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How to Cope with Osteosarcoma Lung Mets Signs in Tripawds

Does your Tripawd have osteosarcoma? If so, you probably always wonder if the cancer has gone to the lungs. We constantly worried about that when Jerry was living with bone cancer. Although all animals are different, osteosarcoma lung mets signs generally present in similar ways.

If Your Dog or Cat has Lung Mets, Here’s What to Do

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Osteosarcoma lung mets signs are a common worry among Tripawd parents. And who can blame them? This cancer usually travels to the lungs after it attacks bone. Usually mets present as a dry cough or hack, accompanied by breathing irregularities.

The disease usually doesn’t go to the lungs of cats with osteosarcoma. But as Jimmi the TriKitty can tell you, unfortunately there are always exceptions.

Once osteosarcoma goes to a dog or cat’s lungs, statistically that means the disease has progressed to the final stages — but not always. Our Jerry lived almost eight more months after we found his lung mets. And we’ve had a few Tripawds members who lived with lung mets for over two years.

Don’t despair if your dog or cat has lung mets.

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In memory of Tripawd Hero and Cancer Warrior Otis.

First, talk to your vet about what to expect next. Even if you opt out of a surgery like a lung lobectomy to remove osteosarcoma tumors, or microwave tumor ablation there are many things, both holistic and conventional, that you can do to help alleviate lung mets discomfort. Begin your research by checking out these Tripawds Resources:

Metronomic Therapy for Canine Osteosarcoma Metastasis: Jerry’s Experience

This Tripawds Discussion Forum post is a must-read. It began when we shared Jerry’s lung mets experience. It’s evolved into a lengthy ongoing discussion filled with articles and tips to cope with mets both surgically and holistically.

How Do I Know if My Dog Is Breathing Normally?

Otis’ mom Tess contributed this helpful description of lung metastasis symptoms that he presented during his cancer journey. 

“I thought this might come in handy if anyone is ever searching on this topic in the future.  First, mets can cause respiratory difficulties in at least three ways, according to the emergency vet on Saturday night . . . “

Examples of Cats with Osteosarcoma (and Lung Mets)

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Crumbles the Kitty with Osteosarcoma isn’t worried.

Osteosarcoma in cats is relatively rare in the animal kingdom and lung mets in cats is even rarer. Unfortunately the Tripawds community is seeing more felines with osteosarcoma (about a half dozen since 2012). If your cat has osteosarcoma, these TriKitty Member Blogs can help in the overall journey. Right now, however, Jimmi is the only cat who presented with lung mets.

Tripawd Tuesday: Jill’s Joyful Journey

In December 2012, Jill the Tripawd Cancer Fighting Kitty underwent amputation surgery for osteosarcoma — an exceptionally rare condition in felines. Jill’s Mom Erica was one of the first two feline members to bravely join our dog-centric community.

Jimmi’s Story: 14 year old cat with Osteosarcoma Lung Mets

Jimmi’s parents write: “A cat scan was done prior the surgery and sadly it turned out the cancer has already spread into Jimmi’s lungs, the scan showed one metastasis and about 4 suspicious micro spots around it. The oncologist recommended to amputate nonetheless cause the MTS are little and Jimmi otherwise in very good shape for his age”

Crumble’s Blog: The First Steps Toward Recovery

In their blog, Crumble’s people say: “Less than 48 hours later and the call came.  Osteosarcoma.  My heart stopped. The vet Benedette (Bebe), carefully and calmly explained what this means for cats – not the terminal sentence it is for a human, not as aggressive as in a dog, but nasty, and in need of rapid action if there was to be hope of a cure.”

Cat osteosarcoma here…need help

Here’s a Forum post from Cami and Rocky. She writes: “The general vet seemed to think amputation was not going to be a good option for him based on the aggression of the disease.  This is so rare in cats that I do not know if they have a lot of examples to base his situation upon. I fear we will put him through amputation only to have it metasasize.”

Jill’s Metronomic Protocol

Jill the cancer-fighting Tripawd kitty’s mom Erica provided many informative pieces about feline osteosarcoma. In this Discussion Forums post she says: “I am starting this thread in the hopes that one day another kitty mama will need some information on metronomics in kitties, specifically for osteosarcoma.”

Veterinary Clinical Trials

You may be able to find a veterinary clinical trials with the goal of obliterating or at least alleviating symptoms of osteosarcoma lung mets. You don’t even need to live near a veterinary teaching hospital for some of them. Check out these Tripawds Resources to see if there’s a veterinary osteosarcoma clinical trial near you:

Vet Cancer Clinical Trials is a searchable database of veterinary cancer trials around the U.S.

Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium is network of twenty academic comparative oncology centers to assess novel therapies through clinical trials.

Share Your Osteosarcoma Experience

If your dog or cat has osteosarcoma, please consider starting your own Tripawds Blog. It’s a great way to process the diagnosis and receive support. As a bonus, you can help new feline or canine osteosarcoma members in the future.

