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20 March 2017
Oh my goodness. I am so new and can not figure out how to start a forum question?
I am close to you situation. we think my dog has anaplastic histocytic sarcoma. I am devastated. My husband does not want to amputate, and until we know more, I am just not sure what to do.
My buddy is a big boy at 85 lbs.
Right now he has a nasty cyste removal that is growing back. The tumor growing is the largest yet. I am rewrapping this leg 3 times a day, due to leakage but wondering if there is financially a better answer like a boot (if anyone has used and had any success)
prayers for you and your baby. Just take it one day at a time.
25 April 2007
I am so new and can not figure out how to start a forum question?
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25 April 2007
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Regarding your husband, please show him some of the Tripawds Videos or watch some of our veterinarian interviews with him. As one vet recently told us, everyone does need to be on board when it comes to amputation recovery and care. But the vast majrotiy of dogs cope with the surgery much better than we silly people do. Our best advice is to follow their lead and Be More Dog.
13 March 2017
Sorry to hear about your baby 🙁 my husband and I haven't been in the same page either and it has made it hard. He just doesn't want to take it for what it is, but I'm going forward with the surgery anyways. My vet says that amputation is the best option for survival because this is a nasty cancer that spreads quick. I hope you can find some support and answers here to steer you in the right direction to help you make the best choice. Good luck ❤ ~hugs~
14 February 2016
I had no regrets about amputation, but Otis' leg broke so I also had no choice. Otis had osteosarcoma, so a different cancer, and he ended up only living almost 7 months after diagnosis, but it was a great 7 months. He was happy, and the only real change was the length of our walks. He could do stairs, jump on the sofa, chase cats and squirrels, play with his sister, and steal food off the counters. Otis was 106 pounds pre-amp, and had mild arthritis in his hips. It amazed me how well and how quickly he adapted.
Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016. Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016. Lung mets August 25, 2016. Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016. Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.
Wherever they are, they are together.
14 February 2017
Miller - our 8 year old Lab/Shepard mix had his front leg amputated 4 weeks ago. His diagnosis was histiocytic sarcoma in his shoulder joint. Long term prognosis isn't good, but once he got through the surgery recovery, he became a happy camper. That cancer leg was very painful for him - he really rarely used it. This made the transition to 3 legs easy for him. Amputation and recovery scared me to death but I have no regrets. Now debating next steps (oral chemo called CCNU or not). I wish you the best with your decision. There really is no right or wrong.
20 March 2017
Thank you all.
It surely is an emotional ride.
OtisandTess. I am so sorry. I can only hope to spend some quality time, I know he will not be forever. I just want him to be happy.
Tomorrow we will have a ct scan to see if the cancer has spread in his body, and go with the next steps.
Right now, his hind leg is just one big open tumor/mass. I wrap this thing 2-3 times a day and he pretty much stays in a cone. I hate that. He really has wore a cone since December. 🙁 We take it off of course, but he has to be supervised or he is pulling the bandage off.
Thanks Marleyworm. I have no idea either about what to do. My husband don't want to put him through more, and I can see that. But I also see a perfectly happy dog other than that leg!
If we can just get rid of the leg!
Thank you Mellowbluff, I am struggling. I always try to keep in mind that I can not keep him here just for me. He is like my child and I already feel like I have lost my bestfriend!
Here is hoping to a better tomorrow. Thank you all for your kind words.
Tomorrow is Jagers big day! praying it all goes well.
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