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We're new here and this group is amazing! My 11 year old beagle/basset Arlo has been diagnosed with Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor. He's scheduled for amputation June 3. For an 11 year old gentleman, he's a pretty healthy, happy guy. Prior to surgery the they will do an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. I'm told he should tolerate this trauma well and considering he hasn't been using the leg for over a month, he won't miss it. I've been assured his pain will be controlled with Nocita and a Fentanyl Patch. All stitches will be inside. Reading your success stories for senior dogs has given me peace about my decision. He has only shown slight pain occasionally but without surgery, I'm afraid it will worsen. I want what's best for my boy. Thank you so very much for sharing.
Kathy and Arlo
25 April 2007
Hi Kathy and Arlo, we are so glad you found us but sorry you had to! Sounds like Arlo is a great candidate for surgery, that's awesome. Is amputation curative for the tumor he has? Paws crossed that it will.
We are here for you anytime you have questions. Be sure to check out our Size and Age Matters Forum for stories about senior dogs, and visit our What to Expect articles and Jerry's Required Reading List too. Keep us posted!
22 February 2013
You're doing a ,good job of research and focusing on what's best for ,Arlo.
And we've had many dogs far more..er...."mature" than Arlo. So as long as the Bet says he's a good candidate (and it certainly sounds.like he is) agree makes no difference!!!
And yes, it's major surgery and no picnic for first week or two. It truly is more traumatic for the hooman than the dog. Arlo is already adapting to three and it sou ds like you do indeed, understand the pain will only get worse without the surgery. Amputation will remove the pain and give Arlo extended quality time pain free full of loving and spoiling and snuggling with you!!!
Stay connected and let us know if you jave any questions, o,ay? We're here for you!
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!