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  1. My 6.5 yr old greyhound, Gator, developed a limp about 5 days ago. Like many, I assumed he had injured himself because he's always been pretty clumsy. As the limp remained, I tried to determine the source. I pushed, squeezed, and pulled on each toe, bone, joint, etc. Gator didn't really give any reaction to help me find where, other than his front left leg. I did all the research, and came up with a lot of things it could be. I took Gator to the vet. They thought his shoulder was swollen and suggested x-rays. Now they think it could be a tumor, but didn't really seem sure (see attached x-rays). They talked about the idea of amputating. They gave him some pain meds. He doesn't seem like he's in a lot off pain. He will still go sprint in the backyard. Just keeps limping. I asked if there were different ways to know for sure? I had them run some bloodwork. We just had some in June, which was all fine, so they can at least compare the numbers. I should have that back tomorrow They talked about getting an MRI as another way to "know for sure". Do you think its worthwhile getting an MRI? Should we amputate the leg if it is OS? Gator is my first greyhound.
  2. Hello again We have decided to consult with Dr. Couto. He has been very quick to reply to us and has already reviewed all of Puma's medical records and x-rays. He agrees that Puma has a primary bone tumor in her right front shoulder bone. AKA OsteoSarcoma. HE also believes she has a hairline pathological fracture in the inner part of the shoulder Boone. The good news is that he also agrees that Puma's Thoracic radiographs look absolutely normal. We have an appointment with the chief of surgery at a major education hospital in Boston for this Thursday to have them examine Puma in advance of a potential amputation. Dr. Couto has asked me to send him any specific questions we have. I can think of some off the top of my head, but I figured this community would know the best things to ask. Any help with questions is greatly appreciated. Puma just turned 12 last month. She is a retired racing greyhound. Although she is 12, she acts like she is 4. Very happy. Very positive disposition. Loves to run sprint laps around our huge backyard. Even with this slight limp, she still wants to moro around the yard, but I'm keeping her on the slow track obviously. I know 12 is one hell of a good life and that the he end could certainly be near, but her demeanor and attitude and appetite tells me she is doing pretty well. We are happy we caught this Osteosarcoma early. But we still don't quite know what our next step should be, while also knowing we need to move quickly. Thanks in advance!
  3. Hi all, i haven’t posted in a really long time, nor have I even looked at the forum much in the past 3 years ever since Ian passed away. I just haven’t been able to do it. The joy these dogs bring us is immeasurable, but so is the heartbreak. Sadly, we anticipate that we will soon have to say goodbye to our 12 year old beautiful girl, Bella. Osteo is suspected. We aren’t going to do a biopsy, but will repeat xrays in 2 more weeks. We have already had 2 sets that we have been following. I am just wondering if anyone has had experience with personalized urns or memory boxes that have pictures on them and if there are any that you might recommend. Thank you all, Lisa
  4. OMG, OMG, OMG! This is a Christmas miracle! Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for dogs and cats, today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics granted Aratana conditional licensure for Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria Vector (AT-014) for the treatment of dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma, one year of age or older. http://aratana.investorroom.com/2017-12-20-Aratana-Therapeutics-Granted-Conditional-License-for-a-Canine-Osteosarcoma-Therapeutic
  5. In their April 2017 newsletter, UW Veterinary Care announced the following clinical study: They have a number of other oncology studies, too: https://uwveterinarycare.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/April-2017-SA-Patients-Needed-for-Clinical-Studies.pdf
  6. I'm new to this page, so pls forgive any unintentional stepping on toes. I have a 9 yr. old grey, my first. A friend's 6 yr old grey has osteosarcoma -- devastating and very sad. She was told by her "greyhound savvy" vet that 52% of all racing greyhounds will get osteo in their lifetime. Honestly, if this were true, I would probably never adopt a second greyhound. I'd be very happy to hear what others have heard about this statistic -- the numbers that I've seen are much lower. Thx.
