bedroom at some point.

I am exhausted-I have finished dinner dishes and given Coco her medication, then I take mine (ha-ha but true)and now I am lying in bed writing this and in ten minutes I will be asleep.

You guys are just such good people-
Gail

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5/19/10 10:22 P

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So glad the surgery went well, I hope also that it comes back with positive news! Please let us know how she is doing


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5/19/10 9:04 P

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Glad all went well with the surgery. I hope the tests on the toe comes back negative. emoticon to your little baby..hope she feels better soon.

I will take each day as it comes.
As my grandfather always told me.."Don't ever get old,it's a ..." I should have listened to him!!
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CUTHAILJET's Photo CUTHAILJET Posts: 502
5/19/10 8:02 P

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Boy, do I know that awful feeling of anticipating surgery for one of my babies and then waiting for it to be over.

The amputated toe needs to be examined because some kinds of cancer will metastasize. Bone cancer, for one, is not cured by amputation but it can buy time, sometimes a lot of time. Other cancers may require some further treatment to prevent metastasis somewhere else. I hope whatever was going on in Coco's toe is not cancer and is over and done with. And that she will heal quickly.

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5/19/10 6:39 P

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I want to thank you all for all the care and attention you have given to this day.
Coco has finished surgery at 12 noon and we are picking her up in an hour-

The reason I said presumed cancer is that we did a biopsy and it came back no cancer-then we tried a number of antibiotics but the toe kept getting bigger-apparently the only way to tell if the dog has cancer is to examine the amputated toe-which, in my opinion, makes no sense as the problem is dealt with.

Anyway I am going to spend more time on this board because it looks to me as if you have a very active group of people. I guess there are so many spark teams that many peter out after a while.

I want you to know that it made a big difference to me to see that people who have dogs can understand like nobody else can-how painful it is when their 'darling' has surgery. Once again thanks to all of you for taking the time to post messages-
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5/19/10 11:42 A

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My 112 lb. Rottweiler had to have her toe removed a couple of years ago. Her toenail broke off, was bleeding, and the vet tried antibiotics hoping it was just a broken toenail. But it started bleeding again a few weeks later, so the vet took an Xray, and there was cancer in the toe bone. That's what was causing the nail to come off and bleed. We had the toe removed, and she stayed at the vet overnight. We gave her pain meds and antibiotics for 10 days, and then she was walking and running again. The most annoying part was that she had one of those flared collars so she wouldn't tear out the stitches. Once she didn't have to wear that thing she got back to normal. If she did over do it she would start limping again. And sometimes even now when she first gets up from a nap she will limp a little on that foot for a minute or two. But other than that she's always tearing around the yard, and is doing fine. Rotties have such good appetites I had no problems giving her the pills wrapped in cheese or a piece of hot dog.

The vet said the type of cancer in the toenail is called malignant melanoma because it is in the dark toenails. The black pigment in the toenail is where it happens.

But at the time she had the surgery I was a basket case, worrying about her. So my heart goes out to you. I'm sure everything will be fine after it's all over.

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5/19/10 9:55 A

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Hi Gail, Im so sorry you and Coco are having to go through this. We have a standard poodle also, and I can only imagine how worried I would be if it was Bella.

Im sure she will do just fine with one less toe. I wouldnt worry too much about the pill thing, tucking it in a tasty treat or just popping it into the back of her mouth, closing her mouth and gently massaging her throat will have it down in no time. I always just pop it in and give a treat after.

Please let us know how everything goes and what the vet says. You and Coco are in my prayers.

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5/19/10 2:36 A

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My guess is hotdogs probably aren't any better for dogs than they are for people, which isn't very. But I don't figure a couple of inches is going to do them any harm. Then too, hotdogs vary a bunch. Some of them have reasonably decent food in them and others are pretty much garbage. Still, when I give a dog a piece of hotdog, I'm not looking for nutrition, but just to get a pill down his throat or on rare occasions to just make him smile. Pill pockets are wonderful. They're just too expensive for me to use as often as I need to pill one dog or another (I still have 10), and hotdogs are a much cheaper and effective alternative.

Oh yeah... I still eat one now and then myself. LOL!

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5/19/10 12:35 A

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I read, not long ago, that hog dogs were not all that good for dogs. I searched for the article, but couldn't find it. However, I used hot dogs cut up real small, for training years ago, and the dogs did fine. I also use the pill pockets, my dogs love them. I have one dog that has food allergies, and now there are pill pockets for dogs that have allergies. Let us know how your dog does!
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CUTHAILJET's Photo CUTHAILJET Posts: 502
5/18/10 8:29 P

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Rats! I forgot the pill question. I have a bunch of dogs, and several of them are old, so I medicate pretty often. I keep hotdogs in the freezer for this. I cut off a piece about 1 1/2 - 2 inches long. Then I take a plastic drinking straw and poke a hole all the way through it, then shove the pill in the hole. That *almost* always works. Every now and then a dog will get wise to it. If that happens I give them 2 or 3 pieces of hotdog without a pill first. Then the medicated weenie catches them off guard and down the hatch it goes. LOL!

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5/18/10 8:17 P

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I used Pill Pockets to give my old ma's dog Sabrina pills--either those, or I would wrap the pill up in bologna or stick it in a glob of peanut butter.
I hope your dog is up and running around soon. Dogs are pretty resiliant and they heal ALOT faster than us wimpy humans do.

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5/18/10 8:14 P

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I can tell you from multiple experience that losing a toe really isn't that big a deal, especially if it's the inner our outer toe, which doesn't bear as much weight. Racing dogs have to have thoes toes removed occasionally and are nearly always able to race again. If it's one of the two inner toes, it's a *little* worse, but not much. The dog will still have a very normal life, she just might not be a competitive racer. LOL!

Coco wll be able to stand whenever her anesthesia wears off. That can vary a lot. But the missing toe won't keep her from standing or walking. Within about 3 weeks you and Coco will barely remember that anything was removed.

I'm wondering, also, why an amputation for "suspected" cancer?

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Sending tons of positive thoughts for a good out come on the surgery.

We've never dealt with an amputation so I am not much help there. I would say for the pills, you should be able to put them in something yummy (a small amount of butter; yoghurt; hot dogs; cheese; etc), if not then you just put them down her throat - thats what we have done for years if they won't take pills any other way.


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My lab pup just went through knee surgery last week. Your dog will most likely walk on three legs for a bit. You can give the dog medicine either stuck in a cheese cube, or some other bit of food. Greenies make pill pockets you can put the pills in and give to the dog.

Sending you and your dog lots of well wishes!

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5/18/10 6:49 P

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Hi Gail, I'm sorry to hear about Coco's toe. Having just finished 3 weeks of radiation for my dog's cancer, I met quite a few dogs who had toe amputations all with wonderful outcomes. I'm curious when you say the cancer is "suspected", how has your doctor come to that conclusion? Is there a growth? Was any testing done or is it being done as a precautionary measure?

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5/18/10 6:38 P

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Hi,
I realize the announcement may sound a little strange but my girl Coco the standard Poodle is going in tomorrow morning for the amputation of a toe because of suspected cancer.

My questions are and I am hoping you can help-how long before she will be able to stand? When I pick her up she will probably be dopey-if she wakes up in the middle of the night in pain I am afraid she won't take a pill of any kind no matter what I do.-suggestions anyone?

Is Toradol sufficient for her pain after surgery?

Does anyone know what other things I should be aware of?

Thanks-I hope someone can help
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