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    Anyone know of a good veterinary oncology message board?

    Many of you know the recent trials and tribulations of my dog-buddy, Clyde. Well, the last lump was Grade II mast cell tumor... with dirty margins. rats...

    We've been through this before (even with Grade III), but this is the first time with dirty margins (meaning they didn't get all the cancer -- tough area for the surgery, right on the rib cage, not a lot of soft tissue).

    I'm *guessing* they'll want to do radiation (we see the cancer specialists on Wednesday)... already made the decision against most chemotherapy options, but radiation is a different story and I need more info...

    So if anyone has a great veterinary hangout spot, please pass along the info.

    Clyde and I thank you. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Cedric, jeeez that really sucks. Hopefully everything will work out good. I'll keep an eye out for what your looking for. Man, it seems like I just heard something on the news last night about what your looking for.

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    I'm so sorry, Cedric
    :-(

    I know about this vet forum:
    http://www.vin.com/PetCare/AllBoards.htm

    The one for pet owners is free, the professional forum is a payed one.

    Also you can try:
    http://search.about.com/fullsearch.h...rms=Pet+Health

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    http://petshub.com/forums/

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    THANKS! For the thoughts and the links.

    I forget about about.com since they instituted the horrid pop-up h3!!, but it's worth it for the wealth of info they have on doggie cancer.

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    Sorry to hear Cedric, hope everything works out.

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    Cedric,

    There's nothing harder then going through this with a friend, doggie or otherwise.

    I hope you find some information that will help both you and Clyde.

    Elaine

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    UPDATE: As suspected, the cancer specialists recommended additional surgery or radiation.

    Went with surgery.

    GOOD NEWS!! We have clean margins, no cancer and prognosis is good. The cancer specialists were STUNNED when they found that he had survived 6 years after Grade III tumours and called him the MiracleDog -- the only concern for now is more tumours. Which are likely.

    But we've been through that before. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    He's got one heck of a surgical wound that still has to be cared for (and is wearing one of those "victorian" collars to keep from licking), but that's minor.

    Many thanks to all for your kind thoughts, words, and prayers.

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    I'm so glad this turned out this way for you and Clyde.

    Hope you have many more happy years to enjoy one another.

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    Nice one Cedric. And don't ever give up on him untill he's ready to give up himself. You'll both know if that day ever comes. Someone else's perception of his quality of life is likely to be way out.

    When my dog became so ill he couldn't run about psychologically he was perfectly OK. He wasn't in pain and so long as he could see me he felt fine. I stayed in with him all the time and sent other people out to do the shopping.

    I came under tremendous pressure to 'put him out of his suffering' when the only one suffering was the person looking. His appetite was fine and we still played together.

    He was a guard dog, and the bit that did the biting and woofing was still working just fine so he worked up untill the last day, when he came down with something else.

    His chief pleasures in life came from watching me and scaring the daylights out of everyone else and stealing things I told him not too. After a while he seemed to forget he'd ever been able to do more than that - I think because when he became housebound I decided I was too.


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    Oh that's great news Cedric, lots of cuddles to your furry friend [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Great news Cedric!

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    Cedric,

    After having gone thru a similar situation with my "heart with fur" I am so relieved that all is fine with Clyde!

    God Bless and best health to all.

    Haiko

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    Great for Clyde (and you)!

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    Very happy for you.

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    Wonderful news Cedric!!

    We never did find out why Nacho was so hyper that night. All his tests came back ok. I have noticed that he has done this again (though not a bad as the first), both times when the weather was changing.
    I am thinking that maybe he has arthritis and the change of weather is affecting it. He is doing good though.

    So glad to hear your good news!!

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    Cedric, I'm glad the results came back good. Hopefully he will be back to normal in no time. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>

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