Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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I just left the vet about 3 hrs ago with our 11 yr old beagle / walker who had been limping, the second vet i'd been 2 in two weeks. Our local vet said it was arthritis gave her some meds but no improvement. something didin't seem quite right so went for a second opinion this morning. vet saw what she thinks is an osteosarcoma on her leg. I haven't been able to stop crying since she told me that. We are set up to get a biopsy wed morning in Bham. Any thoughts of encouragement and prayers appreciated and info about what were about to go through.
We are so sorry to hear the news, and hope you are finding some comfort through the awesome advice my Tripawd friends have here.
Yes, it's an awful shock. When I was diagnosed, we went through the very same thing. Arthritis pills, etc., until a third opinion at UC Davis vet school finally confirmed that I got this awful cancer. Vets always give the worst case scenario, and that certainly doesn't help us feel better. Mom and Dad were heartbroken, they say it felt like their world was falling apart.
But that was almost two years ago!
Let the tears fall, it's only human. But then try to remember that there is definitely hope for an awesome quality of life on three legs. Mom and Dad like to say that it's all about quality, not quantity, so even though an amputation won't keep the cancer from eventually returning, what it will do is give you extra time to love and care for your baby (and spoil her rotten!).
We hope that you find lots of good information here in our website, and of course, the forums are also a great place full of hope and encouragement from others who have been through this.
Hang in there. We are thinking of you both and sending many loving, healing thoughts your way. Keep us posted.