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Radiation benefits wearing off already... need advice
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7 January 2015 - 10:14 am
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I'm sorry I haven't been around much, between the holidays and not having much to say, I've just not been active.  

As some of you know, Ti has Osteosarcoma and is unable to have his leg amputated.  We opted to go with the radiation and bisphosphonate (strengthens bone, also may provide some pain relief) route.  The treatments really helped him, and for a couple of months, you would not have even thought he had anything wrong with him.  They said the radiation could help for 4-6 months, and the zoledronate should help add even more time to  that.  He had his first treatments October 28th.  

But now I can see the lameness returning.  It's not as bad as before, but he is definitely in some pain.  I'm upping the pain meds, obviously.  But I don't know whether I should continue with the zoledronate at this point.

The vet says "she can't say whether it will help or not but she is willing to do it"

Part of the issue is that it seems to cause him a lot of pain for days after he has the infusion.  This is what it says

 

"you should know that zoledronic acid injection may cause severe bone, muscle, or joint pain. You may begin to feel this pain within days or months after you first receive zoledronic acid injection. Although this type of pain may begin after you have received zoledronic acid injection for some time, it is important for you and your doctor to realize that it may be caused by zoledronic acid. "

And it's very expensive, so do I want to pay a ton of money out for a treatment that may not work at all except to give him more pain?  UGH.  

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7 January 2015 - 11:07 am
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No apologies necessary, just glad to hear that Ti is kickin' butt. I'm sorry the pain has returned, that's a hard situation. Did your vet mention if other bisphosphonates available that might be more suited to him? What about additional radiation? Is that a possibility?

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7 January 2015 - 11:19 am
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Glad to know that Ti jas been doing well and has gotten some good quality time and, hopefully, can continue to do so for a long time!!!

I have no first hand insight at all. I cancertainly understand your trepidation in continuing with an injection that sounds like it coukd cause more harm than good.. Sometimes not doing a treatments IS the best treatment!!

Have you spoken with A Holistic Veterinarian? Possibly some acupuncture could also help relieve some of the pain and help him overall.

From day one on this journey we look at each day as a bonus day. It looks like you and Ti are doing a splendid job of making the most out of each bonus day and living in the moment!! Ti isnt counting days, he's just thoroughly enjoying all that loving and spoiling you are giving him! He's loving this quality time!! And remember, in doggy years..three...four...six months...heck, we're talking years!!!!!

Sending you lots of hugs!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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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7 January 2015 - 11:33 am
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Defnitely agree with the acupuncture recommendation! Good thinking as always Sally.

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Thank you for the advice!  I had acupuncture done for my other dog when he was falsely diagnosed with lymphoma.  For some reason I hadn't thought of it this time, really. I will call the acupuncturist I worked with!

 

He is not able to have more radiation, I asked.  The vet said that if he made it about 10 months she would consider doing it again, but definitely not again so soon.  She said the effects of it would not be worth it. 

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7 January 2015 - 2:33 pm
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Aww I"m sorry you can't do more radiation, but it does sound like you have a really great vet looking out for him. Yes, definitely do the acupuncture! We'd love to hear how it helps so keep us posted and give that pup a big smooch from us.

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