  7. Our hearts go out to the families of the following greyhounds and family pets for whom sympathetic friends have provided a Memorial Tribute through Northcoast Greyhounds: Kennedy Barry Sophie Herron’ Lily Hendrix Bandit Mews Mickey Koski-Edwards Phoenix Clayton Friday Eller Sooner Wilder Gypsy Weber Chewy Skalsky Jake Dudick From each memorial gift, a $25 contribution to Dr. Couto’s Greyhound Health Initiative is reserved until a total of $250 or more is accumulated. The check bering mailed today will be a $300 contribution. The list of pets being memorialized can be read on Northcoast Greyhounds’ Memorial Tributes page: http://tinyurl.com/m9y8b67 A copy of this printed email will accompany our check to Dr. Couto - we always ask that he or his staff read these names to themselves, in the knowledge that the lives of each greyhound listed here and the caring of their extended families, support his efforts and research into extending greyhound lives in the future. Take wing, all you new Greyt Angels and Furry Friends. Godspeed. You'll be as well-missed as you were well-loved, Cara Brockhoff Northcoast Greyhound Support FUN-Draising for Greyt Causes
  8. As some of you may be aware, we are going through a very personal osteosarcoma episode right now: one of our greyhounds was diagnosed with it last Wednesday. I'm going to be making a series of posts documenting how everything has unfolded to date and then I'll keep making updates as things continue to evolve. My hope is that it gives those of you who haven't been through this yet a better perspective on how devastating osteo can be. I also hope that it will help set some expectations for someone going through this in the future who just got the diagnosis and has no idea what they're in for. I promise I will only post relevant updates so the blog doesn't become and endless string of "Day 3: she pooped today" entries. Thank you for your continued support of GHI and well-wishes for my family and I. -Brian Collins, Executive Director * * Note - Brian Collins is the husband of Suzie Collins aka Skinny Hound Designs. They were also the parents of Miss Nellie (namesake of the Miss Nellie Auction for Hope for Hounds) and Maggie Mae a 5 year cancer survivor A Journey Through Osteosarcoma (Part 1) http://www.greyhoundhealthinitiative.org/a-journey-through-osteosarcoma-part-2/ http://www.greyhoundhealthinitiative.org/a-journey-through-osteosarcoma-part-3/ http://www.greyhoundhealthinitiative.org/a-journey-through-osteosarcoma-part-3/
  9. I am new participant in the forum, but not to greyhounds. Our most recent adoptee, Crouton, is a sweet-to-the-core ex-racer and brood mom who turned seven in January. Sadly, we got a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, distal femur, a little over two weeks ago. It started with a limp in her left hind leg, and we are already on four meds to control pain. Due to a number of reasons, she is not a candidate for amputation or chemo, nor do we have easy access to radiation due to distance from a major metropolitan center. Thus, we have opted for palliative care. In doing research, we found that there has been some success using 4 mg zoledronic acid in an IV drip delivered every 28 days. I have read that it lessens the threat of spontaneous fracture, and that it helps with gait. It is not expected that it would stop the growth of the cancer, but it increases quality of life in the time that is left. Some dogs lived 14 to 16 months past their original diagnosis before needing to be euthanized, vs. the expected 3 months with pain/inflammation medications alone. Crouton had her first treatment yesterday, so it is very early and we do not know what to expect. Also, we do not know if we are already starting too late. It will be a full month tomorrow since we were first aware of a limp. I would really appreciate being able to ask questions of anyone who might have personal knowledge of this treatment. Thanks very much, Miriam
  10. Does anyone know what the normal range for greyhounds in regards to Creatine Kinase and AST? Pogo was supposed to get his 3rd chemo treatment on Tuesday but did not because of decreased neutrophils. When I received the discharge instructions for Pogo it stated that he had slightly increased creatine kinase and AST numbers. His Creatine Kinase is at 588 U/L and his AST is at 62 U/L According to Dr. Couto, Pogo's neutrophils were ok for receiving his chemo treatment. I guess I am going to have to educate his oncologist on greyhounds while I am still learning about bone cancer. Pogo is our first greyhound with bone cancer. Icabod had hemangiosarcoma and Scarlett had mesenchymal spindle cell sarcoma (no idea if I spelled that correctly). That makes 3 of 7 dogs we have experienced different cancers with in almost a 27 year period. Thanks
  11. I just read about 3 studies on osteosarcoma that are currently being conducted at UW-Madison. I hadn't heard of the first (administration of rapamycin after carboplatin), so that's interesting. Also, if you're in the Madison area and qualify for one of these studies, it could help offset the cost of surgery and/or treatment. For more information, see https://uwveterinarycare.wisc.edu/clinical-studies/oncology/
  12. Hello, I just found out Friday that my beloved greyhound Tommy has osteosarcoma (shoulder - left front leg). Tommy is 10 1/2 years old and we've had him for 4 1/2 years. He is our only pet. We want to make the decision that is the best and the kindest for Tommy. One of our options is removal of his left front leg and then chemo. Does anyone have any information about how greyhounds tolerate chemo? Also how often they would need it? How is their mobility after amputation? Can they climb up/down steps? Tommy loves to get on the sofa - would he still be able to do that? We are having his alkaline phosphatase tested on Tuesday - also a test of fluid from his local lymph nodes. If surgery does not seem like it would be in his best interests, our other option would be to put him to sleep. We would miss him terribly but we want to make sure his quality of life would be good and that he wouldn't suffer needlessly. He's the first greyhound I've ever had so I have no previous experience with this. I just want to make sure we make the best decision for him and I appreciate your help. Thank you.
