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Rebel is at Day 101!!!

Rebel is at day 101 since diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma. They originally gave him 8-88 days. He went to the oncologist today for his follow up. It was very, very good news but has kind of thrown us for a loop. His anemia and low white blood cells are completely resolved; all normal now. His platelets are triple from diagnosis (from 24,000 to 77,000). They were able to clearly see on his ultrasound that the mass was in his spleen. Before they couldn’t tell the liver from the spleen, so it has shrunk. He hasn’t lost any weight since his last visit. She thinks he looks really good and with his blood work what it is now, she would recommend taking out the spleen which may give him some change to beat the cancer. Or we could continue on the palladia course and herbs and just keep riding it out. Once again, we have to make a decision. We aren’t really sure what to think. I KNOW I value quality of life over quantity and when he was much sicker at diagnosis, the decision was very clear to me (especially when the oncologist thought he probably wouldn't make it through the surgimage.jpegery). We don't have children and our two dogs are everything to us. We got Rebel just one week into our marriage and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary. I just want to choose what is best for him, but I'm really not sure. We are fortunate to work good jobs and we live a conservative lifestyle so cost of treatment isn't really a concern; it is all about Rebel.

A question for everyone--he did have calcium oxalate crystals in his urine today. His whole life (up until diagnosis) he has been on science diet light (I know, I know not a great food but I didn't know until diagnosis). He has since been on blue wilderness stews and purees. Is this too much protein for him?? He only wants to eat wet foods, not kibble since he was diagnosed (and basically he has a cancer card so I'm going with it). I need calorie dense foods to keep the weight on him and preferably pretty low carb is better for dogs with cancer.


so happy for Rebel...............

first of all, it is great news regarding his blood levels.  You have to be thrilled with that.  I understand the concern with the decisions you must make.  My boys are like my children as well, since I didn't have any of my own.  You want to do everything possible to help  and heal them.  Good luck with the decision you make, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)



Katie and Tucker's picture

Congratulations to Rebel

I can't answer any of the questions about his health but I just wanted to wish you all the best. I can't imagine dealing with what you are dealing with. Stay strong :)


Katie & Tucker a.k.a "Porkchop"

MacknTeaBoneTillieMae's picture


i would ask the vet about the protein levels. hope things continue 'up' for you all. not sure about what i would do either.....10 and surgery, hopefully you will get a sign to help you. hugs!



Mack 'n' Tillie Mae Mack



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I too am not able to answer your nutrition questions but...

want to add my hugs and prayers for your boy.

karonelaine's picture

This is great news

101 is awesome. I think I would keep doing what you are doing. Rebel looks like he happy. Is he in pain. I know this is a hard one ands heartbreaking news . But I think with all the prayers he can get better. Please keep us up dated on him. 



Cory's picture

Right on Rebel,

I'm so happy to hear about all the good new, I hope an pray that everything continues to go great.......


Cory & Penelope

animal005's picture

Go Rebel!!!

We lost our female English Bullie to cancer, so I love to hear about another beating the odds. 101 days is great; keep it up!


Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

Article might be of some help

I have not read it but it yet. Just received it in my email today and thought of you.

I believe you can email Dr. Becker and ask her a question.

What a sweet guy, wishing him many more days.

Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

Oops ... heres the article and video

ArchimedesMommy's picture

aww......what great news!!! And what a sweet boy he

is! I don't have any answers to your questions, but Meaty and Sophie and I will pray for Rebel !!!  :-)
Our doggies are our children, too---so we KNOW how you feel !!!!   


Our three JOYS !!!  

Sophie,  Meaty,  and, Professor   (adopted in March 2016, went to Rainbow Bridge Dec. 2016)  

Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Céline and Angel Stella's picture

Rebel, you're the man!

This is some happy news.  :)

amandalee27's picture


Thank you everyone!! Rebel is no pain and he is a happy guy. Thanks Deb for the article. We have decided to have a consult with the surgeon, oncologist, and our vet so we can better weigh the risks/benefits for our old man.

While I'm trying to keep weight in him. I'm trying to get weight off our basset!! Interesting balance....