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Adventures in Dog Radiation Therapy

My dog got cancer. Here is how radiation went.

Adventures in Dog Radiation Therapy

Session #11 is done

July 17th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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We are cranking through these 18 sessions and Buster is still going strong.  I am getting tired of this routine, it feels like a very bad Groundhog Day to be back in the vet every morning, but then I remind myself I’m lucky to be able to do this for my dog and I’m lucky he seems to be tolerating treatment quite well.

still no visible radiation burns although it is possible some of the skin is a little pink.  Mood and energy still good.  There is a yellow lab visiting the farm I’m staying at and Buster did a lot of running around with her last night. He seemed very happy!

Unfortunately, Buster ended up having pretty significant intestinal distress after bedtime last night (diarrhea), and I had to take him out about every 1.25 hours from 1 a.m. onward.  that wasn’t fun.  he’s doing much better today and they gave him extra hydration at his morning radiation session today — including the subcutaneous hydration that makes him look like he has a small camel hump.  he’d had that once before and it is pretty weird looking.

We don’t know if his stomach issues were side effects, or could be because I gave him a brand of jerky yesterday I hadn’t give him before.  I’ll be steering clear of new treats at this point until we get safely past radiation.

Tomorrow will be my last day and night at the farm before completing the last sessions by just driving back and and forth from my house in DC to the treatment center in Virginia.  Not quite the home stretch yet, but getting there!

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • benny55

    That’s a great picture of Buster. Very “artsy”😎 And he has a perfectly centered front legger tripawd stance.

    Geez, sorry about the diarrhea. Realky, really hoojng it was related to that jerky. Glad the clinic was immediately on top pf things with the IVs and SubQ

    I’m glad Buster has a doggy friend to pal around with at the Farm. I know they’ll miss each other.❤ That’s gonna be quite a drive you’ll be undertaking. I hope your drive times do NOT coincide with rush hour. I’m sure Buster will be napping rhe whole way back….and you’ll be due for a nap when you get home!

    I know the completion of radiation can’t come soon enough, but you’re getting there!

    Cheering for you adorable Buster!!!


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

    • ellober2

      Thanks for the continued support! 🙂 the drive will be unpleasant but should not get caught up in too much rush hour except a little on the way back. My guess is the round trip will be around 2.5 hours for each of the five days I do it and I’m loaded up on podcasts.

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