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  1. Ginny had her second round of Carboplatin on Friday and the following day her ankle was quite swollen just under where the IV was administered. It didn’t seem to be painful. We saw one of the general practice vets yesterday. She updated the oncologist over the phone. We were told it’s mostly likely a blood vessel inflammation and sent home with Rimadyl. They didn’t think it’s an infection and the oncologist wasn’t comfortable prescribing antibiotics. Today the swelling hasn’t changed but Ginny is in some discomfort and limping on that leg. Has anyone had a similar problem with chemo? Our concern is that if the ankle becomes more painful she won’t be able to walk (she had her front right leg amputated about a month ago).
  2. What is your experience with walks after front leg amputation? How long did it take for your dog to adjust? Did you use a boot, wrist support or a front wheel cart? I have a 9 year old female that gets stir-crazy without long walks (~1h). She had surgery 4 weeks ago, healed and started chemo 10 days later. Now that she is off pain meds, she wants to walk but we have been keeping her walks short (10-15 min) because she is having trouble walking, especially on uneven surfaces or downhill. I have been taking her on car rides instead. The oncologist is not letting us see the physiotherapist until after she is done with chemo.
  3. We are just 10 days post amputation surgery and about to meet with the oncologist to discuss chemo, etc. Has anyone tried Listeria? What were the side effects?
  4. It's time to start another thread as we come near to 50 pages on the previous thread. Below is information to help you make choices for yourself and your family, originally posted and collected by NeylasMom. This is the fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth in a series of threads. The original was started by a few people whose pups were diagnosed around the same time in July of 2010, but it appears it has grown into an ongoing thread that will provide both information and emotional support for anyone who has dealt with losing a pup to osteo, is currently caring for a pup diagnosed with osteo, has one that has been newly diagnosed, or worries they may have to deal with it in the future. You do not have to have a pup that currently has osteo to join in this thread - feel free to stop by if you've ever lost a pup to osteo or other cancer, would like to offer support to those currently dealing with this disease, would like to prepare yourself for the possibility of dealing with this, or if your pup has been diagnosed recently. We've even had a person or two join in whose pups were diagnosed with other forms of cancer. Basically, anyone is welcome although we'd prefer there be no reason to have to welcome anyone or for this thread to exist at all. General Websites (These have not been updated recently and so may not reflect current thinking and research, but are a good place to begin): Bone Cancer Dogs site - An excellent place to start to get general information about osteo, treatment options, etc. http://www.bonecancerdogs.org/ Journal article on pain mgt - Technically an article on using radiation for palliative (pain management) care, but includes a good overview of the types of bone cancer pain and the various ways to treat it including medications, radiation, and IV pamidronate). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1482437/ Dog Cancer Blog - Blog from Dr. Dressler, a vet who has dedicated himself to cancer treatment in dogs - includes lots of useful information via blog posts, as well as a link to purchase his book (which covers all aspects of cancer care, both holistic and traditional) in a downloadable format. http://www.dogcancerblog.com/ The previous osteo threads, the original http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/258306-osteo-diagnosis/ and part II http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/267277-osteo-thread/ With over 100 pages of useful information and support, this is a good place to get specifics if you are wondering about a specific holistic regimen one of us used, the decision making process for choosing amputation or palliative care, etc. For inspiration and some laughs: Winslow's diary http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/169522-winslows-diary/ For those considering amputation, BigOrangeDog's blog about what to expect. https://minnesotagreyhounds.wordpress.com/what-to-expect-with-a-leg-amputation/ Yahoo groups where you can go for information and support (These are closed groups but they appear to be active): Dog Bone Cancer Group - not greyhound specific, but a good source of information and support specific to osteosarcoma https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bonecancerdogs/info Circle of Grey - a greyhound specific support group for owners of pups dealing with all kinds of health issues https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CircleofGrey/info?yguid=278897955 Artemisinin and Cancer - for those who would like to pursue artemisinin as part of their treatment regimen, neither greyhound nor osteo specific https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/artemisinin_and_cancer/info Unfortunately, the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program at OSU has been discontinued. They may be continuing to send out free chemotherapy for the time being, this is not clear from the information on their website. Here is the address for the new website if you would like to contact them. http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/greyhound-program Dr Guillermo Couto has moved and begun his own consulting business for greyhounds with cancer. If you join the Greyhound Health Initiative they will do 1/2 price consults and (possibly) be able to send free chemo drugs. Here is the web address for his new site: http://www.coutovetconsultants.com/for-ownersadopters/ Greyhound Health Initiative (Hope 4 Hounds) http://www.greyhoundhealthinitiative.org/ AVMA ANIMAL HEALTH STUDIES DATABASE This site has a searchable database of all research studies being conducted investigating treatments or doing research. https://ebusiness.avma.org/aahsd/study_search.aspx?utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=findvetstudies&utm_campaign=aahsd&utm_term=print&utm_content=javma Here is a link to Charlie'sDad's blog about their cancer fighting regimen - Charlie survived an incredible 4 years following his amputation using these natural foods and supplements. http://pinneyandpnut...ancer-diet.html
