Chemo #6 today
Blood work is still looking good! Calcium is down. Yay! We changed Vinny diet a little so his calcium intake was lower this last week and we kept the pred the same. It's really great to see our efforts make the difference we hoped for. His red blood cells are up so the anemia is better. Liver numbers are still in the normal range. Kidneys are better!!!! Creatinine still in the normal range and BUN is just a hair away from normal. White cells are in the low range, but not enough to stop chemo. Dr. B says they are where we should expect them to be at this time.
Vincenzo is now at 68 pounds!!! This is very close to his normal size for this time of year!! He looks and feels great! You can just tell by everything he does that this boy is feeling terrific! OMD, I feel so very, very, blessed for Vinny and us to be where we are right now in the whole scheme of things!
I talked to Dr. B about a couple of things that concern me:
Number one is Vinny's weight. Where do we stop with the weight gain? Dr. B feels that based on all the data on Vin from healthy to sick, we should go ahead and let him gain a couple more pounds then maintain that weight. That is what I've been thinking too. We agree that we don't want a fluffy Vinny
as that could cause additional problems. Also, if he should get sick at 70# we still have the time and means to put weight back on if need be.
Number two is flea poop I found on him today. What fleas meds do I use on a cancer dog? I asked about garlic and Dr. B's answer was that it doesn't work and if given in too large an amount is toxic and garlic causes anemia. Well, we are already fighting anemia so that is definitely out. She says Frontline and Advantage are not systemic so would be fine for Vinny in his condition. That makes sense to me, but if anyone has any other remedies I should check into, please let me know.
Always and forever, we thank each of you who are following Vinny's battle and we appreciate any and all input, support, and positivity you have for us!!!!!