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Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor
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22 May 2022 - 3:43 pm
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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

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23 May 2022 - 11:09 am
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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!

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Thanks for your reply. We won't know the type and actual location of the tumor until he has the MRI just before surgery. I'll be sure to read the other forums and articles you suggest. This group is amazing and just the support group I need. 


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23 May 2022 - 5:55 pm
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You're  doing a ,good job of research  and focusing  on what's  best for ,Arlo.

And we've had many dogs far"mature" than Arlo.  So as long as the Bet says he's a good candidate (and it certainly 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!


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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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