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My ten year old rotwieller just diagnosed...

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29 Jul 2010

My ten year old rotwieller just diagnosed with a bone tumor
Doc says amputate and chemo or just treat for pain etc
My sons dog and we can afford the surgery. Doctor seemed to think amputation will get 10 months of life.Unknown with just pain and anti inflams. did not push amputation.
Just based on fast moving cancer.
I wonder how we determine if the amputation would be better. Could the doc jsut think the cancer has spread by looking at the xray ?
Lungs xray clear.
We will put tequilla down if she gets sick. Just put our 16 yr old rot down (tequilas father).She is active happy and built well(not a big bulk) .
she chases a tennis ball everyday and has spent much of her life in the water. No other health issues
whats your opinionn
PS ( your people were very helpfull when my 16 year old was going down)
thanks
Bob
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29 Jul 2010
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave

Hello, Bob, and thanks for writing in. Sorry to hear this is going on with Tequila.

 

What tests were all done on her (X-rays, blood work, biopsy of the growth, etc.)?

 

Do you know the exact type of tumor Tequila has (i.e. osteosarcoma)?

 

Thanks,

Dr Dave

29 Jul 2010
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29 Jul 2010
Just an xray but the vet seemed pretty sure it was the the one you mentioned
29 Jul 2010
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29 Jul 2010
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave

Thanks for your quick reply.

 

A biopsy is the only way to tell for sure if the bone growth is osteosarcoma, or some other type of tumor, or a fungal infection. Certainly, osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone growth in dogs, especially large breed dogs like yours.

If it truly is osteosarcoma, you will get the longest average survival time with amputation and chemotherapy. Amputation will get rid of the pain, and dogs do very well after amputation. Average survival time after diagnosis is 4-5 months, whether or not amputation is done. So, you can just give pain medication that your veterinarian may prescribe, but it won't completely get rid of the pain like an amputation would do. If you have amputation and chemotherapy performed, the average survival time increased quite a bit - from close to 1 year, to potentially over 3 years in some cases. Side effects of chemotherapy in dogs is not nearly as severe as it is in people, so dogs tolerate it better. It's good that your veterinarian did not see any sign of cancer in the lungs at this time, but we know that when osteosarcoma is diagnosed, it generally has already spread, even if it can't be seen on X-rays yet.

So, overall, I would highly recommend at least amputation of the affected leg, to try and make Tequila as comfortable as possible. And if you are able to do it, chemotherapy really has the potential to extend her life quite bit.

 

I really encourage you to read a great article on osteosarcoma in dogs here.

 

I hope this helps. Let me know if I can assist further.

Dr. Dave

29 Jul 2010
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29 Jul 2010
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave

In response to your feedback question to me...

Yes, you can ask your veterinarian about their diagnosis, although playing the odds, if they are seeing what looks like a bone tumor on X-rays, I would say it's osteosarcoma until proven otherwise.

 

Dr. Dave

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