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Amy - thank you so much for your kind words and the Nashville vet recommendations! While I hope we don't have to use them, I'm relieved that we have them if need be. 

Mosby is the king of uncommon side effects, so you just never know with him. He was incontinent on ondansatron, which is supposed to be a really good antinausea drug, so we only use cerenia (sp?) if we need it at all. And don't get me started on Cipro ...

Just got a text that he has calmed down, had his 2:00 meds, ate his treats, and seems happier now. So, hopefully crisis averted for now. Right now my goal is to see how much better we can get him before his Friday rehab appointment. Lots of R&R and breakfast and dinner in bed, and icing therapy. 

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Oh that's really good news. He probably feels weird on all the meds plus he got to have you home with him yesterday and nobody can comfort you like your Mom so this morning was probably an adjustment. Hopefully he will relax into this new routine and rest up for Friday. Drugs and drug interactions can really mess up a guy's system and his sounds particularly sensitive. I'm sure he'll be even happier when he gets to see you tonight. 

Give Mosby a hug.

heart Amy & Rusty

PS. Your avatar always makes me smile - high 5 back at you buddy!

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Hey there! Just got caught up on this thread, and I'm going echo what Jerry said about visiting a rehab vet! It's been a huge help for Aspen after he pulled his hip flexor muscles being a ding bat. I just posted an updated on him in the forums and I couldn't thank our canine PT enough. It's been a game-changer for him, I think. He also got released to swim, so he'll be heading down to the lake after we get a PFD for him.

Good luck with Mosby - the med stuff is always hard to figure out! I'm sure he'll rally and you'll get it all figured out!

Thinking happy thoughts for you guys!
-Lauren & Aspen

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We didn't have a good trip to the rehab vet. She immediately felt that the amount of pain he's in is disproportionate to that of a soft tissue injury (or arthritis). She looked at the x-rays that the ER vet did and told me she saw a suspicious spot and asked if she could do more x-rays. I said of course, and he was gone for a pretty long time, which for the first time made me a little anxious. I know she was being thorough and taking lots of angles. When she came back, she said that she suspected an osteosarcoma lesion in his scapula - it appears very moth eaten. She said there's a chance she's wrong, and is sending it to her radiologist, but she is fairly confident due to the pain and the appearance of the scapula on the x-ray. She also looked at his lungs, and there is a nodule in his lungs that was not in his prior x-rays.

She is waiting for the report back from her radiologist, and then will catch up with our oncologist. And then they will call me. If this is in fact the diagnosis, then we will be given a pain management plan going forward. I will remain hopeful until we hear confirmation. Of course, mets in lungs can sometimes be managed well for a while, so I'm less concerned there, but we are all too familiar with the pain that our dogs are in when they have a bone tumor, so that would clearly be our primary concern and primary cause for any decision we make. I am hoping that if the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, we can get a pain management plan that will make him feel better and more comfortable for a little while longer, but Mosby's happiness and well-being will ALWAYS be the number one concern.

I'm working from home and made Mosby a nest in my office. It's the comforter that served as his first bed when I got him 9.5 years ago. He is snuggled up in it like a bug in a rug and it makes me feel so good to see him relax. I think it's in part the extra gabapentin the vet let us put him on after seeing him. That and the comforter. Sweet boy.

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14 July 2017 - 11:27 am
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Right after I wrote that, the vet called to say her radiologist confirmed that there is an aggressive bone tumor in his humerus. She was getting ready to call our oncologist, and one of them will call me back. Made it almost through this phone call without crying. I can't imagine being a vet and having to deliver that kind of news.

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Geez, so flippin' sorry to hear this. Rotten, rotten crap disease

Of course, Mosby didn't hear it and it changes NOTHING in his world.

You're right to focus on managing the pain and researching ways to continue more quality time for snuggling in his "childhood comforter".

Others can chime in with the names of thi gs that habe been effective in managing pain when ampmis not an option. Bios.....soemthing...and ...Zole......something.

