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11 November 2019 - 8:11 pm
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Hi to everyone. Kingston is an (almost) 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who has just had an x-ray for a sore front shoulder which wasn’t responding to steroids and physio. X-ray has shown likely Osteosarcoma of the humeral head. It goes without saying we are distraught and don’t know what to do.

We’ve been told a biopsy is the next step with amputation and chemo the gold standard if suspicions are confirmed. 

I initially couldn’t fathom how he’d cope and found this site. I’m feeling better about the quality of life he’d have with an amputation. My question is does anyone have a home with difficult access? We have 25 stairs down to our house and it’s on a sloping section. I wouldn’t be able to carry him by myself and worry about him falling down them when he’s home alone and how he’d cope on general.

Any other help or advice is greatly appreciated. 

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11 November 2019 - 8:37 pm
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Welcome and best wishes for Kingston.

We lived upstairs with 20+ steps during Jerry’s recovery. He quickly learned to manage the stairs on his own after refusing to be carried. You can make a simple sling to help provide support during recovery. After that, a support harness is very helpful. You will find all the best recommendations in the Tripawds Gear blog .

You will want to ensure you have traction throughout the house. And if your stairs are not not carpeted, consider adding a runner or treads. Click the any traction link for more recommendations.

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13 November 2019 - 1:04 pm
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So Sorry to hear about Kingston’s diagnosis. I have typically found – things that my dog could do well before surgery, he did well (with some time) after surgery. Things that were already a struggle … weren’t any easier. 

The ruffwear harness with the brushguard has been very helpful for us hiking when we get into a spot that he has a little trouble or I am worried about his balance and want to be able to give him a boost. that may also be very helpful to you in the stairs process. 

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