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… Tigerlilly is such a survivor! There is a reason why she has survived osteosarcoma twice now, and while I can't tell you what it is exactly, I have no doubt that her work here isn't done yet. What a story you two have. It takes a

4 September 2020 1:04 pm
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I have been using this site for information about Tripawds since my 12-year old German Shepard/Husky/Pit mix was diagnosed with osteosarcoma two years ago. This is my first time posting. I see all the beautiful survivors and angels out there, and I want to share Tigerlilly's story.

…front right leg (opposite the amputated one). We took her in to her usual vet and another X-ray revealed a suspicious mass, highly likely to be osteosarcoma. The news was devastating, but I felt better prepared. We had gotten a whole extra year of life from Lilly, and I felt so blessed despite the news…

…out, but I figured it was time to get start thinking about her mortality once again.

We took Lilly to a oncology specialist who confirmed the osteosarcoma, and gave us treatment options. She didn't have another leg to give up, so we opted for continued prescription treatment and a chemo drug injection

4 September 2020 9:14 am
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Well thank you for reminding me about Telangiectatic Osteosarcoma. It has been mentioned here so rarely that it didn't cross my mind that the "tOsteosarcoma" was another way of describing it. Thank you for that…

…education. As if an osteosarcoma diagnosis isn't bad enough. Grr. I'm sorry.

We've had a few members deal with it before, just twice since we began in 2006. Here are some links…

…for your reference:

Did your tripawd have this type of osteosarcoma?
(As you can see, we didn't know anything about it. I'm sad that these folks never returned to update us)

KimZ said


With the…

…vaccine during the amputation. Are we too late?

Universities are working on various post-cancer vaccines for different cancers, many are for osteosarcoma. These research centers often partner with veterinary clinics around the country.

Generally speaking the different vaccines work in different

22 August 2020 1:17 pm
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…rare.  Does anyone know if this location produced different results? Some locations I have been told can reduce longevity.

Our Jerry had his osteosarcoma tumor in the scapula. Many other dogs have too. I cannot tell you if there is documented evidence that location matters. I do know that I've read

…that for yourself. Also we had a dog on here named Bart and he did the Doxie carbo protocol it did however make him sick but he was a long-term Survivor and actually became quite famou


26 April 2020 11:52 pm
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…the specialty center's attitude about the surgery and pain control. Samson is in good hands.

Oh and as for your friend's son, YAY for him beating osteosarcoma! That's terrific. He is on to great things in life. One of our favorite prosthetic designers, Ben from Hero Braces, is also a childhood osa survivor and an amputee. I think when you overcome such great odds as a child, you can't help but make a big difference in the world as an adult.

Hang in

13 November 2019 11:09 am
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Brand new here and quite sad about having to join this community. My amazing 10 year old rescue mutt Bailey was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma last week in her front right leg. We are considering amputation - one surgeon said we should absolutely go for it and another said he doesn’t…

…for an old girl (except recently - she won’t even walk right now due to the pain) and the idea of giving up on her breaks my heart. I’m a cancer survivor myself and she was by my side the whole time. But I also don’t want to put her through unnecessary surgery if she won’t be able to handle it and

15 August 2019 7:57 am
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…part; getting rid of the bag leg gets rid of the pain. And for a dog, who lives in the here and now, that's what really counts! Chemotherapy for osteosarcoma can statistically give more time but we see it go either way around here. Some dogs beat the odds (our Jerry survived and thrived for two extra…

…Tripawds e-books
have many tips about having a good recovery and pain-free life on three legs, check 'em out!

We have sooo many stories about osteosarcoma survivors in our community. I encourage you to look around and know that you are not alone. Duke has everything on his side for a long, happy life

23 July 2019 3:02 pm
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…Bev & Roane, welcome. I hope you get good news from the vet today. An osteosarcoma diagnosis is a difficult situation for everyone, we understand your emotions, totally. So sorry you are dealing with it. How is Roane holding up?

26 June 2019 9:24 am
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…immunotherapies like the ELIAS® Cancer Immunotherapy (ECI ®) treatment. Today on Tripawd Talk Radio you'll learn all about the company's new osteosarcoma vaccine that's helping dogs enjoy longer survival times than ever before -- without chemotherapy!

ELIAS Cancer Immunotherapy Treatment Gives Osteosarcoma Dogs 400+ Day Remission (without Chemotherapy!)

