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Kara is a 7 1/2 year old white Boxer that is 70 lbs.  I got a new puppy in July and as puppy's do, he would chew and bite at Kara.  I noticed Kara limping and looked her over and I noticed the puppy had broken the skin and she had some scabs on her neck.  Brushed off the limp as dogs playing and rough housing.  Fast forward a couple weeks ( had puppy shots, my own medical scare) etc.  Kara is still limping, I make a vet appt and they look her over.  My vet says let's take a x-ray.  First film gets put up, I say "what's that"? She says well it's obvious that something is going on l, as you can see it yourself.  She goes and looks some things up.  Her and the other vet's in the office all look over the x-rays.  Not a clear case of Osteosarcoma, but that is what they are all leaning towards.

So the world literally stopped for me, I was devastated.  That was on a Friday, and I scheduled a biopsy for Monday.  I came home and looked up everything I could find.   Found this website and have been lurking for weeks. Monday came and I took her in with the GET RID OF THE CANCER NOW!  I didn't want it to have another second to spread to her lungs or anywhere else. I told her to take the leg off.  My vet ran blood test and did chest X-rays and called me and actually talked me out of the amputation.  Kara's blood counts were good and no sign of it spreading to the lungs.  They did do the biopsy and her vet thought they got a good sample.  So wait another week for the biopsy to come back inconclusive. 😠

She has been on Meloxicam 1/2 pill once a day and  Tranadol 50mg 1 1/2 pills twice a day since the first day.  At first I thought she would hurt herself.  It was like she felt no pain,    And it's been 3 weeks and now she limps all the time.  Well tomorrow morning we go in and redo the x-rays and see what her leg looks like.   So prayers, positive thoughts for my baby girl would be greatly appreciated.  

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Hi Kara and family, welcome. We're glad you joined and registered as a member so we can help you better. I'm totally curious what a white boxer looks like. Here's a post about adding images to the Forums, do share some photos when you can.

So why did your vet talk you out of amputation? Just curious. Although there are no right or wrong choices and we will still support your decision even if you don't amputate, I'm wondering why the vet thought Kara wasn't a candidate for surgery.

Let us know how the vet visit goes OK? Oh and do make sure she's on good pain medication. A dog who limps is a dog in pain.

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The vet talked me out of the amputation temporarily because she was not positive it is Osteosarcoma, and Kara's red and white blood cell counts were still normal.  She didn't want to remove her leg if Kara doesn't need it removed.  Ann has been Kara's vet since she was a puppy and I can tell it breaks her heart too that I'm facing this awful disease.  If the x-rays show that it has grown, then we will amputate next week.  

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Hello and welcome.

I'm sorry you are facing these decisions with your beautiful girl Kara.

Unfortunately it's not unusual for biopsies to come back as inconclusive. How damaged is the leg? A question I would ask the vet is can the leg be saved no matter what the issue is?  Also- do you have access to an oncologist? Any time you are dealing the the possibility of cancer and amputation an oncologist can be very helpful. 

Best of luck with your vet visit tomorrow.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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Ditto Jerry and Karen!

Sorry you are having to wait this long to come up with a plan. A Radiologist can usually determine if it's osteo by looking at the xrays.  Do you have access ro one?   Regardless of what the xrays look like tomorrow, try and have a Radiologist review them if possible.

Sending all sorts of pawsitive energy your way!  No matter what, we are all here ro support you anyway we can.

And ues, we MUST have more pictures!  Her avatar is gorgeois!

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

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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Well appt went ok.  We did x-rays and blood work.  I will get a call on the blood work later today.  The x-rays.....  still not a clear case of Osteosarcoma.  Both sets of x-rays, blood workup, and biopsy results are all being sent to the Veterinary College to be reviewed by the radiology Dept and the Oncology Dept.  She thinks it will be mid next week when we get those results.  The bone appears to be trying to heal itself.  Calcified around shadow areas.  I will try and add pictures to Kara's blog. 

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Glad everything is checking out A-OK!!    Good sign!

Glad you're getting the Radiology Dept to check over things. 

  Every now and then we get good news around here that it's not that rotten disease.  So we're all hoping this is the case with your ADORABLE Kara!

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

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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