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11-11-2017 01:50 PM
dax0402 So happy to read this update!
11-11-2017 11:58 AM
Coco Loco I was worried after this ordeal that she would develop a lick granuloma also because she just didn't want to leave it alone. She grudgingly adapted to the cone. She would willingly put her head into it so you could strap on the satellite dobe sized cone. When you took it off she would smile and then kick it across the room.
11-11-2017 11:39 AM
spocksdad Glad to see your Coco on the mend!

Eva had surgery this last summer for a front elbow fluid buildup which turned into an ugly lick granola. (scared us) Vet aspirated, tested (negative) and removed by surgery. Vet office put a cone on her to come home in.

We immediately changed to neck inflatable donut collar which worked out great for field of vision, sleeping, eating and even tussling with Mr. Spock. One day DW returned home to find Eva had removed neck collar somehow. But by that time (+1.5 weeks) surgery site had healed and she didn't chew or lick it. She's back to normal today, proving daily to Spock that she is indeed the boss of the house!
11-11-2017 09:48 AM
Coco Loco Update to our novel.....but it's a good one!!

For the last 2 weeks I have been experimenting with not putting the cone on over night when Coco went to bed. She stopped licking over night!

This week my hubby forgot to put the cone on when he went to work one day. I leave before him and get home before him. I was greeted at the door by a coneless Coco smiling ear to ear with her leg intact! All this week she has been coneless and not bothering with her surgery site that has completely healed and has grown hair back except for the scar. Maybe it was really itchy while it was healing?!

Wanted to share this success of our saga with you. Thanks again for all the support!
10-12-2017 11:43 PM
Beaumont67 O'h Coco - so happy the news is great / often, Moms know best.

PS - we have 2 vets / fantastic surgeon in Alymer, saved former Amy's life once.
- other vet is Holistic, from Rockwood/Guelph/Eramosa/Milton Townline...does Cancer treatments, on Saturday's
(let me know if you ever need to know more)

We babysit a 3 legged YorkiePoo and missing a limb is almost a non-issue for a dog.
- we watched full recovery, little Molly is a litter mate to our sons Trevor
- when the front leg is removed, shoulder also goes / lightness greatly improves balance of dog, on 3 legs
- unlike humans, dogs live in the moment and they don't pity themselves or play the victim card


Funny thing was 5 years ago:
- puppy Kelly and Trevor use to fight for dominance
- Molly was treated special around the other two, going for "King of the castle"
Only thing with a little tri-paw dog...they can't fall off couch, bed or get stepped on.
10-12-2017 11:16 PM
StrykersPerson This was a hard thread for me to read.

I must admit, I skipped the condolence comments. I had to.

Again, so very happy for you!
10-12-2017 10:45 PM
Coco Loco
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Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
Loved your book.

And, SO HAPPY for you!
It's a book with a happy ending. Somedays I wasn't too sure how the ending was going to be!
10-12-2017 10:43 PM
StrykersPerson Loved your book.

And, SO HAPPY for you!
10-12-2017 09:16 PM
Coco Loco Her stitches have healed and her fur is growing back in but now she is obsessed with licking that area! When she had the intact mass she never bothered with it.

She is watched carefully when we are home and wears a cone when we are not home and at night. The sneaky girl started licking in the middle of the night while we were sleeping!

And she has finally had some off leash runs at the pond!

I'm so grateful for this old girl!
09-20-2017 11:53 AM
ECIN Kasia had surgery once - She hated that dang cone - So I put her in one of my T-shirts - Slipped her leg's threw the sleeves - then pulled up the shirt back near her rear legs and tied it - Vet said that would never work - for what ever reason - she never bother it : ))) + she was a HAPPY girl .
09-20-2017 10:19 AM
Coco Loco The stitches are out but she licked one little part that is still a bit red so no off leash running for another week and still has to wear the cone when she's home alone.

But we are getting there!!
09-15-2017 05:20 PM
Coco Loco
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Originally Posted by sandy2233 View Post
Professionals are not perfect. Always champion for your pets. And if your vet won't do something you feel is right for your dog, get someone who is willing to listen.
Great advice Sandy. This is exactly what I did. If the surgeon would not have agreed to try it my way i would have found someone else. When my intuition told me something was not right I was prepared to search all over my province to find someone who would listen to me. My husband and I discussed looking to the US if necessary because it was not about the money (which believe me we spent a lot to save her leg and we are blessed to have been able to do this ), it was about what was best for her.

I would have sold all my belongings or taken all my equity out of our house if I had to. I made this commitment to her when we she joined our family over 8 years ago. And those who remember our story will remember I never wanted a dog!! But I fell so hard for her and I have been so lucky to have this girl in my life.