And if you have current osteosarcoma lung metastasis tips and recommendations, please share them below so we can all learn. Thank you.











15 Responses to “How to Cope with Osteosarcoma Lung Mets Signs in Tripawds”

  1. My dog George is 11 months a tripod last week. The cancer has moved into his lungs. We found tumors about a month ago. He is special diet, herbs and we do acupuncture every 2 weeks. These things are helping but he now has a horrible hack/cough that I am trying to treat. He is lot more tired now. Slowing down daily. It is 1 year since I found out he had cancer. His back leg muscles cramp up in the morning. We do our stretches and exercises. He has had 3 hip surgeries on the remaining hopper hind leg already. So, I am just happy it is still working. Thoughts on how to help his hack without any big drugs to purchase?

    • Wow George is quite a survivor. I’m sorry about the lung mets, it’s a tough situation. Your best bet to help him feel better is to consult with your veterinarian, who can guide you with an inexpensive medication to alleviate the symptoms. As we mention in the article, How to Help Coughing From Lung Mets, many of these remedies are inexpensive and over the counter. But please don’t give anything without talking to your vet first. Best wishes to you and George.

  2. Angie Talamantes March 23, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Our dog, Sarah, had osteosarcoma in her back leg. She had the leg removed in November, and has been getting around well on 3 legs. She had chemotherapy. Well, a few weeks ago, she had a follow up and lung X-ray which showed Mets to her lungs. I’m so sad, I thought/hoped we’d have more time. She does seem more tired, and is sneezing/coughing some. She is still eating. I can tell she’s different. I just don’t want her to suffer or struggle to breathe. We are taking it day by day, but it’s so sad. The oncologist said she may have 3 months, but could not say for sure, depending on how aggressive it is. She did say there is some oral medicine called Paladia, but it’s $600 a month, and it may only give her 1 more month. We’ve already spent $5,000 on surgery and chemo.

    • Ssshhhh…don’t tell Sarah! She does not know she has cancer. And she will follow your lead, so it is important to remain strong and balanced around her. That is why we say it is important to Be More Dog. And that is not just some silly saying. Listen to the podcast, post in the forums for MUCH more support from others and feel free to call the toll-free Tripawds Helpline anytime.

  3. Hi. Just wanted to let Jerry know…that my baby’s cancer had spread to the lungs

  4. My Buddy Wigglebutt had his hind leg taken 12/17/15. And a x Ray last week shows it in his lungs. Had a bump on front,leg so took him in. The vet feels,the front leg is not cancer. In not so sure.

  5. Our Bloo seemed to be doing so well post amputation and chemo. He went through 5 carbo chemo treatments at full strength and was 6 months post amputation getting around like a champ. We thought he would break the statistics and live another year or so. Sadly, we were wrong. His xrays showed no visible mets at diagnosis. The outlook was good. One day, he started hacking, like he was trying to cough something up. I didn’t even think it could be the cancer spreading as he had been doing so well, I thought he had a peice of a bone lodged. The coughing got worse within hours and we took him in to the vet, expecting surgery to remove a blockage in his throat. Well, they did the xrays. He had two tumors. One pushing on his heart and one up high on his lungs that likely perforated, which is why he got bad so suddenly and so quickly. Sadly, we had to end his pain as it was not going to get any better for him, and we left shocked and destroyed with just his collar. We are still kind of angry for all we did, how little time he got. He took it all so well. We miss him so much. RIP Bloo.

    • Kristen, we are so sorry. Losing a beloved animal is hard enough, but when you think you’ll get more time together it’s even more heartbreaking. Please take comfort in your words “He took it all so well.” Bloo’s lessons about living to the fullest despite the circumstances one finds oneself in, is something that will continue guiding you in your own life. Your feelings right now are so normal, and if you want to talk, we are here for you in the forums OK? Thank you for sharing Bloo’s story with us. Our hearts go out to you.

    • Kristen, I am SO sorry for your loss. I believe we are in the same boat. Our Cane Corso had his amputation and just completed 3 chemo treatments like a champ. He has began to hack and will go into the Vet today–I believe its cancer mets also–so sad that its happening so soon. I too thought (and prayed) he would be “an outlier”, we will even be getting him a puppy soon to inspire him. Not sure how this road will go, hard to watch them suffer though

  6. These are great links. thanks for doing this article

  7. Thank you for this very helpful post. We are very mindful of the risk for Crumble (and we love the picture you chose!) and it is a worry. Great to know what to watch for and that there options should the worse news come.

  8. You’ve really compiled some excellent links for support

    With appreciation,

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

    PS. And that’s a lovely picture of Otis surrounded by light.

  9. Thank you, not only for remembering Otis, but also for collecting a series of very important and relevant posts together. Strange as it is, I recognized the x-Ray right away.

    • Christine, thank YOU, your post is so helpful. Otis’ legacy can help others in so many ways. Thank you for the honor of being able to share it here. xoxo

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