So, yeah.

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Postby Libby » January 23rd, 2010, 11:45 pm

I'm not really ready to talk about it, but I thought I should let everyone know. I took Hoss in to have x-rays taken, and we got so far as his shoulders and elbows, both sides. He has, for sure, advanced osteosarcoma in both elbows, and pretty bad arthritis in the left (the 'lame' leg). At that point it seemed kind of pointless to check out his hips too, since we were only going to look at his hips to see if they were ok enough to allow for amputating his left leg, but that isn't an option anymore.

So it wasn't nerve damage after all, its cancer.

The vet gave him six months. We upped his pain meds to gabapentin. So far it seems to be working better than the carprofen and tramadol were, he doesn't cry at night anyway. He's only been on it for a couple days, so I guess only time will tell.

I don't know how I feel about this. I'm in a state of disbelief right now, I think. I've been trying not to think about it, honestly.

I'm getting copies of the x-rays on Monday, I'll see about getting pictures up. They look completely different from Gypsy's. Well, aside from hers being hip x-rays and his being elbow, the cancer in Hoss's bones is obviously just that, cancer. The almost bubbly look near the joint and then how it progresses out into the limb.

Its just weird to me. Had a big scare with Gypsy just a short time ago regarding osteosarcoma (she doesn't have it, thank God), and now Hoss is diagnosed with the same thing.
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Postby ArtGypsy » January 23rd, 2010, 11:51 pm

I"m SO SO SORRY............ :cry:
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Postby Violet » January 23rd, 2010, 11:51 pm

**hugs** :(
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 23rd, 2010, 11:55 pm

Oh I'm so very sorry. :(
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Postby plebayo » January 23rd, 2010, 11:57 pm

Gabapentin is a really, really good pain medication.

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Postby Marinepits » January 24th, 2010, 12:15 am

plebayo wrote:Gabapentin is a really, really good pain medication.


It is. Our Katy has been on it for her arthritis for quite some time and it's worked very well.

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Postby amazincc » January 24th, 2010, 12:26 am

I am so sorry, Ketra... :sad2: :hug3:
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Postby pocketpit » January 24th, 2010, 2:16 am

I'm very sorry to hear the news. Give Hoss and yourself a big hug from our crew :hug3:
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Postby pitsnok » January 24th, 2010, 3:25 am

:hug3: :hug3: :hug3:
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Postby Malli » January 24th, 2010, 4:20 am

I am so verry sorry :( My only thoughts are to take your boy Hoss to do what he loves, let him eat what he wants, and enjoy the time you have.

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Postby hugapitbull » January 24th, 2010, 9:58 am

I am just numb reading your post, I can only image what you feel. Keep him comfortable and happy, give him lots of love, and enjoy each moment you are given.

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Postby TheRedQueen » January 24th, 2010, 10:12 am

:cry: I'm so sorry to hear this...:hug3:
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Postby Pit♥bull » January 24th, 2010, 10:20 am

:cry2:

We will be keeping you and Hoss in our thoughts :goodthoughts:

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Postby Hundilein » January 24th, 2010, 10:24 am

:hug3: I'm so sorry.
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Postby iluvk9 » January 24th, 2010, 11:35 am

Lucky Hoss to have you as his loving owner. :hug3:
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Postby madremissy » January 24th, 2010, 12:02 pm

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Postby blabsforbullies » January 24th, 2010, 12:40 pm

I am so sorry. Big, huge :hug3: 's to you.
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Postby Ino » January 24th, 2010, 5:44 pm

I can not imagine what that kind of news is like and am sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Sending good thoughts and hope her remaining time is filled with good times and great memories. :goodthoughts:
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Postby Libby » January 24th, 2010, 6:07 pm

Thank you, everyone.

It was brought to my attention that it is really uncommon for osteosarcoma to show up in one elbow, but much less both.

So, I'm going to find a specialist in Albuquerque to send his x-rays to.
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Postby CinderDee » January 24th, 2010, 6:53 pm

I'm so sorry, Libby. :hug3:
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