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Harley's Story

Harley's battle with osteosarcoma

Harley's Story

So far so good

May 27th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

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Harley is doing well 17 days after amputation. 

He had his first chemo on Monday night.  He seems to be handling that pretty well too.  I have been giving him some anti-nauseau medication.  He hasn’t thrown-up, that I can tell – he may have done it outside when I wasn’t watching – but he just seems a little ‘burpy’ and anxious at times, that’s when I give him the pill. 

He has been licking his right front leg a lot, so we are trying to keep an eye on that so he doesn’t end up with a hot spot there.  He has licked all the fur off of one spot, I think you can see it in the picture.  I’m not sure why he is licking there.  Maybe he wants to lick his left leg, but since it’s not there he is licking the right?  Or maybe withdrawing from the Tramadol made him feel funky?

 He seems to be leaving his incision site alone.  We had him wear a t-shirt until about two days after his stitches came out.  He wagged his tail the whole time the vet was removing the stitches.  We had him on his side and just kept rubbing his belly – which he loves.  He did kick her in the face once though, when she was digging out a deep stitch! 

He is using the Otto Step to get in and out of my SUV.  I always put his Ruff Wear harness on first, so I can steady him as he goes in and out.  One time, though, he was so excited to go for a ride – I had put the Otto Step in and was standing by it, looking to the left, waiting for him to come around the house, he came flying around the house from the right and jumped into the truck behind my back, without using the step – I never even saw him, he was so fast!  Sassy puppy!

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • admin

    Thanks for the update and for sharing your Otto Step and Ruff Wear Harness feedback.

    Harley may just be licking because his leg is sore from taking on the extra weight. Hopefully that will stop as he regains his strength!

  • etgayle

    gayle sometimes licks her front leg after chemo, since that’s where the cathiter (sp) is put in, and they keep shaving it down each time. is harley on iv or pill chemo? good to hear he’s doing so well after round one!!!

    charon & gayle

  • maggie

    Good report Harley! Love the racing up into the SUV without using the steps too! Go Harley!! 🙂

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  • Carmen (Catie's Mom)

    Harley looks wonderful! Thank you for the update!

  • Mackenzie's Mom

    So glad to hear that you’re doing so well, Harley! Fantastic that you jumped into your SUV without any assistance….way to go! You are definitely on the fast track of recovery and I bet you’ll be surprising your mom with lots more :). But ssshh, don’t tell her that…

  • jakesmom

    Hey Harley,

    Glad to hear you’re doing so well just 17 days post-op! You’re looking good… now stop licking your foot, before it goes totally bald! 🙂

    Angel Jake’s Mom

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