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Rotti Raven

Raven is the best he’s been in a long time

January 9th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

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I sure hate to jinx it, but it’s just plain wonderful enough that I can’t help but share it. He honestly is 100% in attitude/behavior now. We did a recheck of bloodwork and his white and red blood cells were both completely normal. On Dec. 7 his liver was enormous, riddled with nodules (never biopsied, may or may not be cancer), and was infected and necrotic with gassy pockets and he’d gone into a septic shock, hours from death. The ER staff, his oncologist, Dr. Harnagle who did his ultrasound, all felt he would die within days.

He’s been on amoxicillin (which Tom says targets the liver) and Baytril for a wider spectrum. Dexamethasone with b vitamins injected (this was more for hospice/quality of life) into a liter of sub q fluids every week. He’s also on pepcid and metoclopramide. The mass has actually gotten smaller, probably due to the inflamation reducing and the infection being gone. I have discontinued the Baytril and am weaning him down to 50% of the dex this week.

I am wondering if he’s had this mass for a very long time. It likely could be benign because his cancer doesn’t met there typically and that it could have been there all year and we just never saw it because we weren’t looking. But with the painkillers and stuff with the amputation, put too much strain on the liver maybe and he had liver disease result? I’m now readjusting to possibly trying to shoot for survival with this mass, rather than hospice. It’s inoperable due to the bleeding risk.

I don’t think I want to discontinue the steroid, I suspect it may have played a role in his improvement. But maybe we will switch to prednisone, I am waiting to hear from the oncologist on that…as a form of chemo sort of.

Meanwhile, Raven just plain feels good. YAY!

Here he is burying his bone, using his face as a shovel:

And here he is this morning. Every morning when I get dressed, I toss my pj’s at him on the bed and uses them as a Face Rag. He hasn’t done that in quite a little while, but is back at it this week. It was laundry time and I tossed some stuff at him and he did his Happy Dog Sounds and rolling on the bed again. Makes my heart soar!

God is good. I am just so grateful for each moment, one at a time, that I have my boy still with me, happy and comfortable. 🙂

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • cairasue

    I like how Raven looks up at you in the video and says “why are you filming this ma? the whole point of burying it is so no one can find it”
    I’m so glad to hear that Raven is doing better. YAY!

  • jerry

    Raver, you are truly a miracle dawg if there ever was one. It does all of our hearts so much good to read about your amazing recovery and watch you loving life as you always have.

    Keep it up big boy!

  • shiloanne

    Raven – I am so glad you are feeling better. What a wonderful gift… Jerry is right.. Your recovery is amazing..

    Keep a truckin’


  • Emilysmom

    Your blog is one of the first things I check when I get on tripawds. When you post again and things are improving then believe me, I celebrate!
    Raven has captured my heart!
    Debra & Angel Emily

  • anyemery

    Yay! We’ll keep our paws crossed that Raven keeps improving!
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  • jakesmom

    I just love watching all your videos of Raven!!! He seems so happy… 🙂

    Angel Jake’s Mom

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