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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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I am so sorry you are going through this. I know how you're feeling, My boxer Joey was diagnosed with lymphoma right after Christmas, and my lab Katie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma about 3 weeks ago. Joey is on palliative treatment, and Katie's mass is on her sternum and is inoperable. Cancer sucks.
Yes, cancer sucks! So sorry about Joey and Katie. Will include them in my prayers.

Like Katie's, Russell's mass is also on his sternum and inoperable.

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Keeping Russell in mine as well....hopefully the chemo works well and gives him a nice long period of remission.
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Chemo today and X-rays and a freebie ultrasound. Tumor hasn't grown and there is no evidence of new ones! Doing a mental Happy Dance. I know Russell is terminal but at least we're getting a bit more time with our boy.

BTW, Pet's Best Insurance offers Accident-only insurance for $9.00 per month. $250 deductible and $10,000 annual limit but 90% reimbursement. We can get it for Russell. We travel with the dogs a lot so this will at least cover if he has a problem not related to his cancer/illness like ingesting something he shouldn't. It is included in Fiona and Edward's Accident and Illness policies. Thought you dog owners might like to know you can insure your guys for accident-only costs for $108.00 year; less it you pay annually.

According to the insurance person at Blue Pearl Vet, Healthy Paws and Pet's Best seem to have the most customer satisfaction. The drawback to Healthy Paws is they do not cover vet exam fees...ever. The drawback to Pet's Best is they take a bit longer to reimburse you. However, if the facility accepts such and your state allows it, Pet's Best will direct-pay the clinic.
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Well done Russell for that good news!
The chemo must be so hard on him.

Thank you for the info on Accident Only. Of course we have different insurance companies here in UK, but someone will be offering a similar policy.

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How did Russell do with his first chemo treatment? Most dogs tolerate it fairly well, although there is sometimes some nausea associated with it.
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How did Russell do with his first chemo treatment? Most dogs tolerate it fairly well, although there is sometimes some nausea associated with it.
Russell had four chemo treatments 1 x a week. Then we skipped a week and now we are every other week for 4 x. Tuesday was his first after skipping a week. He is not feeling and has had some diarrhea. For that they gave him Tylan (spel).

Have you ever accidentally tasted that stuff? Ugh! Bitter and you can't get the taste out of your mouth. And the instructions direct one to "sprinkle on food." No way a dog would voluntarily eat ANYTHING with that powder on it. So, I wet a Chee-zit, sprinkled the powder on it and topped with tuna. The powder stuck to the Chee-zit, the Cheez-it stuck to the tuna (and mayo-only). So, down it went. Worked with a Ritz cracker, too. But, wash, wash, wash your hands so you don't get an inadvertent taste.

We also have meds for nausea which I gave him this morning.

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Russell is a trooper, and a fighter. Sounds like things are going well with all things concerned. Ginger and I are keeping you all in our prayers. It's funny you say the med's taste bad, We once had a rotty that would chew on everything . We finally found a spray that we thought would work. It tasted so nasty. However it did not stop the chewing. He really liked the stuff (go figure) Even spraying it directly into his mouth, he just sat there and lapped it up. They have different taste buds I guess.

I'm glad Russell is responding to treatment.
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I'm pulling for Russel through this, having lost my share of pets over the years, it's tough.

We have MetLife pet insurance through my work, but I think it may be an employer only plan. Every time I try to navigate to it on my own, it seems to redirect me through my company's benefits page.
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Thank you for the update.

My two shih tzus get nauseous v easily, if they have empty stomachs. We often get retching in the mornings, if breakfast is delayed. Can’t imagine how much worse it must be for Russell with chemo and meds AND nausea.

Don’t know if this will work for you, but when we get the nausea-retching, i can get them to eat if I wait 10 mins, and then give them a small amount of a high-value treat. Wait another 10 mins, and then produce a meal.

Hope that helps.

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I do hope you find what you need. From talking to my sister, I was told that Dad chose Nationwide Because the deductible was the most reasonable. I'm very glad that after my fathers death we sold the horses. This would have been an expense that neither my sister or I could have afforded.

I do miss them and riding, but since my surgery, and just now being able to use the right arm (limited use) I wouldn't have been able to enjoy riding. Let alone brushing and cleaning them up.
Retirement will not allow for those bills either.

She did tell me that the deduct able was $1500.00 per claim. It's a whole lot more now a days.
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