  13. We adopted Murphy a little over two weeks ago; when we picked her up from the kennel her ankle was lightly wrapped because she had rolled it during play and wouldn't stop licking it. It didn't seem to be getting better, so we had our vet out on Saturday to take a look. She is very concerned that it may be bone cancer, though she said it might be something more easily manageable, like arthritis. Our rescue was very wonderful and offered to pay for Murphy's x-rays, which she will be getting tomorrow. I wasn't expecting to hear the possibility of the C-word two weeks into adopting our first greyhound! So hoping it's not that... my husband is very adamant that we can't afford amputation, if that's what Murphy ends up needing. I'm very adamant that we can figure it out, but we'll cross that bridge if we come to it. What's killing me is hearing people say "oh, well it's a good thing this is happening so soon after adoption, this way you're not as attached as you would be if it happened a few years down the road." Someone even said we should return Murphy, like she's a faulty fashion accessory. What is wrong with people? Murphy's been here two weeks and she's already stolen my soul clean away. How do they do that? Not sure if I'm looking for advice, or sympathy, or what! Just had to get it off my chest...
  14. Hi. Our 11 year old Grey, Gilby, was recently "diagnosed" with IVDD or a combination of LSS and IVDD, but we have not had an MRI. The neurologist did a lot of visual tests, etc. We'd had Gilby into emergency about a month ago after he was shivering, pacing, panting and would not lie down for hours. We initially thought it might be bloat, but the xrays did not show that. His blood work was also clean. Since that time he's been on a low dose of prednisone, tramadol and had some muscle relaxant. He had two more bad/painful episodes after having a chiropractor do treatments the day prior. After that last episode, when we almost put him down but just couldn't, is when we received the diagnosis above. He was put on a higher dose of pred and gabapentin was added, along with staying on tramadol. We also have been adding a supplement to his food. I've been roasting turkey and chicken and using the skinless part on top of his regular dogfood which is grainless. Yesterday, I noticed a swelling just at the upper part of his left front leg. I can feel that it is different than the right leg, and I've never noticed it before, although I am hyper-sensitive right now. He does not exhibit any pain when I lightly go over it, but I have noticed that he looks down at it periodically. Unfortunately, it's impossible to tell is he's limping and/or favoring this leg, because many years ago he fractured the lower part and it's entirely fused, so he's always had a significant limp. Unlike many of you, I am going to just say it -- I don't feel that I have the emotional support I so need from my husband right now. I feel terribly alone and terribly afraid of what is likely wrong with Gilby. My husband just says to "watch it and see what happens," yet I feel like we need to get it x-rayed and if it is osteo, which I can't imagine anything else, then we need to be graceful and put him down since he's also dealing with the spinal issues. I also just read where I shouldn't be feeding any of the dogs turkey or chicken...is this true? I would not know what else to feed them when they don't want to eat just the dry food. Also, could the swelling on the leg be anything else? I've read where pred can cause joint swelling....or is this just my "wishful thinking." I am an emotional wreck over this and love this dog to pieces, yet don't want him to suffer. I don't know what to do. I would love any input. Thanks much, Allyson
  15. Has anyone experienced a disappearing osteosarcoma "bump"? My Stu was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his right front leg at the end of July after he started limping and then we found a bump above his wrist. He had an X-ray and you could visibly see how the cancer was eating away the bone but was told we caught it fairly early with a prognosis of 1-3 months. We have had him on Previcox since his diagnosis and he has been doing very well. He stopped limping for a month, started limping again about a week ago and we increased Previcox. He is no longer limping and his mass is gone. I'm curious if this is normal progression of the disease? I'm glad that he seems pain free but am confused. I have a call into the vet but thought I would post here first. Thanks!
