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… it's good stuff. Are you thinking you'll do the other 2 doses after amputation? Just curious why, if the leg is going away (and thus the pain). Bisphosphonates as far as I understand it, are used for pain relief when amputation isn't an option. Maybe things have changed, so I'm curious.

2 August 2016 10:19 am
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…facing cancer in your pup...what's her name?

What does your vet think about her and amputation- how bad is the dysplasia?  You can discuss bisphosphonates
with your vet and see if that would work for your girl.

You can also consider another opinion, maybe from a certified rehab vet and see what they

27 May 2016 8:47 pm
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…his care. 

Dr. Lina McCain. She's in Mountain View. should be easy enough to find her contact info

my experience in choosing to do the bisphosphonates
was that it was a mistake not only for what he went thru, but that it did absolutely no good, (in fact he steadily and rapidly declined after the…

…treatment) and the cost ($700). There are issues I have with the oncologist and SAGE center in whole regarding the bisphosphonates
decision, which came down to me not knowing the right way to ask the correct questions, and not realizing what was happening and stopping it until

21 May 2016 6:46 pm
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…support folks no matter what they decide, throughout every step of the journey.

Have your vets mentioned the possibility of radiation therapy or bisphosphonates
to you? Many times dogs who aren't candidates for surgery can do well with those two treatments, either separately or combined. The link has…

…or bisphosponates, so I am glad that you mentioned that!  She just got back to me and said that she also consulted with another doctor and the bisphosphonates
could be a good option (most likely pamidronate).  She is going to look more into cost and a plan with that and get back to me today, so maybe

…those treatments when fighting cancer, before during and after metastasis (do a forums search and you'll find lots of responses for "Palladia" and bisphosphonates
(aka Zoledronate). Every dog is different and sometimes you just have to figure out which one works best for the dog. You're getting some great

…support folks no matter what they decide, throughout every step of the journey.

Have your vets mentioned the possibility of radiation therapy or bisphosphonates
to you? Many times dogs who aren't candidates for surgery can do well with those two treatments, either separately or combined. The link has

…declined friday night, the ER/oncology hospital was an exercise in futility. I never in my life regretted so badly the decision I made regarding the bisphosphonates
. SAGE let me down so horribly and completely that i'm certain the relationship is irrevokably broken.

So here we are, waiting on gettin V some…

…improving - but He's eating. He's bright and alert. He wants to walk, he's trying.

I should have went RIGHT to the acupuncture, not did the bisphosphonates
, and I bet you Vito would NOT be in the pain he's in now.

that's my story and i'm stickin to it.

17 May 2016 10:54 pm
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…for the update and best wishes. Regarding the bone tumor, you might ask your oncologist about bisphosphonates

…Care Options:

No Amputation / pain management
Only: Average survival time 3-5 months. pain management
includes oral medication and bisphosphonates.
No Amputation / Limb Salvage Surgery This is a viable option for the right candidate. Unfortunately it comes with a 50% infection rate, “but if

…to deal with this pain, which will quickly get worse. Pain pills alone will not manage it in a few weeks. You can, however talk to your vet about bisphosphonates
and radiation therapy, which can be a good alternative for dogs who aren't suitable amputation candidates.

Please check out Jerry's Required

… absolutely, here are some links that tell more:

Bisphosphonates: When Amputation isn’t an Option

and lots in the forums:


13 January 2016 2:00 pm
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29 November 2015 11:31 am
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…option out there that I haven't considered?

Unfortunately, there are no miracle cures, but plenty of options! Consider asking your vet about bisphosphonates.

10 November 2015 4:14 pm
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…pain, which will soon get worse and to the point that no pain medications will help. If you're leaning against amputation, talk to your vet about bisphosphonates
or radiation therapy to help him with the pain. Remember, dogs hide pain very very well and by the time they show it, it's pretty bad. 


