Catching up to today

Having Kai home has been a joy, but it hasn’t been without its difficulties.  Although there are days that he acts like a healthy dog, we know that the cancer is still in his body.  While I was preparing things at home, Mark was researching how to heal Kai through means other than chemotherapy.  If we only have limited time with him, we don’t want it to be filled with stressful trips to the vet paired with chemicals being dumped into his body which would weaken his body and kill normal healthy cells along with the cancerous.  The surgeon had said that chemo is better tolerated in dogs than humans.  Something about they use a dose and if it causes any ill effects they reduce it, so side effects are less prevalent in dogs.  I am not sure if I fully believe this or if dogs simply just can’t tell us what they feel.  Kai had a body fully of cancer and we didn’t know until he started to fill up with blood in his abdomen.  There may have been subtle clues, but he acted like himself.

When Kai finally settled in at home, I started a diary to keep track of the medications, supplements, diet  and his progress.  Making sure he receives everything he needs each day is key, but we also don’t want to miss those subtle indications that something may be not quite right.  Today, we are a month into the diary, so I will try to play catch up to bring us up to date.

Day 1 found him resting mostly as he had already had a busy day at the vet and a long car ride home.  He was prescribed Tramadol for his pain three times a day.  Eventually I will get back to this medication, because I believe it is important to discuss its side effects.  That can come on another day.  I am happy he had something to help his pain.

Kai had not had a bowel movement since Saturday or Sunday.  I am not sure the folks at VC even tried to see if he would go outside.  That is a bit frustrating but maybe they did try and he just didn’t need to go yet.  After having pumpkin puree and almost a full can of food, he did ask to go out and finally went that Wednesday evening.  Good news!  He also was urinating a lot.  The push of IV fluids at the clinic as well as his hearty drinking made this possible.  He was able to go out on a leash to go.

29 September 2010 – Wednesday
Good demeanor, gums slightly pink, barked at some animals outside, protecting food from other pets, lots of tail wags, BAR (bright, alert and responsive), some whining likely due to the need for many bathroom breaks, much more mobile than before the surgery, ate some roasted squash and loved it, glad to see him home!

30 September 2010 – Thursday
Tramadol – AM, Noon, PM
K9 Immunity Plus – 6x per day
BM – AM
Meals – broth and 1/2 C canned food, 2 cookies, 1/4 C ground food with leftover brekkie, 4T cottage cheese with 2T flaxseed oil, 4T cottage cheese with 2T flaxseed oil, sardines and 1/2 C dry food
Water – lots!
Notes – drinking less but still plenty, wants to be more active, curious about things happenings outside and of indoor pets, seems more alert, gums pink. :)

1 October 2010 – Friday
Tramadol – AM, Noon, PM
K9 Immunity Plus – 6 times
Bio-Sily – 2 times with peanut butter
Urine – 8+ times
BM – 1 in AM, 1 in afternoon, 1 in evening
Meals – 4T cottage cheese and 2T flaxseed oil, cookies, 1C oatmeal, 1/4C rice, 4T cottage cheese with flaxseed oil with 1/4C rice, started dog cancer diet 1C plus broth
H2O – lots!
Notes – Better night’s sleep, went out once during the night and then slept on the bed with me, went upstairs when I was walking Elli, way more active and bored, need to find ways to entertain, Biosily arrived! First day of full dose of K9 Immunity Plus, incision site looks pretty good small amount of oozing, may have licked site briefly in the night, ate cancer diet heartily.

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