  5. Jack is our first grey, and we were so excited to celebrate his 6th birthday two weeks ago! We've had him for four years, but in the past 8 months he has started limping. I panicked and did as much research as I could and eventually found a corn on his right front leg. However, our previous vet diagnosed him with arthritis (without any tests and without looking at his feet) and put him on Rimadyl. Jack had a very nasty reaction to the Rimadyl, so we took him off and after more wasted time and money at the vet's we tried to treat the corn by ourselves. Although Jack seems healthy and happy and still plays (and he doesn't seem to limp in the grass), we took him again to a vet recommended by GPA to try to readdress the corn. Since he didn't flinch when she palpitated it (although he does when we do), she ran more tests and suspects osteosarcoma. She didn't find anything conclusive on the x-rays, however, so we will be returning for more tests in a week. My husband and I are completely shocked and at our wits' end. Should we be encouraged by Jack's healthy weight and happiness? Are there other symptoms of osteo that we should be looking for? Is it possible for a dog to limp with osteo for so long? Should we ask the vet to remove the corn just in case? Is it something else entirely? Hopefully we will have more answers in a week, but any advice on how to handle this or what to ask would be amazing!
  6. My girl, Bowie, made it to the Tripawds 2018 calendar! This week she and her story were the featured tripawd on the Tripawd Tuesday. Here is a link: http://tripawds.com/2017/11/28/tripawd-tuesday-bowie/
  7. 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
  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. It's time to start another thread as we come near to 50 pages on the previous thread. Below is information to help you make choices for yourself and your family, originally posted and collected by NeylasMom. This is the fifth sixth seventh eighth in a series of threads. The original was started by a few people whose pups were diagnosed around the same time in July of 2010, but it appears it has grown into an ongoing thread that will provide both information and emotional support for anyone who has dealt with losing a pup to osteo, is currently caring for a pup diagnosed with osteo, has one that has been newly diagnosed, or worries they may have to deal with it in the future. You do not have to have a pup that currently has osteo to join in this thread - feel free to stop by if you've ever lost a pup to osteo or other cancer, would like to offer support to those currently dealing with this disease, would like to prepare yourself for the possibility of dealing with this, or if your pup has been diagnosed recently. We've even had a person or two join in whose pups were diagnosed with other forms of cancer. Basically, anyone is welcome although we'd prefer there be no reason to have to welcome anyone or for this thread to exist at all. For those who have recently had a pup diagnosed with osteo, here is some information to hopefully get you started: Bone Cancer Dogs site - An excellent place to start to get general information about osteo, treatment options, etc. Journal article on pain mgt - Technically an article on using radiation for palliative (pain management) care, but includes a good overview of the types of bone cancer pain and the various ways to treat it including medications, radiation, and IV pamidronate Dog Cancer Blog - Blog from Dr. Dressler, a vet who has dedicated himself to cancer treatment in dogs - includes lots of useful information via blog posts, as well as a link to purchase his book (which covers all aspects of cancer care, both holistic and traditional) in a downloadable format. The previous osteo threads, the original and part II, with over 100 pages of useful information and support. This is a good place to get specifics if you are wondering about a specific holistic regimen one of us used, the decision making process for choosing amputation or palliative care, etc. For inspiration and some laughs: Winslow's diary For those considering amputation, BigOrangeDog's blog about what to expect. Yahoo groups where you can go for information and support: Dog Bone Cancer Group - not greyhound specific, but a good source of information and support specific to osteosarcoma Circle of Grey - a greyhound specific support group for owners of pups dealing with all kinds of health issues Artemisinin and Cancer - for those who would like to pursue artemisinin as part of their treatment regimen, neither greyhound nor osteo specific Unfortunately, the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program at OSU has been discontinued. They are continuing to send out free carboplatin chemotherapy for the time being in 2014. Here is the address for the new website if you would like to contact them. http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/ghwp Dr Guillermo Couto has moved and begun his own consulting business for greyhounds with cancer. Here is the web address for his new site: http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/ghwp I've left the OSU contact info in place for this thread for information only, but it should be removed in subsequent editions. For those interesting in contacting OSU for a consult, second opinion, appointment, or amputation: Greyhound Health and Wellness Program Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine 