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OMG this is us.  I just brought Quick (greyhound, RWC Quick Fox, 7 yrs in April) home from his front left amputation (02/14, osteosarcoma)... we got home last night and i am exhausted and overwhelmed!  I know it will get better.  Just so hard to "hang in

19 February 2020 11:15 am
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…this is us.  I just brought Quick (greyhound, RWC Quick Fox, 7 yrs in April) home from his front left amputation (02/14, osteosarcoma)... we got home last night and i am exhausted and overwhelmed!  I know it will get better.  Just so hard to "hang in

19 February 2020 6:13 am
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…beautiful and beloved precious Oliver got diagnosed with osteosarcoma on January 13th 2020. He was a retired racing greyhound and a few months shy of his 8th birthday (April 12th). Long story short in November he started having rear limb weakness. Our home vet came and…

…of mets. We also drew labs and all of his bloodwork was fantastic! I became more hopeful with all this information and we decided that a rear limb amputation was our next best option. We scheduled Oliver in for January 17th for procedure. He had such a fantastic week despite diagnosis. We were no longer…

…with the tech. I got notified that everything was going great during procedure and he was stable in all regards. I even asked for photos of the amputation (I work in healthcare with a background in critical care and now hospice). All was looking good and the procedure had taken about 2 and 1/2 hours…

…in honoring the spirit of our deceased always. He was my soul dog. He was like my son and my other life partner. rnIf anyone is curious yes my greyhounds surgeon understood greyhound surgical and anesthesia protocols. This particular clinic works on greyhounds all the time. The president of the…

… potential and highly likely osteosarcoma invading again or metastasizing. It just still isn't easy and I miss him so much. He was a smiling greyhound and his signature trait even in his last week of life was "roaching." When they roll on their backs and sleep. He was such a happy and joyful kid.…

…prior to surgery. A grade 2 or 3 murmur and mitral valve regurgitation. I really thought we could have the rest of his life be bettered with the amputation of the afflicted limb and we would have at least a few months to a year of good quality of life. Nope, instead sudden and acute death. I've since

MK
16 February 2020 3:49 pm
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…to give her Gemzar through the tube in her mask.

Sessy's IL-15 Inhalation Chemotherapy Treatment Story
Most recently, Spirit Sessy the Tripawd Greyhound, participated in the IL-15 inhalation chemotherapy treatment study we told you about last week. Her mom Gayle, a Tripawds Helpline Host, was kind…

…it through the first two weeks of the trial, but ended up passing on 8/6/19 from the return of the osteo.

UCD is the best! Sessy survived her amputation 2 years and 8 months And was happy and silly to the very end. She almost made it to her 14th birthday. She is considered both mine and her doctors'

…all, 

Gracie is a 10 year old greyhound that is 10 months post amputation left front leg for osteosarcoma. Last few months she has been limping on the remaining left back leg, it has become more consistent and she has

25 October 2019 10:15 am
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…may also take out their pain on their incision. What medications is she on? 

And of course keep us posted on how she is doing. We'v had many greyhound members through the years and they do soooo well on three!

11 October 2019 10:37 am
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…- first post! My greyhound girl Flossie had right rear amputation last Friday. She's doing really well, happy, eating well moving around brilliantly. BUT I am having real problems stopping her licking the wound.

11 October 2019 12:43 am
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…m just jumping in here now, catching up.  I'm sending all kinds of positive energy to you and Jaco. I am also a greyhound mom.

I know she is a greyhound mix, do you know how much greyhound?  I am asking because normal greyhound lab values differ from "regular" dogs, and if Jaco's doc is not taking…

…that into account, it could affect her treatment choices adversely.