Thanks again everyone for the kind words. They are truly appreciated!
09-14-2017 10:57 PM
sandy2233 Professionals are not perfect. Always champion for your pets. And if your vet won't do something you feel is right for your dog, get someone who is willing to listen.
09-13-2017 10:40 PM
Coco Loco The bandage is off and she is healing very well. Next Wednesday the stiches will be removed and we can finally return to normal!
09-12-2017 08:55 PM
Coco Loco
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Originally Posted by ZenChari View Post
Thank you for being Coco's advocate, and congrats on the great outcome!!!

I'm a big fan of second (and sometimes third) opinions for certain things...you saved her limb, and probably her life also (I've BTDT myself, MISDIAGNOSED with breast cancer years ago - and glad I didn't have the recommended bilateral mastectomy).

Our babies are our world and we should alway go above and beyond, like you did, to protect them.

Time to do a happy dance now!
Omg. That is horrible that you were misdiagnosed and you did not opt for the recommended treatment. Thank God that you didn't. You too listened to your intuition which we always should but it is hard when the medical professionals who know much more than us are recommending something. You feel like who am I to question their knowledge and expertise.

But sometimes you just have to!!

Coco was itching to go to the pond today so we did although she remained fully leashed. She was still content to smell the grass and take in the sights.

We will definitely be running and dancing when these stitches are out!!
09-12-2017 10:42 AM
TNfisher Wow, what a story. Good thing you stuck to your guns even after a 2nd opinion, which is where most people would have given in. Glad to hear Coco is ok and on the mend!
09-12-2017 09:58 AM
ZenChari Thank you for being Coco's advocate, and congrats on the great outcome!!!

I'm a big fan of second (and sometimes third) opinions for certain things...you saved her limb, and probably her life also (I've BTDT myself, MISDIAGNOSED with breast cancer years ago - and glad I didn't have the recommended bilateral mastectomy).

Our babies are our world and we should alway go above and beyond, like you did, to protect them.

Time to do a happy dance now!
09-12-2017 02:36 AM
puptalk Don't get rid of the neg energy! I would be so pissed of at the vets!!!! Benign!! Put it in the proper place so you can bring it up next time you get medical bad news and challenge it so you get proof that is certain and indisputable! I have had exploratory surgery done because I didn't agree with vet!!!! It wasn't nothing and it saved her life! I still am hostile to the idea professionals are perfect. The simple truth is they are not vested in the animal and they are like mechanics sometimes, and don't do therir own due diligence to rule things in or out. So, it's up to us to isist. So sorry for your dog's suffering and she's lucky to to have you both.
09-11-2017 07:56 PM
Coco Loco
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Originally Posted by flaminscotch View Post
Very happy to hear that Coco is feeling better.
You have been through so much. The emotional roller coaster is draining.

Coco's condition sounds similar to my Chaos. We ended up having her entire front leg and shoulder removed in an attempt to stop the cancer, and give her a chance to live. Kay had her surgery when she was 9.
Considering where, you live, I imagine you went to Caledon for the operation. "Dr.John" is an old friend.

The entire situation is overwhelming. I understand everything you have been going through. If you want to chat anytime, send me a pm, Colleen
Thank you Colleen. It really is like ptsd when you are agonizing over what decision to make when none of them seem especially positive.

We went to the Toronto Emergency Vet Hospital in Scarborough. They have been very thorough since I had my one on one with the surgeon and because I had done my research and articulated myself well he agreed to try it my way and I am so thankful that I spoke up and did not agree to the initial recommendation especially since she does not have cancer throughout her body as we were led to believe.

I have such respect for those who do the amputation and make it through the recovery process. I am a strong woman but I don't know if I could have coped with it to be honest.
09-11-2017 03:24 PM
dax0402 So happy to hear good news. Wishing for a speedy recovery Coco!
09-11-2017 09:01 AM
flaminscotch Very happy to hear that Coco is feeling better.
You have been through so much. The emotional roller coaster is draining.

Coco's condition sounds similar to my Chaos. We ended up having her entire front leg and shoulder removed in an attempt to stop the cancer, and give her a chance to live. Kay had her surgery when she was 9.
Considering where, you live, I imagine you went to Caledon for the operation. "Dr.John" is an old friend.

The entire situation is overwhelming. I understand everything you have been going through. If you want to chat anytime, send me a pm, Colleen
09-11-2017 08:52 AM
ellierose Wow. Your experience sure brings back memories for me. I agonized over an extremely similar situation with our girl. All said and done the lump was benign also. I am so glad you followed your instincts and everything turned out well. I wish your girl a speedy recover.
09-10-2017 08:58 PM
eegreen Wow, glad you kept asking and all is well! Wishing Coco a speedy recovery.
09-10-2017 06:23 PM
Coco Loco Thanks so much everyone for the support. I feel a great weight has been lifted.

I am so grateful for more time with my very good girl.
09-10-2017 06:05 PM
SieYa So very sorry to hear what you've been through but great news that everything seems to be on the right track.

Love and nose pokes from the crew.
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