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Pooch Smooches

Who knew – chemo is fun!

November 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Well, Abby had her first chemo session today and she loved it. (She’s so nutty.) It was the most excited I’ve seen her in about a month. She was bouncing all over the place and kissing everyone and hopping around. Hopefully she’ll be OK with the nausea the next couple of days. They gave me some medicine to bring home and give her if necessary.

Below is a picture of her looking oh-so-happy to be at her appointment. (She is checking out the dog and cat art hanging on the wall.)

My Happy Girl

They gave her the 100% dose for the first go-round, since Abby looked so healthy and peppy. (I guess in some cases they ease into things…) The oncologist also said if Abby tolerates the treatment well, we might go to an every 2 weeks schedule instead of every 3. We’ll see.
Next up is having her blood checked next week to see how her white cell count is doing. If it’s really low, she might have to stick close to home for a few days, but other than that they gave her the OK for all her old activities: Walking! Dog Park! Dog Beach! HIKING even! The oncologist said Abby just needs to build her stamina back up. So, this afternoon, we’ll try a little hop around the neighborhood. Our first one! (Can’t wait to see if any neighbors notice/ask.)

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • etgayle

    geesh abby, you are doing GREAT!! glad the first chemo went ssmmoooottthhh….. remember it takes a few days for the drugs to get to your belly….watch out, make sure you take plenty of medicinal naps after your neighborhood walks!!!

    gayle & charon

  • Carmen (Catie's Mom)

    Woohoo, Abby!

    Your post made me smile because Catie would go for her chemo treatments with the same enthusiasm – hopping around and going behind the reception area to visit the staff like she totally owned the place. 🙂

    Paws crossed for minimal – if any at all – side effects from the treatment over the next few days.

  • admin

    Sounds like Abby is doing great! Just be sure to ease back into those activities, ensuring that she builds core strength and not just stamina. Check out our CARE animal rehab video interviews for lots of post-op stretching and exercise tips.

  • Jackie

    Thanks for the links, admin. Definitely keeping paws crossed for minimal side effects. She seems OK so far – but i know it’s very early on. She’s beat – we went for a short walk and after the excitement of the day, she already went up to bed – about 2 hours earlier than normal. She ate some dinner – not tons, but she’s never had a great appetite, so I’m not too worried about that. Hopefully she’ll wake up feeling OK tomorrow!