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Jun 14 2012

Update ~ 6/14/2012

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Quite a milestone day we had today!

Hunter had his sutures removed and he had his 1st chemotherapy treatment.

His chest xrays are still clear, thank God!  And his blood work was good enough for the treatment.  His ALT was slightly elevated but the oncologist thinks it’s probably due to being on Rimadyl (past 2 weeks), and she’s not overly concerned about it.

She said he looks fantastic!

To tell you the truth…. this is the HAPPIEST I’ve seen him in 2 weeks!  He pulled me into the clinic this morning, all the time wagging his tail.  He got right onto the scale, kissed a doctor he never met, and whined to meet every dog who showed up!   He even shared a comforter with another cancer patient (13 yr. old yellow lab) while we waited to be checked in.

Hunter is definitely back!!

Krista at the clinic was kind enough to take pictures of his 1st treatment for us.  I put them on a new photo tab.

And…. to top it all off… we took him for his first walk tonight!  Only for about 15 minutes, but he was in Heaven.  He even got to check out his sewer grates (one time he got talked to by a raccoon and ever since he’s sure every grate has a coon in it).

We will be careful not to overdue the walks and to watch him for any symptoms following his treatment.  We are hopeful, as are all of his wonderful support staff and doctors at the clinic, that he will do very well on chemotherapy.

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1st walk in 2 weeks!                       Those darn sewer grates!


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7 Responses to “Update ~ 6/14/2012”

  1.   maximutton 14 Jun 2012 at 4:17 am     Reply1

    Hunter looks like he breezed through that chemo appointment! Is he getting carboplatin? If so, keep in mind that a day or two after the infusion, he may be a little lethargic, and not too interested in food. This is how it was for Max. After a day of rest, he would pretty much get back to “normal.” Glad your boy got his stitches out! Love the “raccoon in the grate” photo!!

    •   labsruson 14 Jun 2012 at 11:47 am     Reply2

      Yes, I should have mentioned the chemo drug. It is carboplatin.
      I hope that’s all of the side effects he experiences. We’ll keep a close watch on him. Still can’t get over how happy he is! Thanks for your support.

  2.   rizzobeanson 14 Jun 2012 at 4:40 am     Reply3

    Awwww….I’m so glad Hunter is doing so well. Hopefully Chemo will all go as planned and he can just go on being Hunter. Hooray!!! We are rooting for him big time. Those dumb storm drain grates drive me nuts….it is the racoon smell that attracts them but it scares me to death if one of their legs slips in there…..ouch. We don’t want to think about that. Go Hunter go!!!

    All our Best

    Suzie and Rizzo

    •   labsruson 14 Jun 2012 at 11:49 am     Reply4

      I never thought about that. We don’t let him get too close because we don’t want a coon encounter.
      We’ll watch him closely – in & out of the house. Thanks for your support.

  3.   princesson 14 Jun 2012 at 9:50 am     Reply5

    I’m glad your Hunter is back! Seeing our pups looking so happy is just the best feeling in the world. Wishing you all the best with the rest of the chemo treatments.

  4.   zeuspodon 14 Jun 2012 at 1:08 pm     Reply6

    Yay for sutures out! Yay for clear x-rays! Keep up the good work.

  5.   etgayleon 14 Jun 2012 at 1:51 pm     Reply7

    wow, what a big day!!! hunter you look great, so glad you are doing well and kicking cancer’s butt!!!! watch out for those raccoons…big claws and many teeth!!

    charon & spirit gayle

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