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Catahoula scheduled for hemipelvectomy (and radiation )
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11 May 2019 - 12:49 pm
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my catahoula bitch (huckleberry hound) is having a hemipelvectomy followed by radiation May 20

It all started about 6 weeks ago with her not putting her rear leg down right.  Straight to the vet, they couldn’t find anything so we made an appointment for xrays, and bloodwork was drawn.  Xrays legs, hips, spine all clear. So we were referred to an orthopedic specialist that vet couldn’t find anything so we were referred to neurologist.  Neurologist did an MRI and found a tumor in her rear we were sent to both an oncologist and a surgeon.  So we had to then have a CT guided biopsy, which was coordinated by three specialists 

while all this was occurring she was losing major muscle mass in her right rear leg 

biopsy and cytology came back mid week and it’s a grade 2 soft tissue sarcoma (unable to tell if its spindle cell or nerve sheath tumor) but her bone is also affected. But they cant tell if it’s due to compression from the tumor or if there is cancer there to

her lungs are clear and internal organs look good.  I was told I was very observant (I was a vet tech for 13 years,) but I am also a scientist so I guess that paid off.  Bc the surgeon and oncologist said the often find these when it’s too late

so we have her scheduled on May 20th for a hemipelvectomy as they can’t just remove the tumor bc they won’t get clear margins

She’s 8 years old. She’s been an athlete her whole life so they think she will do well. Her weight is really good (keeping all my dogs well muscles and fit has always been important to me )

when I was a tech I helped with amputations but never a hemipelvectomy…  

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Welcome and best wishes for your girl! What’s her name?

We’ll check back in when not on the phone. Others are sure to chime in soon. In the mean time, start here for help finding the many other Tripawds resources.

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Yes indeedy, good for you for being such a heads-up advocate for your Huckleberry!  Many would not have continued  searching for the cause like you  have  after her first set of xrays, etc were all clear. 

Here’s link link to a great dog named Elder  who had a hemipelvectomy.  I think you’ll feel quite encouraged  about how well he did.  Recovery  is no picnic at first and adequate  pain management   is important.   But with your background  this recovery phase may not be as “unsettling”  to you as it is to most of us.


It does sound like she is a good candidate.  Being fit, good weight  and athletic  are all great traits for her to have to help her be a RockStar Tripawd!!

Let us know any questions you may have, okay?  We’ll be cheering for Huckleberry,  so keep us posted.


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Hey welcome, sorry you found yourself here. But the vets are right, Catahoula’s are a tough, sporty breed and my guess is your Huckleberry (is that her name?) has the spark to get through recovery without a hitch. What kind of activities does she like to do? 

A hemipelvectomy sounds scary but many of our members have gone through it without any issues. Your being a vet tech is a huge plus for her! Lucky girl. And as tough as it will be to watch your own dog go through this recovery, you will still be amazed by her resiliency.

Keep us posted on how things are going!

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Thanks everyone!  

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