Extended quality time for Mosby is DEFINITELY in the cards, okay? For now, just continue to make every day THE best day.....oh....that's right....you've already been doing that 24/7!!

Let us know what options the Onco has for you. And what an exceptional Rejab Vet!!

Love and hugs

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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God, I am SO sorry. I'm sitting here shaking my head and just wondering why for so many years it was considered "rare" for osteosarcoma bone cancer to spread to another limb...and we just keep seeing it more and more here. I don't know if that's because diagnostics are getting better or if it's becoming more aggressive or what. I'm so angry that the most brilliant minds out there still haven't discovered why it does what it does.

My heart aches for you, I know this is a blow. Yes, there are other things you can do like palliative care with radiation and bisphosphonates and maybe even limb sparing as River and his humans pursued. Let us know what the onco vet says and if you want to talk, remember we and the Tripawds Helpline are always here OK?

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So sorry to hear this news.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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God, I am SO sorry. I'm sitting here shaking my head and just wondering why for so many years it was considered "rare" for osteosarcoma bone cancer to spread to another limb...and we just keep seeing it more and more here. I don't know if that's because diagnostics are getting better or if it's becoming more aggressive or what. I'm so angry that the most brilliant minds out there still haven't discovered why it does what it does.

  

Yeah Jerry, for something so "rare", we sure are seeing it here seemingly more often...especially recently. Jist awful. This site has to be a huge sampling epresentative of what's going on with tripawds with osteo. Definitely seems to show up more and more frequently.

The only good thing is Mosby never has fit into a "statistical column". Nope, Mosby does things his was. And so far, "his way" has served him very well in overcoming challenges.....and shall continue to do so!! 🙂

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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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Deeply sorry to hear this unwelcome news for you and Colonel Mosby.  I know you are heartsick and our hearts hurt with yours.

I second what Sally said about your rehab vet, too - it is wonderful that she was attentive, concerned and in tune enough to get you the answers you didn't want to hear, but needed to know.  I am sure the Gabapentin is really helping him relax and control the pain and I hope they will support continued use unless they have something better in mind. 

Sending love and comfort and wishes for some more quality time with sweet Mosby.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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I'm so sorry you got this bad news!  We all cry with you.  I echo the others about the extraordinary rehab vet.  She's definitely a gem.  Praying for a pain management that can help sweet Mosby.  I know your love for Mosby will give you the clarity you need to make any decision be the right decision for him.  Holding you both in my thoughts and prayers and surrounding you both with love.  

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Thank you all for your kind and supportive responses. The last 24 hours have been crazy and emotionally exhausting, to say the least. I (ok, my husband, because I couldn't do it) talked to our oncologist yesterday evening to hear our "options," and to be honest, they are all options we rejected the first time around as not truly ridding him of the pain, and leaving him at risk for fracture and, of course, further metastasis. He is clearly in awful pain, and now that I know what is causing the pain, as truly sad as it is, my path forward is clear. I told him when this all started almost 7 months ago that I would never let him suffer for my sake. And I will keep my word. This is my duty, and the final gift I can give him. I feel a kind of reassurance knowing that I have it in my power to free him from this pain for good. He has had a hard go of it. He has struggled with medicine reactions, infections, and disk pain. And he never complained through all of it. About 3 weeks ago he started whistling. Not quite a whine, but a quiet whistle. No limp, no swelling, nothing to pin it to. Yet the only time he'd done that before was the original tumor. So I think I knew. And I am thankful for having the mental clarity to also know what to do now. After much discussion, and many, many tears (with many, many more to come), we have scheduled our appointment for tomorrow.

Today, we are giving him the perfect day. He had steak and eggs for breakfast. We went to the barn, his very favorite place, where we took lots of pictures with his brother Arlo and I hand fed him one of his favorite treats - a horse "muffin" - not sure whether this labels me more of a crazy dog person or crazy horse person, but there you have it. The weather was cool and nice, so we stayed there a while. Then we went to Starbucks where he got a bacon, egg and gouda sandwich with a puppaccino on the side. We came home and sat on our patio and talked about all of the good times we've had. He's taking a nice snooze now. Tonight, we'll grill burgers, and he'll get his own cheeseburger. And then we'll take him out for ice cream.

