Trouble's Diagnosis

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Postby hugapitbull » November 24th, 2008, 7:04 pm

I took Trouble to the vet this afternoon because of a limp she has had on and off for a couple of weeks. The vet found a bump on the outside of her right leg, took her in for X-rays, and shortly thereafter crumbled my world. The X-rays show a bone tumor, osteosarcoma. Of course Bob and I are both in research mode now.

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, from those who have had experience with this disease. Our plan right now is to go to either A&M or Gulf Coast for a consult. Our vet is setting it up and we will be heading out as soon as we have an appointment.

The prognosis looks grim and we're pretty much in shock. Of course we ask for all the support that has been shown through all the other illnesses this past year. Good thoughts for my baby please.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 24th, 2008, 7:06 pm

Crap. :( I'm so sorry.
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Postby Marinepits » November 24th, 2008, 7:53 pm

Oh, Shanna! I am SO sorry! :cry:
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Postby amazincc » November 24th, 2008, 8:07 pm

Dammit... :sad2:

Of COURSE you have the support and all the good thoughts you could possibly need from the entire forum... :groupHug:
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Postby madremissy » November 24th, 2008, 8:13 pm

I am sorry, but we need to keep psoitive thoughts coming your way.
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 24th, 2008, 8:20 pm

:sad2: I'm so sorry to hear this...but we're going to send only positive, healing vibes your way...
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Postby iluvk9 » November 24th, 2008, 8:24 pm

Hugs to you, Bob, and of course, the adorable Trouble.

A friend had a dog with a similar diagnosis. He is now a three legged dog and doing just fine.
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Postby CinderDee » November 24th, 2008, 8:29 pm

I'm so very sorry. :( Sending good thoughts & hugs.
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Postby airwalk » November 24th, 2008, 8:40 pm

I'm so sorry, good healing thoughts coming your way
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Postby LMM » November 24th, 2008, 9:09 pm

I'm so very sorry, tons of positive vibes coming your way!
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Postby Leslie H » November 24th, 2008, 9:47 pm

I've only had a little experience, but it was very aggressive cancer. I would act quickly and aggressively if I were you. It's very common in rotties.
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Postby hugapitbull » November 24th, 2008, 9:58 pm

Leslie H wrote:I've only had a little experience, but it was very aggressive cancer. I would act quickly and aggressively if I were you. It's very common in rotties.


The one unknown at this point is whether or not it has actually metasticized to the lung. We're thinking we will take her to the other local vet we've used and ask him for a followup with a chest X-ray.

That will likely determine how we actually choose to address the monster.

I know it is aggressive, are there any things you learned along the way that would help you if you had it to do over again?
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Postby blabsforbullies » November 24th, 2008, 9:59 pm

Did they take any chest xrays? :( That is a common place for it to spread, if it's that advanced.

If it were my dog, I would amputate as soon as possible. It is an aggressive cancer and time is key right now. :cry:

My deepest symapthies are with you and I am sending my best for you & your family! :hug3:
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Postby Leslie H » November 24th, 2008, 10:07 pm

Sadly no, in both my experiences the dogs were diagnosed too late.
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Postby hugapitbull » November 24th, 2008, 10:22 pm

Many thanks to all of you for the replies and for the many PM's. I'm sure we'll need your encouragement as the days go on. Will update you tomorrow.
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Postby Jenn » November 24th, 2008, 10:42 pm

So sorry Shanna, Bob, and Trouble :( Good thoughts from here too!
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Postby cheekymunkee » November 24th, 2008, 10:50 pm

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Postby call2arms » November 25th, 2008, 12:04 am

I'm hoping with all my heart that it's early enough and that cancer has not metastasized. :groupHug:
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Postby SisMorphine » November 25th, 2008, 12:46 am

Osteo is by far the most common cancer in Greyhounds, thus I did a good share of reading up on it in the past.

Most of the dogs who were caught early enough and had the leg amputated ASAP did fine.

LOADS of good thoughts for all of you. Cancer smurfing sucks.
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Postby katiek0417 » November 25th, 2008, 5:47 am

Plenty of good thoughts coming from my house to Trouble. Big hugs!

And, Shanna, we are so sorry!
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