TRIPAWDS: Home to 20086 Members and 2005 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN

Be More DogWhat does it mean to Be More Dog?

Find out in Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now by Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Get the book and find fun gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
Amputation vs Cyberknife radiation treatment for osteosarcoma
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Member Since:
17 September 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
31
29 July 2015 - 3:22 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Pandorable said

akita said
Just an update to Katy's condition.  As I last wrote, she was doing great after the cyberknife.  Unfortunately shortly thereafter, her tumor started growing again.  There is a small percentage of cyberknife patients that don't respond to the radiation and she happened to be one of them.  After what seemed to be initial shrinkage, it started growing again after week 5 and we've been dealing with the next step in her treatment.  We also discovered a very small nodule in her lung after 2 treatments of Carboplatin.  She however has been as alive and happy as ever and we've needed to restrain her from running given the sensitive nature of her condition.  The discomfort in her leg had grown a week ago, we increased the dosage of deramax slightly and occasionally give half a tramadol as needed.  After consultation with her oncologist at the Veterinary Cancer Center and surgeon we decided to amputate today.  As of now, she seems to be doing well post surgery, hearing she is sitting up and looking alert to her surroundings, looking for food they said.  After this journey, we still see her full of life and too happy to not give her a chance.  Her cyberknife was non invasive and we don't regret for a second going that route.  It is a financial consideration that one must think about but the potential outcome of something minimally invasive, limb sparing and providing comparable time extension was what we went for. Staying positive and keeping our paws crossed for a good recovery and many happy times ahead.

Hi Akita,

 

Your story sounds so strangely familiar.  My 7 y.o. female Akita Pandora had an amputation straight off (diagnosed 12/24/14), but lung mets were noted after two treatments of carbo.  This wasn't supposed to happen until 4-6 months post-amputation!  I wonder if there is a breed-specific difference in the biological behavior of the tumors?  I mean, some sub-populations of different ethnicities are more prone to getting some genetic diseases than others, so this could be the case in our dogs.  

 

How is Katy doing, by the way?  My cousin's Doberman was diagnosed at 8, had an amputation and carbo, developed mets 8 months later, and was gone 2 weeks after.  Pandora was diagnosed at 7, has mets just 2 months after her amputation, but she's doing quite well and does not seem like she's on her way out by any means.  

I'm sorry to hear of Pandora and for the very late reply as we hadn't been on the website in nearly a year.  Katy was lost March of 2014, a few months after the amputation.  She started limping after slipping outside but it never got better and only worse after 5 weeks.  We realized there was a growth at the amputation sight that changed in size almost daily and that the hip of the leg where she was limping was enlarged as well in that last week.  Her lungs were clear the whole time.  I think in reference to your point about something breed specific, we didn't see any research concluding there was any relative outcomes to our dog's breed.  She was on the shortend on a number of fronts with several pretty severe health issues that we got under control (1 very Akita and Poodle specific autoimmune issue).  So we think she also had a very impaired immune system which didn't help in her fight here.  

We hope Pandora is doing well.

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 946
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 72
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1184
Members: 14997
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 17572
Posts: 244856
Administrators: admin, jerry, Tripawds
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG