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Tyson, our 8 year old Great Dane x Rottweiler, weighs 70kg (154lbs) & went to the vet on Monday for an ACL repair on his rear left leg. His rear right leg has some arthritis
…to add one more thing, IF. I recall( big IF), it seems as though Teresa posted on one of Great Dane Eurydice's thread about a dog (in Europe) who was on a continuation of Carboplatin for a year (at the time). I know I saw that "somewhere"
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I don't have a dog but follow a site that has Great Danes bred and raised to be service dogs. They use Purina Pro Plan also. They start with mama's milk, start supplementing with goat's milk/ Purina…
…. Purina donates the food but they were using the Purina Pro Plan before the donations began.
I visited a friend in Europe who had a 8-month old Great Dane and fed her dog a European kibble and boiled chicken.
You will receive lots of opinions here about what food is best. I tried so many different
…s emergency. When it rains it pours, right? Hopefully we can help make things a little less stressful for you.
Oh, I wanted to add another Great Dane who blew statistics oit of the water. His name was Atlas. He had Wobblers 2hen the osteo diagnosis came along. I believe he may have even
I'd like to introduce Olina, my harlequin great dane. She just turned 6yrs old on August 25 and has been with our family since she was 8 weeks old. She was born in Hawaii and traveled with us when I
…disease or arthritis.
DR. KIRKBY SHAW: Yes, because the two go hand in hand and not weight in general. So I’ve done amputations on Mastiffs, Great Danes, the large dogs out there. But as long as they are a lean body condition, those dogs are going to do much, much better than a poodle, a small dog…
…the difference between weight and body condition. I should have said it at the beginning. But yeah, we have seen really lean St. Bernards and Great Danes and they’re really, really well on three. So as far as once the leg comes off, it’s my understanding that a Tripawd is more prone to arthritis…
…where our money goes potentially.
But yeah, I mean you’re exactly right. Adequan is not cheap. And if we are talking about a giant breed dog, a Great Dane or a Bullmastiff or even a Labrador, it’s usually a few hundred dollars the first month. But after that, for me, I generally try and get to a
…sweetie girl is a 9 year old great dane. She had osteosarcoma in her left front leg. After diagnosis it took me a few days to process and decided that amutation was the best decision.
…on his recent clear CT that we had more time. We literally CT'd him from neck to tail ... except for his brain. When you have an 11 year old Great Dane with cancer it shouldn't come as a shock, but it just did.
Realistically, looking back he has had this tumor a long, long time. When he
…said even if it was a bad disc they wouldn't recommend surgery at this time.
I wish the poor guy could just get a break. Of course, being a Great Dane, it's no small feat to have a dog his size who can't use his hind end. Two steps forward .. not sure how many steps backwards.
…few years ago a Great Dane named Eurydice traveled through Europe. I believe she was originally diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her leg amputated in England. She had many
…time spend on training really depends on the dog's breed type. For an Aussie, you'll need more time to keep the pup busy and "working' than say, a Great Dane. As an example, check out Minnie's story.
…was being left out of pack walks and sometimes our other dog Sheldon loves jumping in for a little rest too. Sadly it isn’t big enough for Hollie (Great Dane).
We already have canine physiotherapist due to the first surgery, we did everything in our power to help Cesar now I just want to make him
…with dealing with things. I’m so worried that I won’t cope but that I looked out our pack and think if we can cope with a deaf dog (which our Great Dane is and our mad ball Springer Spaniel) we can handle anything.
I just want to say thank you for listening and making me feel like I’m not alone
…can often control pain, sometimes for a year, sometimes not. Did your oncologist mention it? One particular story we wrote about was Hazel, a Great Dane who was not a good candidate for amputation. The Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (aka Cyberknife) worked for about six months or so until they had
…all, new here. I was recommended this forum from a Great Dane FB page and I am glad I found it.
