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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
  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 adva
  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 pictur
  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-
  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 No
  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
  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 ther
  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 i
  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
  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 g
  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.
  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
  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’
  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 y
  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 i
  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
  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 wond
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