greyhound post-amputation of right leg, in blue compression bandage, standing and walking on his own in back yard of Uruguayan vet clinic.

Whistler recovering – going outdoors already at the vet

He’s coming home tomorrow, Monday January 16, 2015. But he’s already up and around, walking (hopping) with his Uruguayan celeste colored compression bandage. Enjoying the great outdoors in the back yard of Dra. Amoedo’s clinic and pet hotel. along with the resident ducks.

red brindle greyhound dog with amputated right front leg, in a blue compression bandage, outside on clear day, on grass near trees, with 2 ducks nearby.
Whistler recovering outside at the veterinarian’s clinic and pet hotel.

Mariana says he can come home tomorrow. Just one more night of monitoring him with care nearby, one more day of intravenous antibiotics. Then tomorrow a week of oral antibiotics and pain medication, here at home. He’s proven that he can get around ok.

In two weeks the stitches come out, then after a week or two more of healing, the chemotherapy has to start. Though the amputation surgery removes the source of the pain and the location of the osteosarcoma, research into dogs with this terrible cancer shows that you must always assume the cancer has been spreading, even if not seen yet on X-rays. Whistler’s lung X-rays were clear of any visual metastases, which is always a concern with the cancer in the shoulder area. However it’s likely there are micro-metastases. So as soon as the good tissue has healed up enough, which takes a few weeks, then the chemo has to start. Can’t start right away, because it would interfere with the healing.

Thank you to everyone who is helping support Whistler’s recovery, whether with words of support, visualizations, directed observations of preferred quantum probabilities collapse (That’s science for “prayer” in Mark’s perspective!), or your donations, which have bought him a week’s worth of medications already! Everything is helping him and helping us help him. Including giving us the confidence and strength that yes he (and we) can do it and give him more life of a good quality.

Thank you!
(Mark writing this post)

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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.)