When your dog is diagnosed with osteosarcoma, making the chemotherapy decision is tough. But…

…Admin Guy: Incredible breakthroughs are occurring in the battle against bone cancer in pets and people. Learn about recent developments with a new osteosarcoma immunotherapy vaccine currently being studied at the University of Missouri, from lead clinician, Doctor Jeffrey Bryan, on this episode number 80 of…

…Tripawd Talk Radio

Admin Guy: Hello and thank you for listening. This is Tripawd Talk Radio
and today is March 13th, 2019 Osteosarcoma in dogs has always had a rather grim survival rate with few dogs living more than one year after diagnosis. The good news is, that's changing.…

…of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine have recently partnered with Eliias Animal Health, and the Morris Animal Foundation to create an Osteosarcoma vaccine from a dog's own tumor for that specific dog's immune system to recognize.

The study has proven very promising and we are honored to have…

… including humans.

If you're one of the many Tripawds members whose pets were diagnosed with bone cancer, keep listening to learn more about this osteosarcoma immunotherapy study, its progress results and what this all means in the fight against cancer in pets and people. Welcome to the show. Doctor Bryan…

…been reading the headlines about the work that you've been doing at Mizzou, and let's just jump right in. Can you tell us more about this new canine osteosarcoma vaccine that you've been working on? And just give us a little backstory about what the basis of it is and then tell us more details about your…

…this could be potentially even an ethical criticism because chemotherapy is expected to be necessary to have long survival in most cases of dogs with osteosarcoma. And so it was a very pleasant surprise to not see dogs failing early and for these dogs to have survived as long as they have on average. It's…


Rene: Yeah, I mean we are over the moon about this is. It's Something that I know I would have pursued with my own dog when he had osteosarcoma because we opted out of chemo for various reasons and if this was available, oh my gosh. I really, really hope that our members will look into this…

…: Yeah. Fortunately cats tend to do better with amputation alone than dogs do. And so hopefully that cat who just joined is going to be a long survivor.

Rene: Oh, we sure hope so. And now we hope that we have way more dogs who are long term survivors too because 415 days is amazing. Doctor

…!  I FOUND IT!!   Well, found somthing......not sure of this was the one I was thinking of.  Anyway, the pup was alread a year survivor  with nose cancer, and then had amputation for osteo later.

Maybe you can contact the Hooman and find out what the protocol was in addition to

14 March 2019 1:15 pm
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…and Furmily

im sorry to be late coming to this forum, but i just wanted to add Stewies chemo experience with you...

Stewie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in July of 2017, we started a Carboplatin chemotherapy (6 sessions) as soon as his stitches came out. We wanted to do everything possible to try…

…undercoat. He is a (almost 9 year old) Bernese/Rotty/Retriever cross and he finds it gets a bit chilly outside these wintery days. 

Stewie is a survivor of 1 1/2 years now and we are overjoyed to still have him hopping happily with us, hopefully into his old age. We will never know if it is the chemo

15 January 2019 10:21 am
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…questions or if we can help in any way.

Just in case you did not see this there is a forum on VAS Kerren started her trikitty is Mona she is a VAS survivor I believe four years now.

Vaccine Associated Sarcoma - Fibrosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma

We are sending warm thoughts, prayers, great

17 October 2018 12:11 pm
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…any advise anyone can offer regarding my girl Kailey, who is an 8 year old Great Dane mix. She had her left front leg amputated 3 weeks ago for osteosarcoma. She has been doing pretty good since the amputation. This is all so sudden because as far as I knew she was fine until Aug 22.

On aug 30 her…

…leg was amputated. I had her leg amputated her leg for pain relief, she has significant metastasis to lungs. She is a cancer survivor from multilobular osteochronsarcoma which was diagnosed in January 2017. The oncologist said the osteosarcoma in her leg is not related to the

20 September 2018 8:36 am
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…will too!

I'm also curious if the cost is the reason why the visits are on hiatus for a while.

We just got contacted by a vet whose three year osteosarcoma survivor is undergoing a hip replacement next week. I'm going to keep in touch with her to see how the pup is recovering. This kind of thing is

16 February 2018 10:44 am
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…"All About the Bostonplasty Procedure for Limb Sparing in Dogs," you'll hear how veterinary oncologist Dr. Sarah Boston developed the technique for osteosarcoma dogs who aren't good candidates for amputation surgery.

If she has a familiar name, that's because Dr. Sarah Boston, DVM, DVSc, Dipl…

…cancer surgeon. This talented vet is also the author of the bestselling memoir, Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life. A cancer survivor with a wickedly smart sense of humor, Dr. Boston now lives and works in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada at 404 Veterinary Emergency & Referral…

…with bone cancer in the distal radius leg bone.

