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Name: Brenda Ketner
Bio: My husband and I only have fur babies...our dogs (and cats) are our children. We adopted Bella 7 years ago (she's 10) and she is my heart. She was horribly abused when she came into our lives and has the most gentle, loving personality. We lost our first rescue to stage 4 lymphoma 4 years ago, and this diagnosis of osteosarcoma with Bella is breaking my heart.

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Bella earned her wings
We sent our sweet Bella off to the bridge on Thursday. We adopted Bella from a rescue shelter in Lebanon, TN and brought her home to Rhode Island on November 5th 2010. They thought she was about 3, but I think she may have been closer to 5. She ha (More)
Love the Tripawds community
Wish I had more time to read and respond to so many posts on these blogs and forums. I try to explain to friends and acquaintances how impactful this site is and how courageous and loving the members are. I don't think they understand unless they ex (More)
We're back!
A little over two months post op and Bella is loving spring and looking good. I'm so grateful for this site and all of the help and support it offers. We are blessed. (More)
Bella is 3 1/2 weeks post op. Love her frosty face and smile!
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Bella having fun
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What a special treasure you shared with your photos of Mosby. Such a beautiful boy. He loved you so much...it was easy to see. I hope your heart is healing with the memories of the wonderful life you gave him and the love he had for you (More)
Thank you so much (More)
Thank you so much. I hope so too (More)
I am so sorry for your loss. Kylie was very loved by you and will take this with her on her journey. I am sure you will see her in special places and moment to come. (More)
Thank you so much. This is not such a good weekend for Bella. She's favoring her left hind leg so we are taking it easy with her. Such a loving pup though. (More)


3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. Fascinating and cery generois offer!! Hopefully a candidate will be available soom!

  2. I am interested in a prosthetic rear right leg for a dog. Can you send me information please

  3. My dog had cyber knife radiation instead of amputation. And as almost finished with the IV treatments of chemo therapy. I assume he wouldn’t be allowed on the trial but mighty hev get a vaccine elsewhere?

  4. Having been through this with Pele, I read through this and did a mental checklist of “yup”, I did/used that…to every item except the cone…I was lucky enough to be able to take time from work for her recovery. The only other thing I needed for Pele in the first few days of being home when she was so heavily drugged was a seringe to give her water without her having to move. I used the ones that came with her Metacam…it worked perfectly. Just use a small one like that and dispense slowly (with a bib or towel under your pup’s mouth because you don’t want your dog to choke.

  5. My cat Sam was diagnosed just today with osteosarcoma. The lesion is bug bump coming off his shoulder blade.

    I’m interested in learning more about leg saving surgery as his amputation is scheduled for this Friday.

    • Michelle, we are sorry to hear about the diagnosis. OSA in cats is so rare, but we’ve had quite a few with it here, including Jill the Cancer Fighting Kitty. Your oncologist should be able to tell you if scapulectomy is a possibility. Unfortunately we don’t know of any animals with osteosarcoma who were able to have the procedure, but anything is possible. Let your oncologist know you want to find out if your cat is a candidate and if not, know that cats do very, very well on three legs. We are here to help no matter what you decide.

  6. Our 60# pit bull/lab mix has osteosarcoma of her right front leg. She has had cruciate surgery on one back leg and is developing arthritis in that joint and had a hip replacement on the other back leg. We are concerned that having a front leg amputation would place too much additional weight bearing on the back legs causing increased pain and advance her arthritis. This would not be quality of life enhancement Any experience with this type of decision making dilemma?

  7. My 10 year old healer mix had to have a rear leg amputated due to chondroblastic tumor on April 2, 2018. Her lungs were clear at the time of amputation. The vet she had seen was an oncologist but he couldn’t conclusively diagnose cancer. She is now on a raw diet but is not inclined to want to get up and walk around. Her legs quiver when standing and she looks like she’s depressed because she can’t get around like she used to. She seems weak although she has a great appetite and eats well. Anything I can do to help her along ? I’m not ready to give up the fight!!

  8. I’m picking Sass up this afternoon from her surgery (Front left leg). I’ve cut down the sides of the tote, and also a hole for her Front right leg. I’m hoping it will help to keep the sling forward and sturdy. I’ll let you know how it goes

    I think it will be a better option for the first few days rather than the harness. I might wait for some more healing before I put her in that.

    • Great idea! Please do keep us posted and post in the forums or send some pictures we can share.

    • Have you had to use the sling yet? My dog is getting his front right leg amputated on Wed and I’m trying to prepare since we have a flight of stairs to get up to our house and down to our yard.

  9. Thank you so much for rescuing Bo. He looks like a very loving dog. I am sorry that he had to experience the life he did before finding you. He looks very happy now.

    hugs
    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  10. Our 10 year old Border Collie/Lab mix was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (cancer) after months of thinking she had developed bad arthritis. The vet put her on chemo (Melphalan) and Prednisone and said she would take these meds the rest of her life. She immediately began urinating in the house which she had NEVER done before. After a month of this the vet switched to Mythlprednisilone and she stopped peeing. She is now doing great; is enjoying walks, playing, trips to the dog park, etc. We feel fortunate that we can afford the drugs (found through Diamond Back at 10% of pharmacy cost). Eventually the vet said the chemo will stop working. We are hoping for a couple of good years before then…. I see lots of posts about using prednisone short term which I agree with but for the myeloma there isn’t another choice.

    • Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your dog’s story. We had no idea that dogs could even get MM (we know two people who have it). This is very good to know. We hope you get many, many more happy times with your pup! Thanks for being a great advocate for her.

  11. CLEARLY GERTY LOVED A LIFE OF PURPOSE AND CHOCK FULL OF MEANING!! You’ll never know all the lives she touched and all the ways people were inspired as she went about her job on three legs

    Hahaha! I love your co-workers comment about photoshopping her leg! Too funny!
    Thank you for sharing Gerty with us…with everyone. This is a beautiful tribute! Gerry is quite a Beacon of Hope for anyone starting this journey. In fact I’m going to reference her in a post to a newbie just starting this jkurney. The Vet gave the dog a “statistic” of four months. Gerry will tell her otherwise!

    Love
    Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too .

  12. And YAY for Dr Rosati for recognizing the need to understand this subject and the fortitude and determination to do something about it! I remember when the survey was first put out and glad to hear that the Triawds community had valuable input 🙂

    Very interesting to find thst pain care, in some insurances, should continue long after the initial wound recovery (stitch removal).

    Sooooo glad to know that progressIS being made!
    THANK YOU
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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