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Whether or not to amputate my 12 year old dogs leg!
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 June 2010 - 9:52 pm
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Keep us updated, okay? 

Best wishes!

 

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

mandiandherdogbrandi
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20 June 2010 - 10:32 am
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I will definetly keep in touch once I get the biopsy relsults backs.

 

mandiandherdogbrandi
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28 June 2010 - 1:22 am
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I got the biopsy results back on Friday, she said that the cancer is low grade. They narrowed it down to 2 types of cancers, hemangiopericytoma and fibrosarcoma, said that they 2 can overlap sometimes. So thats good news its a low grade cancer. I have asked my vet serval times before what she would do if it were her dog and she always kinda just seemed neutral and didnt have an answer. But when she called with the results she told me if it were her dog she wouldnt choose to amputate. Maybe she didnt wanna give advice till we knew exactly what we were dealing with. She said that it would take Brandi a long time to adapt after surgery and she wouldnt have a good quality of life after. So after a lot of thinking we decided to try to remove the tumor instead of amputating. I hope its the right choice. She goes in for surgery tomorrow morning. Please everyone think postive thoughts for Brandi, even though we arent amputating its still a very tricky surgery and very scary.

 

Also the punk show fundraiser last night went awesome!! We raised $550 for her surgery, $350 in cover charge and $200 in dontations!!!

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28 June 2010 - 3:47 am
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If removing the tumor is a viable option, this would seem to be a great choice.  One most of us do not have.  I have a friend whose dog had a low grade tumor (can't recall what type) and she elected to do radiation.  The treatments were grueling, and the sore was a long time healing, but Indy is doing great.   

Good thoughts coming your way for the surgery and recovery.  Keep us posted even though it isn't an amputation.  I'm sure there are folks here (like myself) who are interested in the recovery and ongoing treatment.

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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28 June 2010 - 11:34 am
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Hey that's fantastic! Yeay! Ohhh so many of us wish we got that kind of diagnosis. Lucky DAWG!

Well we will definitely be thinking pawsitive for Brandi, we hope everything goes great. Keep us posted OK?

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28 June 2010 - 1:38 pm
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Mandi and Brandi ... this is great news !!

We're not kicking you out of the Tripawds community because your dog doesn't need her leg amputated ... although CometDog DID say that the membership fee WAS one leg....winker

Best of luck with the surgery ! Sending you lots of pawsitive thoughts and prayers. 

Tana and Sophie

 

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

"Going Dog" def: living every day in the moment

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."

–Unknown

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28 June 2010 - 9:33 pm
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Good luck with the surgery!  We didn't have that choice.  We are a non-discreminatory community...four legs is a good thing!  Prayers for you tomorrow.

Pat & Spirit Ruthie

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28 June 2010 - 9:55 pm
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I think this is wonderful news as far as cancer goes!  Heck no!  We don't want you to leave - keep up updated!

Wishing you all the best!

 

 

 

Sorry, I meant to write the 1 leg membership fee is optional.  I'm going to start inviting people over that don't even have dogs!little-devil

  

 

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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28 June 2010 - 11:08 pm
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Thank you all for your thoughts and concern!! Brandi's surgery went good this morning. She had to stay overnight which breaks my heart but atleast she made it through the surgery. I get to pick her up at 10am tomorrow.The vet said her heartbeat was good through the whole surgery. They did have to take a lot of skin off her arm, took some from the shoulder. Since most the skin was taken, when sewing her back up there was so much tension in the skin the vet warned me, not to be alarmed but there are tiny 3mm cuts all along her legs to relieve some of the tension. She has drainage tubes right now and has to go back Friday to get them removed. Her activity is restricted for a week. She is only allowed to go pee on a leash and come back inside. We managed to get the in laws to watch our other dog for the night so Brandi can rest. Im not sure what to expect tomorrow but im so excited to get my dog back and have most of the stress gone.

 

All of you guys have helped me so much through this horrible events and I dont think I could of stayed as strong without your support and stories!! Thank you guys soooo much!! I will keep you updated once I get Brandi back on how she is doing

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29 June 2010 - 3:07 am
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So happy Brandi had a succesful surgery.  She'll be her own bouncy self in no time.  Make her get plenty of rest until the surgery site heals completely - and you get some rest yourself.  You've had some pretty sizable stress.

Keep us updated!

