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Mr Greg English Mastiff 5 years old
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Hi Everyone

Ive a 5yro English mastiff 50kg who has a front leg OSC and surgeon wants to Amputate and Chemo 

Does any one have any advice on the subject what is the standard of life for the dog after ?

Currently he is very fit and no other issues 

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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I'm sorry cancer has brought you and Mr. Greg here. 

We have had lots of giant breeds here including my local friend Cemil. He is a 150 lb (68 kg) Anatolian Shephard front amp who lost his leg to OSA over 8 years ago! (the blog post is from last year).  Of course that is exceptional and not many are that lucky, but it does happen.

I'm sure you will hear from our big and giant breed parents soon.  In the meantime look through this forum, Size and Age Matters, for stories of other big dogs.

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

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Hello again! Glad you found your way to the forums! 

I'm sure the 'big dog people' 😊 Will chime in shortly. Just wanted to say hi and push this topic up a bit because I know it's urgent, right??

tina 

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Manni was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Dec '15 and immediately had his right front leg amputated, followed by 5 rounds of chemo. Manni's real name is Manfred and he turns 10 on Jan 28 2017. So far we are mets-free...

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So we decided to go for the AMP and Chemo and today at midday our 50kg mastiff Greg will become a Tripawd.

A nervous scary time where we don't know what's around the corner but we felt with the chest X-rays coming back clear we had to give Greg every chance to fight this.

I will keep everyone informed and if anyone has advice tips tricks etc.. they would be much appreciated. Very interested in some of the Alternative medical options after surgery.

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Brian 

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Welcome to the family! We all understand like nomothers can all the fear, panic, uncertainty, stress, exhaustion...did I me tion fear? Yeah, this is a scary process...at first.

But now that you've made the decision you can take some relief in knowing you are giving Greg a chance at a pain free lkfe and more rime for loving and spoiling!!

The Surgeon will keep Greg at least one nignt, and maybe more. Sometimes it takes large dogs a little extra time to get mobiy issues worked out.

Try and get some rest tonight. Greg will be high as a kite and having fun watching all the pink elephants run by!

Let us know as soon as surgery is done, okay? A d hes, we have many LARGE pups ha dle three legs beautifully! Eurydice a love@y Great Dane, Big Lou, a Mastiff, Tazzie, 175 lb Mastiff....just a few. Will be back later with @ots of tips, as well as others chiming in. Right now let's get this surgery done, you get some rest a d let the recovery begin!

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

PS...Loooove the picture of Greg!! He is a very, very handsome boy!! My Happy Hannah was a 125 lb Bull Mastiff and had zero problems with three legs! We had the most spectacular bonus time so full of happiness and joy. She was 8 1/2 at the time of amp so Greg has his "youth" on his side!

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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So we decided to go for the AMP and Chemo and today at midday our 50kg mastiff Greg will become a Tripawd.

Brian and Greg, we send all our love and best wishes for a very speedy recovery. It IS a scary time but we will be here for you every step of the way. If you'd like, please start a new topic in "Treatment and Recovery" so we can quickly help with any immediate post-op questions you have OK? 

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Thanks everyone myself and my partner can't get over the support here and reading some of the stories made our choice easier.

Greg has come out of surgery and is completely fine surgeon wants to keep Greg until Tuesday and I will post a pic of him.

i will also start a tread on treatment and tips

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Greg is out of surgery and all has gone well! Fantastic news!!! Sending every good wish for a speedy recovery. 

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 8, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Congrats on a successful surgery!

Keeping Greg until Tuesday is a long time to be away from you boy, but they should have him up and moving, pottying, and have the pain meds dialed in by the time he comes home.

Keep us posted.

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.

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Welcome Greg and family! To the club nobody wants to join! The first 2 weeks after surgery can be a bit of a jolt, but hang in there! My kid, Astro (great dane) became a tripawd a few weeks back and he is doing great now. There will be doubts and adjustments, but there will also be recovery and healing! Remember to 'be more dog' and live in the moment! Hopefully Greg will sail right through recovery! Keep us posted.

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PS: Before Greg comes home, be sure and invest in non-skid rugs for any bare floor around the house. Traction is important for building tripawd confidence!

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See, told ya 😊 Many helpful hands here. I am glad the surgery went well. Manni was also kept at the clinic for that amount of time and I personally like it that way because they can have a close watch on him. The downside is that you'll probably be getting Greg back at the time where the good surgery drugs are wearing off. Nonetheless he'll be happy to see you and will have had his first experiences w life on three. I slept on the floor (ok, mattress) w Manni for two weeks and many times it wasn't all easy. Just tell yourself you have to get through those days and yes, it will get better. If you have questions for your vet that come to your mind I suggest you write them down, otherwise you'll forget by the time you pick up Greg. 

To a speedy recovery!!

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Manni was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Dec '15 and immediately had his right front leg amputated, followed by 5 rounds of chemo. Manni's real name is Manfred and he turns 10 on Jan 28 2017. So far we are mets-free...

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Hi there!

So glad Greg's surgery went well!! Murphy my 8 year old Great Dane became a tripawed pup in Sept. He also went through chemo and is doing fantastic! The no slip rugs are a great tip. I also got him the Ruffwear webmaster harness. Helps me get him in and out of the car. A nice comfy dog bed is always a good thing. I was amazed at how quickly Murphy adapted to life on three legs. I think the process is harder on us than it is on them

Sending you and Greg love and tail wags

Katrina and Murphy

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