601 Vernon Tharp Street Columbus, Ohio 43210 Phone: (614) 247-6757 or (614) 247-8490 Email: greyosu@osu.edu Website: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/GHWP.htm (registration and fee now required to get full access to this site) For a consultation, you must use the online consultation service found here. You can sign up for full access to the website ($99 per calendar year) or donate through the giving page on the website. If you decide to donate, you can double your money by giving through the Greyhound Project. They will match the funds that you donate. Just go to this website and scroll down to the appropriate donation button: http://www.adopt-a-g...g/donate.shtml. Keep in mind that OSU does 20 to 30 greyhound consults a day along with all of their "in canine" patients. Depending on their workload there may be a wait for the consultation. If you are contacting them on an emergency basis, please let them know. If you want to make an appointment to be seen in person/canine, you can call the main number to set up a date/time. The main number for the veterinary hospital is 614-292-3551. This information is also on the consultation service page. If you decide to visit OSU please contact Jane (joejoesmom). She may be able to put you up in a local home, provide moral support, or just help with logistics: Finewhipador-drool@yahoo.com[/i] If you wish to help further osteosarcoma research, 2 labs that are collecting samples and have specifically requested greyhound samples: Modiano Lab - Need tissue from a biopsy and blood; will send a collection kit and a prepaid return mailer; also accepting samples for hemangiosarcoma and lyphoma Website: http://www.modianola...nfo_index.shtml Contact person: Mitzi, 612-626-6890, lewel001@umn.edu Broad Institute - Blood samples only, may be able to help with shipping costs, but they prefer you cover them Website: http://www.broadinst...sending-samples Contact info: dog-info@broadinstitute.org, FAX: (617) 324-2722 Both labs require signed consent forms and samples must be shipped overnight. Here is a link to Charlie'sDad's blog about their cancer fighting regimen - diet and supplements. http://pinneyandpnut.blogspot.com/p/charlies-cancer-diet.html
  10. A mere two weeks after a diagnosis of osteosarcoma, we released our beautiful hound Django (Tom S Fandango) into the mystery. He was 11 and a half, and until very recently, in superlative health. He came to us at the age of three, after a reasonably successful racing career in Colorado, joining two cats and an elderly lab cross. He was tall, slim and extremely handsome. Walking him was like being escorted by a movie star; everyone gawked. In fact, I tended to think of him as a kind of James Bond figure of a greyhound, calm, reserved, elegant but with a slight tendency towards violence. He would get overstimulated seeing any dogs that weren't greyhounds and leap around like a marlin on a leash, growling and carrying on. Once we were charged by an angry off-leash dog and I stepped in front of him to block him, and he bit ME in the crotch...Eventually, we were able to train him out of this with the aid of the ever-present cookie bag. Far too dignified to roach, and my efforts to get him to roo only resulted in an embarrassed half bark. Nor was he a cuddler, although he did like an afternoon nap on the bed with his people. He was good with all kinds of people and all greyhounds, and we loved him as the reserved gentleman he was. We will miss his morning rituals of head butting the bottom of the bed, the bum scritch samba and the face rubbings demanded, among a thousand other silly things. Left to mourn, dog mothers Margo and Lori, mutt brother Perrie Como, cat brother Chester, full brother Tom S Formula of Calgary, and seven thousand half siblings. Run fast, sweet Django. You are loved. Telling the thunder gods what he thought of them. A veteran camper. A man in his pit.
  11. My beautiful mandog and I just got the bad news. It's in shoulder area. I'm just numb.
  12. We have been having some issues with Teddy, our nine year old boy. He has been favoring his right rear leg recently and has lost ten pounds. He is avoiding steps (but has always hated steps, ever since he came to us). The only finding on x-rays (under sedation) was some 'flattening' of the head of the femur. No other signs of possible osteosarcoma were present. Our vet didn't really know what to make of this finding, and thinks it could be from a possible old injury or osteoarthritis. All his lab/urine studies came back within normal limits. The vet feels that this is not something serious or catastrophic (like OS). The vet prescribed Rimadyl, Tramadol, and Dasuquin. Me, being the extremely cautious and very nervous, greyhound mom is afraid of giving him the Rimadyl after reading that there is a small chance of liver/kidney failure/death from this drug. I see that Pfizer has even issued a warning sheet that is given to pet owners who elect to use this drug. But I've also read that this drug can be very effective in treating arthritis in dogs. So I really don't know what to do about giving Teddy the Rimadyl. He has improved on the Tramadol and Dasuquin. However, I am worried because he has lost weight (while very much still enjoying eating). Also, I am still very much afraid of OS being the cause of the pain. We lost our beloved Daisy this past August after she suffered a horrible fracture walking into the kitchen; the cause most likely OS. It was an awful thing to go through and naturally I am afraid that it could happen again. Can OS present as a "flattening" of the head of the femur? could something else be the cause? Am I right in being afraid to give Teddy the Rimadyl? I realize that only I can make that decision, but am I being overly cautious in withholding a medication that could potentially help Teddy? Can dogs lose weight/muscle just because they are aging, without a serious underlying cause? I have been sick with worry since this all began. Thanks for any advice/suggestions.
