I just brought Laura home from her first chemotherapy session and she is doing great. Eating and acting normal. What a relief. I was worried that the chemo would make her sick.
Before they could administer the chemo drug doxorubicin they had to do blood work on her to make sure she was healthy enough and that she had enough platelets in her blood. She passed her blood test with flying colors!
From the research I've done, dogs generally handle chemotherapy pretty well. They handle it much better than humans because the doses are much smaller. Chemo in dogs isn't meant to completely kill the cancer like in humans, but to slow it down so that it extends their life. They don't lose their hair! A bald Laura would have looked awful silly. I'm giving her a ton of supplements and herbs to help her deal with the side affects of chemo. But so far, so good.