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Advice needed about a long-time amputee
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Hi! I'm the pal of a 10-year-old greyhound named Caesar who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left rear leg in September 2003. We had the leg amputated in hopes we'd have him around for another year, or maybe two if the gods smiled upon us.

Now, of course, it's been more than five years. Caesar's life turned out to be better after the amputation.

About four weeks ago, however, he started showing marked signs of instability in his remaining rear leg. He'd quaver or fall, or he'd hop in a crouch. The condition would get better, then worse, then better, then worse again. 

Overall, he's better than he was back then. But he just returned from a really, really bad walk.

Our vet says the problem could be anything from a blown disk to a arthritis to a pinched nerve. We took him to an orthopedics specialist who said he'd have to do an MRI to see what the problem was. I'm out of work, and we don't have the money to pay for the test. After discussing the situation with the doctor, we decided to try prednisone .

Caesar got better, then worse, then better, then much worse as of a half-hour ago. We'll have to come up with the money for the MRI, but it's weekend,and we're understandably concerned. 

Anyone have any advice or insights? Your input would be greatly appreciated. 

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We're so sorry to hear about peter's latest issues, but glad you found us. Thanks for joining the discussion.

Many here have had positive experiences with acupuncture for their pups. Our Jerry had acupuncture for his arthritis and partial ACL tear. We believe it helped. We also kept him comfortable with massage and a hot/cold pain relief pack. But then as you're surely aware, we'll try anything to help our furry friends.

You might also consider posting in the Ask A Vet forum if you don't hear from Tazziedog (FYI: Pam is a vet.) Best wishes for you and Peter. You are very fortunate to have so much time with him. He is truly a tripawd hero. We look forward to hearing more.

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How wonderful you've had five years since diagnosis.  I'm sorry to hear about the problems Caesar is having now.  Could you maybe get the MRI on a payment plan?  I'm sure it would still be tough if you are out of work, but it may be more managable than paying all at one time.

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hugapitbull said:

Could you maybe get the MRI on a payment plan?


Yes, please ask your vet about that, and also consider applying for something called “Care Credit.” Check out what our friend Carina has to say about it, and also about shopping around for MRI prices:

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