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28 March 2017
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1 May 2017 - 9:36 pm
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My four year old lab was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a little over a month ago.   We read that younger dogs actually can have a worse prognosis.  Has anyone had a young dog make it over a year after amputation and chemo? 

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1 May 2017 - 9:55 pm
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Hi and welcome. I'm in the Tripawds Chat room right now if you want to talk. 

To answer your question, YES we have had many members beat those osteosarcoma odds at a young age. There are lots in our Tripawds Member blogs, and right now the first one who comes to mind is Bart the Vizsla. Of course there are many more but it's the end of the day and I'm kinda brain farting 😉 Scroll through the blogs directory, do a search for "young dog" or something to that effect and you'll come across their stories.

I know the prognosis is depressing no matter what the age of the dog, but try not to focus on that right now. All animals are different. That study doesn't factor in YOUR dog and his/her specific health history. We have seen many animals throw cancer a curveball and defy those prognoses. It doesn't always work that way, but it certainly can and that's what you need to keep in your heart as you start this journey.

In the meantime, tell us more about your pup! Boy? Girl? Have you had amputation done yet? Do tell, we'd love to be a place for you to lean on. 

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Thank you!   Yes, we have had the amputation done on our sweet girl, Daisy.  She has had one chemo round as well - which fortunately she sailed through.   The amputation was rough on all of us, so we are incredibly grateful that the first chemo went well.  Hoping she beats the odds...I will be ecstatic if she makes it one year.

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5 May 2017 - 10:57 am
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My friend has a husky that was actually about 5 1/2 when she was diagnosed. She is doing great and passed the one year. I think getting ahead of it will really help!

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5 May 2017 - 12:03 pm
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Best of luck to you and Daisy! My thoughts are with you


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8 May 2017 - 11:55 pm
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Remember, Daisy doesn't care about days on a calendar and certainly doesn't have a timeframe on her butt!

Daisy lives in the moment and to Daisy, every moment with you is a lifetime!!

Just make every moment count! Love in the NOW with no worries about the tomorrows!

Glad to hear Daisy is doing well. It's still early in recovery and it srill gets bettrr and better! 🙂

We would love to see some pictures!


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!

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