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Carly the Bullmastiff
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Carly on her hill

It was suggested that I introduce Carly on this forum, with her being a 6 1/2 year old giant breed Bullmastiff who has recently undergone amputation of her front right leg due to osteosarcoma. She has bounced back rather well, and has started chemo therapy Carboplatin. She has only had one dose so far, but has tolerated it well.  They have suggested that Carly lose some weight as she is a big girl. Approximately 136 pounds now.  The determination that she has had since recovering is something I envy! She’s a beautiful brave girl and I love her like my child! 

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Welcome and thanks for sharing Carly’s story! Sounds like she’s doing great. We look forward to following her progress.

Search these forums for mastiff and you’ll find lots of feedback from others.

Keeping the weight down is important, especially for big dogs. But we have also had members share stories of much bigger dogs. Just check out English Mastiff Tazzie, who weighed in at 225.

You will find lots of diet tips in the Tripawds Nutrition blog and more information about exercise and keeping tripawds fit and trim in Loving Life On Three Legs .

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Welcome to you and sweet Carly,

Sorry for you having to deal with the ugly c with Carly, but you have definitely found the best place to be. Very glad she is doing well with her chemo, most do fine, just an occasional bump once in awhile in some. My own sweet angel Lab girl Polly also lost her front right leg but to another type cancer, hemangiosarcoma.

And Admin is right about many giant breeds here, and one wonderful alumni Bullmastiff that I can think of off the top of my head here was Happy Hannah. I am certain her mom will be along to tell you all about her and that she was a “chunky” girl too….. 😘 Many great success stories here, and we all feel the same about our beloved Tripawds, so much love for them and definitely just like our kids…..

Best wishes to you and Carly, and keep us updated on her when you get the chance….

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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Yep, my beloved Happy Hannah was I deed “fluffy”, “chunky”, “Rubenesque womanly figure”, “plus size model”…okay, maybe just a tad “fat”!

I’m really not the role model to look to when it comes to keeping dogs lean!

I noticed on the lost you made under “nutrition”, you mentioned Carly tires easily. That is very, very normal this early in and especially with front leggers. So don’t feel like it’s just about her weight right now. It takes a lot of effort to walk on three legs, especially right after surgery. My Hap p y Hannah would take tummy rubs in the sunshine anyday over walks!

I know trying to figure out calpric intake while making sure our dogs are getting proper nutrition is really hard! Some of these “charts” are just so “general”. Carly is a big breed dog…she is a big Bull Mastiff and none of that is really taken into consideration on so e of these “plans”.

Anyway, it sounds like you are really on the right path by giving her several meals a day. Perhaps you can help her feel less hungry by feeding her low calorie things (green beans, shredded cooked carrots with perhaps a squirt of olive oil, maybe a bowl of blueberries or some apples..take the seeds out first though, etc) to help make her tummy full. I think yiur vet mentioned cutting her back to 1,600 calories. Maybe that could be the goal but you coukd start off a little higher first just to give her tummy a chance to shrink.

Keep posting pictures when you can! Love seeing that girl!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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bcullom said
Welcome to you and sweet Carly,

Sorry for you having to deal with the ugly c with Carly, but you have definitely found the best place to be. Very glad she is doing well with her chemo, most do fine, just an occasional bump once in awhile in some. My own sweet angel Lab girl Polly also lost her front right leg but to another type cancer, hemangiosarcoma.

And Admin is right about many giant breeds here, and one wonderful alumni Bullmastiff that I can think of off the top of my head here was Happy Hannah. I am certain her mom will be along to tell you all about her and that she was a “chunky” girl too….. 😘 Many great success stories here, and we all feel the same about our beloved Tripawds, so much love for them and definitely just like our kids…..

Best wishes to you and Carly, and keep us updated on her when you get the chance….

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

Hello there, my dog Koos, also a bullmastiff, has hemangiosarcoma in his leg. His leg (back right leg) will be amputated this Monday. Do you have any tips for me? How long does your dog live with this type of cancer? Did you chemo? Thanks a lot,

Babiche

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koos2008 said
Do you have any tips for me?

Welcome Babiche! Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

Please consider searching these forums above and starting a new topic so others can provide you with direct feedback. Be sure to bookmark Jerry’s Required Reading List for links to LOTS of helpful tips. You can search all blogs here , and if you need help getting around this site start here.

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