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Wow, what a turn around! Something to give thanks for on Thanksgiving for sure. I am crossing my fingers this turns out to be something temporary after all.
 

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I'm glad to hear you had such a happy Thanksgiving together. The silver lining of a health worry is the deepened appreciation of the many small joys of life.
 

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Great to hear he seems to be feeling better! It’s good news that initial testing shows no cancer! Keep us posted.


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Further testing was inconclusive but not great

So, Kepler had another liver biopsy, a spleen biopsy and x-rays to look for multiple myeloma or lymphoma.

Everything came up normal, except for the spleen biopsy which showed signs of both lymphoma and multiple myeloma, but possibly neither (Yes, this is confusing.) We don't know what to think.

In the meantime his anemia and low platelets have not gotten worse, and his blood protein levels seem to be normalizing, probably from the prednisone.

We are just happy to have our poodle for a while longer.
 

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What confusing results. I hope your vet knew how to interpret this? I will continue to hope for the best outcome for Kepler.
 

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The vet wanted to keep him overnight and do a bone marrow biopsy in the morning. We said no -- we needed to take him home and feed him (he fasted the day before) and he doesn't do well being in a cage all night. We were afraid he would be very stressed. Further, there was only a 50% chance the bone marrow biopsy would come up with an answer, and there are some risks to the procedure. Instead, we are waiting for further lab results.

Good thing we took him home, as he seems to be in some pain today from the other biopsies. It would have been terrible for him to have another procedure today in this shape.
 

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Fel, I am so happy you made that decision to take him home, especially with the 50% chance of having any answers & having to be in a cage all night at the vet. I know I would have done that as well, taking him home for him to rest, eat, and be surrounded by his people.
Prayers for him and you! Hope the lab results come back with positive answers.
 

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Just by way of update: further results support leukemia or lymphoma.
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Oh. no, poor Kepler and poor you. I’m so sorry. thank goodness you brought him home.
 

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We are seeing a specialist on Monday. The liver biopsy came out normal (no cancer), so nothing is confirmed. In the meantime we have him on prednisone to help with the symptoms (anemia).


In the last day or so, since the prednisone hit, he has had renewed vigor. He demolished his Thanksgiving feast (duck, turkey and carrot soup, and hamburger/pumpkin/rice casserole) and asked for more. Our fenced backyard patio has 2 approaches: one is a gradual path, and one has 3 steps up. When he was acting sick last week, he would take the gradual path. Now he is ignoring the 3 steps and just leaping straight up onto the patio. He is playful and his tail is wagging often.

Could this be something besides cancer?

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I am so sorry for what you are going through with Kepler. If you are not part of a raw feeding group, you might get in touch with one because I do know that raw feeding does cause some blood results to look different. It might be advantageous to have that information, even if Kepler does get a definite diagnosis of cancer. Best of luck to you.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear what you and Kepler may be facing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and sending strength.
 

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Thank you all for your well wishes. Kepler so far is holding his own. He is still able to take 40 minutes walks, demolish all his food and play with his toys like a pup. He has gained a few much-pounds on the prednisone. We are looking forward to celebrating his 6th birthday next week.

We are also offering turkeytail mushroom powder, which according to some studies, shrinks tumors. Has anyone else here used turkeytail?
 

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Oh, I'm so sorry, fel :( My friend who has terminal cancer has been taking the mushrooms. They're not a miracle cure, but she seems to feel better taking them.
 

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Oh no Fel. I'm so very sorry for what you're going through. I too am glad you brought him home. There comes a time where enough is enough with the procedures and tests. My heart felt sympathy for what you're facing. It is good you have some time where he seems to be pretty happy and playful and you can still be there for each other for a while. Any viable holistic medicine is certainly worth trying I would think at this point. I hope you can enjoy each other for some time yet without spending too much of that time in that state of dread. That is hard, I know. My heart goes out to you. (((hugs)))
 

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Kepler is still with us, but every night when we are alone together, and I think about losing him, I am so sad that I can't take a breath. I wonder if I am making the end of his life worse by crying over him all the time. I think I need a poodle grief support group.
 

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Kepler is still with us, but every night when we are alone together, and I think about losing him, I am so sad that I can't take a breath. I wonder if I am making the end of his life worse by crying over him all the time. I think I need a poodle grief support group.
My heart aches for you. The way you are feeling is uniquely your own, just like your relationship with Kepler, but I can somewhat relate. And I do believe the greatest gift we can give our ailing dogs is to focus on our gratitude. Just pour all that thanks into your dear boy. Open your heart, let the love flow, and don't let your thoughts get in the way of this moment (and every moment) you have together. Much easier said than done, I know. ?

I'm here if you ever need an ear or a shoulder. I lost my girl in July (it's actually her birthday tomorrow) and I began grieving years before we said goodbye. Sending hugs.
 
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