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4 April 2019
This forum has been such a wonderful resource for me. My dog was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Jan. He had an amputation in Jan. and has now completed 4 rounds of chemotherapy with carboplatin. Overall he is doing amazingly well – he adapted to having the amputation quickly, and the chemotherapy only gave him minor issues (diarrhea and some neutropenia, but nothing serious).
All along, I’ve planned to take the next step of doing the osteosarcoma vaccine, but now that the time has come, I’m having some doubts/worry. My major concern is how the vaccine and getting treatment will effect him – he’s a very anxious pooch and while he tolerated chemo well, it was usually quick and he often got some sort of sedative. As I understand it, the vaccine requires him to be at the vet all day. I am worried that it will be traumatizing for him and actually decrease his quality of life. I want to make the best decision to give him his best chance at a healthy and happy life, and I don’t want to make things more stressful for him.
Does anyone have experiences that they can share about the vaccine? I understand that it cannot be shared publicly, but perhaps through private message or email?
He’s so lucky to have you looking out for him. What is your pup’s name?
So it’s my understanding that the only reason they want the dog at the clinic all day is to monitor for signs of side-effects, which are rare and typically mild GI upset — overall, they experience far fewer issues than the risk of side effects from IV chemo is what I understand. But if even hanging out at the vets and getting spoiled with treats all day will make him anxious, then you for sure have to keep that in mind.
The people we have interviewed about the AT-014 vaccine, Bowie’s mom and Dexter’s dad, are happy to talk with others offline. Feel free to private message me your interest in talking to them and I will try to connect you.
12 May 2018
Hi Robert and David, thanks for asking. I’m sorry for the osteosarcoma diagnosis, the ribs are such an odd place to get it, my heart goes out to you.
We have quite a few articles about the different osteosarcoma vaccine options now available. However do keep in mind that these vaccines are preventive, meaning they are to prevent metastasis. I haven’t heard of them being studied with tumors in places other than the limbs but it can’t hurt to ask your oncologist to see if there may be some vets willing to study the vaccines for your dog’s particular condition. If your own onco vet doesn’t know, then I think your best bet is to contact either your nearest veterinary teaching hospital, or one of the treatment centers where an osteosarcoma vaccine is being offered.
Good luck. Please consider registering as a member and starting a new topic so we can help you better.
14 December 2016
my dog had a second primary osteosarcoma on the ribs and from what I was told it would have been operable if it hadn’t been the second one after one in his foreleg, which we amputated. From how I understand the vaccine it works in combination with amputation so you should probably look into the removal of the tumor while checking out your options with the vaccine.
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Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.