  13. 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/
  14. Hi everyone, I was referred here from my local greyhound forum. I've been looking through some past posts and it looks like a greyt place! Our Oni has a lump on her wrist. It started out kind of mushy (inflammation I guess), then the mushiness went away and we were left with a hard bony lump that is different from the other side. We took her to the vet who felt a bony protrusion and then we, got an x-ray. The vet said he couldn't see the bone degeneration typical of cancer, but that it could be that it's too early to show. Other than that he saw something that looked like it *could* or *could not* be a fracture that could cause swelling. He gave us Meloxicam for 5 days and said that if it's a fracture the swelling will go down in a few days and the wrist will look the same as the other wrist. He said that if it doesn't go down, we must watch and see if it gets bigger and if so, take her in for more x-rays. It hasn't gotten smaller and it hasn't gotten bigger. The swelling comes and goes in that sometimes it's mushy, and sometimes it's hard, but it doesn't really get bigger and the bony hard part hasn't increased in size that we can see. There are NO signs of pain, she's just as happy and playful as always, she has the same monster appetite ) She doesn't lick at the area, no limping. None of her usual signs of pain. Of course we're worried about osteo.. we feel like we're groping around in the dark about this. In case it's a fracture that still needs time to heal: For humans, we take advil for inflammation. We can self medicate to a degree. Does anyone know what kind of over the counter medications I could use for inflammation? Also, any recommended medications we should have in our doggy medicine cabinet just in case? Is it possible for her not to feel pain if it's cancer? When would she start to feel pain if it is cancer? Does anyone know if it's realistic for the swelling to go down to normal from a fracture after just a few days? I've heard these things take a while to heal. She also did an unplanned zoom around the yard the day before yesterday. We'll take her out on leash from now on. Thanks anyone and everyone for any input or advice you can give. Abby, Jason, & Oni
  15. (Jeff, feel free to move this to Off-Topic if appropriate.) Our neighbor received a tentative diagnosis of osteo in her 6-year-old Rottweiler. (Apparently, osteo diagnoses are about as common in rotties as in greys.) she's applied for a clinical trial at Penn, but hasn't heard back. I've read numerous threads here where posters suggest sending the test results to Dr. Cuoto forr a second opinion and consult. Does he do this for non-sighthounds? If so, what's the procedure/cost? If this is not possible, our neighbor will explore other avenues, but I offered to check. Thanks!
  16. Hi Pongo had clean x-rays about a month ago but limping progressively worse and now the area above his elbow around his chest (hard to describe) is very hard and he can't walk today. Stopped eating too. We are going back to the vet tomorrow but have no pain meds for him. Prednisolone didn't work. Just wondering if this could be osteo. He is 12.
  17. Hello. I am asking this question on behalf of q good friend named Nancy. Her hound Mazy is bing sent to the bridge tomorrow due to osteo Mazy has lived another greyhound names Max for a very long time. Nancy is undecided as to whether it be best for Max, Mazy or both for Max to be present during the vet appointment. She wants Mazy to b comfortable and was wondering if it would help Max to mourn if he was present. Thank you, and please keep Mazy, Max, Nancy and the rat of the family in your thoughts.
  18. after being unable to settle in bed overnight last Monday (she went to bed Monday evening just fine), which ultimately progressed to her not putting any weight on her right front paw by early Tuesday morning, we had x-rays taken of that paw. the wrist looked fine; a toe that she had injured before on that foot looked a bit swollen, so she was prescribed bed rest, plus rimadyl and tramadol. i asked, on a whim, if it would be too much trouble to get rads taken of her right shoulder -- just in case. as it turns out there's a darker region near the head of the right humerus that looked suspicious to the vet that saw katie on tuesday, the orthopedic vet who is doing cold laser treatments on sadie, and to katie's regular vet. katie's info was sent to OSU, and dr. kellogg believes it's osteo based on what she reviewed. so, katie is having an FNA done tomorrow afternoon to confirm what we're seeing, and amputation is scheduled for next monday. chemo will follow. to say that this turns your world upside down is an understatement. in the meantime, i'm trying to get a few pictures of her before surgery. these two were taken last friday afternoon: she acts like nothing is amiss: we have to keep telling her to lie in bed, no running, no jumping until surgery. it must be boring for her -- i'm glad she wants to go do things.
  19. i couldn't help myself. there she was...lying in her dog bed in that particular pose. the photo is really bad, but i like the pose.
  20. i got a photograph of katie and sadie "snuggling" this evening. katie is not particularly fond of anyone lying next to her with their face this close to hers, but for her these are extraordinary times...
  21. 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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