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Advice for dog that just received osteosarchoma diagnosis?
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22 May 2022 - 10:38 am
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Hi,

My 9 year old yellow lab was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right hind leg yesterday.  The statistics the vet presented are awfully grim, but I'm trying to move forward (of course it seems almost impossible to get a vet appointment these days).  My big question right now, I plan to proceed with amputation, after that I'm torn between trying to find immunotherapy vs traditional chemo or even homeopathic.  Does anybody have experience/advice on approaches that seem to work best?

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22 May 2022 - 1:26 pm
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Hi there to you and your pup! What's his name? 

I'm sorry you are facing this situation but so glad you found us. Yes the statistics are depressing but remember your dog is an individual. You never know who will defy the odds! We see it happen quite a bit around here, dogs living way past the prognosis and spending the rest of their lives living life happily on 3. Stewie just passed of old age, which we are all so sad about. But he almost made it to 5 years post-amputation for the same cancer! We've seen some dogs go even longer.

 I'm torn between trying to find immunotherapy vs traditional chemo or even homeopathic.  Does anybody have experience/advice on approaches that seem to work best?

Again, every dog responds differently, there's no one size fits all approach. What it comes down to is, what do you think will make your dog happiest? If your dog is OK with vet visits, and chemotherapy is something you can handle financially, then heck give it a go and see what happens. And just because you choose one doesn't mean you can't blend the best aspects of other therapies into the treatment plan. In the Dog Cancer Survival Guide , Drs Dressler & Ettinger call it a "full spectrum" approach and it can work very well for dogs. 

It pays to start with a consult with an oncologist to get all your options on the table. And yeah I know it's realllly tough getting into a clinic right now. If your vet cannot refer you to one and you need to call on your own (let us know if you'd like help finding an oncologist), make it clear you are calling about a dog with osteosarcoma. Since it can be an aggressive disease, they may bump you up the appointment list faster.

Be sure to check out Jerry's Required Reading List , our Questions to Ask Your Oncologist post, and also our What to Expect articles to help you know what's involved in recovery. Three Legs and a Spare is also a good resource for you.

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23 May 2022 - 12:47 pm
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CN only ,ditto all the safe advice Jerry gave!

We know it's a kock in the jotmto hear the diagnosis.  We also know, as Jerry said, each dog is an individual  with their own make up.  Statistics  don't  ,mean much arpound here.  Just ask Pug Maggie who defied her "prognosis" of six mo ths and lived fully for four years when she passed from something  else.  Just ask Murphy who got a"prognosis" of 12 to 18 months and four years later passed from another kind.

Anyway, just remember your pup does not have a timeframe stamped on his butt!

What's his name?

For now, just keep things chunked down.  For us on getting all your research done on amputation, recovery, etc. You have time to develop  a follow up plan avout chemo, etc

And there is no right or wrong when it comes to chemo.  "Timewise" some dogs do great with it....some do well without it.  And some not either way.  I did four rounds ds of Carboplatin  with my Happy  Hannah  knowing I could stop anytime of she didn't do well on ot.  She sailed through  ot and had not ossues going  to the Vet.  Wagged her tail everytime!

Stay  connected 

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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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23 May 2022 - 7:01 pm
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I'm going through the same thing. We just received the diagnosis today for a 10 year boxer bullmastiff mix in his left foreleg. I reached out to an oncologist and we are waiting to get an appointment. It's so frustrating to be told that osteosarcoma is the most likely cause and it still took two months between X-Rays, CT, and finally getting the biopsy results. Bogey takes a couple days to recover from anesthesia and I hate putting him through it. But it looks like he will need mild sedation at least for all treatments. Hopefully we both can get in soon and hear all of the options. I also looked at clinical trials but I don't see any in my area and he is really hard to get in and out of the car right now.

Best of luck to you!

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23 May 2022 - 10:58 pm
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I'm going through the same thing. We just received the diagnosis today for a 10 year boxer bullmastiff mix in his left foreleg

@bogey and furmily welcome! And thanks for offering your experience, it's always so helpful.

Sorry you are in this situation but please let us know how we can help ok. And do start a new topic all your own so we can follow your story more closely. I'll look for your new topic!

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