TRIPAWDS: Home to 13513 Members and 1190 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » FACEBOOK » TWITTER » RANDOM BLOG

Help! I don't know what to do about my 13yo who is otherwise ill! | Size and Age Matters

JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Discussion

Learn about life on three legs in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free to take advantage of member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Join the Live Chat and more!

free tripawds account tripawds member log in

K9 Immunity Plus — Hope For Dogs With Cancer

Get help with Dr. Dressler's Dog Cancer Kit

Tripawds Pals Helpline
Want to talk with a friend who understands? Call the toll-free Tripawds Helpline!




A A A

Please consider registering
Guest

Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Help! I don't know what to do about my 13yo who is otherwise ill!
sp_NewPost Add Reply sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Member
Forum Posts: 9
Member Since:
3 March 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
3 March 2017 - 3:27 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Hello all.  I just found this site while researching about rear leg amputation due to cancer.

My Oscar, a 13yo beagle, was diagnosed in 2013 with some localized cancer in his hind foot.  The oncologist was not concerned with it spreading, and at the time it didn't bother him.  But it has grown the point where the skin has ruptured.  Vet is suggesting amputation, and i think when we spoke a few years ago, the thought was amputation at the hip.

If he was just old, I would say ok, do it.  But Oscar is special - he has Chagas' disease, which has caused congestive heart failure, diagnosed around 6 years ago.  Vet's opinion at that time was that he was already on borrowed time (with the Chagas diagnosis) and didn't expect him to live 6 months.  With nothing to lose, we put him on raw diet and he's been able to thrive.  

But now this.  Yesterday, my regular vet wrapped his oozing foot and now he won't walk on it at all.  And so he's not moving around.  He's very unsteady on the one foot.  I'm concerned about how I would be able to help him gain strength after amputation.

I appreciate any supportive words or stories anyone can provide.  

Durham, NC
Member
Forum Posts: 258
Member Since:
16 September 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
3 March 2017 - 6:05 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Hi there, Emily is it? I'm so sorry to read about Oscar's illness and your dilemma but we are here to support you!

I wonder, do you know what kind of tumor it is? I'd guess Mast Cell? My wonderpup Izzy had her front leg amputated back in Sept 2015 at the ripe old age of 12 due to Osteosarcoma. There wasn't any evidence of lung mets, so given her age, I decided to do no more than the amputation. This past June, I found a lump between her pad and toe on her hind foot - Mast Cell disease. I couldn't amputate or operate at all so we tried predinisone and Palladia and had a complete response. The Palladia lost it's efficacy after about 6 months and we've now got a huge, weepy tumor. I'm trying traditional chemo but so far, the response isn't spectacular. 

I mention all of this because it doesn't sound like your vet had tried any drug therapy. Of course, that may not be an option but I wonder if even prednisone would knock it back a bit? When Izzy first started the pred, it shrunk the tumor noticeably withing a week. Maybe ask about those options? If amputation is the only solution presented, you might get a second opinion but in the end, only you know what is the best solution for you and your sweet baby.

No matter where the journey takes you, we are happy to listen, share our stories and lift you up. That said, just one small request? A picture of Oscar!!!

~Amy & Izzy, too

The Rainbow Bridge

Forum Posts: 21581
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
4 March 2017 - 12:49 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Emily, Oscar and family, welcome. Your future posts won't need approval so post away OK?

What an amazing story Oscar has! He's sure beaten the odds. WOW.

But now this is such a tough situation. It's relatively easy for most to decide when there's a young healthy dog involved. Honestly I'm just not sure what I would do if we were in the same situation with our dog. But here's what I would consider about Oscar's situation:

What does the vet think about Oscar being a good candidate for surgery? 

What is Oscar's personality? Is he a spunky old dog that doesn't let anything keep him down? Or is he anxious and nervous about new situations?

How has Oscar done at the vet's and during any other medical procedures, and after? Any complications?

And finally, I would get another opinion from the oncologist if you haven't already. Oh, and please make sure Oscar has good pain medication right now, that sounds very painful. 

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Schofield, WI
Member
Forum Posts: 1065
Member Since:
13 August 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
4 March 2017 - 5:06 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_NewPost sp_QuotePost

Amy and Jerry (Rene) have given some good advice.  Sorry I can't be of any help advice wise but want to lend some hugs and support.  We're here to support whatever direction you choose to go!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online:
57 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Devices Used: Desktop (52), Phone (4), Tablet (1)

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 951

Members: 9906

Moderators: 2

Admins: 3

Forum Stats:

Groups: 4

Forums: 23

Topics: 13582

Posts: 187457

Administrators: jerry, admin, jim

Moderators: tazziedog, krun15

Tripawds Blogs is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » FACEBOOK » TWITTER » RANDOM BLOG