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Pooh is now 2 1/2 weekends out from her front left amputation and she's doing really well. We're meeting with our oncologist for the first time tomorrow to discuss chemo as an option for us.  Right now I'm definitely leaning towards it because I'm just so desperate for time, time, time! Pooh is an almost 8 year old Pit-shar pei mix and I've had her since she was about a year and a half. She's my first dog I've ever owned as an adult and im just not ready for her to go yet!

My vet said he hasn't seen a double diagnosis like mine very often,wondering if anyone else has gone through this and how things went for them.  There was no sign of metastasis at the time of surgery so we're keeping our fingers crossed we can fight this thing back. 

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Hi Pooh and Kendry, welcome. Your future posts won't need approval so post away.

I'm sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Osteosarcoma and chondrosaroma? Wow. I'm not sure that's ever happened here before. Was the pathology report sent for an extra opinion? I know that treatment depends on the report so that could really make a difference I'm guessing. These are things to ask your oncologist but in the meantime here is a post you'll find helpful for tomorrow's visit:

Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist

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Geez, sory for the double diagnosis.  Good thing Pooh didn't listen though and is doing really well!!  He has no intention of going anywhere anytime soon!

Clearly you are doing everything you can for Pooh.  Hopefully the Onco can come upmwith some good treatment plans that address both  "issues".   Sou ds like Pooh is a fighter and that's always good!

My Happy Hannah had osteo and was "treated" with four rounds of Carboplatin.  She sailed through with nonissues.  One reason I went that route is because, if there were issues, she coukd stop at any time.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OF THIS JOURNEY IS TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT!!  STAY FULLY PRESEN IN EACH MOMENT AND LET NOTHING ROB YOU OF YOUR TIME TOGETHER.  STSY IN THE NOW!  BE. ORE DOG WITH NO WORRIES ABOUT THE TOMORROWS, JUST FOCUS ON THE BLISS OF TODAY.!

Pooh does not jave a timeframe stamped anywhere kn that cute vutt of his And he sure doesu care about days on a calendar!    What he does care about is all the loving and spoiling that he gets from you everyday...And some cheeseburgers a d ice cream!! 🙂

Looking forward tompkctures and update when you can with the Onco's suggestion.

Lots of hugs....and welco e to the family!

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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What a fantastic name for a puppy! Would it happen to be based on Pooh Bear?!?! So happy to hear that Pooh is recovering well!!!

Totally agree with Jerry on seeing what the pathology report says and maybe getting a second opinion. Is the second cancer diagnosed for the same leg? Or is this a separate issue? Or was there a differential diagnosis?

If it makes you feel better, yes, right now have a 15 year old with heart arrythmia, a benign tumor on the heart, a fatty tumor on the liver, just completing heartworm treatment, AND thyroid cancer AND a brain stem tumor! But...shhhhhhhhh....she IS the poster child for Be More Dog! She is a working dog out in the pasture with her horse and her BFF AND it is in 90 plus degree heat. You literally would never know she was challenged AT ALL. She was diagnosed and treated in January/February for brain stem tumor (SRT) and then thyroid cancer ( surgery). We have not explored other options afterwards as the heartworm treatment needs to be completed AND there is not a lot of data on where to go next. So...yes. There are dogs with two cancers:) And she is a 15 year old 68 pound ACD/Great Pyr X. So, hang in there because as my team tells me all of the time, having one does not preclude you from treating the other and vice versa!

We hope you get answers to all of your questions from the pathology report and the oncologists! There are many protocols and options out there and MANY dogs in the site have had lots of different experiences so be certain to ask everyone here as many questions as you may have! People here are very friendly, helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable! Best wishes and PyrPaws all around!!!

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