Hank entered a limb sparing trial at Ohio State after his diagnosis of Osteo in feb. He was doing very well but
…usually find one for most people).
Meanwhile, yes, other people have had blind Tripawds! Here are some examples:
Nova the Queen was a blind Great Dane who lost her sight after becoming a Tripawd
and Cora the Miracle Dog was born blind and lost her leg as a puppy.
While Merry Myrtle is not a
…year old Great Dane here, forelimb amp, with pre-exisiting neurologic (wobblers), angular limb deformities and osteoarthritis ... he was back to hiking the
…. Today, we go for walks, although short ones, car rides, and shopping. We have her on daily supplements and watch her weight. She is Black Lab/Great Dane mix. I hear that the larger the dog, the harder it is or will be for them in the future. The good thing is Maggie does not know that she has three
I don’t have much but reassuring words that as Steve has said, it is rough in the beginning, but it will get better.
Finn (160-pound Great Dane) is now 5 days post-op and while things are still challenging, I can see small improvements every day. Live for the small victories knowing this
…swelling looks to be much better this morning.
I’m going to work on blogging his journey to keep everyone in the loop and to maybe help another Great Dane parent feel at ease that even the big guys do well.
Here is our sweet boy resting yesterday.
…family Finn! Sooo glad your hooman got a second opinion so you can now have a xhance at a quality pain free life!! We've had many wonderful Great Danes here live lofe to the fullest once that bum leg was gone.
Recovery is no fun about two weeks, but doesn't last furever. Yeah, if you have
…you provide for so many scared tripawd (or soon-to-be) parents.
Our story is unfortunately not an uncommon one: Finn is a 6-year-old Great Dane who weighs 160 pounds. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 5 weeks ago and was told he was not a candidate for amputation. Thank goodness we read
…he was back to hiking in the mountains several times a week. We sure do miss those hikes and views. I don't know a lot of 10 year old four legged Great Danes that hiked that much, let alone a three legged one.
Ultimately, we did palliative radiation one week pre-amputation, 5 rounds of Carpoplatin,
…jokingly call him a "lesser Dane" because he is small (95 lbs) and not exactly what a Great Dane enthusiast would call a great specimen of the breed (we got him from a rescue and of course don't care ourselves). His "small" size has been in
…just watched again. Great Dane! Sorry it's early, but He is beautiful and love his color.
…to help with whatever path you take.
He's a big boy but 120 lbs isn't that huge really. We've had many Rotties in our club, as well as giant Great Danes, Mastiffs and even Saint Bernards. The majority do very, very well with just a few exceptions over the years. Search our blogs and forums for
…. That sealed our decision. I was terrified to amputate his leg - but he hasn't looked back much.
We led a pretty active life style for a 10 yo Great Dane pre amputation - we hiked 3-5 days per week - and he's back to doing everything he did pre amputation. Honestly ... I don't think he cares.…
…it and it did take us 3 weeks to really find our groove (again prolonged compared to other dogs I think) but I think he's more active than most Great Danes' his age even with only 3 legs.
Ultimately, your oncologists are best to answer your three questions. Our oncologist's opinion was as follows:
So sorry to hear about Sunny's diagnosis. My 10 yo Great Dane Grover was diagnosed with a mid-ulnar osteosarcoma 8 months ago. He had pre-existing osteoarthritis, angular limb deformities, lumbosacral disease
…it comes to trying to search on here, but techie skilled peiple eill come along and give you links. A couple pf names come to mind:
Eurydice (a Great Dane) . Tazzie (a Mastiff...I think she weighed 170 lb at surgery). I k ow thete wete others in the 200 plus range...I just couldn't figure…
… gets rid of that awful painful leg and gives him a chance at a great quality life!!!
Quick aside. Cant remeber rhe exact weight, but Great Dane Atlas (I think around 170 lbs) was told by two Vets to put down because of size and Wobbles! Fortunately the owner found an Orthopedic Aurgeon