Mom Julie is pausing Lymphoma chemo, Ralphie just won’t eat…

Ralphie is nauseated and refusing food… Photo: Julie

UPDATE 1-9-20

Julie Meyers
The pet hospital called, the radiologist read the xray and said that the area has for sure gotten smaller so it is not a case of the chemo not working but more of a reaction to one of the drugs. This is what we had been trying to tell them all along, that this all started the night of his last treatment. He was even limping on the injection leg.
Prayers for Pets
Oh wow! That sounds like really encouraging news, right?
Julie Meyers
yes, but this is why we are probably going to continue treatment elsewhere. They don’t listen, answer our questions and suggested we just “make him go peacefully”. He is doing well so far and currently being fed via tub. Hopefully this will get him back and ready to continue the fight.
Prayers for Pets
Great sounds like a plan๐Ÿ˜ƒ you need to feel listened to, I have to agree with that
Julie Meyers
so don’t have access to all the FB places you have posted but thank you to all those who have prayed. Sean and I have really felt it today!

PRAY FOR: Ralphie, 1 yo. Lymphoma, loss of appetite, lethargy, 8 rounds chemo. Lord Jesus You know the battle Ralphie has been through with this chemotherapy. Mom Julie has done everything imaginable to entice him to eat. Thank You that he continues to drink. We ask that You would restore his appetite and kill the Lymphoma in his body at the same time. He was supposed to have his 9th round of chemo today, but his treatment is being paused. May this pause bring energy and appetite back to Ralphie. Encourage mom Julie and dad Sean as they minister to Ralphie and the rest of their sweet family. In the Name of Adonai hu kol-yachol, God is Sovereign over all. Amen. <3 Caren

Julie Meyers Sunday, 1-5-20: Ralphie has not improve much and I don’t know what to do.
Prayers for Pets
Oh noโ€ฆ things were looking up what happened? Did he quit eating? Let me know what’s happening I will post for him tomorrow morning and use that picture that you sent.
Julie Meyers
He has eaten off and on, the next day he ate more but still low energy. Today we tried to not give him the appitite medication and he didn’t eat hardly anything. So my husband gave him some more. Tomorrow we are going to cancel his treatment appointment and not give him any meds. I realised the anti nausea and appitite stimulants have the very same side effects we are trying to stop. He has had the Cerenia every day since he has gotten worse. He was more alert before we gave him it this morning. I looked up the side effects and they are lethargy, loss of appitite and depression. He is still drinking fine and seems like he is interested in food but won t eat it. (cont. below****)

Psalm 31: 14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, โ€œYou are my God.โ€
15 My times are in your hand;

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, โ€˜My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,โ€™

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Ephesians 1:1 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Julie Meyers 1-1-20: hi Caren, once again I’m coming to you for prayers. Ralphie hasn’t done well since his last treatment on Christmas eve. A few days ago he lost his appetite. He was scheduled for treatment again yesterday. I told them all the effects he has been having. They did blood work and an exam and said everything was normal so the good new is that this isn’t a reaction from the cancer but a side effect of the chemo. They decided to take this week off from treatment so he can get better. They gave him IV fluid under the skin, anti-nausa meds and a narcotic to make him comfortable. He came home really drugged up and groggy. They were supposed to email us with a summary and all the results but we never got one. He has perked up a bit but still is low energy from lack of eating. We are going on day 2 of no food intake. The vet said that their tastebuds came change with the chemo. He seems like he wants to eat but then get it in his mouth and spits it out. We have tried all kinds of food and only got him to eat a single cheeto. I need God to restore his ability to eat. On top of everything both kids and my husband have been sick for days so I a bit over whelmed. Any prayers a very welcome at this point. Wishing you and Victor a wonderful New Years!
Prayers for Pets
Oh sweetheart I’m so sorry to see this about Ralphie and you and your family. This is an article that I wrote for a dog who had the flu recently but it has all the information you need to deal with nausea and appetite.
These are some of the links contained in the article and some extras especially the Tomlyn appetite booster is very effective:
Probiotics VetriScience Laboratories – Vetri Mega Probiotic, Digestive Support with Probiotics and Prebiotics for Dogs and Cats, 120 Capsules https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002GIVC4C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rhNDDb3AF39Q0
Anti-nausea Chinese herb Aucklandia & Coptis Teapills (Xiang Lian Wan), 200 ct, Plum Flower http://amzn.to/2myw8h7
Tomlyn NutriCal Tube Dog 4.25oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00063KI8A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_0kNDDbGK7BH3X
NOW Nutritional Yeast Flakes,10-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MGR1N6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_FoNDDbP7FBWBM