  16. Our hearts go out to the families of the following greyhounds and family pets for whom sympathetic friends have provided a Memorial Tribute through Northcoast Greyhounds: Deverra Estrada Beth Hesse-McLachlan Anna Fowler Sissy Orman Heisman Brockhoff, beloved kitty Puff Townsend Mindy Burris, beloved dalmation Callie Crrews Erika Finn – two gifts From each memorial gift, a $25 contribution to the Auburn University study on canine osteosarcoma is reserved until a total of $250 or more has been accumulated. The list of pets being memorialized can be read on Northcoast Greyhounds’ Memorial Tributes page. Take wing, all you new Greyt Angels and Furry Friends. Godspeed. You'll be as well-missed as you were well-loved, Cara and the Northcoast Greyhounds On California's North Coast FUN-Draising for Greyt Causes
  17. My 5 1/2 year-old greyhound, Tempo, started to limp last night. I took him into the ER in the morning, and he has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I am still experiencing the dizzying sensation that comes from seeing your worst possible fear realized, out of the blue. I tried to tell myself that I was being unreasonably worried, and that he probably just strained a muscle. But when he didn't come back from the x-ray for a half hour, and the vet asked me to talk to them in a conference room, rather than a waiting room, I already knew what they were going to say. I have only had him for a year and a half, and we have been completely inseparable. As silly as it sounds for an adult to say, he is more or less the center of my life, and I am completely devastated by this. Subsequent tests showed no visible evidence of it having spread yet, and the amputation is scheduled for tomorrow. I simply can't believe that last night he was sprinting through the snow, playing fetch, and that that was be the last time we will be able to play together like that. I have left a voicemall at Dr. Cuoto's office for a second opinion. However, the vets here in Boston feel that, whether its osteo or not, the bone in his shoulder has deteriorated to the point where it is going to break sooner or later, so amputation seems unavoidable. I know there are a million threads about osteosarcoma already, but my head is kind of swimming, and I don't feel like spending all the time and attention to read through them when I just want to sit with my dog. If you have had experience with this, and you have time, can you please give me advice about what questions I need to be asking right now, and what to expect when he comes home from the hospital, etc.? Not that fair means anything in life, but I feel like this is so unfair for him.
  18. Update May 30: Path report came back and there was no cancer! The toe still had to go, as the bone was proliferating and chipping off due to some trauma somewhere along the line, causing pain and chronic inflammation. So, no toe; no more toe pain! WHEW!! :confetti _____________________________ We don't have a diagnosis yet, and x-rays are headed to Dr. Couto today (hopefully). Brilly, 11 next month, our first greyhound, Mr. Easy-going, has a swollen toe that he's been limping on for a few months. He's broken a toe (finally healed after removing all bandaging) and sprung a toe in the past (never seemed to bother him, and healed on its own), and we were in a scary-broke phase (already owed the vet ~$400), so we took a watch and wait position 'til some money came in. Yesterday, the vet talked me through the xray, showing me a suspicious cloudiness around the joint in question. Despite how unusual it might be for OSA to show up in a toe, it has to be considered. So, I told her about Dr. Couto, sent her the contact info, and now we wait for news. In the meantime, I hit GT to search for anyone else with a similar experience, but didn't find anything. Does anyone know of such a dog? Brilly also has epilepsy (controlled so far on pheno) (knock on wood!), increasing hind end weakness and unilateral laryngeal paralysis: he'll be getting palliative care 'til it's time to let him go. We talked about removing the offending toe as part of that plan, and that may happen. Nothing is clear yet, of course. We all had a quiet night's sleep last night as the vet gave us both tramadol and meclazine. He's clearly been in more pain than we thought, besides limping when he first gets up. I haven't been on GT so much since FB took over but isn't this the way it goes? Something bad happens, and we reach for help where we know we can find it, along with the supportive community we've come to trust. And now, the obligatory pictures! SO unimpressed with his stocking portrait! Our first days together! My handsome boy, looking all heroic and pretending to think deep thoughts.
  19. Hello all my greyhound was just diagnosed with Osteo and had her front right leg and shoulder blade amputated on Wednesday. She is doing well and will start chemo in 2 weeks. I have been doing a lot of research on cancer killing diets herbs and supplements. Have any of you tried a new diet for your dog with osteo that has helped fight the cancer? I have read about switching to wet food that is high in protein low in carb since carbs feed the cancer cells. However, I hear that greys cant have only wet food because of gum disease. I also hear that raw diets are good but not for dogs undergoing chemo. So I am reaching out to you for help, with your experience. My Daisy is 2 years old and deserves a long happy life. Thank you in advance for your help
  20. Hi Everyone! I used to be a member of this board quite a while ago, but haven't posted in ages. I had trouble logging in so ended up making a new account. Here's my handsome fellow: My greyhound Tristan is 9 years and 4 months old, and about a week and a half ago he started limping on his front right leg. He's had a shoulder injury before so I thought it was just that, but since he hadn't healed up we took him to the vet. Of course I'm really scared for osteo. The vet took x-rays and has sent them to a radiologist for diagnosis, but we won't hear back until tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone here has had experience looking at x-rays? I thought I'd post them here just in case. If anyone has any guesses, I'd love to hear. Otherwise I'll update this page when we hear back tomorrow. I'll try to attach the images, but you can also see them here: https://picasaweb.go...Mb63ar9yKn9iAE#
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