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Wenda Has Osteocarcoma In Shoulderblade


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Hey,

 

My grey Wenda will be 13 in July and she was just diagnosed with Osteocarcoma in her shoulderblade. I've heard via the grapevine the best for her would be to just manage pain to keep her comfortable. I think this is probably the best for her as well. She was diagonosed about three weeks ago now. It has rapidly grown to about he size of a baseball. WE are going to the vet again today to get more pain meds and learn more about what she can and can't do.

 

If anyone has any advice or recommendations I would really appreciate it. As far as food or medication or anything...

 

I want to make her remaining time as pleasant as possible of course.

 

Also, if anyone has been through this as well? How long I can expect??

 

This is truly heartbreaking. I've only had her a year...she is such an angel...

 

J

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:( I am so sorry. Please join the Yahoo group Circle Of Grey...it is a support group for greys with cancer with a wealth of knowledge. Also I am sure that someone here can give you the e-mail address for Dr. Couto. Sending many prayers and gentle hugs for your sweet girl and you also. :grouphug

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I hate to see all of the cancer in these loving greys - My nephew's 12yr was just diagnosed with this same thing and he actually was wondering the same questions you are. This is such a hard time and descision to go through. It is so good to see all of the support the greyhound owers give each other on all of these forms.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the greys and their moms/dads during these times. :(:(:(

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Sending you many prayers and hugs.

 

We just went through this last year with Sullivan. He was diagnosed Jan 10th and went to the bridge June 21st, but we were one of the "lucky" ones. Sullivan had the Osteo in his right front leg and it progressed fairly slowly.

We were able to manage his pain with just Metacam, some days having to double the dose, and lots and lots of love. We gave him anything that he wanted and just made sure that he was happy.

Like you, we didn't have Sullivan for very long before he was diagnosed (only 10 months) and he was my heart dog.

 

The best advice that I can give is enjoy every day that you have together. Embrace every moment and remember to laugh with her when she is trying to make you smile, hug her and tell her how much you love her and how much she means to you and take lots of pictures (if you haven't already-I took pictures EVERY day from the day Sullivan was diagnosed until he went to the bridge).

 

There are lots of people on here who have gone through this and they were an amazing support to me, even if they didn't realize it.

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Hey, thanks so much for the replys...it's nice to know there are others out there that love their creatures as well.

 

Burpdog-I think we have communicated through Carol here in Wilmington. She told me you about you having senior greys and your recommendation to just manage her pain. I was glad to hear that opinion with from someone with experience to make me feel better about my decision...

 

Thanks all.

 

J

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Prayers for you and Wende. I am so sorry that is happening. Just make sure she gets plenty of pain meds. I had one who's tumor grew very quickly in a matter of about 10 days. It went from barely visible to a baseball size. However, this is not typical but neither is osteo and it's speed. I would say that if it's that big you are probably looking at a shorter time frame. I am so sorry. Prayers for strength and comfort during this time.

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I'm so sorry :cry1 Our Casino (was also 13) had osteo on her shoulder...I asked our vet to advise on her level of pain based on his exam and the x-rays and what was the best we could hope for in terms of managing that pain. The lump was fairly small when she was diagnosed but grew tremendously seemingly overnight. Ultimately, it was kind of a day-to-day evaluation and our vet was ready for our call when it was time. Amputation was not an option for Casino at her age, other health issues and due to the location of the cancer.

 

Damn I hate cancer :cry1

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I'm sorry to hear this. I'd also check into upping the pain meds and joining circle of Grey. It is there for both information and support. Also contact Dr. Couto, he is usually quick to reply and helpful. Unfortunately OS can grow very rapidly in some cases and it is very painful.

 

 

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I am so sorry. Having just been through this, I know the heartbreak and questions you have. I just second all of the responses you have been given already. Osteo is very aggressive and painful, so make the most of everyday with your pup and know that you have already given her a wonderful life she may not have had.

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I'm so sorry for you and Wenda. My Snickers was just diagnosed this week. She's only 5 1/2 so I am faced with different choices than you. To give you an idea of how fast this cancer is, we took x-rays of Snickers on March 30 when she first starting limping and nothing was there. The x-ray from Tuesday showed bone deterioration and lytic lesions. Unbelievable. Do what you can and enjoy every day with her.

 

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Thanks so much for all the replys, I am in tears.

 

Joined Circle of Grey.

 

Going to picnic in Wilmington to be around other greys tomorrow.

 

Grey14me-I love the picture of Bailey with wings, so beautiful. How did you do that because I would love to do that for Wenda and my other dog Gibbous who crossed the bridge last year...

 

Didn't think my heart could break twice,

J

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Given her age and the tumor size I doubt there are any treaments other than pain management.

 

I would still contact Dr Couto for his opinion on pain med protocol. He or someone on staff will anser your concerns and give you any other info you need. greyosu@osu.edu

 

:grouphug I'm praying for a time when cancer is no longer a reality.

 

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I'm sorry you are facing this terrible disease with your girl. Cancer is such a painful disease and our precious greys can be so stoic.

 

For me, I always try to remember the phrase "I loved you most of all today, I let you go".

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