NAUSEA, DEHYDRATION https://prayersforpets1.org/tipper-has-the-flu-in-wisconsin-watch-for-these-7-symptoms-in-your-dogs/

Victor and I will be praying for you and for Ralphie today. God will get you through this, darling. He will never leave you nor forsake you. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค— Caren
Julie Meyers
I ran out and got the Tomlyn so we could try it right away.
Prayers for Pets
Pawsome. Is it helping?
Julie Meyers
I gave him some but he is sleeping now.
Prayers for Pets
Poor babyโ€ฆ let me know how that goes. The most critical thing is to keep him hydrated. If you have to syringe water do that. Also you can I do the Sub-Q fluids that video is in that article I sent. You would have to get a prescription from the vet for the fluids and the needle and syringe.
Julie Meyers
he is still drinking water fine thankfully.
Prayers for Pets
Excellent! If you have trouble getting him to drink it is critical.
Thursday, 1-2-20:
Julie Meyers
Ralphie is currently having xrays and an ultrasound to make sure nothing else is going on. I just don’t have any hope that it will be good news.
Prayers for Pets
I’m praying for you and Ralphie right now. I’m so sorry that you are feeling hopelessโ€ฆ I know it’s hard but try to remember
Psalm 42:11

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Julie Meyers
our vet said she didn’t see anything on the x rays but only had access to the low res ones to compare. She sent them to the oncologist and we have not heard anything. They gave him some meds for appetite. We gave him some with anti nausea. I just got him to eat a small bit of boiled chicken but that’s it.
Prayers for Pets
๐Ÿ˜” I’m sorry luv, I can post him if you want. Please send me a new picture.
Julie Meyers
Prayers for Pets
Poor Ralphieโ€ฆ This picture makes me want to cryโ€ฆ So sadโ€ฆ
Julie Meyers
he is slowly eating more and more. Every few hours I present him with a shredded chicken and bacon broth. He usually drinks some and this last time I was able to get him to eat some chicken and bacon pieces. I’m just hoping he will keep taking more and more in. All signs seem to indicate he is headed toward remission. We just need to get him to eat again.
Prayers for Pets
Really??? That is SO encouraging!
Julie Meyers
I think we are also going to look for a new oncologist. The one we have has been fine with treatment but I have been very disappointed in the supportive care. Plus they are also attached to the emergency vet and are really expensive.
Julie Meyers
when he went in will lack of appitite they said they would skip treatment and give him some fluids to get him feeling better. What they did was give him fluid under the skin and a narcotic that he didn’t need and seems to have made everything worse. They just handed him to us and said the vet would send an email which we didn’t get. They didn’t tell us what they gave us or why. They charged us over $500 for nothing helpful.
Prayers for Pets
Yikes! Yes, sounds unreasonable; but from this distance it hard to know. What you’re saying sounds like a logical avenue to pursue, sweetie. You definitely need a practitioner who can give you better support than this office is supplying. What was the purpose of the narcotic, did they say? I hope you can find someone with a more holistic approach. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™ Caren
Julie Meyers
they only told us they gave him “something to make him comfortable”. He is not in pain though. It was listed on the receipt so I had to look it up to see what it was. I called later in the eve but no one for the team was there and they said the ER had a wait of 5 1/2 hrs because it was NY Eve
Julie Meyers
He just ate a whole piece of bacon!!!
Prayers for Pets
Eesh! 5.5 hrs. Praise God for BACON! lol so not Kosher ๐Ÿ˜‚ go Ralphie boy!
How are you feeling, luv? Is it a cold?
Julie Meyers
yes everyone else is on the mend so now it is my turn. [โ€ฆ] but that has also been on my mind. Plus all these vet bills make less money we have for treatment. I’ve had a lot on my plate the last few days.
Prayers for Pets
You have, baby. I’m so sorry to hear about [โ€ฆ]. I will be praying [โ€ฆ]. Please let me know. I will NOT include this part of the our conversation in any post.
I’m glad the rest of the family is mending, I just hope you can join them soon. Big hugs sweet girl. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™Caren
Julie Meyers
yes, it is maddening sometimes, with 2 little ones, two dogs and a cat. Someone always wants something. I wouldn’t have it any other way though.
Prayers for Pets
Gnite my friend. I’m praying you rest well and wake refreshed and ready for battle ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™ Caren
Julie Meyers
good night, God Bless!
Prayers for Pets
