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Adventures in Dog Radiation Therapy

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Adventures in Dog Radiation Therapy

Week One is Done

July 7th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Home sweet home!  I’m sitting with Buster on my sofa at home in Washington DC after finishing Week One of Buster’s radiation treatment.  I really lucked out finding a great Airbnb with super-nice hosts (on a farm!) near Leesburg VA, where Buster is being treated.  As great as it is there, I’m very happy to be back in my own house.  Nowhere in DC has the necessary veterinary radiation equipment, so the far, far exurbs have been the best option.  We’ll go back out on Sunday night for Week Two.  Spending the weeks in the country and the weekends in the city is the exact opposite of what many DC’ers do, but so it goes in this unique situation.

Buster did pretty well during his first week, although we’ll have a cardiology appointment on Monday morning before radiation to do some diagnostics on the arrhythmia and low heart rate he experienced this week.  Veterinary medicine is like people medicine in that once you’re in the system, the system has you, and there is no end to the appointments and precautions and additional findings to be probed.  My poor buddy is in the system, but we will follow the doctor’s orders to get the cardio workup done.

After 4 sessions there have been no obvious side effects, including at the radiation site.  Mild wooziness for about an hour after each session due to the anesthesia, but Buster has been his wonderful goofy, lively, loving, and occasionally obnoxious terrier self in the afternoons and evenings.

More next week, if not before.


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3 Comments so far ↓

  • benny55

    Yeah, you’re spot on about “getting in the system”. You naled it pretty darn well!

    Im sooo glad to hear Buster is handling these treatments so well! To know how quickly he bounces back, other than a bit of woozy, jas to be reassuring as you move forward.

    Buster certainly seems to enjoy being a country farm boy! That’s quite a pretty setting. Guess that’s the silver lining of having to be away from home.

    Thanks for the uodate. Be safe in all uoir travels. Hoping for a good appointment Monday.

    BTW I love in Powhatan Va,, a little less than an hour West of Richmond. There are other tripawd owners in the area. We’ll have to j3ave a gathering to celebrate the completion of Buster’s treatments!😁

    Look forward to your next update AND pictures of Mr Adorable!


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • ellober2

      Buster’s not always the best with other dogs, but I’ve seen that there’s been a prior tripawds jamboree in Virginia I’d love to attend in the future for as much as Mr B will tolerate. Thanks for all the continued kind wishes! We are hanging in there.

  • Tiffany Garden

    Just wanted to say hi from Baltimore, MD. 🙂 And if there’s a tripawd meetup in VA, I’m totally in! 😀 😀

    Tiffany, Tetrapod, RR Jake, and the foster crew

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