Also, if needed, there is a greyhound expert, Dr. Guillermo Couto who will consult with you and/or your vet and may have suggestions.  He is well regarded in the greyhound community. …

… I consulted him regarding my Fallon's osteosarcoma and amputation.  Please let me know if I can provide you with his email.  You pay him via PayPal link, but he is very reasonable, maybe 50 bucks.  I know it's an

10 October 2019 12:36 pm
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…all - thanks for the add.

On Tuesday 9/10 our 4.5 yo male greyhound "yipped" in the middle of the night and woke us up.  We found him limping on and off, and figuring maybe he'd slept on it funny we let it go.  By…

… more often than originally, we made the appt for xrays.  On 9/27 we got the dreaded DX: osteosarcoma of the distal femur, left rear leg. 

With greyhounds, the younger the DX, the tendency towards a worse outcome.  Our vet gave him 6 months.  Visit with an oncologist gave him 6 months with amp and…

…treatment with a median survival time of 415 days.  Problem is, they can't get us in until the 15th for a consult, with a possible / probable amputation date of the 16th.  His lungs are clear, as confirmed by a certified radiologist.

I feel bad making him wait until the 15th.  I could probably

4 October 2019 9:27 am
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30 August 2019 11:06 am
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…said

Thanks for posting here Kim! As I mentioned, I hope our Greyhound members and others will have some ideas. Meanwhile I’m wondering, how is her fur right now? Has it grown back? I’m thinking she might be less

Kim White
30 August 2019 7:35 am
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30 August 2019 7:19 am
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29 August 2019 11:02 pm
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…for posting here Kim! As I mentioned, I hope our Greyhound members and others will have some ideas. Meanwhile I’m wondering, how is her fur right now? Has it grown back? I’m thinking she might be less

29 August 2019 7:49 pm
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…have a greyhound who had her right hind leg amputated due to a neurological condition.  She is doing well but we are trying to manage pressure sores on her hips,…

… despite providing her with soft bedding.  Our vet suggested we get creative in terms of “clothing”.  As a greyhound, she has no muscle/extra skin and our vet said her skin on her hips is fragile.  She is 7-8 years old and came from China in May.  Any suggestions

Kim White
29 August 2019 5:07 pm
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…m with Jerry. It's unfortunate that they didn't schedule the lab test before the surgery day. It was determined that my cat would need an amputation and they did the pre-op tests right then and I brought her back in for the surgery the next day. Thankfully I had no time to think about options.

I think they haven't explained the importance of the lab tests. I don't know all the reasons myself but remember reading here that greyhounds are at risk for post-surgical hemorrhaging and are at anesthetic risks because of how their liver processes drugs. Knowing the lab results I would

27 August 2019 4:01 pm
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… in his eyes when you massage him is also an inxiication that he hurts.

Has your sweet pup been evaluated  by an Orthopedic  Surgeon?  Will the amputation  be done at a 24/7 staffed clinic?  

Sure, amputation  is MAJOR surgery and recovery  is no picnic fot a couple of weeks.  Your Surgeon will…

…rhe recovery  and on to a pain free quaility lofe!    Bynx will be chasing bunnies in no time!

Greys are such Greyt dogs!!  And we so have Greyhound members  here who have mastered being a tripawd like Olympian Champions😎   And they are  Greyt st Being More Dog, just like your Bynx.  Live jn the

24 August 2019 10:44 pm
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…said

I'm the greyhound person.  Having a spooky greyhound is never easy.  I forgot the bloodline that caused this but those of us who have had a spook do understand what you're going through.  My Toughie…

…loved to go for walks and visit people but he didn't do well in a car at all.  He was fine in a minivan packed with other greyhounds but would stress out so badly when traveling with just me and our other greyhound Kitty or solo.

Nixon was injured by a physical therapist at NC…

…State one week after his amputation.   He stood for 8 hours straight and caused a horrible strain/soft tissue injury in his neck.  He was also a front leg amputation.  He was unable…

….  

https://www.gre.....sadopters/

I have a physical therapist who comes to the house for the dogs.  It makes my life a lot easier but greyhounds, even the spooky ones, tend to love physical therapy.  As retired elite athletes, they never stop seeing themselves as the fastest AND strongest

…m the greyhound person.  Having a spooky greyhound is never easy.  I forgot the bloodline that caused this but those of us who have had a spook do understand what you're going through.  My Toughie…

…loved to go for walks and visit people but he didn't do well in a car at all.  He was fine in a minivan packed with other greyhounds but would stress out so badly when traveling with just me and our other greyhound Kitty or solo.

