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Yesterday, two members of The Herd had follow up appointments at the vet. We are celebrating because we received some of the best news possible on Queen Natasha, but first a quick update on the munchkin.
We have long documented the finicky eating habits of the littlest member of The Herd. We normally do not worry about anyone skipping a meal or two, but Typhoon’s weight had dropped to 40.3lbs, much too light for his frame. We had built that up to 40.8lbs about a month ago when we finally hit on the magic diet solution.
We had tried lots of different tricks and techniques suggested by so many. Raw foods. Special brands. Home made concoctions. Every time we were told that no dog would refuse it . . . and yet Typhoon would tire quickly of the meal.
Starting a few weeks ago, Typhoon’s meals now consist of the Acana kibble that everyone else eats PLUS half a can of Fromm canned pate. This is a meal fit for a Little Prince – and it works. He has eaten every bite of every meal since we started this new diet a few weeks ago.
So we were excited to see how much weight he had gained . . . 0.2lbs.
Yes, you read that correctly. Somehow, the munchkin has only moved up 0.2 lbs to 41.0 lbs. Sigh. At least he is eating every meal and everything else is normal, so we will just keep moving ahead with the Typhoon diet plan.
Natasha had her follow up ultrasound yesterday. Back in July, we had removed a whopping 1.95 lb hepatocellular carcinoma mass that measured 10 inches by 8 inches. The mass was attached to her liver and part of the liver was removed in surgery. As we explained in this post, a follow up ultrasound had revealed a suspicious area on the liver near the stomach and the pylorus (the opening of the stomach to the small intestine).
As we explained in our post about making canine medical decisions, our first goal is always quality of life and comfort. We made the decision at that time not to biopsy the suspicious area, to wait a few weeks and to perform the ultrasound again. Any growth of the area would tell us everything we needed to know.
Yesterday tests revealed the best news possible – the suspicious area has not changed shape or size at all. That means it is far more likely to be scar tissue from the surgery than a return of the cancer.
Since the Queen is 12 1/2 years old, there are no guarantees, but we are celebrating this awesome news by enjoying every day that we have – whether they are few or many.
The Queen had only one gripe . . .
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