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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.

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I am so new and can not figure out how to start a forum question?

You just did! way-coolFYI: We have moved your post to its own topic here where it will get the attention it deserves. Your future forum posts will not require moderation

TIP: Use the Add Topic button to start a new topic. Use the Add Reply button to reply to an existing topic like you did.

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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 .

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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~

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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.

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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.

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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. heartheartheartbig-grin

Tomorrow is Jagers big day! praying it all goes well.

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MellowBluff Just wondering what did you decide?

We are now debating the chemo treatment also.

After the leg amptuation, I got my normal dog back with 1 less leg!

He did great 2 days after he came home and did not need his sling to walk.

He lost his rear right leg, but can jump on my bed (no frame) and the sofa.  It is so nice to have him out of a cone!

The dr thinks cancer cells were migrating up the leg and to lymph nodes.  However, no other tumors were found in the CT scan.

Our choices are Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) or c Toceranib (Palladia) - or doing nothing at all.

My husband is again hesitant to treatment.  He does now want to put a dog through that.

I hate to think he went through having his leg amputated to not survive another 2 months.

His diagnoses is High Grade Anaplastic Sarcoma with in transit metastasis.

Any opinions?

I know the Doxorubicin can be hard on the heart.

The palladia we were told, if he gets sick can not be treated for nausea/diarrhea.

& Leaving it alone? I just wish I knew what the chance of an aggressive cancer not going to his lungs/organs were!


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Here's a thread from "MellowBluff from several weeks ago. Have noooo idea if it's pertinent to your situation or not, but has a lot of good input from everyone.

Others who have used the specific chemo you talked about will chime in.

Do remember thatJagsr is NOT counting days on a calendar!! He doesn't have one and doesn't even know what one is! What he does know is that every moment with you is a kif4etime of joy!! 🙂 🙂


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too y

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Our Murphy had histiocytic sarcoma and had his right front leg removed.  He was 7 years old at the time of surgery and aside from being in pain from his leg, he was perfectly healthy - that was the thing that made my husband & I lean towards surgery.  Eventually his leg would have broken and then we would have had to put him to sleep and we couldn't see doing that to a dog who was healthy aside from just being in pain.  So we took the chance that surgery would help him.  We have not regretted it.  We are one of the lucky ones, and not everyone will get as much time as we have gotten.  Even 4 years later Murphy is still a very happy dog - his tail wags all the time, and he always looks like he is smiling!

Not everyone chooses to do chemo - there is no right or wrong answer there.  There have been dogs who have beaten the odds who didn't do it; and there are dogs who did chemo who weren't even able to complete all of the doses.  There's no way to know which one you'll be.  Some don't do it because of money - it can be expensive; some stop chemo because of the side effects it has caused; some sail through it with no problems at all.  You need to look into what you feel is right for your situation.


Donna, Glenn & Murphy

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  


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