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Looking at rear leg amputation, leaving hip dysplasia rear leg only. Help!
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My 10 year old boy, Jack, has a bone tumor in the middle of his tibia, left rear leg, no evidence of metastasis yet.  We know, the best treatment is amputation with chemo.  I am super concerned about leaving him with a right rear leg with hip dysplyasia.  Jack's range of motion in limited in the remaining leg.  I am so terrified on how mobile he will be.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Jack was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 2.  I have kept him on Omega 3s and Glucosamine since then.  I am lucky to live down the street from Colorado State University Veterinarian Teaching hospital and they are taking care of him.  The best treatment option due to his hip dysplasia is SRT Radiation with CT scan but truthfully, I can't afford it.  Also, I afraid if he got the radiation, his leg will eventually fracture from the tumor and he will need amputation anyway.  Ugh.  My dad died of cancer and that happened to him...his femur snapped one night due to cancer in his bone, he never walked again.  One of my fears with not doing the amputation is that the same thing will happen to Jack.  I could really use some encouragement and advice from some pet parents faced with same situation.  Jack is 70 lbs, long legged, German Shepard/Poodle mix.  I found Jack at a kill shelter where someone dumped him as a puppy.  He is so much more than my best friend and baby boy.  I'm really struggling.  Our appointment with the Clinical Trial team at CSU for amputation in Tuesday morning.  Any advice or encouragement is much appreciated!

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Hi and welcome. I’m on my phone now and will write more later but wanted to get your post approved so others can chime in. 

For now I will say that Jack is in the best hands at CSU and they will be straight up front about whether or not he is a good candidate for amputation. See all our posts about CSU for some info:


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Your love for ADORABLE  JACK comes shining  through.  His avatar picture is so darn cute!  Can't  wait to see more.

This is such a stressful situation  to be in, even without  hip dysplasia!

You are doing an excellent  job of doing your research  to determine the best path forward for Jack.   And l oke so many cases, nothing is clear cut and certainly  has no guarantee  with or without extra challenges.

And radiation has its own risks, regardless of available finances .  And fracture is absolutely  one of those risks.

I think you'll have  clarity after your consultation with CSU  I'm  it sure if an additional  evaluation  from a Certified Rehab Specialist  could add any additional  insight.  I can make some "generalizations " and say that dogs with hip dysplasia  and arthritis jave functioned very well with amputation.   EVERY dog is different  and every scenario has its own unique specifics.   It may be that a dog with Jack's issues would need help with a harness, or even  enjoy the benefit of a doggy stroller so he could walk a little and then jump in the stroller and have you chauffeur him around in his Royal Carriage 😎

Write down All of your questions and concerns .  Sometimes  it's  a good idea to actually video the consult so you can replay of later and really focus on everything  presented.

One thing I KNOW for certain.  You will make a decision  out of love for Jack and that will always be the right decision .

Sending  you peace and clarity and our hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

PS I'm  sorry about your Dad.  I know you have a loving  Guardian Protector watching  over you and Jack 💕

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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Thank you both for your responses!

Jack hasn't been using his leg for the last 2 days so we are getting a glimpse of what his Tripawd life will be like.  Carts and strollers were on my research list!  I just need to keep telling myself "we'll figure it out".  I'm a planner and the uncertainty is causing me even more stress. With Jack being in more pain these last couple days, my focus has now become "Get the leg off immediately".  I think I will feel more confident after we meet with the clinical trial team tomorrow regarding his treatment plan and I get a chance to talk to a rehab specialist. 

Jack's avatar picture was taken by my son.  Jack is a hilarious family member who makes us laugh everyday.  His personality is big and his love of his family is bigger.  After years and years of people constantly asking us what type of dog he is, I had his DNA tested using Embark.  We were surprised to learn his father was full blooded German Shepard but so many of his traits including hip dysplasia make so much more sense now.  He is the best dog and we couldn't love him more.

Again, thank you both for the advice and encouragement!  

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