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Aug 01 2012

Another Vet Visit, Prednisone Prescription, NADAC Trial, and 11-month Ampuversary!

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Things got kind of hairy again about a week and a half ago.  Kalil had another bad day, out of nowhere.  I was beginning to wonder if he was in a lot of pain.  I broached the subject to my husband about taking Kalil to the vet to see about pain management as I was thinking it may be close to “that time”.   Kalil seemed very pained, wasn’t excited about eating, and actually refused a meal at one point.


My husband isn’t a fan of meds, but after our vet visit on July 20th, the vet said it was time to put Kalil on prednisone… to at least try it to see if it improves his quality of life before making the final decision to put Kalil to sleep.  One of my Facebook friends, whose Boxer also had histiocytic sarcoma but wasn’t a candidate for amputation, had suggested inquiring about prednisone as it had helped her Grady have a few good quality months before his body finally gave out.   I sure am glad that we took him in.  Kalil is not only on prednisone, but he is also back on tramadol (he was on it after his amputation for a few months) – and what a HUGE change.  He is drooling for food again and dancing around, just like he used to do.  I hadn’t realized how downhill he had gotten in the few weeks before putting  him on the meds until I saw the changes after even one dose.


Of course, there are trade-offs.  The vet said that it would increase Kalil’s thirst and potty breaks and that is an understatement to say the least.  I don’t even think Kalil is drinking more than usual (he had been drinking more water but I didn’t know if that was due to the extreme heat or his liver failing) but he pees like Austin Powers several times a day.  I am fortunate that my employer allows me to take an early lunch and a second early afternoon break because I let Kalil out twice during each of those breaks and he pees like Austin Powers both times.  The first and second day of the prednisone dosing, it seemed like he was “leaking” overnight.  Now Kalil is not one to EVER want to make a mess in the house, but he leaked on our bed during the day when I was out of town and my husband was just a bit too late in being able to leave work to let Kalil out.  He had also leaked on his dog bed a couple of times overnight the first couple of days.  Since I’m trying to be all about dignity, I am now doing the 2 breaks during the day, working a half hour later, and getting up in the middle of the night to take him out.    I suppose I am a bit extreme, but I feel I owe it to him.  Maybe I’m just nuts.  (Well, I know I am, just a little…)   But he would leak and not even get out of bed.  It’s like he didn’t even know.  I just felt bad so I try to prevent it as much as I possibly can.


When we took him to the vet on the 21st, I was kind of iffy on if we would be able to do the NADAC trial the weekend of the 28th and 29th.  I had sent the entry form in early June and entered him in 2 tunnelers runs and 1 weavers run.  He claimed his second novice Weavers title on Saturday, left the tunnelers ring to see his dad and “girlfriends” on Saturday (his first “eliminated” run ever!!!!), and was .8 seconds over course time which prevented him from a Q on Sunday.


Saturday’s Weavers Run:



Saturday’s Tunnelers Run:



Sunday’s Tunnelers Run:



I am so thankful that we had a few good runs this past weekend.


Today is Kalil’s 11-month ampuversary.  Another milestone reached with my big buddy.  🙂  He spent the day relaxing and being lazy.






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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Another Vet Visit, Prednisone Prescription, NADAC Trial, and 11-month Ampuversary!”

  1.   princesson 01 Aug 2012 at 8:42 pm     Reply1

    Happy ampuversary Kalil. Those leaks are a bit of downer but sounds like your mom is going to do her best to help you with that (mom’s are the best). I hope you get to have a lot more quality time and loving before you have to go.

    Spirit Magnum

  2.   tatespeepson 01 Aug 2012 at 9:55 pm     Reply2

    Kalil, you’re such a ladies’ man! Happy Ampuversary buddy/

  3.   Abby's momon 01 Aug 2012 at 11:04 pm     Reply3

    You are not nuts, you are a good mama! (Or maybe we’re all nuts on here…) 🙂

    Happy 11 month ampuversary Kalil! That’s pawesome!! And hooray for the good runs you were able to get in on the weekend. You are an amazing Tripawd Warrior!

  4.   maximutton 01 Aug 2012 at 11:13 pm     Reply4

    Kalil, Happy 11 Months!!! I watched your agility videos, you are pretty awesome! Hope you have a great day!!!

  5.   fightingforsammyon 02 Aug 2012 at 7:38 am     Reply5

    Happy 11 months Kalil! I love the video’s, especially his tunneler run when he went to see his dad. I’m blown away that he is at this stage of cancer and doing so well. It made me a bit teary eyed at his falls but he seems to love doing this with you. What a big beautiful boy 🙂

    •   Kalil's Momon 02 Aug 2012 at 8:51 am     Reply6

      One of the hardest things to see out there is him losing his footing. The turf is a bit slippery out there (even for 4-leggers) and that was one of our concerns with continuing to run him after he healed up from his amputation. If he didn’t love agility so much I wouldn’t take the risk, but those thirty or forty seconds out there, it is like he has all four legs again, just for a little bit. 🙂

  6.   labsruson 03 Aug 2012 at 12:10 pm     Reply7

    Happy 11 month ampuversary Kalil!! Way to go!
    I watched the videos and I am SO impressed by your skills. You’d never know you had only 3 legs! So cute when you went to the camera. I sure hope your life continues to be happy and full of adventures. Wishing you all the best.

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