Officially called "Limb shortening as a strategy for limb sparing treatment of appendicular osteosarcoma of the distal radius in a dog (LSLS)," today on Tripawd Talk Radio
Dr. Boston shares her exciting news about a new procedure when amputation isn…

…was help the patient avoid the high complication rate of traditional limb salvage techniques and give the dog a good quality of life while fighting osteosarcoma. The foot was not put on backward, the limb was merely shortened enough to get clean margins and allow the dog to comfortably walk.

Unlike a…

…dogs are doing," Dr. Boston explains.

If you are reading this because your veterinarian believes amputation isn't an option for your dog with osteosarcoma, talk to your surgeon and let them know about Dr. Boston's study, referenced below. You can also reach out to Dr. Boston directly at 404…

Listen to the Interview with Dr. Boston

Read the Subdy Abstract:
Limb shortening as a strategy for limb sparing treatment of appendicular osteosarcoma of the distal radius in a dog (LSLS). Journal of Veterinary Surgery October 2017,

More About Limb Sparing Surgery for Dogs

FAQs About

…and welcome. We are so sorry about your girl. What's her name? She's quite the survivor though, nasal osteosarcoma is ruff so if you two could handle that, well then once recovery is over you two are gonna be flying that Tripawd flag big and proud! 

What is her

…got him a tumeric and curcumin
supplement, and he's on glyco flex plus for his joints. 

At this point I can happily say that Ivan is a two month osteosarcoma SURVIVOR! A stubborn pyreness whose agenda does not include dying any time soon. I just love him.

Thank you everyone for your help and for

27 December 2017 10:12 am
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Hi everybody 

Update on Flo and Archa.


Her biopsy's results are back today

It all points to Osteosarcoma, they are doing a "specialised colour" test (don't know what that is) for final confirmation. 

Flo's Mom is at Lyon's hospital meeting with her…

…! and Iggy Pop, you look like a Rock Star! 

And to both Mum’s... 

Vets don’t always give us the optimal view of long life span for our Osteo survivors, they only go by their textbook statistics... but I’m sorry the reality of Osteo, is that life can be lived to the fullest If given the chance!

10 October 2017 9:20 am
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…talk. Now, I know there are quite a few practitioners out there who think this way, but I'm going to bet they haven't seen nearly as many long-term osteosarcoma survivors as we have here at Tripawds. We were told similar things by our own vet when Jerry was diagnosed. Well, that boy lived TWO YEARS as you…


You’re absolutely right! I need to keep thinking long term and not the “possible” short term! Our local vets have only seen two cases of Osteosarcoma in their careers. Dr. Bill did say it with the kindest of intentions, but you’re absolutely correct. Thanks to all of you for you’re  caring

6 October 2017 10:07 am
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…talk. Now, I know there are quite a few practitioners out there who think this way, but I'm going to bet they haven't seen nearly as many long-term osteosarcoma survivors as we have here at Tripawds. We were told similar things by our own vet when Jerry was diagnosed. Well, that boy lived TWO YEARS as you

6 October 2017 9:38 am
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…. We are at Colorado State Vet Teaching Hospital today for a rehab visit with Wyatt Ray
, and we just had the honor of meeting Lilly, a NINE YEAR osteosarcoma survivor! This Great Pyreneese beauty was diagnosed in 2009 at 14 months old. She's had 2 lung lobectomies and is STILL rockin on 3. What a joy to…

…smooch all over this pretty pup:

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Wow! So thrilled to meet Lilly, a NINE year #osteosarcoma #Tripawd survivor! 3-paws up to her pack & @csuvetmedbiosci @csuvethospital for keeping her rocking on 3!

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25 August 2017 10:38 am
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…slim and being super conscientious about their physical activity and fitness level.

Have you seen Bruno's blog? Or read about Sasha the famous osteosarcoma clinical trial survivor? They will definitely inspire you!

Bruiser Bruno: My Tenacious & Triumphant Tripawd
Sasha the Bulldog
Also see: ABC

25 June 2017 7:47 pm
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…studies show 80% of vaccine associated sarcomas (VAS) are classified as fibrosarcoma, the remaining 20% are classified as osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, or other high-grade stromal sarcomas. Here is a fairly easy-to-read journal article on Feline Postvaccinal Sarcoma:


…. Discuss your cat's life-style and risk with your vet. Do not allow vets to vaccinate anywhere but in the leg: 

Kerren and VAS Tripawd Survivor Mona

…heart has been heavy for 10 months, from the moment my dear beloved Rufio was diagnosed with the ugly truth of osteosarcoma. I remember not even being able to pronounce the damn word - now I say it like I'm an oncologist.

