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31 October 2011 - 2:31 am
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Hello, I am new here and first off just want to say thank you for this site! My 14 year old dog was diagnosed w/osteosarcoma 1 week ago in his back right leg. He is a candidate for amputaion...I was just wondering how old is too old for a dog to lose a leg? He is healthy otherwise. The other option for treatment is the bone stabilizer bisphosphonate. I hope to make a decision soon....just want to make sure I make the right one.


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Ana and Rajah

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31 October 2011 - 10:59 am
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Thanks for joining. We just saw your post on Facebook and were abut to suggest you ask here. Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

It's not about age, if Rajah – if that is your dog's name – is otherwise fit and healthy, and the cancer has not spread, he should do well. We've had plenty of success stories about senior dogs here. Search for senior dog or other relative terms to find existing topics in the forums or search the blogs here.

Don't miss our video interview with Dr. Kelly discussing bisphosonates, but keep in mind that bone will eventually deteriorate causing a painful traumatic fracture.

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Welcome Ana and Rajah to the site no one wants to join but everyone is glad they did! Sorry you had to find us, but you've come to the right place for info and support!

I can't offer our own experience by way of advice as our dog is quite young (only 2) but I have heard of senior dogs doing well.

Whatever you decide, you have your dog's best interests at heart. There's no wrong decision. I think, as "admin" said, it's more about your dog's overall health and love of life and will to live. If he's healthy, happy and peppy, he'll most likely do fine!

Let us know if you have any more specific questions and please keep us posted!

All the best,

Jackie, Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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