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13 yr old husky, soft tissue sarcoma, need advice
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Hi there,

My 13 yr old husky was just diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, it's on her front "wrist" and can't be removed with  clear margins and only option is to amputate. We did the bloodwork and xrays, nothing was found to have spread with the xrays,  but her blood work was found to be on the borderline of beginning stage kidney disease and she is anemic, because of the cancer. Our vet because of those reasons is highly advising us against amputating and just keep her comfortable and gave her 3-8 mths, she had said that with the anemia, it could speed up the process.of loosing her and she might not recover well. Before the cancer, she was a very energetic, happy go lucky dog, she hikes, swims, climbs, plays and goes camping with us. She has slowed down a little bit, I'm figuring because of the pain or issues from the cancer. We are still leaning towards amputation, we're not looking to have her live 100 more yrs, but we want her to be happy and comfortable and live the rest of her life on her terms. She has always been adaptable to change. I'm just torn, I don't want to amputate and have her deteriorate faster and lose her, but I don't want to do nothing and lose her happy personality till the cancer eventually takes her. Has anyone had a similar situation with a senior dog being anemic and still recovering well? sp_hearticon2

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24 March 2022 - 8:45 pm
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Tabitha, thanks for joining. I'm in the Tripawds Chat for a bit if you want to stop by.

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Hi and welcome. Your future posts won't need approval so post away. What's your pup's name? 

Is your dog's vet an oncologist? This is the kind of situation where a visit with a specialist can give more precise insight about what the odds are for a successful recovery. Huskies are really, really strong dogs (just check out Calpurnia's story!). Most do really great on three, even senior dogs. The anemia issue is concerning though, and as these Forums search results show, it's not uncommon but it's not always great either unfortunately. 

Is she on any pain control? I hope she is! But if so, could that be causing the anemia? Just throwing that out there. 

Even if amputation is off the table, a procedure called electrochemotherapy can be really helpful to reduce and even eliminate soft tissue sarcomas, even without surgery. And intralesional chemotherapy can also work for many dogs too. Both are very good options for many dogs when amputation isn't a good idea. 

I hope this helps. Please stay tuned for more feedback from others, and let me know if you would like any names of vet oncologists near you. We are here for you and your pup!

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