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Newly diagnosed bone tumor, considering amputation.
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Denise Cmar said
My dog Benny was just diagnosed… 

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Hi guys, 

Just a little update on Doris. I called the surgeon’s office to see if there is a cancellation list we could be put on. They offered us an apt for this Friday but it was with a different surgeon. After talking with my vet we decided that we’re going to wait for the apt on the 17th with the surgeon that my vet is familiar with. Hopefully that is the right thing to do. On a more positive note, Doris slept much better last night. We upped her dose of gabapentin from 1mL to 1.5mL. It didn’t seem to help the first couple of days. Last night I gave it to her at 8:30pm instead of with her dinner and it really seemed to help her stay comfortable while sleeping. So we’ll see how it goes tonight. She is still happy and hungry and really enjoying her walks in her stroller! 🙂

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I am sorry to hear that you have to wait for the surgery, I know that waiting for the surgeon’s schedule was difficult for us too.  I will say that we were told that using the surgeon that we did use would be worth the wait.  He is one of the best in the area and so we waited as patiently as we could.  I am glad that you have found a change in medication is making Doris feel better and sleep better! I know that this process is really scary.  My dog Lucky had his rear leg amputated for osteosarcoma in December and just had his second chemotherapy session.  He is doing great and is back to living the life he loves.  He is even chasing tennis balls again which I really never thought he would be able to do.  This group is amazing! There is such a wealth of knowledge here and always someone who can answer your questions or listen to your concerns. I have been oh so grateful for this group!  I wish you the best!  Please keep us updated on Doris’ progress!

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Hey everyone,

Just wanted to give you all an update on Doris. She hasn’t been doing great the past week or so. She seems less happy, maybe somewhat depressed. I think the pain is getting to her. She hasn’t been weight bearing on her leg for a couple weeks. She’s having trouble sleeping the second half of the night so we have upped her nightly dose of gabapentin again. She’s reluctant to eat breakfast but willingly eats when I hand feed her. She’s more lethargic and just not her happy self like she usually is. We had our consult with the surgeon yesterday and it went really well! We scheduled her amputation for march 9th. We went thru all the risks, pros, cons, recovery, and questions we had with the surgeon. The main concern of theirs is the stress on her heart since she does have degenerative valvular disease. The anesthesiologist, cardiologist and surgeon are all going to be working closely together to give this the best shot. The surgeon is also very familiar with our regular vet and our cardiologist, she used to work with both of them. We feel comfortable with the team they’ve put together and are hopeful! Everyone believes that this is the right move, especially since she’s already getting around as a tripod anyways. We also discussed the option of chemo after recovery, I still need to research that. Our initial thought was against that though but like I said I don’t know enough about it yet. We’re still going to go to PT until the surgery, the vets think its a good idea even if just for her mental fulfillment. She’s loving her walks in her stroller so we get out as often as possible. We’re just staying positive and trying to keep her happy and comfortable for the next 3 weeks. I wish we didn’t have to wait so long but that’s just how it is. Some people in our life aren’t as supportive and it’s difficult to have to deal with that. But we’re staying positive and taking it one day at a time! Hope everyone has been well!!!


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Awww, sorry the pain is getting harder to control.  Bummer that they can’t  get her in sooner.  Hopi g they have you on a cancellation  list.

Uoj arr soing what’s best for Doris to get her out of pain so she can be Doris again!  You’ve  spoken  with professionals,  you’ve  done your research.  Those who question your decision have done neither, so it’s understandable that they are not very supportive.   You are also at a point with Doris that the pain and her attitude  are interfer woth jer quality.  You know her best❤

Just leep rhings chunked  fown for now.   You can decide  on chemo later.  No right or wrong decision regarding that!

Stay connected  and update as you can.  And smooch sweet Doris for us!  Love her name!❤


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Hey thank you for the update, I’m glad you returned. Her vet team sounds like they will give her every chance in the world for smooth sailing and recovery. We will keep our paws crossed that she can get in sooner though, that sounds like a lot of pain. Let your vet know if her pain signals become more frequent, they may be able to provide stronger drugs before surgery day.

We also discussed the option of chemo after recovery, I still need to research that. Our initial thought was against that though but like I said I don’t know enough about it yet. 

You’ve had so much to think about, it’s no wonder. Here are some Questions to Ask Your Oncologist should you decide to meet with one. 

Keep us posted on how things are going and give her some smooches from us! 

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