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  1. Unfortunately, there is no PubMed for animals; and no peer-review articles, not a pet Lancet. I got my information from mostly Vets who did posting. The "clean margins" apply for both humans and animals. My point was to make people aware of my experience only, YMMV. Take it for what it's worth. I feel I have accomplished my purpose to get "you" to think and do due diligence. IMO, PROBABLY TIME TO CLOSE THE THREAD, I wasn't looking for any personal discussions on what I said or why. Best to all.
  2. Would love someone in Chapala but doubt that's going to happen. Prefer one with a mixed Mexican/Gringo/Gringa practice. Thanks.
  3. First, read the biopsy report about a "spill" of the Cancer cells. The read: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/understanding-your-diagnosis/advanced-cancer/what-is.html Home → Symptoms and Diagnosis → Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis → Surgical Margins Here is an excellent video from a DVM on the importance of a clean margin: Home → Symptoms and Diagnosis → Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis → Surgical Margins Here is a visual and explanation of why clean margins are important. https://www.google.com/search?q=cancer+why+is+a+clean+margin+important+tumor+removal&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi0ouj4ytndAhUM7qwKHT1EC2IQ7Al6BAgCEA0&biw=797&bih=360 ======================================================= The takeaway from all of this, and this is just a small portion of what I found, is that when a tumor is nicked/cut, Cancer cells spill out. They may take root close to the original tumor and sometimes get into another system that moves the cells for a "distant" place in the body where it attaches and a new tumor starts. Clean margins are critical when the tumor is removed. This is true in humans and animals. While as one poster said, there might have been other tumors, but it didn't appear there was any metastasizing of the tumor prior to removal. The bottom line is that it appears to a high degree of probability there was a tumor spill, due to not leaving a clean margin. Dra. Bernice does not know how to do a flap cover so she, by her own admission, couldn't take out more of the tumor/margin since the surgical site had to be opened so large, the edges could not be sutured. Sorry if I'm not being diplomatic, but there is a great chance my girl would be alive today if I had taken her to Dr. Ladron, so I bear that in my mind. I told her yesterday that my dog had died. She threw me out of her office, and I wasn't yelling. I hope no one reading this ever has to be in my shoes.
  4. MtnMama You would not believe the amount of research I did on this, and I don't mean Facebook. You are right about the possibilities of multiple tumors, however if one is caught soon enough and removed properly, and a course of Chemo given, the life can be extended for up to several years. When the tumor is nicked and Cancer cells "spill," into the system, then it's a 99.9% chance of them spreading and killing the animal in a relatively short time. This is what happened. The excision was improperly done; no clean margin was left because Bernice didn't do the removal correctly as did Dr. Ladrone. If a clear margin has been taken and a flap done, chances would have been 75-80% for a positive outcome. Bernice went outside her area of knowledge and did a procedure she didn't know how to do. Anger? Yes, but based on the negligence and incompetence of Bernice in going into an area she wasn't/isn't qualified to go into. I go to a great dentist, but when it comes to doing a root canal or major dental surgery, a specialist is called in from Guadalajara. Bernice should have called in a specialist; she didn't because she wanted to save herself money. In the community of vest where she is know, she is called (don't recall the term), money motivated. I am not libeling Bernice; I am giving facts and opinion. If she has a problem, let her challenge me in a public forum or agency. I would be remiss if I let this pass unsaid. See me as you will. If this post causes anyone going to Bernice to not let her do surgery of this kind on a loved one, then I have accomplished what I want, to let people make an informed decision.
  5. I rescued Probie on Pepe Gizar maybe 10-years ago. Small, black Schnauzer mix. Sweet and never a problem. We now had three rescues, loved them all, but Probpe was my favorite. Never a problem. About two months ago, I noticed a lump in her leg. I went to pet place for Bernice to look at a tumor in her leg. She said Cancer and removed it. Later I saw on the lab report that she had nicked the tumor causing a Cancer cell spill, letting the Cancer spread. I was angry and asked her why she didn't do a clear margin. She said, "Is your dog alive?" I went to Dr. Ladron who removed the second tumor and cover the site with a skin flap. Bernice had not done this. Dr. Ladron said nothing more to do. Maybe my girl had 3-4 months. Two more tumors developed, very large, golf-ball sized. I arrived home last night and my wife was in tears, she hadn't told me but Probie had deteriorated. It looked like time to do it. Went late nighe emergency to Ladron and the on-duty lady Vet said Probie has some infection and didn't need to go to sleep. Gave a shot. Took her home. This morning, Probie wouldn't eat, drank some water. Tried to lift her and she cried in pain. Shallow breathing, dry nose, couldn't stand. Went to Ladron. Waiting room full. Ladron arrived and took her right in. I knew the answer because he took Probiei and didn't take her to an examination room but the larger room at the end of the hall on the left. I had been there before over a decade ago. I knew what happened there. He examined her and looked at my wife and I. Closed his eyes a little and shook his head. I said "we know." We stayed there with her maybe 10-minutes after she went to sleep. I thought of all the times I had promised her to take her and the others for a walk, but was often too busy with working on the computer. I always said I would do it tomorrow. That tomorrow didn't come often. I thanked her for all the happiness she had given me and told her that even though she was named "Probie," she really wasn't on probation, I loved her from the minute I put her in the car. Now there are only two bowls on the floor for breakfast and dinner, an empty one on the counter. For people or dogs, they are never really gone so long as they are remembered. The whole story is at www.petplace ampersand ajijic period com As I tell audiences when I speak: "Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow a hope. The reality is today. Carpe dien, enjoy the day."
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    Driving warning

