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Petting your dog or cat could actually save his or her life
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2 April 2013 - 2:44 pm
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I wanted to share this article and website I came across.  Many of our pets on here presented with a limp, however, petting in our case did actually save Jill's life!  That is how I discovered the met in her leg from Osteosarcoma.   The second link I think is particularly helpful, it gives a great step-by-step guide on how to check for scary lumps and bumps and gives a body map for you to record findings on your furry one!





Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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2 April 2013 - 4:43 pm
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Thanks for sharing Erica.  I always try to check Sassy over really good once a month on the 1st Friday of the month.  Then of course the usual petting I do I check them over :)




Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."


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2 April 2013 - 4:57 pm
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Good stuff---thanks Jill

Sally nd Happy Hannah

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!

2 April 2013 - 5:35 pm
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Thanks for the reminder Erica.  I check the pugs regularly because Spirit Maggie and Tani both had/have recurring cutaneous mast cell tumors.

Also, in Spirit Galye and Spirit Maggie's memory I would emphasize checking the mouth and gums.  Both survived their amp cancer and were lost to oral melanoma.



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4 April 2013 - 7:52 am
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This is so very true.  When I found Cadence's first mast cell tumor, I found it when I was just petting her.  I thought it was just a fatty tissue growth, but took her to the vet just in case.  Thankfully, we caught it in time.

After that, I was searching her like a mad woman.  I felt like I was one of those Momma monkey's at the zoo, that picks all the stuff off their babies.  But, because of that, I was able to find each and every one of her mast cell tumors.  

Helpful hint.....when you find something suspicious, if you can, circle the spot with a marker.  I remember one time finding something, and when I went to the vet to show them, I could not find it.  After that, I marked the spot.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera

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