Nixon was injured by a physical therapist at NC…

…State one week after his amputation.   He stood for 8 hours straight and caused a horrible strain/soft tissue injury in his neck.  He was also a front leg amputation.  He was unable…

….  

https://www.gre.....sadopters/

I have a physical therapist who comes to the house for the dogs.  It makes my life a lot easier but greyhounds, even the spooky ones, tend to love physical therapy.  As retired elite athletes, they never stop seeing themselves as the fastest AND strongest

…She also has hemoclips, I believe it is due because they lost her artery during surgery. She required blood transfusion. Or perhaps it's normal for amputation. We thought at first it may be the hemoclips but surgeon said no. Although who knows. 

We cant tell if it was right away from surgery or…

…developed after. She always had some kind of pain after surgery. It could've been the same issue. It's difficult to say. Greyhounds are pretty stoic too. 

We just got her on Metacam today. So hopefully and NSAID will help her over night. 

…in the right section. Our girl Coco is a 10 years old. We are two months post op. She had her front leg removed due to osteosarcoma. She is a greyhound. Prior to surgery, Coco was healthy other than her cancer. It feels like it's an never ending struggle now. She was diagnosed with kidney issues…

…wont hear from him until tomorrow. My question is, has anyone experience this post op? what other issues could cause neck pain? We decided to do amputation because we thought we could give her pain free quality time before she leaves us. She hasn't been pain free since her surgery, she was more active

…said

Hi there, this sounds very similar to my Meg's reason for amputation. She too had a break (her elbow) and then an infection around the implant. From everything I've heard, you are extremely wise not to try and go…

…not scapula options to be honest. They didn't discuss it. It was just what they did, a prosthetic not being an option as she needed an above elbow amputation. It was a horrible time, and I felt very anxious about how she would cope on three legs. But, I now look back on her amputation with a feeling of…

…you very much for taking the time to comment! It was very encouraging.

I have been struggling with guilt and second-guessing myself for choosing amputation. It is difficult not to. 

Thanks for offering your perspective on the scapula issue. The various links and perspectives I've been offered in…

…this thread have me leaning towards removing, but I haven't completely decided yet. Pete is a lab/greyhound mix and the vet mentioned something about his chest shape making the extra protection potentially helpful (in case he fell towards a pointy object)

14 February 2019 5:53 am
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…someone who is PRO amputation, it is hard to be the one saying no to it.

Nixon was weeks shy of his 12th birthday when he died.  Cookie will be 13 in May.  She is about 67…

…tried to pick her up to take her out of the car and she fought the entire time.  Cookie is full of a lot of nope.  This makes it hard to say yes to amputation.  Nixon never gave up and always knew that we would conquer everything together.  Cookie doesn't trust the vertical blinds above her bed to not eat…

…her.  

Cookie communicates with her front feet and plays with her toys with her front feet.  I feel like amputation would be silencing her forever.  She also has spinal stenosis and some significant weakness in her hind end.  After Deuce, I don't trust the…

…be but emotionally, I don't know.  She is still using the limb and is trying to hide the pain from me.

Although very invasive at first, once an amputation heals up, it isn't bad.  There is also the risk of her not waking up from it. 

They do cyberknife but that requires her going under general…

…while waiting for a fractured or the pain to become unbearable is not an ethical or humane thing to do to a dog.  This is very common in the Greyhound community as so many are anti-amputation so I have seen a lot of suffering dogs over the past twenty years.

I am going to sleep and figure out

….  My vet said it is hard to say what it is and I got a referral to oncology at NC State.  

Cookie will be 13 in May.  She is a large female Greyhound and still quite full of herself.  We just jogged around the neighborhood on Thursday.  She is playing and having fun even though I want to wrap my…

…had her on K9 immunity
for years and just stopped it in the fall when she was having allergies.  