    Not there but another place, lost not just a tire, but the entire tire and rim. Never four it. This was 3 years ago just coming down to Soriana. Esta es Mexico.
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    Service for home security system.

    Businesses come and go Lakeside regularly, so you can't always count on after sale service. BTW, IMO, the systems are best for a home-invasion, not after the fact. IMO again, a good idea is a 4 or 8 camera security monitor with recording and remote. For the house, I recommend a 'SCREAMER" mounted outside. Hit your "Panic button" and it sounds like the banshees from Hell are lose. Bad guys quickly bugg-out with that one.
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    Tooth implant issues

    Honeybee, sounds as if you really got stung. Sorry, couldn't resist. My wife went through all 7-levels of dental Hell. First, in Jalisco, to be a specialist requires a diplopia from an accredited college and it takes three (3) years. Then, the diploma is registered locally in Ajijic, at #4 Colon That is the Socio Activo de: Colegio Odontologico de la Ribera de Chapala. If you have enough bone, you can get a regular implant, but if you need bone augmentation (graft), then that will add another 2-3 months to the procedure while the grafted bone blends in. During this time, you wear something temporary. You can also try a mini-implant. Implants are an art, however one deficiency, IMO, in Mexico is that any dentist can do implants, but it could be your part of her OTJ "training." The "Specialist" Ribera that my wife saw, wasn't even though she said she was. On her wall was a "certificate" for a three-day "seminar" on implantology. This is the study of implants, not training (the giveaway is the "ology". Oh yes, if someone tells you they are a specialist and takes your money, and it turns out she isn't a specialist, that could well be fraud under the Jalisco penal code. As for getting a refund; if it ain't in writing, it doesn't exist. And even if it is, and you don't get your $$ back, what are you going to do? Your takeaway should be, do your due diligence before choosing. Above IMO of course.
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    The fact of the matter, when it comes to "value," is that there are many kinds of value: Replacement, appraised, "market," etc. IMO, the real value of anything is what a willing buyer pays a willing seller, in an open and competitive marketplace. This is especially true in the R.E. market since there are so many variables. Location, condition, etc. and how much does the seller want to sell? And how anxious is the buyer to buy. When I bought a house in Chapala Haciendas several years ago, I already had a house, but this was an emergency sale. I saw the value and jumped in. The Fates were with me then. Takeaway: No hard-and-fast rule on values.
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    Have you considered this?

    Agree. That thread mention was only a segue into the main point of my post. Thanks.
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    Ladron Vet place

    My error and apology to Dra Naybi. This and the prior tumor were diagnosed by Dr. Ladron who gave my little girl 2-4 months to live. No treatment available. The original tumor was cut by Dra. Brenice at Pet Place, and this caused a tumor leak of the Cancer cells allowing it to spread.
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    need tech help!

    I went through the same thing when I got my first smart phone. It's a learning curve for sure. Best to first learn the features you will actually use/"need" and then go to the others such as WhatsApp, etc. Take your time and remember, it will take some time as well as trial and error.
  13. A thought that came to my mind last night, when watching an episode of "House, M.D." I was thinking of the now closed thread about the woman who threw dog feces at a grounds keeper. Like it or not, we have an "older" older population of expats here. There is always the possibility the woman has some form of early dementia or Alzheimer. These conditions do not become full-blown overnight. They often start as subtle changes in personality and mood swings, etc. Some tines there may be per-existing personality disorders where a person will act in a manner that is inconsistent with their usual personality. What this lady did with the dog feces is well outside the norm. So as in "House," members of our expat community team may want to consider other factors than the first impression. So as the saying goes, "When you hear hoof-beats, think horses, not Zebras." I add: But don't rule-out Zebras.
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    Ladron Vet place

    My little girl developed another, now large, tumor on here leg. Went today. Yes open, but no vet there, only if emergency the on-duty "nurse" can't handle. That was my feeling. Better than nothing.
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    Remember,when you rent, to some degree you are putting down (shallow) roots. If the landlord ups the price or doesn't keep the place up when needed, you could be up the creek. Also, moving is expensive and frustrating.