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Bowie’s Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Experience

Last week we discussed the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine facts, but there’s so much more to the biggest treatment breakthrough in decades. Let’s start with all the brave Tripawd parents and their canines who play a role in this important new cancer therapy research, like Prakash and Dexter, as well as today’s heroes in the spotlight, Connie Kruzan and her beautiful Greyhound, Bowie.

Their Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Experience Gives Hope to Many

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Bowie and Connie wait for the vaccine.

Connie and her retired racing Greyhound Bowie (whose racing name was “Bella Run Softly”) are from Southern California. When Bowie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last year, vets gave Connie the usual depressing prognosis: most dogs affected by this cancer live about one year after being diagnosed if they undergo chemotherapy.

The news was sad, but Connie felt a surge of hope after learning about the new canine osteosarcoma vaccine. If Bowie lived long enough to receive it in one way or another, maybe she could beat the disease, she thought.

Her dreams have just been realized. One year after her diagnosis, Bowie is in good health and now part of the extended field study of the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine made by Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. As a patient under the care of Dr. Andrew Vaughan DVM, MS ACVIM (Oncology) of the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, Bowie is receiving three injections, three weeks apart, in order to help her immune system fight off osteosarcoma metastasis.

We met up with Connie in Las Vegas and asked her if she would share her experience about enrolling Bowie in the study. Here’s what she had to say:

Being in the trial is a win-win for everyone. Bowie gets the latest treatment intended to prevent metastasis, and eventually, more dogs may live longer with this disease as it becomes normal protocol for managing it. Eventually, humans with the rare disease may benefit from this therapeutic treatment, all because of the brave canines and their humans who participated in the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine clinical trials and field study.

To find a Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine field study near you, ask your veterinary oncologist or call Aratana’s Customer Care team: 1-844-ARATANA (272-8262).

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22 thoughts on “Bowie’s Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Experience”

  1. Not sure if anyone is still following this thread but our Max is going on 9 and will have his hind right leg amputated next week. Chemo and than the new Vaccine. The Vet we’re going to is charging $1,800.00 per treatment. It’s a lot but it sounds like it will work and will be worth every penny.

  2. My six year old greyhound Zeke had a front leg amputation two months ago (this, after breaking a back leg on the track when he was two). He has had two of four carboplatin treatments and I have decided to move forward with the osteo vaccine. The oncologist at my local vet calls it a game changer. I understand that those of you whose dog is part of the trials are constrained in your ability to share your experiences, but anything you can talk about would be greatly appreciated. The oncologist is giving me a choice of being part of the study or administering the vaccine outside the study. Has anyone run into this situation? Connie, do I understand that Bowie developed more osteo after she completed the vaccine course? Thanks to all in advance.

  3. My Brittany, Chief, has completed 2 of the three rounds of the trial treatment after completing 4 rounds of chemo and amputation. Hoping for the best with it. He is a young osteosarcoma patient, just 3 years old, so truly hope it works and for all of yours. He is happy and playful despite it all. Best of luck to all of you.

    • That’s wonderful Carrie! Best wishes to Chief, may he #kickcancersbutt and show the world this disease is not a show stopper! Keep us posted.

  4. Another update on Bowie! She is still with me, doing well and very very happy. In early May she developed 2 soft tissue nodules that were determined to be osteosarcoma. She’s stable, happy, running and playing, with a good appetite, so that works for me. Every day she’s happy and healthy is a true gift. ❤

  5. The sweetest and most gentle dog- My 8 yo femal Fila- was diagnosed last Thursday- next week we are going to the oncologist for further test and possible treatment. I truly hope we can sign her up for this program!

  6. My dog , Cody , is scheduled for a consultation in 2 weeks . I am curious to hear how your dogs tolerated the treatment

    • As part of being in the study, participants are not allowed to publicly comment on many aspects of the study so that the final analyses are not skewed in any way.

  7. Jerry, you are absolutely right; I signed paperwork today that greatly limits my ability to discuss Casey’s experience in the field trial.

    One interesting thing . . . Casey was to be one of four dogs receiving the vaccine this Friday. The other three have dropped out, they believe due to cost. To my oncologist’s knowledge, there is one other participant in the country right now and I think we know who that is.

  8. Cool!

    Casey is scheduled for pre-study testing a week from today and his first of three vaccinations a week from Friday.

    Can you share what your clinic is charging for this trial? Known costs in Casey’s case are over $4,000 for pre-study tests ($460) and the three vaccinations at $1,200 each.

    • Good luck with Casey!

      Please be aware that like anything in veterinary medicine, costs will vary from place to place. Also, as part of being in the study, participants are not allowed to publicly comment on many aspects of the study so that the final analyses are not skewed in any way.

    • Thank you so much! We’re praying it works, too. <3 Bowie is taking a beauty nap right now, she's upside down on her dog bed! It's hard work being an osteo butt kicker!


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