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Sherman's been showing some inconsistent signs of pain. Intermittent panting, occasional lethargy, and inconsisent limping. I couldn't nail it down, and I thought he may have pulled a muscle- the limping increased while walking. I also noticed his right front wrist looked a little larger, and different from the left one, but I chalked it up to being an over-nervous mamma.

Today during our walk he started limping badly, so I took him to the vet. Of course he was walking without a limp for the vet. We took an xray of his front wrists, since the right one- the vet noticed it was a little larger than the left, and Sherman showed pain when it was flexed.

The xrays came back, and showed a black spot on his wrist. It was partially in the bone, and grew outside of the bone. He vet thought it could be a bone cyst, and was not ready to call it osteo. He told us to return in a month, to see if its grown. They gave Sherms a cortisone shot to help with the inflammation. However, if the pain increased, come back sooner.

I felt stunned. Sherman is only 9. I am terrified.

After I got over the initial shock, and DH and I talked,we decided to go back on Monday. Our normal super savy greyhound vet was on vacation, and the regular vet is back Monday. I think we need a fine needle aspiration to get some awnsers, rather than wait a month.

What do you guys think? Does anyone have experience with this? Is a bone cyst possible?

Please no, I cannot lose my Sherman.

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I'm sorry I have no experience or advice. But I will be asking for no cancer in my prayers for Sherman. Hugs to you.

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Bone cysts and bone infections are possible. Is he tested regularly for VF?

 

I would have a board certified radiologist review the x-ray.

 

Hoping it amounts to something well treatable.

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 for more investigation now, not in a month. Is there a specialist around??

 

I have no ideas. I have never been in this position before. My vet is back on Monday, he's the one I really trust. I want him to look at Sherm's xrays and see what he thinks. Sherman is my heart doggie and first grey. Mama's boy.

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Yes, do not wait. Have a radiologist (or possible OSU) review the rads immediately. I don't mean to scare you, but my vet always says that in a greyhound of that age, a lesion in the wrist, shoulder or knee is almost certain to be osteo. But yes, you should rule out cyst or bone infection. A radiologist can probably do that without a FNA.

 

I've had 5 osteo hounds in the past year. If I can help in any way, do not hesitate to ask. Sending all the best thoughts your way!!!!

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Yes, do not wait. Have a radiologist (or possible OSU) review the rads immediately. I don't mean to scare you, but my vet always says that in a greyhound of that age, a lesion in the wrist, shoulder or knee is almost certain to be osteo. But yes, you should rule out cyst or bone infection. A radiologist can probably do that without a FNA.

 

I've had 5 osteo hounds in the past year. If I can help in any way, do not hesitate to ask. Sending all the best thoughts your way!!!!

 

Oh, God. I've been scared since I saw the xrays. I do not think I am ready to face it. I know that a lesion in the wrist area is usually osteo, and the vet I saw said if it wasn't cancer, it is most likely a precursor to cancer. I'm terrified.

 

I need Monday to get here, now.

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We'll cross our fingers here and send good thoughts for Sherman and you. I hope it's not what you fear.

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I am so, so sorry you are going through this. Having gone through this twice this year, I so understand the fear and anxiety of waiting to see what exactly is going on with your baby. Hang in there-you'll make it through this. Hour by hour until you know what's happening. I'm sending many prayers and hugs to both you and Sherman. Praying for good news. . .

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Doesn't black on an xray indicate airspace? Wouldn't a tumor show up as white?

 

Osteo causes the bone to thin... Sort of like exploding the bone from the inside out. So you get a "sunburst" pattern in the most typical cases.

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The x-rays that I have seen of osteosarcoma do look like "starbursts". But I am far from an expert. I would imagine that bone cancer could look like other things too, just that a starburst is the most common. I would definitely send the xrays to OSU for a second opinion. There is no charge for this but they are hurting for money right now. If you can afford it, either sign up for their website ($99) or donate whatever you feel you can afford on the donation page.

 

Here is the info:

 

OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Program

OSU 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)

 

This email goes to the team. If Dr. Couto is traveling, you may get a quicker answer from one of his team members. Drs. Marin and Zaldivar typically respond to greyhound owners.

 

Dr. Couto, Department Head, Greyhound Medicine, Oncolology and Hematology

Dr. Lili Marin, Greyhound Health and Oncology

Dr. Sara Zaldivar, Greyhound Health and Oncology

Dr. William Kisselberth, Oncology

Dr. Cheryl London, Oncology

Dr. Cristina Iazbik, Blood Bank Director and Hematologist

Dr. Bridget Urie, Oncology Resident

Dr. Matt Sherger, Oncology Resident

Dawn Hudson, Vet Tech

Ashley DeFelice, Vet Tech

Stacey Gallant, Vet Tech

 

Drs Marin and Zaldivar are originally from Spanish speaking countries. If you have trouble understanding them over the phone, you might ask for one of the other vets or vet techs to “translate”.

 

Dr. Couto's direct email is:

couto.1@osu.edu

His phone number is also 614-247-6757. If he is in town, he typically returns emails in the early hours of the morning.

 

You should know that (in my humble opinion) they need more staff. Unfortunately finances do not permit it at this time. They do 20 to 30 consults a day along with all of their "in canine" patients. There is no charge for phone/email consultations. Depending on their workload there may be a wait for the consultation.

 

If you decide to visit OSU please contact me. I may be able to put you up in a local home, provide moral support, or just help with logistics:

 

Finewhipador-drool@yahoo.com

 

The main number for the veterinary hospital is 614-292-3551

 

Jane

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Thank you everyone, thank you, thank you!

 

Sherman is okay this morning, not really limping, but not himself 100%. I am sad, since I realized last night I have not seen Sherman get the 'zommies' in the past week or so. Every time he'd poop, he'd race into the house like , "WHOO! I pooped!" :blink: I think the wrist has swelled up again, but not too much. He's still panting off and on, but I'm seeing it more when he walks. But, he's not really limping. Sweet boy.

 

I'm calling the vet this morning.

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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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The starburst shows osteo already. I took Iron Man up to OSU at first signs of a limp. The x-rayed showed something going on with his bone. It was very early and we amputated. It came back as Osteo. Have a spcialist look at it and I will always get a second opinion from OSU.

 

Hugs,

 

Cora and the furkis

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It is cancer. Our regular vet came back from vacation, and looked at Sherman's x rays, and confirmed its cancer. I trust him very much, he is extremely knowledgeable in greyhounds, and sees a lot of valley fever, and a lot of bone cancer, and confirmed Sherman has cancer.

We are devastated.

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