Sat Jan 17 AM update – Whistler up and around on 3 legs

Whistler is still with our lead vet, Dra. Mariana Amoedo, and is doing well. She just called us to say he’s already walking around on 3 legs, and even was able to eat his food from a bowl on the floor – having the right balance to do that.

Of course, it’s not all perfect. When she checked on him middle of the night, “It was like watching a horror movie.” A bit too much bleeding through the dressing. Not that bad a horror movie, though. Didn’t bleed all over the place, just sort of an “apple-sized” stain. She re-did his dressings, and now has a compression bandage going on him – that wasn’t appropriate immediately post-surgery.

Looks like we’ll keep him there until Monday, so that he’s near to immediate care, has a bit more strength back, and can switch away from intravenous pain and antibiotics to pills. No doubt have to stock up on better-quality cheese to make medication cheeseballs – he was getting stubborn about the cheap stuff and was onto our tricks. Medications will be continued Tramadol and Diprona (in English, dipyrone, better known as Metamizole) for pain. It’s a common and inexpensive over-the-counter, no-prescription painkiller branded as “Novemina” here in Uruguay. Actually most drugs here are truly “over the counter” as in you ask the pharmacy clerk for your painkiller, blood pressure meds, cholesterol or whatever other pills you need, whether it’s a simple aspirin or something that is prescription-only in USA. No drugs at all are “Over the counter” in the USA sense of “In front of the counter in the main public aisle of the store. The Tramadol is a “receta verde” (prescription-only on special green controlled-substance prescription) due to being an opiate, and as anybody who’s take it for pain knows, is “good stuff”.

This post by Whistler’s dad, Mark Mercer. Who’s adding “Buy more cheese” to the list of “Get house ready for Whistler to come home” to-do list. And who will stay away from Whistler’s stock of Tramadol. Despite having taken it for hombro congelado (frozen shoulder) himself (Of course under a proper receta verde from Traumotolgia de Asociación Española medical society for humans!) a year ago, and shall we say, well-appreciative of its effects. “Woof-woof not for humans, mine!” says Whistler.

Thank you again to all who’ve donated via our secure PayPal donation link to help Whistler’s mother, Lisa Marie Mercer, and me, with the costs of Whistler’s operation, recovery, rehab, and upcoming chemotherapy. We’re so very grateful!

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Whistler the Hound

Whistler is the family pet of Mark Mercer and Lisa Marie Mercer. At only 7 years old, he is fighting the terrible and deadly disease, osteosarcoma. That's a fast-growing and painful bone cancer - in his once-strong right front shoulder. We aren't giving up on our greyt doggie, because he isn't giving up on us. Though he started limping badly again, with increased pain medication in early January 2015, he came back to his old normal personality, and began hopping around fine. But the leg will kill him if it doesn't come off, and otherwise he would only have days to at most weeks left. On January 16 2015 he is scheduled for amputation surgery. A difficult race is ahead, with rehab and chemotherapy, with emotional and financial stress. But he's worth it. (Because dogs don't type as well as cats do, posts from "Whistler the Hound" are interpreted by his people, Mark Mercer and Lisa Mercer.)