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Daisy My Bull mastiff Bone cancer amputee
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26 September 2012 - 2:28 pm
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Hello Dear All

Today My Daisy had her front left leg amputated.Its been along day waiting to hear how things went.

Shes now in receovery and resting  and will now know tomorrow.

She has  had TPLO two weeks ago on her right hind leg and last year TPLO on her left hind leg .

We agreed to amputation as the other option was say goodbye and let her go.

By doing the amputaion we were told she would be pain free and after a course of Chemotherapy we may get a year. I pray we get the longest time possible.

It was one of the hardest decisions ever and time was of the essence as it is a very aggressive cancer.

The post op exzamination of the bone showed it had actually started breaking through her bone at the rear and fortunately timing was critical by the looks of the damage that had started to occur.

Our only concern is her back legs hold stable for her and she can build up her strength to cope with the loss of of her front.

I have watched many videos and its a huge surgery and not pretty but if it keeps her pain free and we will keep her quality of life as best as possible. A year is if we are lucky but maybe after all she has gone through God might step in and help and give her some more days..

I am not one of these people who are used to laying their emotions out for the world to see but having found this great site recommended by my vet I feel I can. Updates to follow soon .

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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26 September 2012 - 3:25 pm
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Welcome to the group no one ever WANTS to join.  Poor Daisy has a lot going on with those legs!  I know you are concerned about the hind leg because of the surgery, but a front amputee really puts the majority of the stress on the one remaining front leg.

Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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26 September 2012 - 4:33 pm
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Ditto! No-one ever wants to join this group but thank God it is here.

Please keep us updated and we will help where we can.

Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

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26 September 2012 - 7:13 pm
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Glad to hear Daisy is out of surgery and on the road to recovery.  I hope she has an uneventful recovery.  Please keep updating on her progress!

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27 September 2012 - 10:30 am
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Surgery day is so long! Glad to hear she is out of surgery. Sorry you had to find us here.

It is a very scary disease and geting the Dx and the surgery can be very overwhelming. Try to not focus too much on how much time you will get with her. Focus on making whatever time it is the best time ever. You'll see your bond with her now will be even greater than before. There can still be wonderful times ahead for you and your girl.

Hang in thre and keep us posted!
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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27 September 2012 - 11:39 am
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Hi DeeCee and pup, welcome! I'm sorry you are going through the amputation journey but we will be here to answer any questions and help you through the hardest parts. We've had a large number of Mastiffs here who have done great on three legs, and we have our paws crossed that Daisy has a long, healthy life ahead of her as well!

Please thank your vet for referring us to you. We are more than happy to send them some business cards if you want to pass along their contact information. 

P.S. Consider registering as a member so that your future posts won't require moderation. We're anxious to hear how Daisy is doing and cant' wait to see some photos of her.

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27 September 2012 - 3:33 pm
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Hi DeeCee and Daisy!


My 9 year old pitbull had her back right leg amputated a month ago due to aggressive bone cancer. I was devastated and only thought the worst.


As of today, she is doing Wonderful!! She's back to her old self...running, playing and even swimming! =)


A month ago, the cancer had not spread, and amputating the leg was our only option for her. She was on meds for 2 weeks, but is now pain free and happy! After research and discussions with other cancer moms,  We have chosen not to do the chemo. It was a very hard decision and it's something you have to really do on your own. I chose not to do it bc of the possibilities of her being sick her last few months.


With prayers and hope and a happy dog (right now)....we're wishing for the best! I wish you all the luck!! It's a tough thing...but she will be better after surgery! All you can do is love her the Best!!!


Think Positive and Be Strong!!

Nina and Grace

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27 September 2012 - 8:24 pm
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My English Mastiff Tazzie had her RF leg amputated due to bone cancer and also had both of her stifles operated on prior for ACL rupture (although she did not have TPLOs done).  She weighed 185 pounds post-op and ended up having 14 more happy months with us.  She got around just fine but she did tire easily and we had to keep walks short.


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28 September 2012 - 5:54 am
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My Beamer just had his Surgery on 9-25. So i am a day ahead of you. I just wanted to say day 2 felt like the worst day of our lives.  I was having regret and i pretty much cried all day yesterday. All the moms and pops on this site helped me so much yesterday. Already this morning Beamer has shown me that things are going to look up.  I know we still have a long ways to go but he has shown me "we are getting better".

wishing you the best of recoveries,



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