Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another good week

We completed week 7 of the protocol with another successful chemo session today. I'm happy to see that Rocco seems to bouncing back much better from each successive treatment. The next 2 weeks will be at the specialist here in NJ, then another rest week which will coincide with our drive out to CA. The vet and staff love him there; they said they don't want him to go! We brought Rocco's book today and it was a big hit as usual. 

We had a nice sunny day today and Rocco & Havana spent a lot of time laying outside and enjoying the fresh air. It's funny to watch them bake in the sun until they can't take it and then plop down panting in a shady spot. Of course, once they cool off, it's back to the sun again. Quality of life during the treatment is a top priority to us, so it really means a lot to see Rocco so contented here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rocco's Chemo goes to NJ

We moved out of our rented house in Atlanta last Sunday and are up in New Jersey for a month. We found an oncologist who will keep Rocco's protocol up. They are about 1 hours drive from LBI, where we are staying. He went Tuesday, unlike our vet they don't hold him after he receives his Chemo. The oncologist said it's not necessary to do that anymore as the drugs in use now usually don't have severe reactions. She gave us some anti-diarrhea and anti-nausea medicine to counteract side effects of this round of Chemo. The oncologist charges WAY more than the vet and now I see why the vet recommended us using him for the basic protocol. I gave Rocco one pill yesterday for loose stool and that's been it. Him and his sister are definitely happy to be up in New Jersey and enjoy walking around the streets and playing in the back yard. Their paws are a little sore for running around on the concrete in the back but that is the price to pay for fun!! Rocco is doing well.