Prayers for our dog

Discussion in 'Pets and Animals' started by Beach Runner, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    Apparently the type of melanoma that Pepper has (nail bed) is malignant and very aggressive. :cry: The oncologist at Auburn said that even though I diagnosed it early and the margins are clean, we might want to consider the cancer vaccine for canine melanoma. It costs $2000 for the vaccine itself. The woman who runs the standard poodle cancer registry sent me an email last night and recommended the vaccine. Squamous cell carcinoma would have been good news in comparison to melanoma.

    Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes. :wub:
     
  2. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2005
    Messages:
    18,069
    Likes Received:
    1,960
    I know this news is scary even though the path report of the tumor removal itself was encouraging, and her x-rays are clear. The melanoma vaccine sounds very promising - are there any downsides to it? If this vaccine is as successful as it sounds, maybe more dogs can avoid having to endure the awfulchemo and radiation treatments, which has never seemed to be truly successful in the cases I have seen.:sosad: Go Pepper!
     
  3. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    I've googled and saw a 2003 study done at Sloan-Kettering. Nine dogs with advanced melanoma were given four biweekly injections of human tyrosinase DNA vaccine that was constructed at MSKCC's Gene Transfer and Somatic Cell Engineering Facility. The dogs were injected with the vaccine using the Biojector-2000, a needle-less delivery device. They showed no side effects or toxicities with only a mild inflammatory reaction observed at the injection site. Two showed no evidence of disease when they were checked after completion of the vaccine regimen. Four dogs survived for over 400 days with the longest survivor still alive after more than 615 days. The median survival was 389 days.

    Note this study is from dogs with advanced melanoma. Pepper's report said early melanoma.

    I also saw another website where someone said her dog had just finished the four injections. The only side effect was dry mouth.

    One thing I've learned is that the melanocytes of black dogs have to produce more melanin because of the black pigment. So maybe since these cells are more active, these cells are more likely to experience uncontrolled growth which is what melanoma is?

    Oh, and after the 4 injections, if a dog taking the vaccine is lucky enough to live that long, there will be $500 injections every 6 months. These can only be administered by an oncologist because the drug is so experimental, it doesn't have a name yet. Thank goodness Auburn is an easy drive with no Atlanta traffic to deal with. When our Weim was there for three weeks, we visited her every day because the vet said it might help her recover.

    Thanks for your, and everyone else's, concern.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2008
  4. Rudyjohn

    Rudyjohn SoWal Insider

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Messages:
    7,744
    Likes Received:
    233
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Go Pepper! should be the theme of the month!! :wave::wub:
     
  5. Cork On the Ocean

    Cork On the Ocean directionally challenged

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    Messages:
    2,452
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    Seacrest Beach
    BR, you are such a wonderful mom! The vaccine does sound promising and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending lots of love your way, Cork
     
  6. Mango

    Mango SoWal Insider

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,714
    Likes Received:
    1,360
    Location:
    New York/ Santa Rosa Beach
    BR, Pepper is lucky to have you. Hope the vaccine, the early detection, and lots of love gives you the best results possible.
     
  7. ItzKatzTime

    ItzKatzTime Beach Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,700
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Santa Rosa Beach
    BR I hardly know what to say after reading this whole thread. My heart is sad for you and I feel your pain, uncertainty, anger, and confusion. This is something you just shouldn't have to go through....and especially Pepper. What a beautiful dog! I've gone through similiar situations with pets, and it's never easy.

    I've always learned something from each of my pets that has helped me throughout my life. They are definitely God's angels. Thank you for sharing with us..... I will be praying for Auburn too!
     
  8. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    Pepper has learned how to open the front door here! This morning she saw someone walking down our street towards Highway 30A. She went to the front door, pushed down the lever handle, and went out the door barking. I resisted the urge to chase her (they say dogs will go the opposite direction if you do that), and I said ?Come here, good girl.? When she finally came to me, I grabbed her collar. I was pretty nauseated for a couple of hours just thinking of what could have happened (as in, road kill on Highway 30A).

    So now we have to be really careful to make sure we lock her crate when we leave and that we put the pet gate at the front door. She is so smart that she knows when we are about to leave, she gets in her crate, and sometimes we forget to lock it. We have to be make sure we lock it now.

    BTW here is our latest advice from the standard poodle cancer registry after her seeing Pepper's pathlogy report. "EXCELLENT report!!!!! You couldn`t ask for a better outcome. I am very confident Pepper will live a long and healthy life. I don't think from that report that the vaccine is warranted.":clap::D

    The vet says that UGA and Auburn recommended once a month melanoma checks.

    Thanks for the prayers, y'all. I do believe in the power of prayer.
     
  9. Miss Critter

    Miss Critter Beach Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    3,419
    Likes Received:
    1,058
    Location:
    My perfect beach
    Wonderful news! I am so happy for you. :clap:
     
  10. Rudyjohn

    Rudyjohn SoWal Insider

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Messages:
    7,744
    Likes Received:
    233
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Excellent! :clap:
     
  11. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    Pepper got groomed today. They had to shave her down. Apparently the anesthesia from surgery causes the hair to thin, resulting in matted hair. I have been brushing her, but couldn't get the mats out. Not her usual beautiful self.:sosad:

    Here's three-toes' footprints in the sand last weekend.:sosad:
     
  12. Ocean Lover

    Ocean Lover bean

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    9,496
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Buckeye Country
    Aww, BR, I'm sure she's still beautiful. My little poodle has been mistaken for a Bichon lately so you know she needs groomed!!! LOL
     
  13. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    I hear ya.
     
  14. Rudyjohn

    Rudyjohn SoWal Insider

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Messages:
    7,744
    Likes Received:
    233
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Those 3 toe prints look adorable!
     
  15. Mango

    Mango SoWal Insider

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,714
    Likes Received:
    1,360
    Location:
    New York/ Santa Rosa Beach
  16. supermom262

    supermom262 Beach Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,844
    Likes Received:
    88
    Location:
    Grayton Beach
    I hope your sweet Pepper is giving you lots of kisses! I just read this thread today. Prayer works wonders! Griff has Cancer as well. She has had two tumors removed and her right eye had a growth covering it for few weeks. The Dr. thought it might be the Cancer spreading but we prayed, and gave her lots of love and a few weeks later the growth was gone! She had her diagnosis about a year ago and she has been doing fine since then, until the scare with the bite last week; it made me wonder if the reaction to the bite was more severe because of her Cancer.

    I love the pawprints in the sand! I hope she has many years ahead of her!
     
  17. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    Oh, so sorry about Griff. Prayers --> Griff.
    How sweet!:wub:

    :cry: I think so, too.:wub:

    Thank you all.
     
  18. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    I re-did my style of teaching to accommodate a particular students' needs (the student didn't do well in lecture classes). The class average went up from 74 last fall semester to 94 summer term. :clap:I have had similar successes in my classes this fall by changing my teaching style. It is very gratifying.:D
     
  19. Miss Critter

    Miss Critter Beach Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    3,419
    Likes Received:
    1,058
    Location:
    My perfect beach
    You should conduct in-service training to teach teachers you new method. Those numbers are impressive. :clap:

    I, too, love the three-toed prints, and bet Pepper was very happy to be at the beach.
     
  20. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2005
    Messages:
    15,298
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    Near the ATL and in SoWal as often as possible
    Maybe so.

    Pepper loves the beach. She loves to run around on the long leash. She expects everyone walking by to tell her how pretty she is. If they don't, she gets mad and does her "mad bark" at them. :lol:
     

Share This Page