Friday, June 19, 2009

Maddy's Fighting Back

MaddyOur Maddy is progressing along the road of recovery, after being diagnosed with cancer, or more specifically, Canine Osteosarcoma -- otherwise known as bone cancer. Today we made another trip to the doctor to have the sutures (from her amputation surgery) removed, which meant another car ride for Maddy. She absolutely loves riding in the car, and her excitement was palpable.

She was quite a trooper as the doctor removed the sutures, and bounded up and down the stairs going into the office as well as any four-legged dog would do. When we came home from the vet, the kids and I went into the back yard so the kids could play on their slip-n-slide, and Maddy followed us out to lie on her pillow and bask in the sun. She looked so happy and peaceful.

We aren't out of the woods yet. We're hoping that there has been minimal metastases of the cancer cells, and that the piroxicam regimen she's on will help to slow down the progression of any cells. We plan to return to the doctor in a month or so for a follow-up chest x-ray.

So far, though, our Maddy seems to be doing great. It makes me happy that we made the difficult decision to amputate rather than just trying to comfort her in her final months.

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