Not sure if stoic Cookie would be good for an amputation.  Nixon was a Diva who liked to be waited on.  Cookie likes to build a pillow fort and hide when she is not feeling well.  She also has bad teeth

…live and learn lesson.

We started with Embrace for Maggie last year--main reason was, it was easy, and we got a discount by being members of the Greyhound Health Initiative. 

After we got Danica, and as Maggie's year on Embrace was ending, I started doing more research.  It came down to 3--Embrace…

…area, all the brochures are for Trupanion. 

We ended up staying with Embrace.  The reason was I only wanted coverage for catastrophes, like amputation/cancer/chemo/etc.  I don't need coverage for the routine or wellness stuff, we already plan for that.  I was able to get a high deductible plan (

12 January 2019 7:15 pm
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…everyone else said, I can't add much more...amputation is scary, but it's the way to take away Monte's pain and improve his quality of life.

My Fallon was 11 when osteosarcoma showed up.  We were…

…given similar options--in fact, out vet was against amputation giver her age, size, and that she is not always a good patient.  He was advocating for pain meds.  We consulted by email with a greyhound expert…

…and the surgeon who eventually did the amputation and were convinced we should move ahead with the surgery.

Fallon enjoyed almost another year of life--that is about 7 years to you and me. 

2 December 2018 5:22 am
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…- I am so sorry about Monte and I know you are in shock.

Amputation is such a personal decision, but I wanted to let you know my boy also had STS Nerve Sheath Tumor and I have blogged about how spectacular his…

…recovery was.  As a Malamute x Greyhound, he was similar size to your Monte and it was left front.  Unfortunately for us, his tumor was not visible, it was hidden in the brachial plexus,…

…and also went misdiagnosed for a long time (a year).  That meant long term survival was not in the cards, but the relief and quality time the amputation brought him and us was of immeasurable value.  I often say the only thing I regret about his amp is that it did not happen sooner when our odds…

…said that same thing.  When the hidden cancer was finally revealed and I knew how much pain it had been causing him, I did not think twice about the amputation.  And I thought, I will still have my dog. And he will still be my beautiful boy.

And he was for 6 more months.

This is about 18 days post

1 December 2018 11:21 am
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…not sure where to start with this post. Hi, I’m Kaite and I have a 4 year old retired racing greyhound named Kylie. Kylie is the sassiest, snarkiest, brattiest dog you’ll ever meet and I absolutely love her to pieces. Our spunk pairs perfectly…

…May 2017.

Her tripawd journey began on July 30th. I was dogsitting for some friends and had brought Kylie with me so she could hang out with her greyhound friends (all 5 of them!) and enjoy the fenced yard.

The first morning, I had a few of the dogs out to potty. I watched Kylie dance around the…

…. Many of the stories we hear and the people we meet have had dogs lose limbs to cancer—very rarely have we met someone who’s dealt with injury and amputation. After Kylie’s amputation, I scoured the forums here looking for someone who could give us insight. I felt alone and like I’d failed Kylie as her…

…to let anything hold her back.

So that’s her story in a nutshell! Kylie also has a blog and you can read her more detailed post about the injury, amputation, and recovery here: https://www.rpr.....-you-lemon

It’s nice to finally be out of the shadows and I look forward to getting to know all

27 November 2018 1:42 pm
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…was 11 when she was diagnosed.  Our vet discouraged going ahead with the amputation due to her age, size, and arthritis--but we did anyway after consulting with the surgeon and a greyhound expert.  She had a  fantastic life on 3

… Ross:

Pofi's Mom here - and willing to share anything and everything I learned about NST and amputation in Pofi's journey. I know you are devastated, but it really sounds as if you had the good fortune of finding the right vet sooner than we did  with…

…a much earlier diagnosis and Bryn will have a good chance of the amputation being curative.  That is my fondest hope for you and for him.

I volunteer for Lurcher and Greyhound rescues in the states  - and my experience

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