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Introduction, possible osteosarcoma
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Hi all. As my username says, I have 3 dogs, all northern breed/GSD mixes.

My girl is my heart. The only one I have had since she was a little puppy. She turned 8 in March.

She has a history of bad hips, on adequan, golden paste, glucosamine. Has had acupuncture and laser for it in the past. They have been bad for a long time, it’s not new. All of my dogs are fed a raw diet, and aside from her hips have had excellent health.

She started limping in the front last week, it got worse over the weekend. We ended up at the E vet on Sunday, she was sedated and lots of X-rays were done. The E vet pointed out a possible bone spur on her left shoulder, and sent the films to a radiologist. The sent us home with carprofen 75 mg twice daily, which seems to be helping.

My world changed Monday afternoon. Another vet at the emergency clinic called me. All I remember hearing was right foot, cancer, additional testing, follow up with primary vet. I immediately called our primary vet, who is amazing.

On Tuesday, I dropped the drive with the films off at our vet, and was able to speak with her. We talked about next steps, and she mentioned that metatarsals are an unusual place for a dog to get osteosarcoma, so a further workup is indicated.

She has an appointment this afternoon for a battery of blood tests. Next wednesday I drop her off fasting early morning for further xrays, fine needle aspiration, etc. Then we go from there. 

My heart is breaking. I know she is uncomfortable, and in pain at times. We are doing leash walks for bathroom breaks only, which is hard, because in the cool of the morning and evening, she really enjoys to be outside.

I tried using the search feature, but couldn’t find an exact match. Does anyone have any experience with a dog having a bone tumor in one of their front foot bones/metatarsal?

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my3dogs said
I tried using the search feature, but couldn’t find an exact match…

Exact match for what?

Search results for ‘metatarsal’ (10)

Osteosarcoma most commonly presents away from the elbows or toward the knees, so the location is not that unusual. Regardless, an aspirate would be a wise next step. For best results, consider consulting with a board certified veterinary oncologist.

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Just want to send you all the best wishes  in the world for a good outcome for your girl.  What’s  her name?

Glad you are getting additional  work up done to see what’s going on so you can develop a plan. 

And I know this sounds scary to you, but IF….IF……an amputation  is neede, we’ve  seen dogs do very well even with hip issues, arthritis,  etc.  

Aounds like you’re  doing a good job of managing her pain and monitoring  jer activity .  If the Rimadyl  isn’t  sufficient,  ask about adding Tramadol or Gabapentin  to the mix.

Keep us posted, okay?  We’re  right here by your side,,okay?


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welcome! Even though no one really wants to be welcomed to this club 🙁

Our boy has so-so hips and had a front leg amputated a week ago. he’s doing well do far.

We did an aspirate and it came back in-conclusive, just blood. So talk to the vets to see what the end treatment would be, whether its cancer or not. Even a benign mass causing pain might require that part of the paw be removed, if the mass just can’t be.

Also, if they do just remove part of the paw she could probably get a cool fake leg since there would be a stub.

Can you see any noticeable lump?

I would try to get in with an oncologist asap. What x rays are they doing next week that they didn”t do already?

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