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Steve64

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Well I found out yesterday that Ramsay, my 13yo hound mix, probably has osteosarcoma in his right foreleg. He began slightly limping on it about 10-14 days ago. I thought he had just sprained it and it would get better in a couple of days. By this past Tuesday, it had gotten worse so I made an appointment with the vet. I told Ramsay he would soon be feeling better. Well that was way off the mark. At best it would be 3-4 months but with the way he's limping, next month might be a better prognosis.

It's just devastating to learn not only will he never get better, it will grow worse in a short time. Right now it seems his pain is bearable. He still wags his tail and has an appetite. I go for a second opinion tomorrow. Not so much as to check on the original diagnosis (which I believe is correct after reading so much about it over the past 24 hours) but on what, if any, remedies can be had. The thought of cutting off his leg for at most one year of time isn't all that appealing. I go back to my original vet on June 4th for a follow up x-ray.

Has anyone had a similar situation that they can share with me on how they handled it? Any feedback would be appreciated. It very depressing knowing he's on borrowed time.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve,

I have lost my 8 yr old yellow lab Sawyer to the same thing almost 2 months ago. Sawyer had the same beginning symptoms you describe with your Ramsay. I though he had sprained or had some type of infection in his left rear leg. A round of strong antibotics , the swelling went down but quickly returned along with a serious limp and he wouldn't put any weight on it.

Within a week the swelling had gotten worse up to his hip and down to his foot. Set up another appointment for an xray. The vet pulled me aside in another room showed me the xray and how bad it had gotten. The tumor had pretty much eaten away at the bone and one wrong move by Sawyer could snap his leg. They prescribed him some pain meds to help him , as the days went along he just couldn't get comfortable any where just to sit or lay down.He never lost his appetite , drank water , and as much as he could was his normal self. Wanting to play or when I took him out to goof around in the snow with me being extra cautious with him outside. He was like that the entire time.

The vets told me what could be done by taking his leg or even chemo , but it would still spread through out his body. And he did develop smaller masses on his spine , ribs , and even on his left cheek. I hoped it was a very bad dream and Sawyer would be cancer free but it wasn't a bad dream. Sawyer's quality of life was more important than me hoping there was something I could do for him. I had to make the most difficult decision I've ever had to make.

I hope this helps you in some way. You and Ramsay will be in my thoughts in prayers.

Norman_N_Sawyer
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Steve64

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Norman

Thank you so much for your reply.I am very sorry to hear about Sawyer. I know exactly what you went through. It's ripping my heart out. Ramsay is in pain but it seems to be bearable at the moment. He still has his tremendous appetite.

My vet called last night and wants to put Ramsay on antibiotics in the small chance it may be a bone infection instead of cancer. So I will pick them up today. I have another vet I'm going to take him to, just to be sure. I don't want to have any regrets or uncertainties when the time comes.

Thanks again Norman. Your message was helpful and Ramsay and I thank you for your prayers. You and Sawyer have mine as well.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve ,

I hope you receive good news about Ramsay that it is just an infection. I was hoping that's just all it was with Sawyer as the round of antibiotics seemed to help the first time. Sawyer was brave through out it never showing any signs of pain even though I knew he was. He reassured me he was going to be just fine , and showed that unconditional love to the end and still to this day he still shows me.

Hoping for the best for you and Ramsay,

Norman_N_Sawyer
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Steve64

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Well Norman, it seems your wishes may have helped. The other vet didn't rule out osteosarcoma, but he indicated that Ramsay may be able to live a decent life for another year with treatment even if he does have it. He referred me to a specialist for further tests. I go Monday morning. I have some hope now. Even if things don't go well, I will have more peace of mind knowing that I did all I could do for my friend. He gives me unconditional love and loyalty and I can do nothing else but repay him in kind. I will continue to fight the fight as long as I can financially do so.

Btw, I saw your photos of Sawyer. He is a tremendously good looking dog. I pray you obtain peace knowing he is no longer in pain.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve,

I am happy to hear your good news you have gotten and you seem to have caught something in it's early stages. And you can atleast treat whatever it is to help Ramsay continue on.

Thank you for the kind words of Sawyer and I am at peace that he is no longer in any pain , its my pain of him not being here physically that still hurts the most.

You and Ramsay will be in my prayers to help you both continue receive more good news.