26 August 2015 3:24 pm
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… a simple gesture or hand on shoulder goes a long way in a needed connection (we're not just a "number" $..what have you. Will look into bisphosphonates
and possible radiation. 

I did see a specially designed boot for one dog online, but the owner pulled in a vet and orthopedic dr. Just wondered

25 August 2015 6:41 pm
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… and live in the now as she does. It's all she wants for you.

I don't know of any kind of boot unfortunately but it is a good idea to check into bisphosphonates
(bone-building drug, search the forums
for results), which can help tremendously. Did your onco say anything about this treatment option?

25 August 2015 10:14 am
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… but getting rid of that pain however you can, even if it means managing it with high quality pain relief (not just tramadol but stronger med and bisphosphonates
, radiation therapy if possible), is so urgent. Try to imagine what it would feel like if you had a slowly disintegrating bone...ouch! Once we

10 August 2015 9:54 am
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…many people do opt for palliative care. Sadly it doesn't last that long, the pain of osteo is just too much to control with pain medication alone. Bisphosphonates (a bone building drug) and radiation therapy can help, but it will not do the same job that amputation can. Sometimes if that's your only option,

…. Therefore, since teeth are essentially comprised of the same material, they too are likely to be affected. I wonder if a bone-building drug like bisphosphonates
could help? I'm going to pose this question to the oncos we  know on social media, someone's got to have an answer and a tip for strengthening the

31 July 2015 9:39 am
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…a month, he was fine with living on three legs and even was able to walk a mile a couple of times a month.

April 10, 2015 - Taylor had been on Bisphosphonates for several months but xrays revealed small fractures in the bone and the surgeon recommended removing his right front leg.  His surgery was

…three legs. If you are thinking about limb sparing as a way to "save the leg" please know that the goal of amputation is only to remove the pain. Bisphosphonates may also be an option. Consider searching for Saint Bernard and limb sparing for more stories and feedback from others.

Best wishes in the

19 May 2015 8:57 am
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Views: 1466

…keep him maintained on some pain meds(although I've seen several dogs weaned off of all pain meds after radiation). There are medications called bisphosphonates
(think Boniva) that can help to prevent further breakdown of the bone making it potentially less prone to breaking.


I could send them off, I just need to consider how I am spending my money.  I spend so much on meds for him, in addition to the radiation and bisphosphonates
that I have to think about spending a few hundred more dollars to have them looked at again.. I only got them done for my own info.  Since he

21 February 2015 7:36 am
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…  And, in the end, amputation may not buy her much more time anyway.

So - we start radiotherapy on Tuesday.  Two doses and then followed by more bisphosphonates
.  We have to travel out of Sydney to go to the only facility where radiotherapy is available (which I find shocking - I am already trying to

…risk of bone necrosis, but I've read some reports that say it has better results in killing tumor cells and sparing tissue.  Then there's the bisphosphonates
- do I stick with Pamidronate at $800 per IV treatment, or go with the Zoledronate which is $3,000 per drug dose but in some studies shows better

…necessary, just glad to hear that Ti is kickin' butt. I'm sorry the pain has returned, that's a hard situation. Did your vet mention if other bisphosphonates available that might be more suited to him? What about additional radiation? Is that a possibility?

…both worked who now has her own practice. She looked at what my vet/employer had her on and added another herbal. Neither vet thought much on the bisphosphonates
& neither even mentioned palliative radiation. But I never saw a specialist. That's probably the only thing I would have done differently

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…like Zeus' case when you can still have a good quality of life for much longer than anyone thought. There's also palliative radiation therapy and bisphosphonates
that can offer good pain relief without amputation (I just talked to a woman yesterday whose Newfie was going for an entire year on radiation

2 October 2014 7:12 am
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…friend who has worked as a tech at an ortho specialist practice said they used fosamax quite often.

However, my vet said that oral bisphosphonates
are not readily absorbed by dogs and that IV ones are cost prohibitive. I did take Millie for a second opinion to a vet I used to work with who

22 September 2014 2:28 pm
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