I feel a strange kind of peace, to be honest, in the middle of all the emotions. I think it's from knowing that I'm keeping my word to him. That I love him enough to relieve him of his suffering, especially before the tumor progresses and he declines even further. That's no to say that I don't feel ripped in half, or that tomorrow won't be the worst day of my life.

Here's a funny story to end with. Much to my husband's chagrin, Mosby has never been a "snuggler" - he hates being on the bed especially. If you could lure him onto the bed with you, he'd leap off the minute you stopped petting him. Well, last night I set up the air mattress downstairs so that Chris and I could stop alternating couch duty, and as soon as I got in bed, guess who walked right on up? Mosby. I looked at Chris and told him it looked like he got couch duty again.

Again, thank you to everyone for the support over the last almost 7 months. It is an awful thing to find yourself searching the web for answers when your dog is diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and a blessing to stumble upon this site. I pray that one day researchers find a way to stop this thing in its tracks, and that one day no one is googling "osteosarcoma amputation" in tears in the middle of the night.

Mosby is snoring now - his two o'clock dose of meds hit - and has a pleasant evening in store. Oh, Mosby. So stoic and brave. I will keep my promise.

- Kerry

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So sorry to hear about Mosby.  Otis will likely be joining him at the bridge on Monday.

Otis - 121 lbs pre amp - 114 lbs post amp and now 118 lb Great Dane - English Mastiff X.  Started limping on 12/24/16.  Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 12/28/16 - amputation of front left leg on 1/6/17.  Stitches out and 1st round of Chemo on 1/19/17.   2nd round of Carboplatin on 2/10/17 - 3rd round on 3/2/2017.  4th round was scheduled for 3/22/17 - however due to low WBC postponed - 4th Chemo completed on 3/28/17.  Had breathing difficulties, stayed in Tufts ICU overnight.  Due for 2 more rounds of Chemo but we are opting to go with homeopathy with Dr. Loops instead.

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I knew your love would give you the clarity to make the "right" decision for Mosby even though it's breaking your heart to do so.  My heart hurts knowing heaven will be receiving a new Angel tomorrow but the colonel will be happy to shed his earth clothes that pain him so and happy to receive his wings.  I'm so happy you have one day to spoil him and love on him and make it Mosby day.  Not that everyday hasn't been Mosby day because he is so loved but today it's Mosby day times 100.  I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for tomorrow.  May your prince have a gentle crossing to the bridge where all our Angels will greet him.  Sending the strength of this tripawd nation to you along with love!

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I just want to jump through the screen and hug you. I want to tell you first hand how very much I admire and respect the courageous and selfless gift you are giving Mosby.

Believe me, our hearts break with you and we cry with you. But we are going to stand strong with you as we help you celebrate The Colonel Mosby home. Yes, there IS a "relief" when you KNOW you have done EVERYTHING possible and you DO have the chance to avert a crisis full of suffering and pain.

And do you know where that feeling of "relief" comes from? It's Mosby's way of communicating with you...his Soul to your Soul...he's THANKING you for helping him transition out of his earth clothes that know longer serve him.

You have expressed your love and devotion to Mosby so beautifully tonight.....so eloquently through your tears.

I know there are no words right now. Just KNOW that we understand the depth of your love and we understand how grateful Mosby is to be loved by you every second of every day.....and into eternity.

My Happy Hannah had a her favorite delicacy, a scoop of deer poop on her plate as she was transitioning. So yes, a wonderful horse muffin with a scoop of oce cream on tip would be a fine transition meal!!! The stories the Colonel will tell as he arrives at the Bridge and they all compare their "celebration meals"....would love to hear those conversations!!!

Such an honor to be on this journey with this magnificent gentle boy. Such an honor.

And looks like Chris will be sleeping on the couch again tonight. Mosby still rules!

With love

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

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