All the best for both of you,

Norman_N_Sawyer
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Steve64

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Thanks Norman. I'll update after the visit. Fingers crossed.
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Steve64

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Well I did what I said I wouldn't do-I'm having Ramsay's leg amputated. The vet actually said he should do ok even with his age. I just hope I did the right thing. He should be released in 3-4 days. I may get up to another year with him if all goes well. There is a small chance that chemo will actually hurt him, so things are still up in the air. My other options were to put him to sleep or just do chemo but with his leg bone so weak, it was just a matter of time until it broke and then I would be right back in the same situation. Eventually the cancer will return in his lungs and then there will be nothing I can do.

I would like him to get one more summer to enjoy himself as best he can. I had to take the bed frame apart to lower my mattress so he will be able to get up on it. I have two other dogs too, so I hope they won't bother him.

Another thing about this is the timing. I'm going to be out of state the last week of May. I have paid for the flight already. I made arrangements for someone to look after Ramsay, but I may have to cancel.

Norman, I do understand how you feel with Sawyer's loss. I have lost two dogs previously and have been gutted. The emptiness is the worse. It never seems to fade. Eventually it will though. It took a long time for me, especially my first one. As someone said, it's the price of love. It's a terrible price to pay at the end though. You have my deepest sympathies. He looked like a real snow lover! God will provide him some to play in.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve,

Sounds like you made the right decision on what the vets have told you and how Ramsay will be afterwards given his age. In Sawyer's case by the time the swelling had reappeared but worse the second time it had already spread in him. I found small masses on his spine and ribs and the one on his left cheek seemingly appeared over night.

I did have one last week with him where he could just roll in the snow before I made the hardest decision I've ever made. He loved the snow and like most labs the water, and like any kid when we went for our walks any puddle we came across he'd be in it.

Enjoy this summer with Ramsay , he and you certainly deserve it. Thank you for your concerns and kind words it is appreciated and weird as it sounds I've already got signs from Sawyer that he is doing just fine.

Thank you , and all the best for Ramsay and you
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Steve64

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Thanks for your kind words as well Norman. I don't think getting signs are weird at all. I had one yesterday. A gentleman happend to see I wasn't doing well and mentioned how Ramsay will win either way. If he was going, he would do fine in Heavan. It meant a lot to me and I took it as a sign that when Ramsay's time has come, he will be in a better place, running like he did in his prime.

Take care. You and Sawyer have been in my prayers.
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Steve64

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Well I got Ramsay home yesterday and things are tough. He's in some pain and staggers about. I hope I have done the right thing. It's early days, but sometimes it's tough to stay positive. It hurts to see him like this, but I would have berated myself for the rest of my life if I hadn't tried this. I'll try to keep my chin up and focus on one day at a time. I hope things improve.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve,

I hope things get better for Ramsay, I'm sure they will it'll just take some time for both of you to get used to the change. Think of it as working with him as a pup with encouragement and positive re enforcement.

Here's to all the best for you and Ramsay.
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Steve64

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Thanks Norman. I got the biopsy results back yesterday and it is osteosarcoma. So it's just a matter of making his remaining time here as pleasant as possible. I'm taking him to a therapist Saturday to see if they can help strengthen his back legs and improve his mobility.

Ramsay is getting around better but he went down the steps today and jumped off before he got to the last one and fell on his face and belly. That scared me. He cried out but seemed to do no lasting harm. I normally put a sling around him to help him down, but the last few times he has done it on his own. Back to the sling again. When his stiches come out next Thrusday, I'll put a harness on him.

Hope all is well with you.
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Norman_N_Sawyer1

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Steve,

I hope that Ramsay and yourself are doing well with the challenges you both have to go through.
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Steve64

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Hi Norman. Sorry for the delay in responding. Ramsay has undergone his first chemo session and is recieving therapy which means he gets a lot of massage time! I just brought him back for round two of chemo yesterday but his white blood cell count was too low so I will go again in a week. I have been taking him for some car rides and trips to the park which he enjoys. He's doing remarkably well and I thank God I have been given some extra time with him. He can get up and down the steps by himself but I try to be there just in case. Other than missing a leg, he's his old self. I'm glad I made this decision but I have to say it's terribly expensive. How are things with you? Is the pain easing any?
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