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6 May 2015
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6 May 2015 - 2:13 pm
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 I'm new to Tripawds but found you after my 13 yo dog Lola received an osteosarcoma diagnosis today, with a recommendation for amputation. If anyone has recommendations for surgeons or oncologists that they thought highly of in Houston (I live in the Heights area, but it doesn't really matter to me where they are, as long as they're great) I would really appreciate it. 

Livermore, CA

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6 May 2015 - 8:55 pm
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Welcome to Tripawds, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I'm sorry about the diagnosis for Lola, it is a lot to deal with.  I hope you get some good responses.

When you have time you should hop over to Share your Story or Diagnosis and Presentation and tell us more about Lola.


Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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31 May 2015 - 8:38 pm
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I am sorry I haven't responded to you before now but I just came across your post

We have been taking our dog to North Houston Veterinary Specialists in Spring, TX.  Our oncologist is Dr. Melissa Parsons-Doherty.  Our surgeon was Dr. Laura Hinton.  We have been impressed with them both.  Our dog (an eleven year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever) had surgery to amputate her left rear leg due to osteosarcoma.  The surgery was complication free.  Now she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments and everything has been going well so far.  She is scheduled to have lung xrays taken when she goes in for her third (of four) chemotherapy treatments this Wednesday.  We are praying for good news.

The one thing I will warn you of is this process has not been cheap.  I don't have anything to compare this to, but the surgery and chemotherapy treatments have really added up.  Keep in mind, however, they will tell you up front what you can expect to pay so it won't be a total surprise.

With all of that said, we have been impressed with NHVS and our doctors and we would recommend them.  (Our regular vet speaks highly of them as well.)

Good luck to you and your dog.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  

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