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Last year, Bogart had his back left leg amputated because of a nerve sheath tumor that was in a bad spot. This weekend, we felt a bump on his front left shoulder and took him into the vet to have it checked out. All signs are looking like it’s the same sort of tumor. We are contacting the specialist today that oversaw Bogart’s rear leg treatment. We are hoping that this time, removal is possible without drastic measures.
I’m currently just floating… I don’t know what to do. My mind goes from blank to panic and overthinking. Amputation of this leg just isn’t an option… he only has three as is. Bogart is in good spirits as always. I can’t bear to think of the fight ahead of him.
14 December 2016
I know how devastating these second diagnoses are. I am not really all that knowledgable when it comes to nerve sheath tumors because we had osteos, but when Manni got a second tumor on his ribcage just behind his remaining front leg it was clear we couldn’t do surgery again. I did everything in my power to keep him painfree for as long as possible and we made it another 6 months.
That time is never enough and it never will be but he did have a GOOD further 6 months. Pain regiment was key in our case and a good vet that is willing to adjust doses and try alternate ways.
I hope you get the chance to remove that darn tumor without anything drastic and keep your hopes up! I keep my fingers crossed for you,
Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.
Oh sweet Bogart, I love seeing your handsome face today! I’m just sorry that your’e back for this reason. Darn cancer. GRRR
Ok first, stay as calm as is humanly possible. You are doing everything necessary to come up with a plan to treat whatever this is. IF it is cancer, and I so hope it’s not, but if it is, you have options I’m sure. One thing you may want to consider is electrochemotherapy , which some members have opted for when their dog was diagnosed with a second type of cancer in a remaining limb. Not a lot of vets practice it because it’s not been studied enough here (but in Europe, it’s a common cancer therapy in conventional medicine for pets and people alike!). It’s something to consider if you have to go down that cancer road again. Which I hope not! Oh, and intralesional chemotherapy is another type of treatment that might be a possibility. Same story with that one: not widely practiced here but it has shown good results with many in situations where amputation isn’t an option.
How is Bogart doing otherwise? His spirits are good? That’s GREAT! Remember, he is still the same dog, just facing a hurdle right now that he will cope with much better than any human ever does.
Keep us posted OK? We are sending lots of love and pawsitivity to you and your gorgeous dude.
Thanks for the supportive words. We need it alot right now… We have an appointment in two days with the specialist to confirm what this is and start looking at options.
Bogart has been amazing. We’ve been working from home since March because of the pandemic, so he’s had tons of attention and time with my partner and I. To curb some of the boredom of the last year, we’ve done lots of outdoor agility classes and Bogart is keeping active and flourishing. He’s one of the top students, though he can’t do some of the contact obstacles for safety reasons. He is as strong as ever – and ever since losing his back leg, his front upper body has gotten pretty beefy and powerful. He’s a true fighter. He was even featured on a local TV program for dogs that have overcome trauma and are limitless. I can’t even describe how proud I am of him and how much I love this big boy.
We will keep you updated on his situation. And thank you. I know we made it through this once before, but the stakes are so much higher this time around.
Oh my gosh! We would love to hear more about his agility fun! That’s so awesome you guys tackled that challenge. I love it! Sounds like Bogart needs a Tripawd Tuesday feature. Care to send one to us? 😉 No pressure, I know you’re going through a lot but if you ever feel like it we would love to share his story. We are proud of him too!
You are so welcome for the info. We are here anytime. Stay strong. I know you can do it.
22 February 2013
Yes indeedy! Bogart IS a fighter! A true Rockstar Warrior Tripawd!
For now, even though it’s hard, try not to jump ahead. As Jerry as pointed out, should the lump be more than just a lump, there ARE options. And as Ti a poi ted out, Warrior dogs like Bogart and her Manni know how to love lofe to the fullest no matter what the hurdles.
Bogart is such a Goodwill Ambassador for showing the world Tripawds can thrive on three and have a zest for life that makes them unstoppable!
UES! Bogart and all his accomplishments need to be featured on Tripawd Tuesday! Lpve that he is such a pro at Agility! I know he is inspiring more people than you could ever know. He sure inspires us!
And that pocture of Bogart owning g his chair….priceless! I just love him!😘
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!