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25 July 2017 - 3:51 pm
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What a whirlwind! My 9 year old Rottweiler broke her leg running to get in the SUV and X-rays showed osteosarcoma tumor.  Left rear leg amputated.  Next day, spontaneous bladder rupture led to 40% of bladder removed.  She 2 weeks out of surgery and home.  We go back to Texas A&M Vet hospital (a phenomenal place) next week to hopefully start chemotherapy.  I understand this awful disease has no cure.  We want to keep our big girl comfortable as long as possible.

What advise do you have to help me get prepared for her once we return home following the chemotheraphy?  The hospital is about 3 hours away, so the drive is something to deal with. 

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Hi Jesh and family. Sorry about the diagnosis, what a scary way to find out! And what an ordeal during the recovery, yikes! I think that's a first here.

But yep, she is in GREAT care with the Aggies, we totally agree 🙂 You'll be working with some the finest oncologists in the country, I have no doubt they'll look after your pup like she was their own.

Here's a blog post that will help:

Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist

Stay tuned for more feedback from others.

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Every dog is different, but Nellie tolerated carboplatin very well with zero (really zero) side effects. 6 rounds and no real side effects.

Good luck on the journey, both the long drive and in general with osteo.

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2 August 2017 - 6:27 pm
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Here is another popular topic with many members providing feedback about chemotherapy.

And a video we made about the chemo administration procedure, with lots of helpful info from the oncologist.

While you wait for comments from others, use the Advanced Search above to refine your forum search results with specific phrases, and you're sure to find more helpful feedback. You can also search all blogs here .

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Sorry you are dealing with sooo many challe gex!!  Geez!   Sounds like  yiur Rottie is in good hands though.

What's yiur Rottie's name?

As Nellie said, every dog is different.  My Happy Hannah also sailed through four rounds of Carboplatin with no issues.  Many digs di experience some nausea and loss of appetite for a couple of days.  Your Onco will give you Cerenia for the nausea.   Some dogs have a bit of diarrhea.   Even IF yiur pup has a really bad reaction (does happen sometimes but not to often), you can always stop and the symptoms usually disappear.

Good luck...And let us know hownthings are going.  Cheering for your Rottie!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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!

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