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Benny has osteosarcoma. My heart is breaking right now. I dreaded this day and it finally came. Now we have to decide whether to amputate or not. For those who have gone through this, how did you make the decision and if you had to do it again, what would you do differently? I can't believe I'm going to lose my sweet boy!

 

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I just did it to my 12 yr old in Oct. And it's the best decision I made. We drove 10 hrs out to OSU for the second opinion and surgery if they deemed her a candidate. They did even with her arthritis.

We also did chemo.

She's 5 months post op, had chest xrays last night and she's clean. Still cancer free. (and 12 1/2 yrs old)

 

Even if you don't go the chemo route, recovery from surgery is only 2 weeks. And they already feel better because bone cancer is so painful.

 

If you can make it to OSU, I would suggest that.

 

I did the right thing by Diamond.

 

But I do remember how stress out about it I was because I was doing it to a 12 yr old.

 

Just remember, whatever you choose, you do it out of love for your baby.

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"Just remember, whatever you choose, you do it out of love for your baby. "

 

 

I am SORRY to hear you are going through this! I did with Max. The above statement says it ALL!!!!!!!

 

I don't amputate. I just do palliative care (pain management). That is just me, BUT that doesn't mean it isn't right for your and your baby. You need to do all the research, weigh all the pros, and cons, and go from there. If I did do an amputation, it would be at OSU, though. I wouldn't trust anyone else.

 

Wishing you lots of love, and sending prayers to you both! Dee and The Five

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Oh no, not another one! Hugs to you and Benny, on this most horrible of journeys. I chose to do pain management with Gryffin. There were many factors for me. Cost. The shortness of his expected life regardless of which options I chose. The fact that I had chemo and didn't want to put him through it (he finds vet visits extremely stressful). The recovery time for surgery and re-learning to walk. The snow and mud we have/had this winter, making it riskier for a tripod. And it goes on.

 

If it were a different time of year, or if we'd caught it earlier, or if money wasn't an issue, perhaps I'd have chosen differently. I'm still not sure. All we can do is keep our hearts open, make the best decision we can with the information available, and move on.

 

Hugs to you whatever you decide!

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You both will be in my prayers, and please try to remember that whatever decision you make, will be made out of love, and that can never be a wrong decision.

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Missing my little Misty who took a huge piece of my heart with her on 5/2/09, and Ekko, on 6/28/12

 

 

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I can't help with decision making. Just wanted to offer a hug. I'm sorry you and Benny are facing this.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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I'm so sorry for you and your beloved Benny.

 

I am also certain that you will make the right decision for you and your doggy.

 

xo

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I'm so sorry to hear about Benny - you know him and that will help you make a decision. If you can get in touch with Dr. Couto at OSU I would highly recommend it. We have had six with cancer of some type and for those with it in the leg we opted for pain management because they were over 11 and/or we did not think they could handle the stress of surgery or repeated Dr. visits. Do a little research here by reading past osteo and amp threads. Then consult with Dr. C if you think you want to pursue possible further treatment - sending hopeful thoughts your way during this trying time - :grouphug:cry1:goodluck:candle:hope

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Benny has osteosarcoma. My heart is breaking right now. I dreaded this day and it finally came. Now we have to decide whether to amputate or not. For those who have gone through this, how did you make the decision and if you had to do it again, what would you do differently? I can't believe I'm going to lose my sweet boy!

 

Ladona

 

Hi Ladona,

 

I'm so sorry to hear about Benny. Here's an article that may help you decide what to do. It describes how 8 familes coped with their osteo dogs. As you can tell by the title, they all survived long-term. It was written in 2004 and I think the list of survivors would be longer today, given advances since then.

 

http://greytarticles.wordpress.com/medical-first-aid/dogs-of-hope-long-term-osteosarcoma-survivors-stories/

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We decided to go ahead with the amputation, because he was so painful. He died today under anesthesia. We are heartbroken to lose our baby, but glad that he isn't hurting anymore. He's chasing bunnies in heaven now. Thank you so much for all your kind words.

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We decided to go ahead with the amputation, because he was so painful. He died today under anesthesia. We are heartbroken to lose our baby, but glad that he isn't hurting anymore. He's chasing bunnies in heaven now. Thank you so much for all your kind words.

 

I am very sorry for your loss..cancer is a cruel monster

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1

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My heart is breaking for you right now, Benny left our world peacefully but his sprit will always be with you. Run Free Benny. :gh_run

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That is heartbreaking, I am very sorry you lost Benny.

Kyle with Stewie ('Super C Ledoux, Super C Sampson x Sing It Blondie) and forever missing my three angels, Jack ('Roy Jack', Greys Flambeau x Miss Cobblepot) and Charlie ('CTR Midas Touch', Leo's Midas x Hallo Argentina) and Shelby ('Shari's Hooty', Flying Viper x Shari Carusi) running free across the bridge.

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I'm so sorry.

 

Godspeed, Benny.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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