Week 7 Recap and Oncology Visit #8
Margarita had a slightly rough time this past week, but she did get to spend some time outside enjoying the softness of our newly sodded yard.
The side effects of chemo usually show up 3-5 days after the treatment day. Although we started her on anti-nausea medication on the day of her treatment as a preventative, by Sunday Margarita was very lethargic and was not interested at all in food. This continued for about 3 days. However, she slowly began to find food enjoyable again, and ate well the rest of the week.
Oncology Visit # 8
This was Rita’s “off” week for treatments, which meant she only needed to get blood work and a physical exam done to make sure she was healthy enough to continue treatment. Her CBC showed no abnormalities, and her nurse noted that Rita was a good girl during her visit!
This Week’s Treat:
This week we stopped at Arby’s ! Margarita enjoyed a few bites of a roast beef and cheese slider.
She also had a curly fry for the first time!
“Chase” Away Canine Cancer
Chase away Canine Cancer is a division of the National Canine Cancer Foundation, and is an organization that is near and dear to our hearts. Chase was a female black Labrador Retriever, who was an Elite division dock diving competitor. Her PAWrent, Cera Reusser, discovered a lump under Chase’s chin while petting her. The lump turned out to be metastasized cancer, which spread from nasal carcinoma. Unfortunately, even after the best possible care from her oncologist , Chase lost her battle to cancer, and passed away three months shy of her seventh birthday. Chase’s steadfast devotion to her family and her courage throughout her battle earned her the title of hero.
Cera became Chase’s Hero
Driven by the loss of her beloved Chase, and determined to find a cure for this devastating disease, Cera Reusser committed herself to being a hero for Chase, and set out on a mission to do all she could to help others in this difficult battle. Through fundraising and the start of Chase Away Canine Cancer, Cera’s efforts in conjunction with hundreds of volunteers and donations from across the USA & Canada have made a huge difference in the fight against canine cancer.
Chase Away Canine Cancer posts resources for people who have fur-kids battling cancer. Click HERE to view the current posts.
Chase Away Canine Cancer also has a volunteer-run online store , which carries products such as the personalized reversible bandana Rita is wearing in this post. Profits from the K9 Trading Company’s sale of Chase Away Canine Cancer merchandise go directly toward the Chase Away Canine Cancer Organization. A portion of all other merchandise on the site also goes to Chase Away Canine Cancer.
How can you be YOUR dog’s hero?
- Take a few minutes to do a body check each month.
- Choose a monthly date (Chase away Canine Cancer suggests the 14th since this was Chase’s birthday) and do a body check on this date each month. The National Canine Cancer Foundation has graphics you can print out or save to help guide you through your monthly checks:
- Be sure to schedule and attend your dog’s routine veterinary appointments.
- Follow up with an additional exam outside of your routine appointments if you observe something suspicious
- Keep notes on any growths or abnormal behavioral observations
- This will help you track important information about your dog’s health, and also will be helpful if you need to share notes to your veterinarian or a specialist on quick notice
As you may have read in our very first post about how we found Margarita’s Lymphoma, we did not discover any lumps. Sometimes cancer does not show itself in the form of visible lumps bumps. So what do you look for? The National Canine Cancer Foundation lists these top 10 early warning signs of Cancer:
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Sores that do not heal
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- offensive odor
- difficulty eating or swallowing
- hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- persistent lameness or stiffness
- difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecation
Thank you for joining Margarita in her journey to take a bite out Lymphoma.