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Lori update - Phil's Rambling Rants
December 29th, 2004
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Lori update
I haven't mentioned anything about how my dog is doing lately.

She went in for her second triweekly chemotherapy shot.  The doctor says her lymph nodes are still normal, indicating the lymphoma is in remission, but she is still anemic (her blood count is slightly lower than it was, but that's probably not significant).  She is not showing signs of pain and she is eating well, and until a couple of days ago she was doing about as well as she had been before she collapsed, but in the last couple of days she has been much weaker -- moving more slowly, having more trouble walking.  I hope that this is a temporary "down" and she will bounce back, but only time will tell.  The vet today suggested the possibility of a blood transfusion to help with her anemia, but he didn't think the anemia was causing the weakness/lethargy so it's not clear to me what good the transfusion would do, and I'm not going to spend $350 without being more convinced that it will actually be useful.

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From:miari
Date:December 30th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
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If it is anemia, could you not give her iron? I know iron suppliments taste horrid (know this from prenatal vitamins years ago), but if they help it would be worth it. Just a thought.
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From:pir_anha
Date:December 30th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)

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what kind of anemia? iron-deficiency? if so, then you might be able to help it some by feeding her raw beef liver and other organ meats, which are probably the cheapest way to treat it. iron supplements can be hard to the digestive tract; i'd try this first.
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From:braider
Date:December 30th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
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*hug*
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