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Newly diagnosed with osteosarcoma and need advice
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21 July 2010 - 10:04 am
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guess the photo didn’t work – one more question – Chance is struggling more with the stairs due to his leg.  Do you think the harness would help relieve some of the pain on his leg?  If I used it to help him navigate the stairs and hop in my car when he wants to go on rides? Right now I don’t bring him as many places now because I can’t imagine the jumping is good for the leg, though he was thrilled today to hop in the car and did not show any visible pain when loading and unloading…

Chance, our 9.5 year old Rottie/Shepherd mix was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his left front shoulder.  In July of 2010, we planned to proceed with the amputation, but lung mets were discovered.  Chance reached the Rainbow Bridge October 1, 2010, just a few weeks after his 10th birthday.

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21 July 2010 - 10:14 am
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chancemom5 said:

… thank you to everyone who has shared so much on this site and to the founders for creating this site. 

Thanks for the kind words, but it is the support of this community that makes it the valuable resource it has become. Not sure what was wrong with your embedded photo at first, but we fixed it. Chance is beautiful.

You might want to consider asking your vet about Bisphosphonates, an alternative to amputation. If you’re anywhere near Santa Fe, the Vet Cancer Care clinic there has a clinical trial available for Zoledronate (see previous video link).

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chancemom5 said:

guess the photo didn’t work … Do you think the harness would help…

We fixed the photo for you. The Ruff Wear harness will certainly help you take some of the weight off Chance’s weakening leg. It will not “relieve pain” on it’s own, but it will help you avoid a break by lessening impact when getting out of the car or going down stairs.

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21 July 2010 - 10:26 am
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I use the harness just for car rides and stairs. I use it to lessen the strain from the impact, so going down stairs (because he tries to jump the last one) and going in and out of the car (we are using a ramp, so it is more for control, because he doesn’t care for the ramp and the ramp is not wide. He falls off the sides a lot, so holding the harness, I’m able to catch him and mitigate harm).

Charlie rarely showed pain when we were out due to excitement. Once at home, that’s where we’d see the pain. Still, he hobbles around the house right now, but if we are about to go or when he is out, it’s full speed, not a care in the world, no pain, dog. laughing

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