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Signs of Fracture?
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3 January 2021 - 12:08 pm
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My pup Xhosa is a front leg amputee from an Osteosarcoma tumor. She has come a long way in our fight against this horrible disease.

Recently metastasis was found in her pelvis on the left side so she has very limited use of her back legs. It was also confirmed that it has spread to her lungs and rear leg muscles. She starts radiation tomorrow and my goal is to help relieve some of her pain. I know I don’t have much more time with her so I have a bucket list I’m working on and focused on keeping her happy

Fortunately, she is still eating very well and is alert and while mostly lying down each day she has moments of excitement like if she wants to go on a car ride.

Because of the tumor invasion in her pelvis bone of course she is at great risk of fracture. Yesterday, I took her on a car ride and because she’s a big girl and it can be tough to help her out. Today, she seems to be having more trouble than usual. For instance, we normally go straight outside after her meals. But today she walked on porch and had to sit then lay down for a bit. When she got up instead of going to eliminate she just wanted to come back in the house and lay down. I can’t tell if she is just sore from yesterday or she has a fracture. Is there a way to tell? 


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Oh gosh I'm sorry that Xhosa isn't feeling well and dealing with the metastasis. I'm keeping my paws crossed that the radiation therapy helps. Will they be giving her bisphosphonates for extra pain control?

Car rides are such a fun bucket list thing to do! I hope it's just that she's tired from all the excitement. I don't know if Dr. Pam will be able to see your question before you go to the vet tomorrow, but it's my understanding that a fracture can only be confirmed with diagnostics like x-rays. I sure hope that's not what it is. Will you keep us posted? Feel free to start a new topic all about Xhosa in another Forum so that we can follow along in your journey. Many hugs to you both!

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Really the only way to tell is an xray especially with a pelvic fracture.  I agree that bisphosphonates are a great idea to help control pain and possibly strengthen the bone.


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