I didn’t post Ralphie today on purpose. He sounded like he’d taken a turn for the better last night. I’d rather “keep my powder dry” to make sure we don’t over-post him when he’s in dire need; which could happen again. I hope you understand my strategy. โค Caren
Julie Meyers
yes I understand thank you.
Prayers for Pets
Julie Meyers Sunday, 1-5-20: Ralphie has not improve much and I don’t know what to do.
Prayers for Pets
Oh noโ€ฆ things were looking up what happened? Did he quit eating? Let me know what’s happening I will post for him tomorrow morning and use that picture that you sent.
Julie Meyers
He has eaten off and on, the next day he ate more but still low energy. Today we tried to not give him the appitite medication and he didn’t eat hardly anything. So my husband gave him some more. Tomorrow we are going to cancel his treatment appointment and not give him any meds. I realised the anti nausea and appitite stimulants have the very same side effects we are trying to stop. He has had the Cerenia every day since he has gotten worse. He was more alert before we gave him it this morning. I looked up the side effects and they are lethargy, loss of appitite and depression. He is still drinking fine and seems like he is interested in food but won t eat it. (Cont.)****Hopefully we will see improvement once all the drugs are out of his system and then we can re evaluate the situation. He doesn’t seem to be in pain or discomfort, only low energy and sad. He has started to growl at the other dog when she gets near his food even if he doesn’t want it. That didn’t happen a few days ago so he at least is feeling better enough to want to protect what is his.
Prayers for Pets
Odd behavior to be sure. It sounds like a good idea to get the drugs out and see where you stand. Did you ever try nutritional yeast?
Sent by Caren Brodt
Julie Meyers
no I tried to find some at the store but no luck. What does that help with?
Prayers for Pets
It’s a Wonderful appetite stimulant full of B vitamins. You can sprinkle it on food or make a broth out of it dogs usually love the taste and smell of it https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MGR1N6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_FoNDDbP7FBWBM
Some health food stores have bulk food that you can scoop some up. WinCo carries it. Any health food store should have it in some form.
Julie Meyers
we force fed him the Tomlyn that gave him bad diarrhea
Prayers for Pets
Oh no!
Definitely don’t want to over do on things
Julie Meyers
if you want we can hold off posting until tomorrow afternoon to see where he is at.
Prayers for Pets
I’m Consulting with a friend who’s a vet right now
Was he giving Mirtazapine as an appetite stimulant?
It definitely causes sleepiness
Julie Meyers
Entyce
I think the Cerenia is also making him lethargic
Prayers for Pets
My vet friend: Cerenia is not an appetite stimulant only anti emetic. Mirtazapine is a mild stimulant there is another new one on the market Iโ€™ve not used. Anemia and infection are side effects to chemo and need also to be monitored. They need to talk to their oncologist for suggestions. Drug interactions also need to be considered
Prayers for Pets
Maybe entyce is the new one?
Julie Meyers
Yes. Cerenia is to help with nausea. He’s bloodwork is normal and his xrays show no blockages, new tumors or cancer spread.
Prayers for Pets
I will l her know that
Prayers for Pets
Let
Prayers for Pets
Are you wanting me to not post him tomorrow? Unless you say not to, I think I will. It’s about time for an update anyway. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™ Caren
Julie Meyers
yeah you can post. He really needs prayer.
He was thin to begin with but now he is all bones. It is really hard to see.
Prayers for Pets
Poor babyโ€ฆ Marsha is in the middle of the country [I’m] on the Pacific coast.

She probably went to sleep before she answered the last note I had to her let me see if she tells me anything by morning I would like to post him first thing. I will post him either way if I hear from her I will send you whatever she sends. You guys are in my prayers. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜”
Prayers for Pets
I’m on the Pacific coast


Prayers for Pets
Oh, OK. Late for you and her, she’s in […]: [Vet pro] < Iโ€™ve seen variations. Slowing down on chemo sometimes helps>
That’s what you were saying you wanted to do. There’s a second opinion for you.
Julie Meyers
thank you.

Prayers for Pets
What round of chemo is he on?
Julie Meyers
Today was supposed to be #9. He is more alert this morning but still won t eat.
Prayers for Pets
Ok thanks. I’m glad he is. More alert. I got off to a late start, I’m putting a post together now. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™

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