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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3 July 2010 - 6:42 pm
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Lol you were exactly right. The day I brought Brandi home she was running around, trying to jump on the couch and didnt act like she just had major surgery. She has a massive incision, 4 drainage tubes that she just got removed yesterday. She is doing really good, other then the fact that she is too active so it will slow the healing process. She was very clingy for the first few days, I think the overnight stay at the vet was traumatic and we have our other dog at the inlaws since the surgery on Monday and I can tell Brandi is loving all the extra attention and being the only dog of the house. Her leg is looking really swollen today down at the paw not by the elbow where her incision is. Im thinking it might be cause the drainage tubes are out. Brandi is such an insipiration , she is to tough

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17 July 2010 - 4:24 pm
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For most it's really about cost sadly.  I just picked up Foxy who was my Grandmother's dog.  My Grandmother died a few weeks ago and no one wanted the 'cute' three-legged dog.  She had four dogs.  Spent a lot on keeping them healthy.

I talked to the vet's staff a lot about taking this dog on.  She is estimated to be born in 1999.  She had her amputation last year, 10/02/2009.  They all loved her too.  They begged me to at least bring her by one last time.  I was doing a 12 hour car trip to get her and bring her back home.

She's a great dog.  I am sure my Grandmother spent a way into 5 figures on her during her life.  I just couldn't let her be put to sleep after all that. 

Unfortunately for her my other dog is not yet 2 year old Australian Cattle Dog/Lab mix.  Polar opposites.  They are adapting to each other though and that's great.

Unfortunately as well this comes down to finances even for a suffering family member.   I'd never recommend it if quality of life would still suffer.  I don't think animals understand the fight their owners go through at times when they are just looking to leave and go out of this life.

I don't know how much longer Foxy will live.  She is small (a little bit overweight 23 lbs) and her breed make up on first glance shows she may go another 5+ years.  If I can just enjoy her company and she mine even if less than a year it's worth it to me.

Foxy | Golden Ret./Corgi Mix | Born on Date ~1999 | Tripawd mode – 10/02/2009 | RIP - 03/05/2012

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17 July 2010 - 4:34 pm
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Alkemyst, what a saint you are for adopting Foxy. Thank you so much for giving a sweet dog a chance at a good life as a senior dog. Thanks for sharing your experience here.

Please consider registering so that your posts will appear immediately. Just click on the big yellow button above. And start a new topic about Foxy so we can hear more about her. She sounds really sweet.

Hugs coming your way!

p.s. It's really weird that you came here today because just this morning I was thinking of that book, "The Alchemist"!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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17 July 2010 - 4:48 pm
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thanks...hopefully I have registered now.  I have added a few posts and profile updates.

 

Foxy | Golden Ret./Corgi Mix | Born on Date ~1999 | Tripawd mode – 10/02/2009 | RIP - 03/05/2012

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17 January 2017 - 12:03 pm
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Mandi, 

What did you guys end up doing for Brandi?!  I am in the same situation with a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix.  Her name is Lilly and she is 13 years old.  Here is Lilly's story:

Lilly used to belong to my older brother until he couldn't afford all of her care so I basically adopted her so that she can receive the care she needs with a house that has a dog door and a large yard.  It made sense to both of us.

6 years ago, Lilly developed cancer on her right forearm.  We took her to 4 different vets back in 2011 because our vet advised to amputate her leg and my brother and I found that as an absolute last resort so we searched for other options.  All vets told us to amputate her leg until my mother-in-law showed us her vet that was very confident in his ability to save her leg.  (Lilly used to work on a farm and heard cattle on weekends for our uncle so this would save her job also).  

Our vet told us that this type of cancer might grow back so we put her on cemo pills.  The tumor didn't grow back for two years and we thought the procedure was a success!  The tumor came back slowly in 2013 so we scheduled another surgery to remove the small tumor again.  A year later, it came back a third time so we put her through a 3rd surgery.  It was gone and she healed up after a hard recovery.  Well last year in 2016, it came back AGAIN and our vet now states that she is too old for another surgery and that amputating her leg is going to kill her.  She would be a potato if she made it through surgery.  Her joints are shot from excessive exercise as a cattle hearder and her muscles are very small.  My husband and I feel that it's getting close to her time now that the tumor is putting her through constant pain although she currently is still eating and drinking.  Her tumor is becoming infected and antibiotics are not working.  

The issue that we are running into is that my brother thinks now that we should amputate her leg.  I'm worried that he's thinking through emotion and not reality. He insists that we at least try so I'm trying to get some other opinions on this matter.  He also isn't seeing her very often and doesn't know what she goes through daily.  I'm trying to avoid family problems by insisting that we put her down when she's ready but he refuses to hear the fact and wants the amputation done.  I also feel that this will just put her through more misery trying to recover.  way-confused

anybody's input would be helpful! 

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