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How soon after amputation can my dog start chemotherapy for osteosarcoma?
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20 July 2017 - 7:22 pm
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So my dog was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and he had his leg amputated a little over a week ago. I haven't had a consult with a oncologist yet, but I plan to have one next week. I just wanted to know how soon would chemotherapy start and could anybody tell me what all is involved.


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Hey there, welcome! Tell us more about your pup. What is your dog's name? Age? Breed type? We're always curious when new folks join. Thanks for allowing us to follow along with your journey.

That's awesome you are meeting with an oncolgist, it will help you make educated treatment choices no matter what path you pursue. The oncologist can give you a better idea of what exactly will be involved with treatment, since it can depend on the dog's existing health status before cancer, medical conditions if any and the grade of the tumor itself. Generally speaking dogs get four to six rounds of carboplatin IV chemotherapy for treating osteosarcoma. Here are some blog posts that share loads of information about what to expect, ask,etc.






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My Happy Hannah had four rounds of Carboplatin. I was able to set you the appointments in a way that I could sit and wait for her. An IV is used and a Vet Tech will sit with yiur dog the whole time to make sure they don't wiggle around. I think it wasn't any more than 30-45 minutes from the time they checked her, chatted with me a few minutes to see how she was doing, until she was done,

It was around the three week mark that she started her first treatment. She had a little bit of a rough recovery so I moved her first treatment from the two week mark to the third week.

Some dogs have a bit of nausea for a day or so and a bit off food. Cerenia usually helps. Not all dogs don't have issues. Happy Hannah sailed through with no side effects. Every now and then a dog has a more severe reaction and, once you stop the chemo, they usually bounce back just fine.

Yes, we would love to hear more about your pup when you get time. I know you're in the middle of recovery right now and have your hands full!


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Hi there, Super Stu's Mum here... we are starting Chemo tomorrow, after Stewie gets his stitches out. He is only just starting to get back to himself, after having his front left leg amputated two weeks ago. Should he be a little healthier before we start the carboplatin?

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Can't blame you for being worried, it does seem soon doesn't it? But it's pretty standard to start chemo about 10 days out. Some oncologists are even doing it within a day or two of amputation, but most wait about 10 days.

Your oncologist won't do it if Stu's bloodwork and health isn't ready for it. Let him/her know your concerns but my guess is that your big handsome boy is going to be ready to tackle it like it's nothing.

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