Rufio handled the amputation like a pro and…

…like a champ and never once got sick. He proudly posed for his picture with the vet staff when they (incorrectly) celebrated that he was a cancer survivor. He didn't care, he got McDonalds out of it. He happily ventured the 1.5 hours to the CSU cancer ward every week for a few months to get checkups

7 April 2017 7:03 pm
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…everyone, we are devastated to share the news that our Vizsla Cooper, who is post-amp osteosarcoma survivor of 2.5 years, just started coughing and having a lack of appetite this month.  Last month we had to have a toe removed on his remaining hind leg

12 February 2017 7:23 pm
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…is making a difference, the researchers hope to validate it as a therapy for dogs with HSA. (D08CA-050)

and then in this vet clinic paper, Osteosarcoma update: Prognostic Factors & Promising New Therapeutics

Dasatinib was the most promising therapeutic option based on drug screening as very…

…the vet provide? Any links you can share here?

We hope with all our hearts that Rosie joins the ranks of butt-kickin, cancer-fightin dastanib survivors!

Please keep us posted.

25 January 2017 1:55 pm
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I can tell you that kitties do very, very well with three legs!


Hang in there and update


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26 July 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Shout-Outs
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…our community, you'll find their stories so inspawrational!

Tripawd Tuesday with TJ, a Cancer Hero With a Job

Tripawd Tuesday: Lily the Greyt Osteosarcoma Survivor

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Who is your oncologist? Please thank them from us for sharing our community with

12 June 2016 7:48 pm
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Get the help & emotional support you need right now. Coping with pet amputation for your dog or cat is tough enough without a pandemic. But we've got your back! Please join Tripawds founders Rene and Jim for the next free video conference call. You will learn the best pet amputation recovery...
When a Tripawd shows signs of slowing down, many people immediately start shopping for a leg brace. But on today's Tripawd Talk Radio podcast with Ben Blecha of Hero Braces, we explain why it's important to follow the right steps before buying a leg brace for Tripawds (and potentially injuring your pet!)....
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We're kicking off Tripawd Tuesday 2020 in a big way: meet seven year osteosarcoma survivor Dexter! You may remember this handsome Sheepdog from article "AT-014 Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Helps Dogs Like Dexter Beat the Odds." That was published in February 2018 and we are thrilled to say that this...
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A remaining leg surgery recovery for a three-legged dog is one of the hardest recoveries that any Tripawd pet parent can endure. We hope you never have to go through it, but it's important to know that with the right care, this kind of recovery can work out fine. Quite a few members have proved that...
Osteosarcoma can weaken the body, but this special Rottweiler proved bone cancer cannot weaken the spirit. Today for Tripawd Tuesday memorial to Major, we salute this handsome Australian hero who earned his angel wings far too soon. Here is his story, as told by @jamesbennett_96 from Adelaide,...
Amputation for bone cancer isn't the answer for all pets, and that's OK. Sometimes other types of palliative care needs to be considered. Today we re-examine one such option in a bisphosphonates bone cancer treatment update with Dr. Jeannette M. Kelly, DVM Diplomate ACVIM, Oncology, of the Veterinary...
Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy aren't the only tools veterinary oncologists use to fight pet cancer. The electrochemotherapy pet cancer treatment option can be ideal for dogs and cats diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in or just under the skin. It's also useful when a tumor removal surgery...
A recipient of the helpful recovery and care emails sent after you download a free copy of Tripawd Heroes submitted this Tripawd Tuesday Feature about amputation after Brachial Plexus injury ... Hi lovely Tripawds Team, Thank you for the eBooks and all the touching stories. Most dogs have suffered...
Roscoe the Great Dane was not considered a good candidate for amputation after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. But his mom Diane felt otherwise, and two years later her “Greatest Dane” is standing here today thanks to a breakthrough dog cancer immunotherapy treatment known as the ELIAS Animal...
Osteosarcoma's days are numbered thanks to the canine osteosarcoma vaccine and new immunotherapies like the ELIAS® Cancer Immunotherapy (ECI ®) treatment. Today on Tripawd Talk Radio you'll learn all about the company's new Osteosarcoma vaccine that's helping dogs enjoy longer survival times than ever...
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